Royal engagement for Ian Cowie

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An Arbroath businessman brushed shoulders with royalty recently at a Buckingham palace reception for The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

John (Ian) Cowie, Managing director of Point Of Care Testing Ltd, was at the event, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen on March 18.

Her Majesty is patron of the trust and hosted the event to mark its 50th anniversary as Sir Winston’s living legacy.

Since 1965, over 5,000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest.

Ian went on his Fellowship in 1976 to the USA to investigate the running of Clinical Pharmacology laboratories. Since then Ian pursued his career in the commercial world gaining senior posts within the pharmacology and clinical diagnostics industries. Ian subsequently set up Point Of Care Testing Ltd and in 2012 celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Glamis Castle.

Ian said: “Having been awarded my Churchill Fellowship by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, I feel extremely honoured to have now met Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at this prestigious and special event which was held at Buckingham Palace as a celebration of Sir Winston Churchill’s life.”

Fellows from every decade since 1965 represented the Trust at the reception, as well as representatives from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia, and the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

To mark its semi-centennial, The Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships – investing at least £1.3 million in British citizens.

This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects.