A Bolney man who is an officer of both houses of Parliament has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Ian Denyer, who maintains the Roll of the Peerage - a public record registering peers throughout the UK - has been given the award on the recommendation of Prime Minister David Cameron ‘for services to constitutional and ceremonial administration.’
Ian is the Head of the Crown Office at the House of Lords - and a member of the senior leadership team at Bolney Village Chapel.
He is also a Freeman of the City of London and has other charitable interests in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.
He is also director and former chairman of Off the Fence, a Brighton-based charity for the homeless and disadvantaged.
Ian , who has been a trustee of the local charity for 15 years, was awarded the MVO - a rare personal honour from the Queen -in 2005 .
Ian’s new award marks 45 years in public service.
“I enjoy,” he said, “ a varied, richly rewarding and immensely fulfilling career working alongside the senior judiciary and some of the finest and committed individuals in government”.
In his role as deputy clerk of the Crown he has responsibility for important aspects of general elections, church and state appointments and high ceremonial.
He also has significant parliamentary functions as an officer of both Houses of Parliament and as Registrar of the Peerage and Baronetcy, examines all succession claims to hereditary titles.
“It is an honour too” he said, “to be involved with the work of Off the Fence and other charitable bodies where clear Christian principles underpin the organisations and is the motivating force behind the hope we seek to bring to clients.
“It is a real privilege to serve alongside a wonderful team of staff, volunteers and supporters”.