MBE Recognition

Congratulations to the Chairman of Grosvenor's Board of Governors Mr Reg Magowan who has been awarded a MBE for Services to Education in Northern Ireland in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mr Magowan stated, "I am honoured and delighted to receive this award.  However, I am conscious that everything we do in Grosvenor Grammar School is a team effort and the Honour reflects the efforts of all those who work in the School".  Reg was appointed to the Board of Governors of Grosvenor in 1989 and became Chair in 1992, a position he holds to the present day.  During that time he has served with three Principals and overseen the transformation of the school estate.  This culminated in the opening of the School’s new world-class facility in April 2010 at a cost of over £20m.

Reg, whose three children attended Andrews Memorial Primary School in Comber, served as Treasurer of the PTA there for many years and in addition to his position in Grosvenor is a Governor of Tullycarnet Primary School. His wife Pamela teaches in Ballyholme Primary School in Bangor and his daughter is a teacher in Belfast.

Reg retired from the position of Senior Computer Project Manager with Gallaher plc and has always been involved with young people in a voluntary capacity, including as Chair of Hostelling International NI, Chair of the Council for Education in World Citizenship and assisting Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions. He is currently President of the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs.

He is a compulsive traveller and has walked many of the National Trails in the UK as well as travelling extensively worldwide, visiting over 120 countries in the process.

Everyone in the School is delighted that his hard work and commitment has been appropriately recognised.

R S McLoughlin