Yesterday Pasquale Terracciano, the Ambassador of Italy in London, bestowed the award Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy, conferred from the President of the Republic to Roland Dacre Rudd.
Rudd, a financial journalist, worked for the Financial Times and in 1994 founded financial public relations firm Finsbury, applying his journalistic experience to introduce a new style of communication in the ambit of financial information. Finsbury collaborates with prominent Italian companies from the financial, industrial and business sectors such as Intesa San Paolo, Medio Banca, Eni, Enel, Terna and Autostrade per l’ Italia, enhancing their name, reputation, and capacities for globalisation.
Committed Europeanist and great friend of Italy, Rudd was one of the ‘Four Wise Men’ advising the ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2007 and played a decisive role in the consolidation of bilateral relations between Italy and the United Kingdom. He attentively promoted the reform of Britain’s electoral system and the inclusion of the United Kingdom within Europe, founded the think tank Business for New Europe in 2006 with the aim of publicly promoting the benefits of membership of the EU. Furthermore, Rudd played an active role in favour of the ‘Remain’ campaign in the course of the Referendum of June 2016. As a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board, Rudd launched independent studies to advocate reform of the European system and bolster the role of the European Union as a global actor.
Rudd demonstrated a commendable generosity towards those affected by the 2016 earthquakes in Accumoli and Amatrice with his salient donation. Furthermore, for many years he has been a great philanthropist as a patron of the National Society for the prevention of cruelty to children (NSPCC), and the Centre for Rare Disease Research Fundraising Appeal Board for the paediatric hospital Great Ormond Street.