Clive Strowger was today presented with an honorary degree from Middlesex University in recognition of his services to business, charities, and the not-for-profit sectors.
A chartered accountant, he has worked across a variety of industries including motor manufacturing, brewing, food, property, retailing and engineering in Chief Executive and senior finance roles including Finance Director of Grand Metropolitan.
His financial expertise has been applied in various non-executive positions including the London Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Defence.
Since 1995 he has been working in the voluntary sector in many capacities notably in forging the merger of the two leading cancer research charities into Cancer Research UK and, as Treasurer, over viewing the successful integration process. He is Director and Treasurer of the International Business Leaders Forum promoting corporate responsibility throughout the world.
He is particularly interested in education and has been Chairman of the UK's largest Training and Enterprise Council in central London; a Trustee of City and Guilds; Chairman of a charitable foundation supporting educational achievement in Islington; and has recently established a new charity providing disadvantaged children access to musical instruments and music making.
He was co-founder of London First, a business led organisation, established in 1991 to represent the interests of the capital's leading companies, ensuring the City's world class status is maintained. He continues as Director and Treasurer.
Clive Strowger said: “I am greatly honoured to be given this award from such a leading University. I did not have the benefit of university education and this degree is therefore especially valued by me.”
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Clive’s success across so many sectors serves as a great example for the business students graduating today. He reached the top of his field and continues to help London’s businesses and contribute to the voluntary sector.”
Clive collected his honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University’s Hendon campus in north London today (16 July).
The award was made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or community.