Bill Drysdale, chairman of the British-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (BBCC), was given Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) honours for his services to business in the 2014 New Year’s honours list, published on December 30.
Drysdale has served as chairman of BBCC since 2011, and operates a free-lance consulting practice in Bulgaria and the Western Balkans.
From 2003 to 2005 he served as an advisor to then Bulgarian prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, then spent five years as a member of the management and consulting team at AIMS Human Capital.
After an initial career in KPMG in Scotland, Drysdale was managing partner for nine years, first of KPMG Poland then KPMG Bulgaria and Macedonia.
“It is a great honour for me to accept this award for my work here in Bulgaria. I share the credit with a few special colleagues who have helped me far beyond the call of duty. Bulgaria is my second home and I am pleased that my efforts here have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen,” Drysdale said.
“I believe that British business has a lot to contribute to Bulgaria and that trade, investment and exchange of skilled human resources between the two countries are of enormous mutual benefit.”
British ambassador in Sofia Jonathan Allen said: “I am delighted to see Bill Drysdale’s exceptional contribution honoured in this way. Bill is a great patriot, both for his own country and for his adopted country, Bulgaria. He strives in all he does to improve understanding between the two, in particular through strengthening and deepening business links.”