- by Andrea Maslovar
We are proud to announce that Admiral James Wates of the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club has been honoured with a Knighthood in recognition of his services to business and charity.
Sir James, 59, previously honoured in 2012 with a CBE for services to the construction and the charitable sector, joined the Wates Group Board in 1997 and was appointed Chairman in 2013. He will be bestowed with the formal title, Sir James Wates CBE, and is expected to receive his Knighthood at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace over the coming months.
Being involved with our family business, the Wates Group has enabled me to work with some extraordinary people and teams. My life has truly been enhanced by the experiences the business has given me. I love what I do and am passionate about our industry. Construction has a positive impact on people’s lives and their communities, so what we do is profoundly important. I have also been delighted to give my time to charities and other organisations who are doing such valuable and inspirational work. This award is a testament to the outstanding work they do. I feel passionate that business well done is a force for good in society, and we must continually challenge ourselves to do better – to maintain higher standards of governance and ethics, and to help cement greater trust in business. I am deeply honoured by and grateful for the recognition that this award represents, commented Sir James.