University of Bath

Mr Roger Whorrod OBE Pro-Chancellor

Pro-Chancellors play a key role in the institution but do not become involved in day-today executive management.

Career

Roger Whorrod graduated from the University of Bath in 1965 with a BSc degree in electrical engineering followed by a Masters degree also in electrical engineering. After graduation his early career was in electrical power generation. In 1973 he took an MBA at Warwick Business School. He then spent several years working at the Imperial Continental Gas Association, a City holding company with extensive investments in energy businesses across Europe, and Tube Investments a large manufacturing conglomerate.

In 1980 he changed course and became an entrepreneur and in the following 25 years he set up, grew and subsequently sold three engineering businesses. During this period he was able to engage in the activities he most enjoys, those of developing manufacturing and marketing engineered products.

Having formally retired in 2016 Roger's only business role now is a non-executive director of Lumenox Ltd, a start-up working on the design and development of smart LED lighting for hazardous areas where he advises on design and manufacturing. He also continues to act as a mentor to a young couple who, with his help, setup and now run a successful Michelin starred restaurant.

With his wife Susan, Roger is an active donor to the University. Together they support research fellowships in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and The Centre for Disability Sports and Health and support the Bath Women in Engineering Society. Recently they started a programme which will award an annual PhD scholarship drawn from any department across the University.

Roger was awarded an OBE for services to philanthropy in higher education in the 2015 New Year's Honours List.

In 2016 from the University he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.