It’s a real privilege, a real honour to be
awarded this degree. You know I started out as an undergraduate here at
Wolverhampton this feels like a little bit of a culmination coming back for
this honorary degree. I studied from 1974 to 1978, Mechanical Engineering here in
this building. The real big tie to the University is that I sponsor one of the
undergraduate students here at the University and we also work with the
company that I manage, we work with the University on a number of projects.
I started off in Mechanical Engineering in automotive design and
development and I moved through various levels and management until I became the
Managing Director of Ricardo which is a big engine design company here in the UK.
I then moved on to the Engineering Director of Tata Motors in India and
and now I’m the Chief Executive of a company called the Manufacturing
Technology Centre which is all about developing new manufacturing processes. I
just have one piece of advice and that would be to say that every challenge
that we have in the world creates opportunities for the most agile and so
we’re just going to go through this process with Brexit and that’s going to
bring some big challenges and with big challenges is going to be some big
opportunities it’s going to be the engineers that solve those challenges.