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15 July 2010 | PR 10/114

BAA Chairman Sir Nigel Rudd appointed as new Chancellor of Loughborough University

Sir Nigel Rudd

Sir Nigel Rudd, DL

Loughborough University is delighted to announce that Sir Nigel Rudd, DL, has been appointed as the University’s fifth Chancellor. 

Sir Nigel succeeds Sir John Jennings, a former Chairman of the Shell Transport and Trading Company plc, who retires from the role after seven years.

The Chancellor is the Chief Ambassador of the University and presides over ceremonial functions including acting as Chairman of University Court.  The Chancellor also confers degrees on graduates of the University.

Born in 1946, Sir Nigel was educated at Bemrose Grammar School in Derby.  Leaving school at 16 he went into accountancy, and five years later qualified as Britain’s youngest chartered accountant. 

His future lay in the world of business, however, and in 1982 he founded Williams Holdings plc, where he was Chairman until 2000, establishing it as one of the largest industrial holding companies in the UK.  He was knighted in 1996 for services to the manufacturing industry.

Sir Nigel has gone on to enjoy great success at Board level with many well known UK companies.  He has been Chairman of East Midlands Electricity, Kidde, Pilkington and Alliance Boots, and Deputy Chairman of Barclays.  He is currently a non-executive Director of BAE Systems and Sappi, and Chairman of Pendragon and BAA, one of the UK’s leading airport operators.

In 1998 his achievements were recognised with an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University and an Honorary Doctor of the University from Derby University.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Nigel and his wife, Lesley, have three children and five grandchildren.

Commenting on Sir Nigel’s appointment, Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that Sir Nigel has agreed to join us as Chancellor of Loughborough.  I am sure the University will benefit enormously from his wealth of experience in business and industry and we are looking forward to working closely with him.”

Sir Nigel was installed as Chancellor of the University on 15 July 2010.


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Notes for editors:

  1. A photograph of Sir Nigel Rudd is available from the Public Relations Office, T: 01509 222224.
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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