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Industry figures recognised in Birthday Honours list

Channel figures were rewarded with public recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

The Queen's 90th birthday was more than just a chance for some people to try to smile through street parties between the rain and it also provided an chance for some in the industry to get public recognition in the Honours list.

This time around there were more names than usual to highlight as the industry got some well deserved recognition:

Philip Hulme
The co-founder of Computacenter back in 1981 has been awarded a Knighthood for his services to technology and philanthropy. He remained with the channel giant and served as it chairman from 1998 until 2001. He is also a substantial shareholder in financial tech specialist Dealogic.  

Simon Blagden
The non executive chairman of Fujitsu UK was awarded a CBE for services to the economy and skills. He has been involved with Fujitsu since 2005 after initially joining the board of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe.

Phil Jones
The Brother UK managing director, was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to business. He has been at the helm  of the printer firm for the last three years but has a career with the firm that spans back to his early days as a fax salesman in 1994. “To be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen is wonderful. I’m passionate about business as a force for good in people’s lives and in our local communities. This is why I spend time sharing any knowledge gained and encouraging other entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Helping other businesses helps Brother UK too. We work hard to ensure that we take on the very best practice that we learn from others," he said.

Neil Ledger
The channel veteran, with a CV that includes time at Data Connectivity, equIP Technologies, VADition and currently as non-executive board director at Exclusive has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to charity. Over the past two decades he has helped raise £300,000 for more then 40 local charities. Ledger's annual golf charity days are well known in the channel and have given a chance for the industry to give back. “I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this award,” said Ledger.  “It just seemed obvious to me that we could bring successful people from the IT industry and channel together, look after them for the day and encourage them to give a little back to those who need it most.  It has been its own reward, and I’ve made great friends along the way.  I’ve loved every minute, and this year’s event will be particularly special. But this hasn’t all been down to me alone and I’d like to dedicate this accolade to all the people who have helped organise the events over the years, all those who have donated auction prizes and finally all the people who have dug deep and donated to so many worthy causes.”

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