man recognised in Queen's New Year Honours list
Wedmore man has received a top accolade in the Queen's New Years
Honours list, announced this week.
Ball has received an Order of the British Empire for his services
to Cathedral Choral Music and to Young People.
pictured welcoming The Countess of Wessex to Wells Cathedral School
on an official visit, is the former Chairman of the Wells Cathedral
Girl Chorister Trust.
Cairncross, Head at Wells Cathedral School, said: "The Trust
had had a shaky start. It needed strong, inspired leadership, advocacy
and drive. Iain brought all those qualities and more."
worked very hard. His meticulous preparation for trustees
meetings, his seeking out of good people to be trustees (which continued
even into the clear eyed succession plans for his own departure
as chair), his thorough planning for events, and his building of
a team to help him do that - all these were just the outward manifestation
of hours of reflection and planning. And he worries productively.
He told me that, having finished his term as chair, he could now
sleep easily and I dont think it was an exaggeration."
had a vision for the Trust which has enabled him to lead the raising
of a million pounds thus far. It meant that he steered its evolution
into a trust for boy and girl choristers alike, when that became
desirable, with charm and firmness, and managed to retain the support
of those with a particular commitment to the girls cause."
shared that vision with countless people, including his own friend
Lady Marina Hobson, who has been such a generous enabler, and including
HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who became not only the Trusts
royal patron, but its friend and foremost cheerleader."
supported the whole choir through the opportunities for new and
interesting music which Trust activities have given, and many people
have had hours of quality entertainment through Trust events."
Iain is, above all else, generous. He shares his contacts and his
friends like Lady Marina and he shares his hospitality.
He thanks people warmly, quickly, and personally. He is trenchant,
and he is kind. So he achieves things!"
his greatest success is that he leaves the leadership of the Trust
at a point when it is both solid and developing, with clear ambition
for the future, and the ability to realise that ambition. We owe
Iain a great deal!"