Peter Hindle receives the MBE from Prince Charles.

Jewson chief collects royal honour at the Palace

Published:  13 July, 2009

LONDON: Peter Hindle, chief executive of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland and managing director for Jewson builders' merchants received an MBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday 10 July.

The investiture follows the announcement of the New Year's Honours List, which awarded Mr Hindle an MBE for services to the building industry and to charity.

On the official ceremony, Mr Hindle commented: "It is a privilege and an honour to be presented with this accolade, but is not one person's achievement that is being honoured here; it is a reflection of the efforts made by the 11 000 people employed by Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland.

"I am proud of the dedication and commitment of every individual within the company and I would like to thank them all, once again, for their continued support."

Mr Hindle has worked within the builders' merchant sector for nearly 40 years, with over 30 years at Jewson.

He has worked his way through the organisation from his first role at branch level to become managing director in 1999.

In 2003, following Saint-Gobain's acquisition of Jewson, he became chief executive of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland, the UK's largest distributors of timber and building materials, including well-known company names such as Graham, Frazer, and Ideal Bathrooms.

Under his leadership SGBD-UK has expanded the market into Ireland, and new strategic brands have been developed, including Minster the specialist insulation and drylining distributor, and Greenworks the industry leading initiative providing sustainable building solutions.

As a keen champion of how business can work to support charitable causes he established the Together programme, an annual fundraising initiative for SGBD UK and Ireland.

Since its launch in 2002 the Together programme has raised almost £2m for charities including Wish Upon a Star, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

A new partnership has just been officially launched with Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK (see News 13 July).

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