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Postgraduate and lifetime achievement honoured

1 March 2002

Postgraduate and lifetime achievement honoured

POSTGRADUATES from Aston University in Birmingham were honoured on Friday, 1st March in the University's Spring graduation ceremony.

Honorary degrees were conferred on David Gregory, Ray Evans and Alan Jones, OBE as recognition of their lifetime achievements in business, industry and education.

Alan Jones, OBE is Group Managing Director, TNT Express and a member of the Board of Management of TNT Post Group, NV. He is the Variety Club of Great Britain 1998 Midlands Businessman of the Year and winner of the 2000 Investors in People Ambassador Award. He is the founder Chairman of Midlands Excellence and was elected to the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Governing Committee in October 1999.

Alan is a member of the Ministry of Defence Tri-Service Logistics Ministerial Steering Committee and a member of the Defence Procurement Ministerial Advisory Agency Board. He is also the partner chosen by the Cabinet Office to sponsor and lead the TNT Modernising Government Partnership Award Competition.

David Gregory was educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford University and the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Birmingham University. After holding various posts in banking and local government, he joined Aston University as a lecturer in 1969. He subsequently held the positions of Head of the Public Sector Management Group, Chairman of Aston Business School, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Modern Languages, Director of Aston Business School Management Development Programme and Director of the Institute of Continuing Professional and Managerial Studies. He retired in 1999 but remains an Honorary Fellow of Aston Business School and is Chairman of its advisory board.

Throughout his career Mr Gregory sustained a research interest in evaluation of public service performance and the interface between top managers and politicians. He contributed regularly to the Cabinet Office Top Management programmes in its early years and undertook many public service consultancy assignments, both in the UK and overseas.

Ray Evans attended King Edwards Camp Hill Grammar School before taking an apprenticeship with the British Cast Iron Research Association and attending evening classes at Birmingham Central Technical College - the forerunner of Aston University. He was awarded a BSc ad eundem in Metallurgy when Aston became a university.

In the research department of BCIRA Mr Evans covered a variety of topics and developed wide recognition in the fields of light castings; vitreous enamelling; the fluidity of molten cast iron; and in advisory work on heavy castings, especially steelworks ingot moulds. He played a major part in the development and production of Compacted Graphite Cast Irons.

In recognition of this work Mr Evans was awarded Associateship then Fellowship of the Institution of Metallurgists; Membership of the Institute of British Foundrymen and of the Institute of British Foundrymen and of the Institute of Vitreous Enamellers where he gained the Grainger Medal.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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