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Museum Chair of Trustees awarded Légion d’honneur

Museum Chair of Trustees awarded Légion d’honneur

The museum is delighted to congratulate it’s Chair of Trustees, Lord John Monks, for being awarded the Légion d’honneur earlier this month by the French Ambassador.

15 December 2015

Chair of PHM Trustees Lord John Monks

Légion d'honneur to be awarded to Lord John Monks

Around 3,000 French citizens are made members of the Légion each year, while 400 people from other countries are awarded the honour annually.  The highest decoration in France, the award was given to John for his work at the ETUC and for his support of workers in Europe.

Although he is remaining on the board, John will be stepping down as PHM’s Chair of Trustees in January 2016.  PHM Director Katy Ashton was proud to attend the award ceremony for John:Chair of PHM Trustees Lord John Monks & PHM Director Katy Ashton

‘I was delighted to be there to see John receive this well deserved award, recognising his hard work supporting workers in Europe.  John has been a fantastic Trustee and Chair for many years – a great advocate for the museum and has worked incredibly hard in lots of ways for the good of the museum, most recently helping to gain a great deal of support for our Join the Radicals fundraising campaign.  John will be stepping down as the museum’s Chair of Trustees next year to spend more time with his family, though we’re pleased he will remain on the board, continuing his support of the museum and ideas worth fighting for.’

As part of the museum’s Join the Radicals fundraising campaign, John and his family sponsored their Radical Hero Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP who led the Jarrow March.