SNJ COLUMNIST and legendary Gloucestershire newsman Ian Mean has been recognised in the Queen's Jubilee Honours.

Ian - who writes a weekly column for our business page and often contributes other articles - has been made an MBE for services to the community in Gloucestershire. 

Born in 1946, Ian is a former editor with a long career in both the regional and national press including a roles as northern news editor and a reporter for the Daily Mail.

Years of civic service rewarded

Since relocating to Gloucestershire, he has played an active role in dozens of organisations and is passionate about promoting business in the region.

Ian is currently Business West's director for Gloucestershire, vice chair of GFirstLEP and a board member, chair of Gloucestershire Hospitals Organ Donation Committee, regional chair for the South Central division of NHSBT organ donation committees, director of the Forest of Dean Economic Partnership and honourary vice president of Gloucestershire College

Ian has an honourary doctorate of philosophy from the University of Gloucestershire and is also a former vice chair of the Gloucestershire Heritage Urban Regeneration Company and is a Freeman of the City of Gloucester.

You can read Ian's column every week in the SNJ.