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Degree honour for trustee

Published on 09/06/16

One of the founders of the Inspiration Trust is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of East Anglia.

David Tibble founded the Trust in 2012 along with Sir Theodore Agnew and Dame Rachel de Souza, and will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law next month.

A graduate of UEA, David has also served as finance director for Hays Group plc and president and chief executive officer of WNS Limited.

More recently, David has funded UEA’s Medical Aspirations programme which offers 30 spaces a year to 16 and 17 year-olds on a three-day residential course based on learning about the medical profession. 

It includes guaranteed interviews for places at the Norwich Medical School for those who meet the academic criteria.

Since the programme launched in 2010, David has funded 13 scholarships to UEA’s Norwich Medical School, worth 50-100% of full course fees.

David said: “I am delighted to contribute something back to the university and community that generously offered me a university place some 40 years ago. 

"This doctorate is highly appreciated but not as much as the enjoyment of helping the next generation of bright schoolchildren and students in East Anglia.”

Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "This is much deserved recognition for David, who quietly gives not just substantial funding but practical advice and support to help develop education locally.

"Both the Inspiration Trust and the University of East Anglia share a mission to bring the very best in education to young people in Norfolk and Suffolk, and the selfless support of people like David contributes so much to our success."