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Aston University announces honorary graduates

08 July 2005

Aston University announces honorary graduates

ASTON University are awarding six honorary degrees during their July degree congregations, including one to Sir Adrian Cadbury, the University’s ex-Chancellor who retired in August last year.

Honorary degrees will be awarded as follows:

Sir Adrian Cadbury will be awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) on Tuesday 12 July 2005 at 11.00am in recognition of his work and publications on corporate governance.

Sir Adrian Cadbury was born in 1929, studied Economics at Cambridge and joined the Cadbury business in 1952. He became Chairman of Cadbury Limited in 1965 and retired as Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes in 1989.

He was the Director of the Bank of England from 1970 – 1994 and of IBM (UK) from 1975 – 1994. He was Chancellor of Aston University from 1979 – 2004.

Sir Adrian is Chairman of the UK Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance which published its Report and Code of Best Practice in December 1992 and also a member of the OECD Business Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance.

Sir Adrian was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal in 1995, the International Corporate Governance Network Award in 2001, and the International Academy of Management’s Distinguished Award 2003. He received the Laureate Medal for Corporate Governance in 2005.

Publications include: Ethical Managers Make Their Own Rules which was awarded the HBR’s Ethics in Business Prize, The Company Chairman (1990, revised edition 1995), and Corporate Governance and Chairmanship – A Personal View, published by Oxford University Press in October 2002 and since translated into Japanese and Chinese.

Dr Isabella Moore will be receiving a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) on Tuesday 11 July 2005 at 2.00pm in recognition of her work in translation studies

Isabella is a member of the Institute of Linguists and the Institute of Translations and Interpreting. She studied at St Andrews University and at Warsaw University, gaining a Masters degree in History of Art before working for several multinational companies in Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. She founded COMTEC 18 years ago, offering technical translation and interpreting services to companies involved in exporting, securing ISO 9002 and Investors in People accreditation for COMTEC. Her other abiding focus and interest has been the interface between business activity and public policy, in particular the promotion of language skills, female entrepreneurship and trade development with the new accession countries.

From September 2002 until June 2004, Isabella was first woman President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Vice-President of Eurochambres, the association of European Chambers of Commerce. In September 2004 she took up a new role as Director of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. The Centre was formed in 2003 from the merger of the Centre for Information on Language Teaching & Research and the Languages National Training Organisation (LNTO). She is delighted to be leading an organisation which plays a vital role in developing our nation’s language competence and in implementing the government’s National Languages Strategy.

Rabbi Leonard Tann will be awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) on Wednesday 13 July 2005 at 11.00am in recognition of his inter-faith work in Birmingham.

For almost 19 years Rabbi Leonard Tann has held the position of Chief Minister at the Singers Hill Synagogue in Birmingham. During this time the Rabbi has been involved with many church groups and faith leaders within the City to pursue his passion for inter-faith work. The day after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, Rabbi Tann visited the Birmingham Central Mosque to visit it’s leaders as a pledge of solidarity in response to the verbal attacks and daubing it had received. Other faith leaders came as well – thus forming the Faith Leaders Group, which now has regular meetings. As well as his work with other denominations the Rabbi enjoys representing his congregation through his involvement with various charities around Birmingham and has studied part-time since 1997 to gain his MA in Biblical Studies and soon aims to complete his MPhil. Rabbi Tann is married to Irene and they have one son, Roger, who is 28.

Dr Sarindar Singh Sahota will be awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) on Wednesday 13 July 2005 at 2.00pm in recognition of his contribution to economic and social regeneration in Birmingham.

Sarindar Singh Sahota graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1971. He then returned to his home country of Kenya where he joined his father’s business, Nairobi Terrazzo Contractors Limited (specialists in flooring contracts). The business grew from a small firm to one of the largest flooring contractors in the country, employing over 400 people.

In 1989, Sarindar returned to Birmingham to join his younger brother in his business, Nanak Electricals and went on to become a partner. He is also Director of Sahota Properties. Other roles include: Chair of Dudley Road Traders Association, Chair of the Single Regeneration Budget Round 6 North West Birmingham, Deputy Chair of West Midlands Business Council, Non-Executive Director of Birmingham and Solihull Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a member on both the Birmingham and Solihull Business Link Supervisory Board and the Aston Business School Advisory Board.

Sarindar has contributed greatly towards enhancing the profile and performance of the regional business sector, particularly within the Asian community, and was awarded the 2004 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award by the Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust, an honorary degree from Birmingham University and an OBE in the Queen’s 2005 New Years Honours.

Sir Ian Byatt will be awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) on Thursday 14 July 2005 at 11.00am in recognition of his work on economics and public utilities.

Sir Ian Byatt is an Economist and expert on the economics of public expenditure and the regulation of public utilities. Currently he is the Chairman of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, a Senior Associate at Frontier Economics and a member of the Productivity Panel at HM Treasury. He is also a member of the Panel of Experts on the Reform of the Water Service in Northern Ireland.

Born in 1932, Sir Ian graduated from Nuffield College, Oxford University, with a DPhil in Economics. He also studied at Harvard University as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow.

Sir Ian has lectured in Economics at both Durham University and the London School of Economics. He joined the Civil Service in 1967, undertaking a number of roles, before joining the Treasury as Under Secretary (1972 - 1978);� Deputy Chief Economic Adviser (1978�- 1989) and Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the European Communities (1982 -1985). Following this, Sir Ian was Director General of Water Services from 1989 to 2000 before taking up his post at Frontier Economics.

Sir Ian holds Honorary Doctorates from Brunel University and the University of Central England, and is an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University. He was awarded a Knighthood in 2000.

Colin John Clinton will be awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) on Thursday 14 July 2005 at 2.00pm in recognition of his work for the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and his promotion of the industry across the West Midlands.

Colin John Clinton was born in Walsall, West Midlands in 1956 and graduated from Aston University in 1980 with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Since leaving school he worked for 16 years in local government and, then, in 1988, joined the private sector with Ove Arup & Partners International, where he is now a Director.

On 2 November 2004 at the age of 48, Colin became the youngest ever President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He has been active within the Institution since the mid 1980s. During a record period with the ICE Midlands Region he pioneered a number of initiatives, particularly in communications and media. In 1999 he secured a major deal with Heart FM radio for the promotion of Civil Engineers and Civil Engineering across the West Midlands.

Throughout his career Colin has been responsible for many major transport and civil engineering projects, both in the UK and across continental Europe. This included major car plants in Turkey, motorways in Hungary and maintenance of the elevated sections of the Midlands Link motorways.

He is a Fellow of the ICE and a Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation (IHT). He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) in 2000.

Colin is also a Director of the British Consultants & Construction Bureau (BCCB) Worldwide, Director of the BCCB Board of Directors, and Chairman of their European Board. He has a passion for engaging with people and in particular developing relationships between UK engineers and those in Europe. During his term as ICE’s President, Colin is leading the revitalisation of the Institution, making it relevant for the next century and using it as a voice for the profession to speak out to governments and industry formers, and to raise the profile of Civil Engineering to the public at large.

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