Some well known names from the UK marine industry have featured on the Queen’s new year’s honour’s list – including awards for the top bods at the NCI, Solar Solve Ltd and Halyard (M&I).
As reported by Boating Business this morning, James Grazebrook, chairman and joint managing director of Halyard (M&I), has received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the UK marine industry.
Honorary President of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), Jon Gifford, has also been awarded the OBE for his services to charity for his tireless nine year campaign to increase visual watch capability around the UK.
And there was a Member of the British Empire (MBE) award for Julie Lightfoot, managing director of Solar Solve Ltd for her services to international trade.
Ms Lightfoot follows in the footsteps of her father John, company founder and chairman, who received his MBE ten years ago.
This all comes as positive news for the UK marine sector, to which these honours, despite the seemingly neverending economic downturn, stand as testament to some important contributions made by some well known names in the industry.