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Loughborough University Medal


Jo Pearson

Monday 18 July 2005 at 10.30am


Jo Pearson joined the University in 1985, working in the Recreation Unit, which is now the Sports Development Centre. Always efficient, committed and professional, Jo progressed within the organisation, from Clerical Officer eventually to Events Manager, in charge of the entire Events Team.

Jo’s service to the University has been immense, through a critical and challenging period for the development of sports provision at Loughborough. It is for her meticulous and committed organisation for which Jo is most known and respected. Whether student sports tournaments, commercial event days, charity festivals or our high profile international sports events, such as the Loughborough International Athletics match, or national and international championship finals, Jo’s eye for detail and unstinting commitment to delivering a quality occasion has become renowned across the University and beyond. Rarely does one person’s role become synonymous with the reputation of an institution, but Jo Pearson became the recognisable personality behind sports events at Loughborough University for over a decade.

Quality and professionalism are standard at Loughborough, but Jo’s reputation in events planning and delivery goes far beyond this, as an unflappable, friendly resource, in a field fraught with the unforeseeable. She always goes the extra mile to make visitors welcome, staff valued and events a success at Loughborough, and she is respected by all for that.

Jo has now moved to a senior role with the England & Wales Cricket Board at the National Cricket Academy on campus here, so it is a particular pleasure to be able to honour her alongside Rodney Marsh. Her abilities continue to benefit Loughborough University as well as the ECB, and her commitment and her effective and friendly approach remain undiminished.

Therefore Chancellor, I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough University Medal, Joanne Angela Pearson.


Loughborough University - Degree Speeches 2005, July 2005
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