Michael Grade and Johnson Beharry receive EVCOM Fellowship Awards

Lord Grade and Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC have been honoured with EVCOM Fellowship Awards.

They received their awards at a special lunch ceremony at the House of Lords recently.

The creative industries association honoured the two for their “significant, sustained and inspirational contribution to the communication industries”.

The new EVCOM Fellows join a list that includes Lord Attenborough, Bob Geldof, Baroness Lane-Fox, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dame Anita Roddick, Sir Ridley Scott, Sir Martin Sorrell, Kevin Spacey and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Michael Grade’s career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over nine years as chief executive of Channel Four.

Johnson Beharry was born in 1979 in Grenada, joining the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in 1999.

On 1 May 2004, Sgt Beharry assisted a foot patrol caught in a series of ambushes. He was cited for ‘valour of the highest order’.

He was awarded the VC in March 2005 and is one of only 10 living recipients of the Victoria Cross.

His charity work includes his JBVC Foundation, which helps steer underprivileged kids away from a life of gangs and crime. He is a Special Ambassador for Headway – the brain injury association and is involved with Help for Heroes.

The 2015 EVCOM Fellowship Lunch was hosted by Lord Watson of Richmond in association with CTN Communications and brought together leading professionals from across the industry to celebrate the work and contributions made by these individuals.

Steve Garvey, EVCOM chairman said: “Words like ‘inspiring’ and ‘hero’ are used widely in our industry, and sometime loosely, as a way of engaging audiences. Todays’ Fellowship Awards lunch showed their true power as we heard our Fellows’ stories. I know that everyone at lunch was deeply moved by the experience. I’d like to congratulate Lance Sergeant Beharry VC and Lord Grade and welcome them to the list of EVCOM Fellows.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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