UWE awards honorary degree to Sir John Bourn KCB

Issue date: 21 July 2011


UWE Award ceremonies at Bristol Cathedral

The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Sir John Bourn KCB in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service and in recognition of his active relationship with the University.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Friday 22 July 2011 at Bristol Cathedral.

Born in North London, Sir John Bourn attended the London School of Economics, graduating with a first class honours degree in Economics, followed by a PhD.

He went on to work in the Ministry of Defence, the Treasury, the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast and London and at the Civil Service College. His last position in the Ministry of Defence was as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement. In this role he was responsible for the Ministry of Defence procurement policy and for relations with industry and other government departments.

Sir John took up post as Comptroller and Auditor General of the United Kingdom and head of the National Audit Office in 1988 and went on to complete 20 years in the post. During this time he was also the first Auditor General for Wales from 1999 to 2005, and the Prime Minister's Independent Advisor on Ministers' Financial Interests from 2006 to 2007.

Sir John has held a number of senior positions outside of the UK including Chairmanship of the Multilateral Audit Advisory Group of the World Bank. He has also been a member and Chairman of the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations and the Governing Boards of the International and European Organisations of National Audit Offices and Courts of Audit.

Sir John served as Chair of the Professional Oversight Board of the Financial Reporting Council and its predecessor body, the Review Board of the Accountancy Foundation, from 2000 to 2008. The tasks of the Financial Reporting Council are to set standards for corporate governance, reporting, auditing and actuarial practice; monitor and, where appropriate, enforce the application of those standards; and work with the accountancy and actuarial professions to promote the professionalism of their members.

Sir John is a Companion of the Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Since 1983 Sir John has been a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and holds the same position at Bournemouth University.

Sir John is now a Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Governance Research and Education.

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