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Edwin Maxwell

Edwin Maxwell, managing director of Nottingham-based EAM Building Group, and chair of the New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, Nottingham, is to be presented with an MBE in recognition of his services to the local community.

Maxwell has been actively involved in a wide variety of arts and community projects for over 20 years, as well as running a successful building company, which he established in 1983. Originally operating as EAM Electrical, over the intervening years Maxwell has grown the company into a general contracting company providing a range of building services to public, private and commercial clients.

As chair of the New Art Exchange, Maxwell was instrumental in leading the project’s successful bid for funding and was involved at all stages of the development. From signing off initial design concepts to the appointment of contractors and from on-going project management to overseeing the construction programme, Maxwell played a pivotal role in delivering the RIBA award-winning centre.

The £5m project was funded by organisations including: Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council, the Greater Nottingham Partnership, East Midlands Development Agency, Radford and Hyson Green New Deal for Communities, and European Regional Development Funding.

As the chair of the arts centre Maxwell is now part of a dynamic arts organisation whose objective is to become a national centre of excellence promoting contemporary arts within the cultural and creative industries.

Prior to becoming involved with the New Art Exchange Edwin’s community involvement included: setting up Excel; Chairman at EMACA Visual Arts; Secretary of the West Indian Caribs Cricket Club; Chairman of Carrington Sports & Recreation Centre Management Committee; Midlands Regional Committee Member of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), subsequently becoming President of the NFB for the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Association; Director of NECTA; Director of the Greater Nottingham Training & Enterprise Council.

Commenting on his MBE, Edwin Maxwell said: “It is an honour to have been recognised for the work that I have been involved in for the last 20 years, but the success that I have been a part of is really down to the fantastic team of people that I have had the privilege to work alongside.”