Congratulations to Phil O”Brien, Team Leader of Bowland Pennine MRT on his Investiture today as a Member of the British Empire

On Saturday 15th June 2013, we had pleasure in extending our warmest congratulations to long standing team friend and fellow mountain rescue colleague Phil O’Brien, current Team Leader of Bowland Pennine MRT, who had been made a Member of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Phil O’Brien came to mountain rescue from a background in the Scout Association and has been a member of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team since 1986, and has held the position of Team Leader since 2005.

Phil, aged 54years old, and originally from South Wales has been a long term resident of Preston, (An Honorary Lancastrian!) and is a keen walker and former climber.

He is the Team Leader of over forty volunteers in the Bowland Pennine MRT, which covers the Bowland Fells and a large area stretching to the Cumbrian boundary, the Lancashire coast, and the West and South Pennines.

Today he journeyed to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for services to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.

In the company of his wife Pam, and children Thomas and Olivia, Phil received his MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in todays Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The whole Bolton Mountain Rescue Team membership extends its fullest congratulations to Phil O’Brien MBE on his investiture today, and the honour of being recognised by the Queen for his contribution to mountain rescue in the Bowland Pennine MRT.