Mr Julian Reddyhough, Cert Hon
The Certificate and Badge of Honour for services to the community goes to Attorney Julian Reddyhough, Joint Managing Partner at Maples and Calder. In Mr Reddyhough's case, 'community service' is synonymous with his sustained contributions to the care of the elderly residents of The Pines Retirement Home.
From his wife Ingrid, an Irish registered nurse (RN), he first heard that the retirement home badly needed a second RN but couldn't afford one. When he learned that The Pines is run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations with public and private funding, he joined with a couple of colleagues to fund that second salary.
In 1991, Mr Reddyhough accepted a seat on The Pines board, and in 2002 he was appointed chairman, a position to which he has currently been reappointed.
Presently, his energies are centred on obtaining $3 million, primarily through corporate and business contributions, to fund a new two-storey block that will add urgently-needed space to the Pines at a total cost of $6 million.
Since the current building is not hurricane proof and was extensively damaged by 2004's Hurricane Ivan, Pines residents are evacuated to shelters whenever a hurricane warning occurs. The new building will eliminate this recurring problem and it will also be able to house and facilitate heavy care for an additional 23 residents.
"The plans are approved and we expect to break ground shortly," Mr Reddyhough says with satisfaction. "We have money to build up to the roof and we are going to press on while we try to secure the rest of the funds."
Commenting on his award, Mr Reddyhough prefers to credit the "dedicated and tremendously loyal" staff for the level of care accorded to Pines residents. "I am merely the figurehead," he says. "I am just grateful that The Pines is sufficiently important to the Cayman community that the chairman is considered worthy of this honour."
He is also quick to acknowledge the generosity of local individuals, of government, and of business and corporate entities, which has combined to keep The Pines functioning over the years.
The son of teachers, Julian Reddyhough was educated at Haileybury College, Hertford, and later at Christ Church, Oxford University, from where he earned his MA in law. After obtaining professional practice qualifications from Lincoln's Inn, he was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1985. He worked with a London law firm, until a newspaper advert caught his eye and he arrived in Cayman in 1989 to work with Maples.
He and his wife have four sons: James (15), Luke (12), Matthew (7) and John-David (6); all are at school in England. Mr Reddyhough's spare time interest is classic cars.
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