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Industry figure recognised for building business links

Industry figure recognised for building business links

A leading industry figure has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for his contribution to building business links.

Chris Blythe, who has spent over 25 years working at all levels of vocational education and training, has been awarded a Doctor of Professional Practice in recognition of his business achievements.

After graduating from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1976, Chris trained as a management accountant and, after qualifying, held a number of financial positions with firms such as Dunlop, Birmid Qualcast, Mitel, W Canning, Corgi Toys and GKN Sankey.

In 1991, he joined the North & Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council based in Warrington, an organisation delivering programmes to get young people and long-term unemployed adults into work and business development

Chris joined the Chartered Institute of Building in January 2000 as Chief Executive, a post he currently holds.  He has recently led the Institute in tackling labour exploitation in the construction industry.  In the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours List, Chris received an OBE for services to the construction industry and government.

Chris said: “I am deeply honoured by the award especially as I am an alumnus of the university. Wolverhampton Polytechnic as it was gave me an opportunity which became the foundation for everything that has happened for me since. It is pleasing to see that the university is still providing opportunities and will create even more with the new Springfield campus.”

Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. 

The University’s graduation ceremonies take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Thursday 13th September to Friday 21st September 2018.

For information about courses to study at the University visit the website.


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