September 2011: The Ian Johnson Suite

We are pleased to announce we are renaming our meeting room suite 'The Ian Johnson Suite' in memory of our former managing partner who passed on 21 December 2010.

Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and joined the Beaconsfield office of B P Collins where he focused primarily on the residential development and commercial property sectors. There he spent 25 years until he took over as managing partner in 1999 and moved to the head office in Gerrards Cross. He held that role until Jan 2009 and retired a year later.

He met his wife Pauline on his first day at B P Collins and she introduced him to the Young Conservatives, where he became chairman. Thereafter, he became extensively involved with local politics and became one of the most respected and familiar figures on the local business scene.

Ian was vice-chairman of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association, was elected to the Beaconsfield Town Council in 1983 and became Town Mayor for a year in 1990. He also served on South Bucks District Council from 1991 to 1999, was president of the Beaconsfield Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and later vice-president of Wycombe and South Bucks Chamber of Commerce, chairman of South Bucks Local Policing Board, trustee of the Friends of the Curzon Centre which raises funds to support this youth and community centre and had a long association with South Bucks Hospice where he became vice-president.

In recognition of Ian's community spirit and years of campaigning on behalf of others, Ian was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Beaconsfield Society in 2010. Les Davies, of the Society, commented on how he was "struck by the number and sheer variety of his voluntary activities and charity work." He went on to note how Ian could "be relied on to work selflessly and go out of his way to ensure things are done and done properly," concluding that Ian was "a very special man and has made an outstanding contribution to the Beaconsfield community."

Ian was a hugely committed person, devoting most of his life willingly and unselfishly to B P Collins and to other local activities that made him a considerable and remarkable figure in this area. He did a tremendous amount for this firm and for each person associated with it and it is an honour to name the Suite in his memory.

Below: (left to right) Helmut Otto, our first exhibitor in April 2008, and Ian Johnson.