Her Majesty The Queen has appointed George Farha, Founder and Chairman of GSP, as a Commander of the Order of St. John for outstanding support to St John and for philanthropy.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head of The Order of St John, which is more formally known as The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. It is a Royal Order of Chivalry first constituted as such by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1888.
The Order of St John is an organisation incorporated by Royal Charter and a registered Charity in England and Wales. The Order of St John is also accredited to the United Nations as a non-governmental Organisation (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
George Farha is a long standing supporter of numerous charities including St John Ambulance. During the height of the Covid crisis in 2021 he made a donation to St John Ambulance to support the training of volunteer first aiders, advanced first aiders, volunteers in care, and emergency response ambulance drivers.
Speaking about the award, George Farha said:
“I am deeply humbled and very proud to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen. I am very passionate about supporting good causes and there are few if any organisations more worthy of support than St John Ambulance. We should all be very grateful for the work St John Ambulance, and all the key workers in the UK, have done to support the nation over the course of the pandemic.”
The full announcement of George’s appointment can be found here.