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New Year Honours: MBE for Latymer School governor and architect Nigel Woolner

Nigel Woolner, who helped redevelop Latymer School in Hammersmith, has been honoured for services to art and education

Nigel Woolner is a Latymer Upper School pupil made good

A former governor Latymer School in Hammersmith has been made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Nigel Woolner, who was born in Ealing, gained a scholarship to Latymer before going on to enjoy a successful career as an architect.

After retiring from his role as a senior partner with international architects Chapman Taylor, he returned to his former school as a governor and masterminded the Latymer’s 15-year redevelopment programme.

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Mr Woolner, who is married with three children and three grandchildren, and lives in Bedford Park, has been honoured for his services to the arts and education.

He said: "l feel very honoured to receive this award for the work that I have had the privilege to do helping institutions such as the Royal College of Music and Latymer Upper School to achieve the quality of architecture and buildings that they deserve to play an active and creative role in today's ever changing & challenging world."

Mr Woolner has lived in Bedford Park for 36 years and was chairman of the Bedford Park Society for 17 years, and remains president.

In addition to his work on Latymer School’s behalf he served on the council of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal College of Music (RCM), being awarded a Fellowship of the College by Prince Charles, earlier in 2015.

He is also chairman of the Mills Williams Foundation, which supports young musicians at the RCM, the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music.

Mr Woolner helped found the Ravenscourt Park Society and was later chairman of the Bedford Park Society for 17 years and is now president.

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