Business leaders honoured by degrees

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Leading figures from the business world were awarded with honorary degrees from Cranfield University.

The five honorary graduates were selected for the major influence they have had on the business sectors in which the university specialises and they joined more than 1,000 Cranfield graduates who received their postgraduate degrees.

The 2013 Honorary Graduates were Bruce Brown, chief technology officer at Proctor & Gamble, who is responsible for the company’s innovation program, its $2 billion annual investment in research and development and more than 8,000 employees.

Carolyn Griffiths, chief inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch UK (RAIB) was appointed to create and lead the organisation in 2003. RAIB is now a leading world-class organisation which undertakes around 25 investigations a year.

RAIB have provided both training, as part of Cranfield courses, and also have attended as delegates.

Helena Morrissey is the chief executive of Newton Investment Management who is recognised as one of the best investment managers in the world. She oversees investments of over £50 billion and around 400 staff, after boosting Newton’s UK operation and expanding into the US.

Mrs Morrissey has also collaborated with Cranfield on its research into women on company boards.

She said: “The body of work they have developed is second to none and I’m proud to be associated with it.”

Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific adviser to the UK government, received a knighthood for services to medical research in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.

Dr Andy Wood, chief executive of Adnams plc, has an executive doctorate from Cranfield University and says it is an “enormous honour to receive an honorary degree from a University that I have great fondness for.”

Dr Wood is chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk, chairman of Business in the Community in the East of England and a director of Adnams Bio Energy, a joint venture between Adnams plc and the Bio Group where food waste is turned into renewable energy.

For the first time since 2009, three Cranfield academics were also honoured with a Doctor of Science during this year’s ceremony, on June 7 and 8. Professor David Allen (Emeritus Professor), Professor Richard Aspinall and Professor Naresh Magan were each awarded a DSc in recognition of the significance and value of their work and publications.