Sir Adrian Cadbury in New Year Honours list

Sir Adrian Cadbury

5 January 2015

Sir Adrian Cadbury, a former Chancellor of Aston University for 25 years, has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2015.   

Sir Adrian served as Aston Chancellor between 1979 to 2004, later chaired the University’s Development Board, and continues to be one of the University’s most generous supporters. As Chancellor Emeritus, Sir Adrian has contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, speaking in particular on governance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. He continues to be a proud ambassador of the University. 

The Order of the Companions of Honour recognises individuals within the Commonwealth who have made outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. Sir Adrian is one of only four people to receive the honour this year and joins a prestigious list of ‘Companions’ whose list includes Stephen Hawking, Sir David Attenborough, David Hockney and Peter Higgs. 

Sir Adrian’s recognition is made in part to his work at Aston University and for his contribution to business practice and finance for over 60 years, most notably in the City of Birmingham where he has played a major role in the development of the community. He served as Director of the Bank of England and led the reform of corporate business which resulted in the Cadbury Code -  a code of best practice which provided the foundation for the UK's current Combined Code on Corporate Governance. 

Between 1969 and 1974 Sir Adrian was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Cadbury Schweppes. He became Chairman in 1974, a role he held until 1989. During this time Sir Adrian also served as a director of IBM UK Ltd and between 1990 and 1994 he was a member of the UK Takeover Panel. He chaired the CBI's Economic and Financial Policy Committee between 1974 and 1980 and ProNed between 1984 and 1995. He was a director of the Bank of England between 1970 and 1994. 

The Business School's MBA lecture theatres are named after Sir Adrian and Lady Susan Cadbury, in recognition of their longstanding support of Aston. His generosity, advice and support have been central to Aston's development over the last three decades. Sir Adrian's considerable achievements, in such a diverse range of activities acts, as great inspiration to our current students. 

Also in the New Year Honours List, Aston Honorary Graduate, Dianne Thompson, has been awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the National Lottery and charitable services. 


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