Yorkshire businessmen awarded Honorary Fellowships at Leeds Trinity University

Two Yorkshire businessmen received Honorary Fellowships at Leeds Trinity University on Monday 16 July.

Canon Keith Madeley MBE aka “Mr Yorkshire” and Tim Hodgson will receive their awards at Graduation ceremonies on campus, alongside students from the University’s Business and Teacher Training programmes.

Tim, an alumnus of the institution who graduated in 1997, receives an Honorary Fellowship for his continued commitment to the University and its students by supporting them to achieve success in their future careers.

Following his studies at Trinity and All Saints College as it was then, Tim continued further studies in Property Valuation Management before moving to London and beginning his career in property. In 2005, he joined Harrogate-based family business – commercial property investment company Westcourt Group Ltd. – as Director, alongside his father Kenneth.

Tim said: “I have very fond memories of studying at TASC, making lifelong friends and enjoying my three years here, and I’ve continued to support the University and its students wherever I can.

“But in all honesty, when I graduated, I didn’t quite get the grade I was after – so to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship 20 years later almost feels like I’ve redeemed myself!

“A couple of years ago my brother was also given an Honorary Fellowship, and I can tell you, my mother is absolutely delighted that both of her boys are now Honorary Fellows!”

Tim’s brother Nick, a musician and former member of the Kaiser Chiefs, received his Fellowship from Leeds College of Music in 2016. Both attended Leeds Trinity University.

Brand ambassador Canon Keith Madeley MBE will also receive an Honorary Fellowship for his passion of connecting business and education.

Born in the heart of Yorkshire, Keith was brought up and educated in Bradford. In 1976, he co-founded an independent financial services business which ran for over 30 years, and quickly established a reputation for an innovative and creative approach to business. He has been Chair of the Yorkshire Society, Regional Chair of The Prince’s Trust and set up his own brand of “Mr Yorkshire”. He has been heavily involved with the Leeds Trinity Business Network; using his strong networking and public-speaking skills to support a range of community issues and activities, and promotes all that is great about Yorkshire, its people and its communities.

Keith said: “I commenced my career by leaving formal education aged 16 to follow my passion for railways. I was privileged to work with someone who believed in my potential, encouraged my ambition and mentored me through extensive railway examinations, on completion of which I was appointed Britain’s youngest Station Master aged 21.

“The belief this person had in me had a profound affect, not only on my career, which changed from Station Master to Finance, but in my attitude towards encouraging and assisting young people. It is my privilege and delight to be able to offer opportunities to all manner of young people, both in education and out, to realise their potential. Working with Leeds Trinity University, their inspirational staff and delightful students has already been most fulfilling, and I hope to be of assistance for many years to come.”

Tim and Keith are two of seven outstanding individuals in their fields receiving Honorary Fellowships from Leeds Trinity University this week. Other recipients include author Dorothy Koomson, Professor Kevin Hylton, journalist Margaret Emsley, CEO of St. George’s Crypt Chris Fields and social entrepreneur Stephanie Burras CBE.

Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:

“It is an absolute pleasure to present Tim and Keith with Honorary Fellowships, and to formally recognise their services to the business community and our institution. Both have given up enormous amounts of time over the years to support the University and our students through networking events, mentoring programmes, curriculum design, business competitions and much more. We are grateful for their continued support and they are both fully deserving of the award of Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.”

Tim and Keith will receive their Honorary Fellowships from the Rt Hon John Battle, Pro-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

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