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Our Chairman Receives CBE

3rd January 2012 by Onside Youth Zones

Bill Holroyd, Founder and Chairman of OnSide, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Bill has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of our charity, giving young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go, 365 days per year.

Jerry Glover, Chief Executive at OnSide said today that: “The Board and everyone connected with OnSide were thrilled with the news that Bill Holroyd, founder and Chairman of On-Side, has been awarded the CBE.

“Bill’s drive, ambition and total commitment to young people means that in just three years the charity now has four Youth Zones operating in Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham and Manchester (Harpurhey) with a further four Youth Zones in the process of being built in Wigan, Preston, Chester and Wolverhampton.”

Commenting on his award, Bill Holroyd said: “This award is really recognition for the extraordinary commitment I have received from our supporters, private sector “Champions”, volunteers, staff and the Local Authorities who have given the Youth Zone projects their total support.

“From the outset I have had an outstanding Board of Directors, all of whom have worked with me to accelerate the growth of the charity. In addition we now have local Boards of Directors in each of the Youth Zones and collectively we share a common vision; to have a Youth Zone in every town and city in the country.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has supported me and OnSide.”

Click here to find out more about what inspired Bill to develop Onside and what the charity’s vision for the future is.