Issue date: 24 July 2012
UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration to Gerald Lee in recognition of his leadership and transformation of St Monica Trust and for its role in providing groundbreaking services to the elderly and those with dementia.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Tuesday 24 June at Bristol Cathedral.
Gerald was born and raised in South Bristol, where he attended Bedminster Comprehensive School. Gerald left school with 'mixed' A level grades and tried his hand at various jobs, including being a baker, before returning to evening classes to continue his education. He went on to study Social Work at Plymouth Polytechnic; Law at Bristol University; and the Management of Services for People with a Disability at the University of Kent.
In his early career, Gerald held roles with Devon and Kent Social Services and Home Farm Trust – the Bristol disability charity. In 1992, he moved to Scotland to become Director General of Quarriers, a charity established in Scotland in the 1870s offering services for children, families and adults with learning disabilities - similar to the Barnado's Charity in England. Gerald increased Quarriers turnover six-fold and established services across Scotland, with demonstration projects in Russia and Bulgaria.
In 1999, Gerald returned to Bristol to become CEO of the St Monica Trust. In the past 13 years, Gerald and his senior team have transformed the charity into one of the leading charitable organisations for older people in the South West. In recent years, the St Monica Trust has experienced rapid growth and gained a national and international reputation for quality and innovation. The Trust has won a number of national awards in recognition of its progressive thinking and design.
In 2011, Gerald became chair of the National Care Forum, the leading voluntary sector members association, in the field of the care of older people. Combining this new role with the job at St Monica, Gerald liaises with central government and others in the pursuit of high quality services for older people in England.