Wednesday, July 18, 2012

British School Chairman awarded by Queen Elizabeth

The British School Manila Chairman 
being personally awarded his MBE by Queen Elizabeth
There are many good schools in Manila these days; but it's well recognized that at the very top of the pack in terms of quality education is the British School Manila, which is located in the international school area of The Fort.

British School Manila is known for its solid education and yet its nurturing environment for children, taking into account their abilities and interests.


Queen Elizabeth exchanges remarks
with the Chairman of the British School Manila

Recently, British School Chairman Simon Bewlay was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his services to education in the Philippines.

An MBE, by the way, is one of the highest honors the Queen can bestow on a British citizen. It is one of the honors within the Order of the British Empire, which is headed by the Queen herself as Sovereign and the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) as Grand Master. After them come five classes of honors for the military and civil divisions, and the MBE is among these.

The formal and most impressive awarding ceremonies were held right in Windsor Castle itself, a massive medieval castle in the county of Berkshire. just outside London and about 20 minutes' away from Heathrow Airport by car. It has been one of the main royal residences since the time of Henry I.

That's the Long Walk within Windsor Castle grounds.


Mr. Bewlay spent much of his career as a company director in Asia, Africa, North America and the UK. In Nigeria, he also served as Chairman of the Iron and Steel Employers Association and was part of a consultative panel established to advise the then Federal Commissioner of Labour.

He also served as Director of International Operations for Norcros plc and later Director of Corporate Finance for Byrne Fleming (Pty) Ltd. More recently he acted as advisor to several company boards in Indonesia, whilst concurrently acting as treasurer of the Bandung International School.

To be awarded an MBE by the Queen
is a great honor indeed.

He has served as Chairman of the British School Manila for the last ten years.

“Simon has made a tremendous contribution over many years to the development of the British School Manila. I am delighted that this has been recognised in the New Years Honours list. I offer my personal congratulations,” said British Ambassador Stephen Lillie.

Chairman Bewlay and his sister 
right after the ceremonies in Windsor Castle.


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