Past Master David Laing CBE DL passed away on 3 March. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2024 New Year Honours list for services to charity and philanthropy.

David became chairman of Country and Metropolitan and was a director of Eskmuir, a quoted property company that was taken private and is the Laing family’s property vehicle. As well as being a director of a number of private companies, he served as a trustee, chairman or president of many charities, including the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and Adrenaline Alley, the biggest urban sports park in the UK.

David served as High Sheriff of Northamptonshire from 2010-2011 and served as Lord-Lieutenant of the County from 2014-2020. He was awarded a CBE in the 2024 New Year’s Honours list.

The Gazette, 30 December 2023