Former BII chairman Richard Pearson has received his OBE from Prince Charles, writes Ewan Turney. Pearson was among 120 others receiving a range of medals and honours. They included people from all walks of life – from high ranking representatives of the armed forces to University professors and jazz musicians. “I felt humbled to even be put forward for the OBE in the first place so my visit to the palace was an extra special privilege," said Pearson. "The whole day was superb and we were very well looked after.” Prince Charles spent a minute or so chatting to Pearson as he presented his OBE and acknowledged the significant role that BII plays in encouraging industry-wide professionalism and actively promoting social responsibility throughout the licensed retail sector.