One of the region’s most illustrious businessmen has become the first recipient of an award created to mark the 50th anniversary of Durham University’s Business School.
The Dean’s Award has gone to Sir George Russell, whose long business career had roles including chief executive of Alcan, deputy chairman of both ITV and Channel 4 and chairman of Camelot.
Sir George has also served on the board of the Northern Development Company and on Durham University’s Business School Advisory Board while at Camelot, he supported the school’s first chair in economics and business management.
To celebrate the business school’s 50th anniversary, a celebratory dinner was held in Durham Castle, followed by a number of master classes and tours.
Professor Rob Dixon, Dean of Durham University Business School, said: “Sir George is a talented businessman who has led some of the UK’s largest businesses but, although he has reached the top of his fields, he has also demonstrated a deep commitment to education and community.
“He is a worthy recipient of our first Dean’s Award and I’m proud to present it to him. For future generations of aspiring business leaders, Sir George is someone they can learn from.
“As we reflect on where we stand in our 50th year, we are very proud of what we have achieved and where we are heading. The School offers a first-class business education with an ever-growing range of dynamic, engaging and relevant programmes on offer both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
“We are investing heavily in recruiting respected academic talent. With 130 academic staff, we now offer a critical mass of world-class research expertise, creating a dynamic learning environment across many business areas, from accountancy and finance to entrepreneurialism and leadership.”