University of Leicester to honour distinguished individuals from public life

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Fourteen honorary degrees to be awarded at graduation ceremonies between 9-12 July 2013

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 July 2013

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The University of Leicester is to confer honorary degrees on fourteen distinguished individuals of local, national and international standing at degree ceremonies to be held at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester between Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th July 2013.

The Leicester Honorands are drawn from the worlds of business and industry, art, music, academia, and the media.

Among the recipients is Leicester organist Ian Imlay and astronomer Professor Ken Pounds, both of whom are to receive a Distinguished Honorary Fellowship, the highest honour the University can bestow.

Those to be honoured are:

Tuesday 9 July 2013, 3pm

Dr Laurence Howard OBE (Doctor of Laws)

Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland and alumnus of the University of Leicester; has served the community and the University in a range of capacities, including as a Lecturer in Physiology and Sub-Dean of the Medical School.

Tuesday 9 July 2013, 3pm

Professor Sir John Tooke (Doctor of Science)

Head of UCL Medical School, former Chairman of the Medical Schools Council and researcher focusing on diabetes and its vascular complications

Wednesday 10 July 2013 11am

Professor Eric Dunning (Doctor of Letters)

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester and a pioneer of the sociological study of sport and of leisure

Wednesday 10 July 2013 11am

Professor Dame Olwen Hufton FBA (Doctor of Letters)

Historian and a pioneer of social history and of women's history

Wednesday 10 July 2013 3pm

Mr Ian Imlay (Distinguished Honorary Fellow)

Organist at St Nicholas Church, Leicester, who is renowned nationally and locally and has performed at every University of Leicester Degree Ceremony since 1983.

Wednesday 10 July 2013 3pm

Ms Almuth Tebbenhoff (Doctor of Letters)

Internationally exhibited sculptor; curator of University of Leicester’s Sculpture in the Garden exhibitions in 2012 and 2013

Thursday 11 July 2013 11am

Professor Ken Pounds, CBE, FRS (Distinguished Honorary Fellow)

Astronomer, known for his discovery of black holes, and now Emeritus Professor of Space Physics at the University of Leicester

Thursday 11 July 2013 11am

Mr Jon Culshaw (Doctor of Laws)

Impressionist and comedian, who has made contributions to the BBC’s The Sky At Night to promote astronomy to young people

Thursday 11 July 2013 3pm

Dr M Qasim Jan (Doctor of Science)

Geologist, previously Vice-Chancellor of three universities in Pakistan and now Professor Emeritus at the University of Peshawar

Thursday 11 July 2013 3pm

Sir Peter Scott (Doctor of Letters)

Eminent social scientist, Professor of Higher Education Studies at Institution of Education and previously editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement

Friday 12 July 2013 11am

Ms Nicola Benedetti MBE (Doctor of Music)

Classical violinist and previous winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year

Friday 12 July 2013 11am

Mr Peter Welton (Doctor of Letters)

Leicester-based artist and formerly Professor of Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic

Friday 12 July 2013 3pm

Professor Stephen Ball FBA (Doctor of Letters)

Karl Mannheim Professor of the Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London; widely published in the field of education policy analysis

Friday 12 July 2013 3pm

Mr Richard Brucciani OBE, DL (Doctor of Laws)

Chairman of hygiene products manufacturer Pal International Ltd, and a prominent figure in local community life in Leicestershire

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “I am delighted to be able to once again award honorary degrees to a wide range of highly successful individuals.  We are honouring both local people and those who are well-known nationally and internationally as well as being leaders in their own disciplines.  It is important for us to be able to highlight the achievements of key individuals, many of whom have strong connections to Leicester.  It is a valuable opportunity for students to see how they can aspire to be future leaders.”

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Notes to Editors: Fuller biographies and press comments are detailed below.

Further information is available from the Press Office, University of Leicester: pressoffice@le.ac.uk; 0116 252 3335

 

Dr Laurence Howard OBE

Tuesday 9 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Laws

Press Comment

I am both delighted and honoured to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester. My links with this outstanding university started in 1963 when my wife began her degree here. Little did I then know that I was later to read for a doctorate in the embryonic Department of General Physiology and then to return as a lecturer in the newly created Medical School where I stayed until I retired. Working with remarkable and inspirational people gave me a confidence I could never have imagined in my early days, encouraging me to diversify into public service.

The University of Leicester is a fine institution, made all the finer by those who work and study here and I am immensely proud of my connections with it.

Biography

Laurence Howard was educated at Strode’s School and studied at the University of Nottingham before receiving his PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Leicester in 1971. He joined the University in 1974 as a Lecturer in Physiology. He was appointed to Senior Lecturer in Physiology during 1988-1990. In 1990, Laurence was appointed as Sub-Dean to the Medical School, and subsequently as Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, until his appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Rutland in 2003. He has held a number of positions in public service, including chairman of the Central Council of Magistrates' Courts Committees, the Board of Visitors at HM Prison Stocken and Leicester Magistrates’ Association; a member of the Unified Courts Admin Board; President of Leicestershire and Rutland Headway, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation and the Rutland Sinfonia; Honorary Air Commodore of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron; Honorary Fellow of University College Northampton; and Patron of Leicester Charity Link.

 

Professor Sir John Tooke

Tuesday 9 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Science

Press Comment

It is a real pleasure and privilege to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Leicester, an Institution I have long admired. I became aware of the strength of the University’s Medical School through my chairmanship of the Medical Schools Council, as the then Dean of Leicester Medical School, Professor Ian Lauder, served on the Council’s Executive Committee. The Medical School’s profound commitment to both research and teaching excellence mirrors that of the University. In September 2012, I had the opportunity to speak to the new intake of Leicester undergraduate medical students. Their enthusiasm for their vocation and the commitment of the faculty augur well for the University’s continuing high impact in the field of medicine and medical science. My personal research links relate to common interests in cardiovascular disease, an area in which Leicester continues to excel.

Biography

  • Vice Provost (Health), Head of the School of Life & Medical Sciences and Head of the Medical School at UCL.
  • He is also Academic Director of UCL’s Academic Health Science Centre, UCL Partners.
  • Sir John is President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the immediate past Chair of both the Medical Schools Council and the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee (UKHEAC).
  • Member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board and the Council for Science and Technology. His clinical and research interests focus on diabetes and its vascular complications and he is a recipient of the European Association of Diabetes Camillo Golgi Award.
  • Former Chair of Diabetes UK Professional Section and former President of the European Society for Microcirculation.
  • The University of Exeter was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for his work on the pathogenesis of diabetic microangiopathy.
  • In addition to more fundamental work on the complications of diabetes his research has embraced screening and service delivery and organisational issues and the patient’s perspective.
  • In 2007 he led the Inquiry for the Secretary of State for Health into Postgraduate Medical Education and Training, culminating in the final report, Aspiring to Excellence.
  • In the same year he led a high-level group for the CMO on Barriers to Clinical Effectiveness, the report of which led to the creation of CLAHRCs (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care).

 

Professor Eric Dunning

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 11am

Doctor of Letters

Biography

Eric Dunning is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester. He is a graduate of the Universities of London and Leicester and has taught extensively in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and continental Europe. With Norbert Elias he is one of the pioneers of the sociological study of sport and of leisure, having worked in the field since 1959.

Eric has two children, Michael and Rachel. Formerly an active soccer centre-half and cricket-opening batsman, his main sporting involvements now are watching Leicester City and his son’s soccer teams.

 

Professor Dame Olwen Hufton FBA

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 11am

Doctor of Letters

Press Comment

At Leicester, Jack Simmons and Ilya Neustadt were particularly supportive of the kind of history I wrote and I remember both these with great affection. They were wonderful people and there were many others. With these memories I am looking forward to my visit with considerable enthusiasm.

Biography

I was born when the lights were about to go out in most of Europe (i.e. WW2) My first seven years were spent in a council house in Oldham, Lancashire, a cotton town.

I got a scholarship to an excellent grammar school although I was the only council house child in the form. After grammar school I graduated in the fullness of time to the University of London where I encountered Alfred Cobban. He fired my needs by his close study of social groups in the French Revolution and his close study of social and political change. Briefly, his work on the French Revolution determined my choice of further research. I became a doctoral student, chose the town of Bayeux as my prime site to explore popular activism and popular resistance and to explore the dynamic of change. My interests in socio-economic French History developed even when I finished Bayeux in the Late Eighteenth Century, the first book. In my second book – The Poor of Eighteenth Century France – I would concentrate on the modes of survival of the French poor in the 18th century. This was the book that won me the Wolfson Prize and led me into women’s history as well.

It was the moment when women’s record entered a changing historiography. I became involved and my new work prompted the offer of a Harvard professorship. I stayed there for four years before returning to Europe and accepting a chair at the European University Institute in Florence where I remained for four years before leaving in the late nineties for an Oxford professorship and I turned to the dynamic of financing educational and religious social initiatives. In short, I have always tried to understand the mechanics of social change and given this, history has been a super companion throughout my life.

 

Mr Ian Imlay

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 3pm

Distinguished Honorary Fellow

Biography

Ian was born in Leicester and was actually born less than half a mile from De Montfort Hall itself. At the age of 11 he was appointed organist of Groby Road, Isolation Hospital chapel. The salary was £10 per year.

He left Gartree Secondary Modern School at 15 and took up an apprenticeship with a local electrical company, remaining there all his working life.

At 16 he became organist of Kilby Parish Church and often deputised at St Peter’s Church in Oadby.  He was called up to do National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals at the age of 21 and spent the next few months at Catterick Camp in Yorkshire.

One night a notice appeared on “Orders” which read “Postings Extraordinary , Wanted, an officer or solider capable of playing the organ in the Garrison Church Malta.”

He applied and got the job, and spent the remaining 17 months working in the Orderly Room of 234 signal squadron and playing the organ and directing the choir on Sundays.

On returning to “civi street” and he was headhunted by one or two clergy who were looking for an Organist. One of them was Rev’d Arthur Widdess who was the vicar of St Nicholas Church in Leicester’s city centre and was the first Chaplain at the University of Leicester and colleges. The church is the oldest building in the city and dates back to the 9th century.

This was a very exciting venture, so Ian took up the challenge and became organist of St Nicholas on the first Sunday of the autumn term 1960 and has been there ever since.

In 1983 the University of Leicester conferred an honorary degree of Masters of Music (MMus) to Ian and he has played the organ at all of the Degree Ceremonies ever since. Last year Ian was summoned to York Minster to receive the Royal Maundy from HM the Queen for services to church music.

 

Ms Almuth Tebbenhoff

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Letters

Biography

1949 Born in Germany to German parents

1972 Studied ceramics at Sir John Cass School of Art, London.

1978 Drawing classes at the Royal College by invitation from Paolozzi.

1981 Converted church hall to studio in London.

1986 Metal fabrication classes at South Thames College, London.

1988 Member of cultural exchange program with Moscow

1991 Pollock-Krasner Award, USA

1992 Visiting professor at Stroganovska Institute for Art & Design, Moscow.

1993 Silkscreen printing at the London Print Workshop.

1994 British Council Travel awards for exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Poland

Installation at Jodrell Bank Science Centre

1995-8 Created ‘Steel Garden’ – large steel wall sculptures

1998 Commission: sculptures for the Cass Sculpture Foundation.

1999-2001 Weekly life drawing classes inspired by Cecil Collins.

2004 Commission: external sculpture for St. George’s Hospital, London.

2005 Elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

2005 Short-listed for Battle of Britain Memorial in Central London.

Several medium scale commissions of steel pieces for private collectors in London, Germany and USA.

2006 Scholarship Fondazione Sem in Pietrasanta, Italy for 3 months

2008 Commission: for Richard Rogers building in Chiswick, London

2008 Commission: suspended sculpture University of Leicester Library

2009 created annual BFI London Film Festival award sculpture

2010 Chosen to participate in ‘Donna Scultura’, Pietrasanta, Italy

2012 Curated the annual Sculpture Exhibition for University of Leicester ‘Interesting Times’

2013 Curated ‘A Change of Heart’ for University of Leicester

 

Professor Ken Pounds, CBE, FRS

Thursday 11 July 2013, 11am

Distinguished Honorary Fellow

Biography

Personal and Education

Born 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1934. Educated at Salt High School, Shipley, Yorkshire and University College London, gaining degrees  of BSc (Physics) and PhD (on studies of the solar XUV spectrum)

Career Highlights

Assistant Lecturer in Physics, Leicester University, January 1960

Director, X-ray Astronomy Group, Leicester, January 1969 – 1994

NASA Visiting Fellow, Harvard College Observatory, July - September 1971

Professor of Space Physics, Leicester University, October 1973 – September 2002

Head of Physics, Leicester University, October 1986 - 1989

Head of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University, October 1989 - July 1993

Chief Executive, UK Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council, April 1994-March 1998

Head of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University, April 1998 – September 2002

Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2003 – 2005

Emeritus Professor of Space Physics, University of Leicester, 2002 - present

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow, Royal Society of London

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Fellow, Institute of Physics

Member, International Academy of Astronautics

Member, Academia Europaea

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Honours and Awards

CBE (1984)

D.Univ (University of York, 1984)

Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal (1989)

D.Sc (Loughborough University, 1992)

Fellow (University College London, 1993)

D.Sc (Sheffield Hallam, 1997)

D.Sc (University of Warwick, 2001)

D.Sc (University of Leicester, 2005)

2007 Planetary Award (Association of Space Explorers)

2008 COSPAR Space Science Award

 

Mr Jon Culshaw

Thursday 11 July 2013, 11am

Doctor of Laws

Biography

Jon Culshaw is warmly regarded by many as Britain's best impressionist.

With a catalogue of over 350 characters ranging from Boris Johnson to Professor Brian Cox. From Barack Obama to Alan Carr. From John Bishop to Michael McIntyre.

His TV credits include Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, 2DTV, Head cases, Jon Culshaw's Commercial Breakdown and most recently teaming up with Debra Stephenson for The Impressions Show on BBC1.

With an unmatched versatility, Jon is regularly called upon for a host of guest appearances. Other credits include Parkinson, The Royal Variety Performance,  We are Most Amused, The Secret Policeman's Ball, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Stargazing Live.

Jon first made international headlines in 1998 by calling the switchboard of No10 Downing Street and fooling the operators with his William Hague Impression. He was put directly through to have a conversation with Prime Minister Tony Blair. The incident was mentioned at Prime Minister's Question Time and reported in Hansard.

Jon is also a regular guest on election programmes providing necessary comic relief with impromptu impersonations of politicians and commentators.

Recently Jon has become a regular team member of the world's longest running programme 'The Sky at Night'. First appearing with Sir Patrick Moore on the show's 50th anniversary in April 2007.

As a lifelong astronomy enthusiast Jon's role on 'The Sky at Night' is to ask the scientists the kind of questions that the viewers might have. As he describes it 'Simply the best job on Earth'

 

Dr M Qasim Jan

Thursday 11 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Science

Press Comment

I have visited the University of Leicester several times for academic purposes. The longer stays provided golden opportunities for interaction with faculty, staff and students, as well as unlimited use of laboratory facilities and library. In consequence, I published many papers with colleagues from Leicester, notably Brian Windley. I still have some analytical data to publish!

The visits to Leicester also helped me in becoming familiar with the local geography and culture. More significantly, my association with Professor Windley, Professor Mike Petterson, and the Department of Geology led to several PhD and post-doctoral fellows from Leicester working in the Himalaya of Pakistan, and many post-graduate students came from Pakistan to study at Leicester.

With this background, I feel elated to receive the Honorary DSc degree and am much thankful to the University of Leicester for this rare honour. All my friends and family are thrilled.

Biography

M Qasim Jan has obtained a BSc Hons (Peshawar), MS (Oregon, 1967), PhD (London, 1977), and Honorary DSc (King’s College, 2009). He carried out post-doctoral research at Leicester (1981, 1989), Dartmouth College (1985), Oklahoma (1987-88), and Oregon (1994-95). He joined the University of Peshawar as Lecturer in 1968, and rose to the status of its Vice Chancellor in 1997. He also remained the VC of Sarhad University, Peshawar (2001-2003), and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (2005-2009). Dr Jan is currently Professor Emeritus at Peshawar, Distinguished National Professor of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, and Advisor OIC Standing Committee on S&T, Islamabad. He also remained Secretary General of the Association of the Academies of Sciences in Asia (2008-2012).

Jan made admirable contributions to the geology of NW Himalaya through hundreds of papers, edited monographs, and treatise on the Geology and tectonics of Pakistan. Many of his papers were written jointly with faculty from the University of Leicester. As Director, Dean, VC, and member of governing bodies of many universities and science organizations, he has also been heavily engaged in academic administration and promotion of S&T in Pakistan and the Muslim World.

Jan is a Fellow of several academies, including the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), and Emeritus Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain. He is an established scientist with international reputation and has won many research grants, prestigious fellowships, medals and awards, including two Scientist of the Year awards, ISESCO prize in S&T, and three civil awards from the Government of Pakistan.

 

Sir Peter Scott

Thursday 11 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Letters

Press Comment

I am very honoured to receive an honorary degree from the University of Leicester, although I am not sure what I have done to deserve this honour! I will always be very proud to be a Leicester graduate.

Biography

  • Professor of Higher Education Studies, Institution of Education, University of London (2011 - )
  • Chair of Council, University of Gloucestershire (2011 - )
  • Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University (1998 – 2010)
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds (1996 – 1998)
  • Professor of Education, University of Leeds (1992 – 1998)
  • Editor, ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’ (1976 – 1992)
  • Reporter, item leader writer, ‘The Times’ (1969 – 1976)

Education

University of Oxford (Merton College) First Class Honours in Modern History

University of California Berkeley (Harkness Fellow at Graduate School of Public Policy)

Other

Member of Board, Higher Education Funding Council for England (2000 – 2006), chaired two strategy committees

Chair, Behavioural Sciences section, Academia Europea (2013 - )

Academician, Academy of Social Sciences

Knight Bachelor (2009)

 

Ms Nicola Benedetti MBE

Friday 12 July 2013, 11am

Doctor of Music

Biography

Nicola Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004 and has since released several albums, of which Fantasie peaked at no. 1 in the UK classical chart. She received an MBE in the New Year Honours 2013.

 

Mr Peter Welton

Friday 12 July 2013, 11am

Doctor of Letters

Press Comment

It was with great joy that I received the invitation to be awarded the honorary doctorate by the University of Leicester.

Biography

I was born in Lincolnshire in 1933. Left school at 16 and got my first job as a clerk in Grimsby General Hospital. At 18 I had to do National Service and enlisted in the Royal Air Force where I was trained to be an air wireless mechanic.

I later found myself at Leeds Teacher Training College where they decided that my experience suggested I should train to be a Maths teacher. Incredibly I took to art and on qualifying as a teacher the external examiner suggested I should “do a proper art course”. So I applied to Durham University and was accepted to read for Fine Art which I received in 1960.

The first job I got was as a stage designer in the Newcastle upon Tyne Playhouse theatre where I was required to be available to play small parts as well as design and maintain the sets. I was staggered to find myself playing a small part in a play alongside Michael Caine!

After about a year the theatre closed and I had to get a job which turned out to be an assistant art teacher at the first Comprehensive School in the North East. After a couple of years I received a telephone call from a pal of mine who had been at university with me telling me there was a vacancy for a lecturer at Salford School of Art and suggesting I should apply for it. This I did and found myself teaching life drawing.

Next move was back to the North East to work as a lecturer in Painting at Newcastle College of Art and after three years of this I saw a job advertised as Head of Visual Communication at Sunderland Polytechnic which I applied for and got. I introduced some innovative ideas into the curriculum which attracted the attention of the TV programme “Tomorrow’s World” who came to make a programme about the course. James Burke conducted the interviews and after the programme went out on air I received a message from a college in Cheshire asking if I would be interested in the post of Dean of Creative Arts in Cheshire College of Higher Education.

I did this interesting work for a few years and was then advised about a vacancy in Leicester at the Polytechnic. I applied for and was appointed Professor of Fine art at the Polytechnic and resigned to be a full time painter shortly after the institution was re-branded as De Montfort University. This was in 1990.

After I had embarked on my new career as full-time artist, I received a commission to paint a French landscape for Her Majesty the Queen - an event which has led to many more commissions.

One of these which I have very much enjoyed is the mural I painted with the help of children from St Thomas More School at the bottom of Knighton Road. This was commissioned by the University of Leicester.

 

Professor Stephen Ball FBA

Friday 12 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Letters

Biography

Stephen J Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of the Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London since 2001 (and previously taught at Sussex University 1975-1985 and King’s College London 1985-2001) and Editor of the Journal of Education Policy since 1985. His work is in ‘policy sociology’ and he has conducted a series of 12 ESRC funded studies which focus on issues of social class and policy and has received research funding also from Leverhulme, Joseph Rowntree, Education International, British Academy, Department for Health, Cancer Relief Macmillan and others.

Recent books include: Global Education Inc. (Routledge 2012); How Schools do Policy (with Meg Maguire and Annette Braun) (Routledge 2012); Networks, New Governance and Education (with Carolina Junemann) (Policy Press 2012), Foucault, Power and Education (Routledge 2012), The Education Debate (2nd Edition) 2013. He is author of 19 books, mainly in the field of education policy analysis, and more than 150 journal articles. His work has been translated into nine languages. He has given numerous keynote and public lectures around the world (most recently the Vere Foster Lecture in Dublin), and has been interviewed on radio and television many times in relation to educational issues.

He has an honorary doctorate from Turku University, Finland, is visiting professor at the University of San Andres, Argentina. He was elected as an Academician of Social Science in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006, the first sociologist of education to be so recognised.

 

Mr Richard Brucciani OBE, DL

Friday 12 July 2013, 3pm

Doctor of Laws

Press Comment

It is a great honour to receive this award and as a local Leicester person having watched the growth of the University of Leicester into one of the best in the country, it is especially pleasing.

Biography

1945. Born in Leicester

Educated at Ratcliffe College, Sileby.

1967 Qualified Chartered Accountant

1968-70 Assistant Director of Young Volunteer Force Foundation (a Charity based in London)

1971 married and came to Leicester to join the family business (Brucciani & Co) but instead developed a new company Pal International Ltd importing paper forage hats for the food industry from USA. Over the next 40 years growing the business into a successful manufacturing exporter of specialist disinfectant wipes and hygiene workwear for food, pharmaceutical and healthcare markets with offices in the Middle East and Hong Kong and a warehouse in Shanghai.

Other than day job-

1984 Regional winner of British Monopoly Championship (well and truly bankrupted in the National Finals)

1992-3 Chairman of CBI National Smaller Firms Council

1992-98 Founder Chairman Business Link Leicestershire

1995 New Years Honours  Awarded OBE for contribution to smaller businesses

1995-2003 Member National Manufacturing Council

1998-2006 Governor of his old school, Ratcliffe College

1999 Appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire

1999-2001 Member National Advisory Council for Education and Training Targets.

1999-2001 Chairman of CBI East Midlands Regional Council

2000-2001 Member of Council of University of Leicester

2001-2008 Member of University of Leicester Careers Advisory Committee

2000 to date Chairman of Trustees of The Chaplaincy to University of Leicester

2001-3 Vice Chairman East Midlands Regional Assembly

2006 to date Chairman of Governors Samworth Enterprise Academy

2008-11 Chairman Leicestershire Employment and Skills Board

2008-11 Member Leicestershire Business Council

2011 to date Trustee St Martins Cathedral Properties Ltd

2011 Pioneer of Our Leicester Day, an annual community event centred on Leicester Market supported by the RSA.

Member of Leicestershire Aero club as private pilot

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