UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Richard Pendlebury MBE DL

Issue date: 20 July 2012

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Richard Pendlebury MBE DL in recognition of his social entrepreneurship and services to the charitable sector.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Friday 20 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Richard was born in Munster, Germany in 1957 into an army family. He lived in London for a short while before spending three years in Kenya, coming back to England in 1963 when Kenya became independent. Richard attended Peter Symonds School in Winchester.

Richard graduated in Environmental Science from Plymouth Polytechnic (now the University of Plymouth). He has a Dip HE in Social and Environmental Studies from King Alfred's College, Winchester and a Certificate in Professional Management from the Open University Business School.

In 1980 Richard trained as an accountant. In 1987, he was Accountant and Administrator at the Knightsbridge Investment Trust, moving on to become Head of Fundraising and Finance at Network Counselling in Bristol, in 1993.

Richard has been involved in the charitable sector at trustee and senior management level for over 20 years. He has worked for the last 15 years to serve the poor, by enabling and supporting projects that make a difference to those people who are marginalised in society.

In 1995, Richard founded Changing Tunes – a project which rehabilitates prisoners through music and the performing arts. In 2009, he became a Trustee of the Temple Ecclesiastical Trust and also helped set up and became a Patron of Alive!, a charity which brings activities to elderly people suffering from dementia.

In 1999 Richard was asked to raise the capital and ongoing funding to set up Emmaus Bristol where he is currently Chief Executive. It now has 8 employees, 21 companions (ex homeless people) and 10 volunteers. Richard was a member of the Emmaus UK Federation Board for 7 years and established the organisation's national Fundraising Committee.

Since 2009, Richard has been a steering group member of the Funding Network South West, an organisation which brings together philanthropists and small local projects at events where the projects pitch for financial support.

In 2010, Richard was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol. Richard is a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Richard sits as Lay Member of UWE Bristol's Faculty of Environment and Technology Research Ethics Committee.

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