Two named in New Year’s Honours List

Alistair Campbell, owner of Bellair Business Hubs, received an MBE. Picture: Michael Gillen
Alistair Campbell, owner of Bellair Business Hubs, received an MBE. Picture: Michael Gillen

Two local men have received awards in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List for their services to business and civil service.

Bo’ness businessman Alistair Campbell has been honoured by HM The Queen for his services to the economy and town centre regeneration and is to receive an OBE.

Former council employee David Bennett, who now works for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), was mentioned in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List is getting an MBE for his work on the Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

Mr Campbell, who has over three decades of experience in the business world, says he was incredibly proud to receive his mention on the list.

He said: “I felt shock, pride and humility in equal measures.

“Of course there is no way that I could have achieved such an accolade without the support and help of close family, many friends and, vitally, the many business colleagues who have helped me achieve what I have achieved over the years.

“As a result I regard this as very much a team award.”

For over 30 years Mr Campbell has been managing director of Bellair (Scotland) Ltd and has overseen a wide spectrum of property development and investment projects across central Scotland, mainly in Falkirk and Grangemouth.

He has seen business change dramatically over the past 30 years and Mr Campbell has adapted with it, meeting the ever changing demands of his trade.

In 2014 he relished the challenge of bringing the former Falkirk Post Office into use and tackled the project head on.

After six months of completing that project, the Falkirk Business Hub was boasting a two-thirds occupation rate, offering quality office space and an engaging environment in an easily accessible location.

Mr Campbell admitted he doesn’t do things by half and looks forward to the day when he accepts his OBE.

Mr Bennett is a regional supervisor with CWGC and has been based in Turkey for three years organising the horticultural, structural maintenance and renovation of CWGC cemeteries. He attended Falkirk High School and worked with Falkirk Council’s parks department.

His grandfather James Paterson is a former Provost of the district.