UWE awards honorary degree to Roger Proctor

Issue date: 24 November 2008

University of the West of England Roger Proctor is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Design in recognition of his substantial contribution to the promotion of creative design in the South-West of England, support for the development of young designers, and commitment to the West of England community and the University of the West of England.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Creative Arts on Thursday 27 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.

Roger Simon Proctor was educated at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire and at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Hampshire. He attended Bristol Polytechnic, now the University of the West of England, where he graduated with a BA in Graphic Design in 1979. At this time Roger Proctor had, just prior to graduating, founded Proctor and Stevenson. The company was funded with money saved from summer jobs in a concrete factory and helping to build the M27.

At the age of 23 Roger Proctor was involved in the international launch of the first parallel processor, the Transputer, the silicon technology that helped develop the first supercomputers. Further work in the IT sector included robotics, virtual reality and networking.

Roger Proctor launched the Proctor and Stevenson South West Student Design Awards in 1987 and these ran for 15 years. The scheme identified and rewarded student design talent in the South West of England. Proctor and Stevenson have won several awards for their work and also their patented technology, Intimis. These include CRM and Cream design awards, which recognise excellence, innovation and celebrate creative skills.

In 1990, Roger Proctor established Proctor and Stevenson Middle East and in 2000 E Proctor and Stevenson, an electronic communications and media company. Roger Proctor specialises in brand definition and building, together with communications planning. Recent projects include brand development for Thesis Asset Management; Southampton Solent University; and Hamworthy, a designer, developer and manufacturer of advanced marine fluid handling systems.

Roger Proctor is a director of Ian Proctor Designs, a family business involved in the design of sailing boats for racing and cruising. The company licences boat builders to construct and market boats based on original designs by his father, Ian Proctor.

Roger Proctor has acted as a graphic design course adviser to Somerset College of Arts and Technology and to Falmouth College of Arts. He currently advises Bath Spa University on their Arts and Media Foundation Degrees. He is a former Chair of the advisory group for graphic design at De Montfort University and has lectured at various universities on branding and communications.

Roger Proctor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers. He was one of the founders and the first Chair of the West of England Design Forum. He is Chair of the South West Design Forum, whose aim is to represent the design sector across the region and to advise the South West Regional Development Agency on elements of its Innovation and Design Strategy for the Creative Industries.

Roger Proctor is a graduate of Common Purpose, an international leadership development organisation; a member of the Bristol Initiative and former Chairman of the Portland and Brunswick Square Association, which works with the police, business, residents and various agencies to address the drugs and vice problems in that area of Bristol. Roger Proctor is married and now lives in Glastonbury, Somerset and works in Bristol.


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