Issue date: 20 July 2012
UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Stephen Lansdown in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Bristol, noting the success of Hargreaves Lansdown plc, his contribution to sport - especially his involvement with Bristol City Football Club - and his help and advice to UWE Bristol in respect of its investment fund and Investment Committee.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Friday 20 July at Bristol Cathedral.
Stephen was born and raised in South Gloucestershire and attended Thornbury Grammar School.
Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 and specialised in taxation with Touche Ross & Co. In 1981, he formed Hargreaves Lansdown with Peter Hargreaves – in Peter's bedroom in Clifton. The firm consisted of Stephen, Peter and a part-time secretary.
Hargreaves Lansdown plc is now a global financial company with half a million clients around the world. It was floated on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007 and became a FTSE 100 company in 2011. The company has offices at Bristol Harbourside and employs 650 people.
Stephen was first involved in Bristol City Football Club in 1996, and became Director of the Club in 1997 and Chairman in 2002. In May 2011, he stepped down from this position but remains the majority shareholder. Stephen became the new owner of Bristol Rugby in 2012.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Securities & Investment Institute.