Martin John Tailby joined the University in1971 as Catering Supervisor in one of our student residential halls. In 1974, Martin was appointed as Assistant to the Halls and Catering Manager, George Deegan, himself a legend in university catering. He continued up the promotional ladder and in1979 became Senior Catering Assistant. By 1997 he was the University’s Food and Beverage Manager
His current role is as Special
Projects Manager. In this capacity Martin is responsible for the catering
at all university events. He has looked after the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors
of Loughborough and other universities, royalty, peers of the realm and
captains of industry. He has
If this was all, Martin’s claim for a Loughborough University medal would be compelling. But beyond all that, it is the manner of his dedicated and professional service which makes all who come into contact with him recognise that truly we have someone here whose contribution is beyond any call of duty. His attention to detail, his innovative ideas, and his skills have been channelled into his service to the University. Nothing is too much trouble for him. Over 32 years, he has made more people feel good after a visit to Loughborough University than any other single person.
Therefore Chancellor, I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough University Medal, Martin John Tailby.