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Honour for Wolverhampton businessman


John GoughJohn Gough is Managing Director of William Gough & Sons Limited, a company founded in Wolverhampton in 1900.

He received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from the University’s School of Technology on Thursday, 4 April 2013. 

The award, presented at a graduation ceremony at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, was made in recognition of John’s outstanding contribution to the construction industry and his professional and charitable works in the region.

Mr Gough said: “I am very proud to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from my home town University. In my experience the University produces graduates who are able to make an immediate contribution to whatever organisation they join as they combine integrated academic learning with industrial or commercial experience. In the future I will do my best to represent the University to the best of my ability.”

John is Chairman of Gough Group Holdings Limited and Managing Director of William Gough & Sons Limited, a company founded in Wolverhampton in 1900. The company and its subsidiaries are primarily involved in the construction industry and have built long-term relationships in both the public and private sectors.

John was educated in Wolverhampton and attended Aston University in Birmingham.

He graduated in 1972 with an Honours Degree in Construction Management. He went on to become a Member of The Chartered Institute of Building and served on the National Council from 1990 to 1996, during which time he was Chairman of the Midland Region.

John also joined the Second City Group of Companies based in Bilston, and served as a Director of both the Construction and Development Companies.

Gough Group has grown considerably during the past 30 years and this has been achieved by the commitment of the current management team, the majority of which are graduates of the University of Wolverhampton.

In 2006, John was appointed to the board of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and subsequently represented the Club as a Board Member of the Wolverhampton Development Company, a government sponsored organisation with the aim of attracting investment into the City of Wolverhampton.

In 2011, he attended the 5th Ajman International Urban Planning Conference, together with representatives of Wolverhampton City Council, the University of Wolverhampton and Carillion, to foster even closer links between the United Arab Emirates and the city of Wolverhampton.


Picture: John Gough

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Date Issued: Monday, 08 April 2013

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