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Legal expert named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

John Ward, a consultant with the Wills & Estate Planning team at Napthens solicitors, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

John, who has worked in the legal sector since qualifying in 1978, will receive an OBE for his services to the charitable and voluntary sector in Lancashire.

The father of three, who lives in Broughton with his wife Helen, works with a number of good causes in Lancashire including as chair of trustees for Galloway’s Society for the Blind in Penwortham, and as a trustee for Preston-based Deafway.

The legal expert recently retired as trustee of Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, and is chair of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Endowment Trust.

He has also acted as clerk of the select vestry of the Parish of Preston for around 30 years, and was a senior burgess during the recent Guild celebrations in Preston.

John said: “It was lovely to receive the news, and very unexpected. We had known for some time that I had been nominated for this honour, and it was very difficult not telling anyone!

“I’m still shocked to have been chosen, and I never expected to receive this kind of recognition for the work I do, trying to give a little back to the community.”

John will now attend an investiture ceremony in London in the autumn.