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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-to-day executive management.


Roger Whorrod graduated from the University of Bath in 1966 (at the University’s first graduation ceremony) with a BSc in electrical engineering followed by an MSc, also in electrical engineering. After graduation his early career was in electrical power generation. In 1973 he took an MBA at Warwick Business School and thereafter followed a varied career in energy and manufacturing.

In 1980 he turned his hand to entrepreneurship and in the following 25 years set up, grew and subsequently sold three engineering businesses.

In 2005, Roger renewed his relationship with the University when, with his wife Susan, he became an active donor. Together they have supported undergraduates in engineering and research fellows in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Centre for Disability in Sport and Health. They have also provided start-up funds for the Bath Women in Engineering Society. Recently, they have endowed a ten-year programme of PhD scholarships to support the work of the newly established Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices.

He was a member of the University Council from 2010 until 2019 and served on the Finance, Senior Appointments and the Senate/Students’ Union/Council Liaison committees.

Roger has been a member of the University Ventures Board since 2014.

In the 2015 New Year's Honours List he was awarded an OBE for services to philanthropy in Higher Education. In 2016, the University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.

In 2017, he was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University.