The Rt Hon Geore Reid, chairman of Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) and a former presiding officer in the Scottish Parliament is to be rewarded for a life of public service.
The former journalist turned politician took over the Chair at ACE in 2010, following in the wake of founder Dr Alf Martin who chaired the charity for 26 years between 1984 and 2012.
The charity runs a profitable waste management business, ACE Recycling Group (ARG), which provides a professional service to businesses, local authorities, and communities across Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, and Edinburgh as well as other areas of Scotland through a network of strategic partners. ARG is a community interest company that provides training and employment, improves employability, increases environmental awareness and returns profits to support the social needs of communities in which it operates.
ACE Managing Director, Malcolm McArdle said: "Dr Martin was a remarkable character and we knew when it came to finding his successor it would have to be someone very special. We were delighted and honoured when George agreed to take on the role.
“George has been a great stabilising influence for ACE in very difficult economic times. His experience and dedication to service is inspirational to us all and he has overseen significant improvements in our corporate governance and our strategic thinking."
Mr Reid, who recently turned 73, described the award as an honour and said it was a nice rounding of a life spent trying to make a difference and helping others.
“It's nice to feel that other people feel that you have made a difference in public life,” he said.
For further information on ACE please visit www.recycleit.org.uk or call 01259 215090
As founding members of the Community Recycling Movement in Scotland and the UK Resource Association ACE understand the need for strategic partnerships. Enterprise Growth Funding from the Scottish Government means that ACE is now actively working with key partners, and looking for new partners to increase coverage throughout Scotland.
The Enterprise Growth Fund is a £6m Scottish Government Fund. The Fund is making strategic investments in ambitious and enterprising third sector organisations enabling them to develop, grow and become more sustainable. It supports third sector organisations to realise their full potential and to make a key contribution to the National Outcomes of the Scottish Government. The Enterprise Growth Fund is managed by the Wise Group with consortium partners CEiS, DSL and Social Value Lab.