John Timpson, chairman of the highstreet cobbler and key repairer, and long-term corporate supporter of After Adoption’s flagship SafeBase therapeutic parenting programme, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He and his late wife Alex, who died in January 2016, fostered some 90 children over 31 years. He told the Telegraph:
“I receive this honour with great pride and a certain amount of sadness. I was very much the junior partner on the fostering front, and my late wife Alex also had a fundamental influence on all that I’ve done in business, so I’m bound to regret that she’s not alongside me to be properly recognised as Lady Alex,” he said.
“I hope that I can put this recognition to good use by promoting our involvement with employing people from prison, encouraging every school to understand how to look after looked-after children, and – being frank about my own difficulties – develop a greater understanding of stress in the workplace.”