Bolton School Former Pupils

Honours for Old Boys in New Year List

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Two of Bolton School’s former pupils have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2020. Graham Pendlebury (Class of 1977) becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public service, while Andrew Jowett (Class of 1980) has been awarded an OBE for services to education in Zambia.

Graham recently stepped down as Director, Local Transport at Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of a thirty-five year career with the civil service. Between 2004 and 2009, he held Director-level positions responsible for road and vehicle safety and standards, environmental policy, international relations, better regulation, local transport funding and policy, and relations with the UK devolved administrations. He has also worked on cross-cutting strategy, aviation emissions, rail privatisation and civil service recruitment. His contribution to the transport sector, and to wider public policy, were recognised at the UK National Transport Awards in October 2019, where he received the Lifetime Contribution to Transport Award.

Andrew began his career in international development with Save the Children UK and Harvest Help (now Self Help Africa), working on projects in Africa and Central America before co-founding Build It International in 2007. The aim was to provide construction skills training to unemployed young people and at the same time build urgently needed schools and clinics to bring essential services to some of Zambia’s most disadvantaged communities. Under his leadership, Build It has raised £11 million, helped to train over 1,000 young people and completed 47 community building projects to support around 300,000 people. Build It’s Centre for Excellence, a new construction training centre in Lusaka, is already in operation and when completed in 2021 will be a hub for construction skills training, small business development and sustainable building techniques.

Congratulations to both Old Boys on their honours.

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