Huge congratulations to OV Sir Christopher Benson (Cl 43-47) who has been awarded The Honorary Order of Australia Medal (OAM). The Honorary OAM is awarded to non-Australian citizens for outstanding achievement or meritorious service. Christopher has been awarded for his work in cementing relationships between Australia and the UK especially through Educational and Apprenticeship Exchange opportunities for young people.
Christopher is passionate about opportunities for young people and is involved with the Company of Watermen and Lightermen in London. This company supports young boys and girls, providing them with crewing, river skills and an education, with an apprenticeship scheme facilitating the development of competent and highly skilled river craft Masters and crew to manage vessels on the River Thames.
Christopher has had an incredible and varied career including being Chairman of a variety of major companies including Royal and Sun Alliance, MEPC and Boots the Chemist.