Issue date: 23 November 2010
The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration to Peaches Golding OBE in recognition of her significant role in supporting Business in the Community in the South West and her role as former governor of the University.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of Bristol Business School, on Thursday 25 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.
Peaches Golding was educated at R J Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. She went on to study Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1976.
Peaches Golding has over 25 years of marketing and communications experience. She has held several senior positions in the public and private sectors and in private practice. In 1992 she established Peaches Golding Marketing and Communications, offering marketing and market research services for manufacturing, healthcare, education, leisure and professional organisations. Key customers include Business in the Community (for 13 years), Fair Play South West (for five years), Western Power Distribution, the Department for Education and Employment, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Business Link Somerset, and Learning Partnership West.
In 1994 Peaches Golding joined Business in the Community (one of Prince Charles' Charities) helping establish Race for Opportunity, a campaign focusing on building sustainable links between minority ethnic communities and society as a whole. By 2000 she had become Deputy Director of Race for Opportunity and in 2009 Peaches Golding became the Regional Director of the Business in the Community branch in the South West. She is now Director of Special Projects focusing on environmental campaigning for Business in the Community.
From 2004-2006 Peaches Golding served as a member of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum of the Department of Trade and Industry. She was also the Home Office representative on Avon and Somerset Police Authority Independent Member selection panel from 2000-2008.
Peaches Golding is Chair of ITV West Regional Advisory Council and ITV West Country Viewer Advisory Panel. She was also, until recently, a Non-Executive Director of North Bristol NHS Trust (2004-10).
Peaches Golding, said, “I am thrilled and honoured to be awarded an honorary MBA degree by the University of the West of England. I have been extremely privileged to work with exceptionally talented individuals, both at the University and at Business in the Community. It has also been a pleasure to work with people from the private, public and third sector that are committed to making a real difference in their communities and society as a whole. But certainly I could not have achieved what I have without the support of my husband Bob and son Charles.”
In June 2009 Peaches Golding was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to black and minority ethnic people in the South West. In March 2010 she took up office as Bristol's High Sheriff, Britain's first black High Sheriff since the position was created 1,000 years ago.