Charles Bishop (Doctor of Laws)

Thursday 13th July, 3pm

Charles (Chas) Bishop worked in a range of operational and marketing roles in five visitor attractions across the UK, including Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers, before joining the National Space Centre team in 1999 at a time when a disused sewage works in Leicester had been declared the ideal location for the Millennium Landmark project for the East Midlands. The National Space Centre is now the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and science. He became Chief Executive of the charity's operating company in 2001, launching the Visitor Attraction (2001), NSC Creative (2008) and the National Space Academy (2012) as its three strategic business units. He is Chairman of Leicestershire Promotions Ltd and a Trustee of the King Richard III Visitor Centre, and works closely with the UK Space Agency on recruitment and skills development needs for the space sector. He was Chairman of the East Midlands Tourism Council from 2008-11, and has done consultancy work for Government on issues of skills development and communication within the space industry. He is Chairman of Leicester shire Promotions Ltd, a Trustee of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres and serves on the Board of the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Press comment:

"I could not be more thrilled at this wonderful honour. The University had the idea for the National Space Centre in the first place and has been a huge source of support, not to mention space information and academic rigour, throughout. The ongoing partnership, together with the efforts of the brilliant National Space Centre staff, stand it in excellent stead for its ambitious development plans and long term success."

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