Trading standards champion receives award at Buckingham Palace
A senior member of the Trading Standards Institute was at Buckingham Palace on Friday 23 April to receive his MBE awarded in the New Year honours list for services to consumers and business.
TSI is delighted its former chairman Bryan Lewin has been recognised for his tireless efforts over many decades in raising the profile of the trading standards profession.
Mr Lewin said: ‘To be awarded the MBE was a wonderful - and surprising - personal honour but it wouldn't have been possible without the support I have received from colleagues and councillors over many years, and, of course, my family.
‘I’m very proud to think that this honour reflects positively on everyone in, or connected with, the trading standards service and the tremendous work, under increasingly difficult circumstances, that is carried out every day for the benefit of consumers and business’.
TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: ‘It is fantastic to see Bryan so wonderfully recognised – he is highly regarded by all and I cannot think of anyone more deserving.
‘He has an invaluable wealth of legal knowledge and experience, gained over more than 40 years, to draw from to help trading standards to help consumers and businesses, locally and nationally. He remains a real asset to us and the whole profession.’
Bryan joined Northampton County Council in 1964 as a technical assistant with the then weights and measures department. Apart from three years with Norfolk County Council, Bryan remained in Northamptonshire, working his way up through the trading standards service to become head of trading standards in August 2004, retiring in January 2009.
He has been an influential figure at national level too - he has been a Fellow of the Institute since 2005 and as chairman of TSI from 2007 to 2008 he engaged with the then consumer minister Gareth Thomas on the hot topics of the year; a summer of toy recalls, outbreaks of foot and mouth, bluetongue and avian influenza, and new consumer protection legislation against unfair trading practices.
He also made a personal point to visit every TSI Branch in the UK for meetings, conferences or training weekends, ensuring that trading standards officers at all levels were kept up to date on matters affecting their profession.
Since his retirement he has remained an active and highly respected figure in the trading standards arena.
Bryan is currently a lead officer without portfolio for TSI – this follows a six year stint as a lead officer for intellectual property –, an advisor for LACORS and he writes a monthly legal feature for TS Today magazine.
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