Proctors couldn’t be prouder of its MD and founder, Roger Proctor, right now. In news that’s left us all delighted and thrilled, Roger has been awarded an MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the design industry in the South West.
It’s a ringing endorsement of Roger’s tireless advocacy of design as a catalyst for positive change economically, culturally and socially, particularly in the South West of England.
Roger’s passion for design, and his belief that British design is and should be world leading, has been the driving force behind the success of Proctors. This remains as strong today in the world of digital marketing as it was in the early days of design for print.
The evidence for this passion is abundantly clear. His commitment to the creative industries in the region earned him an Honorary Degree from the University of the West of England in 2008. And he’s played a pivotal role in the foundation and ongoing success of both the West of England and South West Design Forums.
Always keen to nurture strong links between education, industry and Government, he founded the South West Student Design Awards, which ran for 15 years and opened the door to a career in design for some of the region’s most promising graduates. More recently, Roger spoke at the European Commission organised Innova Conference in Copenhagen and presented to the Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group to help map the future of UK design education.
“It really is a great honour to have been recognised in this way, and totally unexpected,” explained Roger. “It has been a privilege to have worked with such a fantastic team of creative people across the South West, who have selflessly done so much to build our design industry, so that it can really play its part in delivering economic, social and cultural wealth to the region and nationally.”