Royal honour for Horsham businessman

William Ward with his OBE following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
William Ward with his OBE following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A Horsham businessman who has helped to boost world trade has received a royal honour for his efforts.

William Ward, chief executive and co-founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, was formally presented with the OBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace last week.

Businessman William Ward, chief executive of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, receives the OBE from Prince Charles SUS-180314-122102001

Businessman William Ward, chief executive of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, receives the OBE from Prince Charles SUS-180314-122102001

The award - for services to the economy - was first announced in the Queen’s New Year Honours. It recognises William’s work as an ambassador for Britain.

William co-founded the Clipper Race with round-the-world sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1995.