Martin Ashley (Scholar 1976) was awarded the MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 1st March 2011.
Martin has worked for the Royal Household for a number of years now, on St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, St James’s Palace, the Chapel Royal and Buckingham Palace. He has just finished works to the south face of the courtyard at Buckingham Palace, which was the remaining Blore face which has for a long time been in a parlous state. The original Caen stone had begun to drop off. Repairs have included the use of some new Caen stone. He thinks that it is the repair of this particular element that attracted the award.
Martin is partly following in the footsteps of Arthur Francis (Scholar 1965) who also worked for the Royal Household for many years. At the time of the setting up of the Dance Scholarship Trust he was working on Clarence House and it was he who encouraged us, the steering committee of what was to become the DST, to ask HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to launch the Dance Scholarship Trust.
We should also like to remind everyone that this follows on from the lovely news that Donald Insall (Scholar 1950) received a knighthood last summer.
With grateful thanks to Shawn Kholucy for supplying this information.