Mentoring achievements gain honours recognition

John Phillips MBE has been awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Wolverhampton.

John was the first full-time person to be employed outside of London by the Institute of Directors (Iod). Regional director for the West Midlands Region from 2002, he considers himself lucky to have worked for such a prestigious organisation for 24 years.

With a passion for promoting business and education links, he has led by example and persuaded many local company directors to become involved in mentoring, providing work placements, and taking up voluntary roles on educational governing bodies.

John said: “I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me – it’s real honour to have been awarded an Honorary Degree. It’s been a real pleasure for me to lead the Institute of Directors’ Student Business Mentoring Scheme for the last six years.

“This would not have happened without all the support and encouragement I’ve received from the University and, in particular, from members of the local business community.”

In April 2016, John retired from his full-time IoD directorship but remains much involved with the IoD’s regional team as a volunteer and is proud to lead a group of enthusiastic directors who provide individual mentoring for final year business students studying at the University of Wolverhampton. The mentoring scheme is aimed at improving employability and the so-called soft skills.

In June 2016, John was made MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List for services to business, education and young people.

The University of Wolverhampton awards honorary degrees to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

Graduation takes place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Friday 15 September to Friday, 22 September 2017.

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 21st September 2017

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