Issue date: 22 November 2004

The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration to Peter Michael Louis Sherwood. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of Bristol Business School on Wednesday 24 November at 11.30 at Bristol Cathedral.

Louis Sherwood was born in Hammersmith, London in 1941 and educated at Westminster School. He read classics at New College, Oxford, where he graduated with double first class honours. After winning a Harkness Fellowship for graduate study in the USA, he completed his Master of Business Administration degree at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1965. This was followed by a Master of Arts gained at Oxford the following year.

After leaving Oxford, Louis Sherwood joined the merchant bank of Morgan Grenfell & Co as a Corporate Finance Officer. In 1968, he moved to a senior management role in the supermarket industry with Fine Fare. During the seventies, he worked closely with Sir James Goldsmith and served for six years as a Director of Anglo-Continental Investment and Finance Company. He returned to the USA in 1979 and worked with two supermarket groups: Grand Union; and, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). He became President of A&P in 1985.

In 1988, Louis Sherwood returned to the United Kingdom to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Gateway Foodmarkets, a position he held until the take-over of its parent company, Gateway Corporation, the following year.

Louis Sherwood joined the HTV Group Board in 1990 and became non-executive Chairman the following March. On the take-over of HTV by United News & Media in July 1997, he became Chairman of HTV West, the HTV Regional Advisory Board for the West of England, until his retirement from that role in November 1999.

The many roles currently fulfilled by Louis Sherwood include: a non-executive Director of the Clerical Medical Investment Group, and other Halifax and Bank of Scotland group companies; a non-executive Director of Wessex Water Services Ltd; Deputy Chairman of ROK property solutions plc; Director of Business West (formerly Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative); Director of Insight Asset Management Ltd; a Governor and Member of the Council of Clifton College; Chairman of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership; a Trustee of the Hanover Foundation; a Trustee of Bristol Urological Institute; and Deputy Chairman of At-Bristol, the hands-on science and natural history attraction on Bristol’s “Harbourside”. In November 2003, Louis Sherwood was elected Master of The Society of Merchant Venturers for the 2003/2004 year.

Louis Sherwood lives in Bristol with his French born wife Nicole. They have a son and two daughters. His entry in Who’s Who lists his interests as: mountain walking, and collecting fine wine; he is Maitre of the Commanderie de Bordeaux in Bristol.

The Honorary Degree is awarded in recognition of Louis Sherwood’s outstanding personal achievements and of his contribution to the advancement of the cultural, educational and business interests of Bristol and its region.


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