Published on 14/09/2021


Dr Keith Bradshaw
  • Business leader Keith Bradshaw OBE awarded honorary degree by Aston University
  • Dr Bradshaw received the accolade in recognition of his various business achievements and his charitable work to support local young people
  • He is chairman of the Listers Group, one of England’s largest privately owned motor groups

A Birmingham-born-and-bred entrepreneur and business leader has been awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.

Dr Bradshaw was awarded the honour at a ceremony held at the Eastside Rooms, the city’s latest purpose-built conference and events venue.

Born in Aston and becoming a qualified chartered accountant after originally leaving school at 15, Keith is passionate about the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

He is the chairman of the Listers Group, one of England’s largest privately-owned motor groups, along with being involved in electronic manufacturing through Laney Headstock Distribution, and a family property business.

A former West Midlands’ High Sheriff and founding patron of Wolverhampton’s Way Youth Zone, in 2017 he was given an OBE for services to charity and young people.

Keith generously funds The Keith Bradshaw Introduction to Healthcare programme which is designed to increase students' awareness of the various careers within the healthcare sector. Working with students in Years 8, 9 and 10 from schools within the Solihull, Birmingham and Black Country area, the programme aims to educate young people about opportunities within healthcare and the importance of achieving the right GCSE grades in order to pursue them.

The programme was launched in 2018 following the success of Aston’s Pathway to Healthcare Programme.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said:

“I am delighted that Aston University has bestowed this honour on Dr Keith Bradshaw who has such strong ties with Birmingham and the West Midlands.

“He is a role model to all and his success and achievements in business and industry, as well as his charitable work, are an inspiration.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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