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Chamber Board Member Receives OBE

Ian Morgan OBEChamber Board Member Ian Morgan has been awarded an OBE for Services to Public Transport and the Community in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mr Morgan has spent 42 years in the bus industry in a variety of roles and is the current is Deputy Chairman of Wellglade Group, the UK’s largest independently owned bus operator. Five local bus companies including the award winning trentbarton make up the Group, which is also partner in the tram operating Tramlink Nottingham consortium. Wellglade was formed in 1986 when the management team and employees of Trent Buses bought the business from the Government.

He is Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, the bus and coach industry’s trade association. It is recognised by Government as the voice of the industry and represents over 1,000 companies from the largest PLCs to the smallest family businesses.

He is also a long-standing Chamber Board Director and served as President of the former Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce in 2010/2011. He currently sits on the Board of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, is Chairman of the East Staffordshire Cricket Development Group and Vice-President of Burton Hockey Club.

His spare time activities include watching the England cricket team around the world and Derby County Football Club. He plays golf at Branston Golf Club and enjoys travelling as much as possible, wine tasting and watching live music of almost any genre. He lives in Stretton, near Burton upon Trent, and has been married to Sylvia for 32 years. They have two sons Joe, 29 who lives in Burton and Tom, 28 who lives in Nottingham.

He said: "I’m chuffed to bits. The news arrived by letter just minutes before I left home to watch Derby County’s final disappointing home match of the season and my reaction was one of of stunned surprise and delight. It certainly cushioned the pain of the Rams defeat and the end of their promotion hopes.

"I believe that the fantastic achievements of everyone at trentbarton and kinchbus is the main reason for the honour. It is a great team to be part of and I feel very privileged to have contributed to the success of a medium-sized bus company from the East Midlands, which has led the development of the UK bus industry for the past 20 years.

"My family have been exceptionally supportive throughout, particularly Sylvia who almost brought up our sons on her own in the early days of our management buyout – she still jokes that people in the village thought that she was a single mother."

Chamber Chief Executive George Cowcher said: "On behalf of the Chamber, I would like to pass on its warmest congratulations to Ian on being awarded this prestigious honour.

"Ian has made a massive positive contribution to the local business community, both through his work in developing excellent local transport links at Wellglade through to his tireless dedication and commitment to the local business agenda as a Chamber Board Director and former President, as well as a D2N2 Board member and this honour is thoroughly deserved."

Also receiving an OBE is former Andrew Bacon, former Chairman of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, who stepped down from the role in May following a three-year tenure.