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Congratulations to Proprietor, Roger H. Arden, who received the well-deserved honour of M.B.E., for services to the community of Liverpool, in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. A brief biography of Roger, a Past President and former Trustee of the Athenaeum, can be found below;
His practice was Gamon Arden & Co. established in 1880 by his grandfather. He held the Offices of Registrar of the Diocese and Legal Secretary to the Bishop of Liverpool for over 40 years. He was also Chapter Clerk to Liverpool Cathedral. In this role, he was a member of a small Chapter group driven by the vision of the then Dean to develop a nine-acre bomb site in front of the Cathedral, derelict since the end of the war. The project was to provide 160 affordable homes and accommodation for 450 students: at a challenging time in Liverpool’s history, this helped pave the way for wider regeneration in the City post-2000.
Roger served on the Law Society Committee and various subcommittees for over ten years becoming President in 1988. He also served on the Legal Advisory Commission of the Church of England. He was a Governor for many years of two Liverpool Schools. He was a trustee of numerous local Charities and on the Board of two Housing Associations, one of which honoured and amused him by calling a 44 unit sheltered housing development in the north of the City Roger Arden Court!