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25 September, 2009

Citizenship Foundation's President honoured for his outstanding achievement in charitable work

The Citizenship Foundation’s President Andrew Phillips, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, was awarded the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 at a ceremony in London on 24th September. Lord Phillips was honoured for his lifetime achievement in helping and promoting charitable causes.

Lord Phillips said at the Third Sector Excellence Awards: "It is a real honour to receive this award, which could have gone to many people in this hall and many outside it."

Andrew Phillips has been President of the Citizenship Foundation since his retirement as Chairman in October 2000, a post which he held since setting up the organisation in 1989. The Citizenship Foundation is thrilled that his outstanding contribution to the charity's work, along with the many others that have benefited from his support, has been recognised in this way.

The Citizenship Foundation's Chief Executive Tony Breslin said: "Andrew Phillips' commitment - not just to the Citizenship Foundation - but to tackling the broader issues of engaging people in their communities, and in particular with law and politics, has been and remains unstinting and inspirational. We are proud and greatly honoured to have Andrew as both our Founder and President."

Andrew Phillips founded charity specialist law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 1970 and in 1997 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for establishing the Citizenship Foundation, and for his work with young people and the law. He was prominent in debates during the passage of the Charities Act 2006 and is also well-known for his legal advice on Radio 2's Jimmy Young programme. He has been a working Life Peer (Liberal Democrat) since 1998.

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