Published: 17 May 2015

Surrey honorary graduate honoured with Knighthood

Honorary graduate Adrian White, CBE, has been honoured with a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen in the annual Birthday Honours List, in recognition of services to International Trade and Investment.

A former member of the University Council, Sir Adrian he established Biwater Treatment in 1968 at the age of 25. He remains fully committed to the ndustry over 45 years later in his role as Chairman of the Biwater Group.

He said:  “I am both proud and honoured by the recognition of personal and professional contributions I have been able to make over the years in trying to improve the lives of people through the provision of basic human services such as drinking water and sanitation, whilst also ensuring that people have access to the public health care that they deserve.

“I believe that Britain upholds the strong moral and ethical standards necessary to provide people with the right environment in which to live and prosper, and I will continue to embrace these values through my work and personal activities.

“I feel I still have much to contribute in assisting foreign governments with their water and wastewater challenges, and in providing financial and technical solutions to those countries that have huge pressures in their regional and federal budgets.”

In 1993, Sir Adrian founded British Water to boost British water expertise and products worldwide by merging the ‘British Water & Effluent Treatment Plant Association’ with the ‘British Water Industry Group’. He joined the UK Government’s Overseas Projects Board that helped to coordinate British Water’s drive for exports, allowing it to become the leading trade body for the water industry.

In 1993, Sir Adrian was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to exporting and the water i ndustry. Sir Adrian also served as Governor of the BBC for five years, from 1995 to 2000, and was Chairman of the Epsom Healthcare NHS Trust in Surrey for seven years, from 1992 to 1999. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey and in 2006 High Sheriff of Surrey.

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