MBE for agency head

Grass Roots Group chief executive and chairman David Evans has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for services to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Evans is believed to be one of only three recipients ever to have been recognised for CSR work. He founded the Hertfordshire-based company in 1980 and it now employs 1,200 staff and has offices throughout Europe, the US, South America, Asia and the Middle East. Grass Roots Group has supported the community through sponsorship of sports clubs, its work with the Iain Rennie Hospice and Chiltern Air Ambulance service, and by offering work placements to homeless people. It also owns Pendley Court Theatre in Tring and lets it to a local theatre company for a token rent. The company was placed 53rd in this year’s Sunday Times ranking of the best mid-sized companies to work for. It was praised for its “green and caring culture”.

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