ARDROSSAN’S Alan Bell has been named as a finalist in the annual Scottish edition of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of veterans in second careers.

Alan Bell, who runs The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety from the Barony St John Centre in Ardrossan, is a finalist in the “Inspiration of the Year” category for his work empowering vulnerable people and his campaign to make the Ardrossan Connections cycle route safe for all pedestrian including sensory impaired people and people with mobility issues.

Alan served with Royal Military Police, Special Air Service and Royal Airforce both full and part time over a 15-year period before setting up his charity to help others.

He told the Herald: “To reach the final of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards is thrilling in itself as these awards are from my military peers but to be in the category of ‘Inspiration of the Year’ is a great honour. I’m truly humbled to hear that the work I do with my charity is inspiring to others.”

The winners will be announced and celebrated at a glittering ceremony on May 25 in the Hilton Glasgow’s Grand Ballroom.