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John Osborn awarded CBE

05 November 2020

John Osborn (1962) has been awarded a CBE in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his philanthropic services to Education, the Arts and charity.

One of King Edward's School's longest standing donors, John has sponsored over 20 boys through their KES education since 2002.

John has a passion for classical music and has made significant donations to support the work of the CBSO, including establishing an endowment for the orchestra's chamber music programme and supporting the position of Music Director. He also funds the Director of Music position and the Osborn Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read Classics.

This commitment to music continues in John's sponsorship of boys at King Edward's who are not only academically gifted but also musically talented.

On his reasons for supporting the Assisted Places Fund, the former Chief Executive of Alexon Fashion Group, said: "My family circumstances meant that my parents could never have afforded to pay for me to go to a school like KES. I was, however, lucky enough to get a free education at the school and then at Cambridge. Sadly, such opportunities do not exist for pupils today and so it seemed fairly logical for me to give something back.

"I get great enjoyment from being a benefactor. It really is rewarding - not just to repay one's own educational debt but also watching the boys' progress from afar."

Congratulations to John and to all those recognised in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.