Published on 14/09/2021
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Dr John Crabtree


  • Dr John Crabtree OBE has a variety of business, law, community and charitable interests, predominantly in the West Midlands
  • He is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, previous High Sheriff of the West Midlands and is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands
  • Dr Crabtree is currently Chair of the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A prominent business leader within the West Midlands has been awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.

Dr John Crabtree holds a variety of business, law, community and charitable interests and is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, UK lawyer of the year, and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Birmingham Law Society and the Birmingham Post.

For many years, he was Chair of both Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, the UK’s most popular single theatre and Sense, the leading charity looking after the deafblind and people with complex disabilities.

In 2007 he was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He is currently also Chair of the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Professor George Feiger, executive dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, said:

“I am delighted that Aston University has bestowed this honour on Dr John Crabtree.

“His successful, wide-ranging career has seen him hold a number of high-profile roles, notably spending more than a decade as a senior partner of Birmingham’s largest law firm, Wragge & Co. He is an inspiring role model for our students.”

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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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