Our wonderful patron Jack Morris to be awarded a CBE

13 June 2016

Jack Morris, Business Design Centre Chairman, made CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jack Morris OBE, Chairman of the Business Design Centre Group has been made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – for services to Business and Charity in London. He was previously awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to Further Education.

The Business Design Centre celebrates thirty years in business this year and when it opened in 1986 was widely recognised as being the catalyst for the successful regeneration of the Angel, Islington area of London. Jack and his team are currently working on delivering the City North project, a major mixed-use urban regeneration development in Finsbury Park, London which is being undertaken in partnership with Telford Homes PLC.

Jack is a member of the London Enterprise Panel, established in 2012 by the Mayor of London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London. Jack is Co-Chair of its Skills & Employment Working Group. From 2006 to 2011 he was a member of the London Skills & Employment Board, a body also established by the Mayor of London to tackle the challenges of skills shortages and worklessness in the capital. He is Co-Deputy Chair of London Councils Young People’s Education & Skills, the lead strategic body for 14-19 education and training provision in the capital. In these public appointments, he has contributed extensively to developments in education and training, employment skills, apprenticeships, careers advice and social inclusion.

Jack is Chairman of the Morris Charitable Trust, a charity funded by the Business Design Centre Group. The Trust supports numerous local community projects and other charities. He is also Chairman of the Islington Giving Appeal, a ground-breaking campaign created by a coalition of charitable organisations in Islington, including the Morris Charitable Trust, to support projects which tackle poverty and inequality within what is one of London’s most deprived boroughs.

From 2010 to 2013 Jack was Chairman of the Ben Kinsella Trust, a charity founded by the Kinsella Family in memory of their son Ben, to educate young people on the devastating consequences of knife crime on families and society. Following national and local concern about Ben Kinsella and other victims’ cases and the escalation of knife crime generally, the Business Design Centre adopted the charity for particular support and worked with the family on creating and launching its educational exhibition. Jack is currently a Patron of the charity.

Jack is an honorary Freeperson of the London Borough of Islington. In 2007 he received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science from City University, London and in 2013 was awarded a Beacon Fellowship in Philanthropy by UK Community Foundations.

Commenting on the honour, Jack said: “I am absolutely delighted and very moved to be receiving this honour. It is not lost on me how fortunate I am to be surrounded by a loving family and to work with so many marvellous people in my business, charity and voluntary activities. I am deeply grateful for their help and support in whatever I’ve managed to achieve and feel this honour is also very much a tribute to them.”