Birthday Honours for business leader and long-serving charity volunteer

Ian McMillan CBE is now a Knight of the Realm
Ian McMillan CBE is now a Knight of the Realm

An industry leader and a pensioner who established the local branch of a leading charity have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Iain McMillan CBE is awarded a Knighthood for his services to the Scottish economy and Ann Kerr the British Empire Medal for her tireless fundraising work.

Fundraising champion Ann has been awarded the BEM

Fundraising champion Ann has been awarded the BEM

Following a 23-year career in banking with the TSB Group, Mr McMillan (64) was director of CBI Scotland for 21 years.

The father of three from Pirleyhill Gardens in Falkirk is also chairman of the University of Strathclyde Business School’s advisory board, the Scottish North American Business Council and Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland, a Trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and served on a number of other private and public sector boards.

He is also an author and co-author of a number of publications on public policy in relation to the business, economic and legislative environment and Honorary Air Commodore of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Mr McMillan, who was presented with his CBE by The Queen in 2003 for services to lifelong learning in Scotland, said: “It never occured to me that I’d appear on an Honours List again, so this come as a very great but very pleasant surprise. It is very nice recognition indeed.”

After tragically losing her husband and a son to the disease, Ann Kerr was determined to find out what she could do to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The result was the formation of the MND Scotland Central Branch in 2001 and the start of a fundraising drive that so far has raised over £200,000 for the charity.

Ann (79), from St Modans Court in Falkirk, has dedicated the last 14 years to MND Scotland and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008.

The heartbreak of seeing her husband, Archie, die in 2000 at the age of 65 and then her son, Gordon three years later aged just 44, from MND has driven her on to do what she can to help make a difference for others facing similar challenges in their lives.

She said: “When Archie was diagnosed we received wonderful support from MND Scotland, but it made me realise there was nothing in this area to help people with the disease or their families to cope.

“Setting up the branch was the first step. I organised a meeting in Grangemouth and the MND Scotland Central Branch was formed with me elected its first chair.

“Now we hold a lunch every two months which allows people with MND to get together and socialise. Not everyone wants to attend these group meetings so I visit to tell them about the services and help that’s available.

“In 2013 our Glasgow headquarters started a support group here so that freed up the branch to concentrate more on fundraising.

“I’m thrilled about the award, but have to say there are more deserving people than me. I will be accepting it for them really because they have all been part of the team who have helped us achieve so much over the years.”