OBE for former Pro-Chancellor Keith Woodley

The University of Bath is delighted that Keith Woodley, who was Pro-Chancellor and University Treasurer, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

The award is recognition of a remarkable contribution to the University over a period of 17 years.

Keith Woodley gave outstanding service to the University of Bath as a member of its Council for nearly two decades until last year and served as Treasurer between 2002 and 2007 through one of the University’s most challenging periods in recent times.

His commitment to financial sustainability and his wise counsel played a very substantial part in the University moving over a six year period to the healthy surplus that has enabled it to invest in the student experience. 

He was a member of the Finance Committee for all 17 years and for the last five years was Pro-Chancellor before retiring last July.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is fitting reward for Keith’s remarkable commitment over many years, not only to our University, but every organisation lucky enough to have benefited from his dedication and professionalism.

“I thank him for his invaluable contribution to the work of the University, both during his term as Pro-Chancellor and previously as our Treasurer.”

Keith Woodley said: “It has been a great privilege and pleasure to be involved with the University of Bath during such a significant period of its progress to become one of the leading universities in this country.

“I have very much enjoyed working with such committed people both on the Council and the staff of the University. I am of course delighted to receive this recognition but am very aware I am but one of many who have served the University over the years I have been involved.”

Mr Woodley has enjoyed a distinguished career as a chartered accountant, as a partner with one of the major accounting firms and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1995-6.

He was a Council member of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux and Treasurer from 1991 to 1995. He was a governor of Kingswood School in Bath from 2003 until 2011. He currently chairs the Board of the Methodist Ministers Pension Scheme.

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