UWE Bristol awards Honorary Degree to Grant Watson OBE

Issue date: 11 July 2013

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Grant Watson OBE in recognition of his inspirational leadership, entrepreneurship and passion for the Bristol region.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Monday 15 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Grant has served Alder King for 54 years holding the role of senior partner from 1977, until he took over his current role as chairman in 2003. During his career, Grant has demonstrated his passion for Bristol and the developing region and continues to influence and support the development of the City and its prosperity.

He has made a significant impact on the continuing success of Alder King, working on projects such as Bristol Business Park, Bristol International Airport and Temple Quay, and this was recognised by the receipt of the South West Commercial Property Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Grant has worked tirelessly for numerous charitable, sporting and community organisations, as well as devoting a huge amount of time and effort to the general business community.

In the challenging role of chairman of Newport Unlimited from 2004-2011 he brought together the public and private sectors to help create more than 3,000 full-time jobs and a contribution of £218 million towards Newport's economy.

A fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he is the immediate past chairman of the South West Regional Board.

Grant was a director of Broadmead Board Ltd and is a trustee of ss Great Britain Trust. Grant has always taken a keen interest in sports - he is chairman of the Coombe Dingle Trust, he chaired the Bristol Sports Partnership, served Clifton RFC as captain, chairman and president and also served on the Gloucestershire RFU executive.

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