The head of one of the UK’s leading pub and
brewery firms is raising a glass after receiving an honorary degree
from the University of Wolverhampton.
Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s PLC, was
presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business
Administration at a graduation ceremony at the Grand Theatre.
The award recognised Ralph’s contribution to the regional
economy; and in particular his leadership of a significant business
in the hospitality and leisure sector.
He said: “It is a privilege to be awarded a doctorate from the
University of Wolverhampton, both for me and Marston’s PLC. Over
the past 12 years, Marston’s has developed into a national beer and
pubs business, with significant growth despite the recession – but
we are very much a Midlands firm, and we are committed to our
operations in Wolverhampton, including the Banks’s Brewery.
“I am delighted that the University of Wolverhampton has decided
to recognise the role that Marston’s plays in community and
commercial life in the West Midlands.”
The honour was presented by the University of Wolverhampton Business School on
Friday, 14 September 2012.
Ralph Findlay is Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s PLC, one
of the UK’s leading brewers and pub retailers.
Appointed in 2001, Ralph had previously been Finance Director
since 1996. Before joining Marston’s Ralph held finance positions
at Geest PLC, Bass PLC and PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and the
He was Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA),
the brewing and pub industry’s trade body, from 2010-2012, and is a
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Brewers.
Ralph is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), Corporate Treasurer
(MCTDip), and a graduate of Edinburgh University.
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Date Issued: Monday, 17 September 2012
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