Insurer who gave £2m to Minster fund becomes CBE

A PHILANTHROPIST who helps millions of people to insure their wallets and keys has become a CBE for services to Yorkshire business.

Hamish Ogston, 39, is best known for founding York-based CPP, a company which provides a range of insurance services, including credit card and identity protection, and mobile phone insurance.

When it floated in early 2010, CPP had a market value of 396m. Its current market capitalisation is around 500m.

Mr Ogston handed over the chairmanship of CPP to Charles Gregson in 2010.

He remains a non-executive director and owns 58 per cent of CPP's shares.

CPP is one of North Yorkshire's largest employers, with 900 staff based at its head office in York.

As well as being one of Britain's wealthiest individuals, Mr Ogston is a significant philanthropist.

Over the summer of 2008, Mr Ogston made a donation of 2m to York Minster's restoration fund.

Adrian Allen, a businessman who has dedicated most of his working life to reviving parts of South Yorkshire that were devastated by the collapse of the mining and manufacturing industries, has received an OBE for services to industry in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Doncaster-based Mr Allen, is the commercial director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, near Rotherham, a 45m partnership that applies scientific theory to manufacturing principles.

Richard Bottomley, a senior partner at professional services firm KPMG, who lives in Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, also receives an OBE for services to the accountancy profession and business in the North East.

Wakefield-based Margaret Wood, the first female chairman of the Institute of Directors in Yorkshire and the Humber, receives an MBE for services to business in the region.

Mrs Wood founded her specialist engineering and manufacturing business ICW (UK) in 1991, following the death of her husband Tony.

John Foster, the chairman of the Barnsley Work and Skills Board and the managing director of Barnsley-based Foster's Bakery, becomes an MBE for services to unemployed people in South Yorkshire.