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Published: 16 June 2016

Queen honours Battersea alumnus

Following news that Professor Nigel Gilbert from Sociology has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his outstanding career in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, we are delighted to hear that Battersea graduate Peter Venison has been made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

The award has been made in recognition of his former role as founder and Chairman of International Golf for Youth Charity (IGYF) which aims to help disadvantaged young people throughout the world by raising money through staging international golf tournaments. Since its inception IGYF has distributed over £7 million to good causes in over ten countries.

Peter graduated from Battersea College of Technology in 1963 in Hotel Management, and has forged an impressive career in the tourism and hospitality field.

He has worked for a number of leading hotel companies and was chairman of Sun International Management in Switzerland, managing director of Sun International, South Africa, executive vice president of Kerzner Hotels in the USA and managing director of Sun Resorts in Mauritius, and a board director of Tsogo Sun, South Africa.

Peter retired in 2000, but has continued to work as a consultant to the international hotel and casino industry. He was a board member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Business Advisory Group.

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