20 Facts About Adrian Cadbury


Cadbury was a pioneer in raising the awareness and stimulating the debate on corporate governance and, via the Cadbury committee set up by the London Stock Exchange, produced the Cadbury Report, a code of best practice which served as a basis for reform of corporate governance around the world.

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Adrian Cadbury was born on 15 April 1929, a member of the Adrian Cadbury family, which is known for its Quaker philosophy and for the chocolate conglomerate that it founded.

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Adrian Cadbury rowed in the Great Britain coxless four in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

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Adrian Cadbury had two marriages – in 1956, he married Gillian Skepper, who died in 1992, and with whom he had two sons and a daughter.

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Adrian Cadbury joined the Cadbury business in 1958, and became chairman of Cadbury Ltd in 1965.

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Adrian Cadbury was a director of the Bank of England from 1970 to 1994, and of IBM from 1975 to 1994.

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Adrian Cadbury was chairman of the UK Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance which published its Report and Code of Best Practice in December 1992.

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Adrian Cadbury's report advocated a clear division of responsibilities at the head of a company so that no one individual had too much power.

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Adrian Cadbury was a member of the OECD Business Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance.

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Adrian Cadbury's publications include: Ethical Managers Make Their Own Rules; The Company chairman; Corporate Governance and Chairmanship: A Personal View.

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Sir Adrian Cadbury had a long-standing relationship with Aston University in Birmingham.

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Adrian Cadbury served as Aston chancellor between 1979 and 2004, later chaired the University's Development Board, and was one of the University's most generous supporters.

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Adrian Cadbury was a patron of Aston Raise and Give Society, which is the fundraising body of Aston University.

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Adrian Cadbury was made a Knight Bachelor in 1977, thereafter becoming Sir Adrian Cadbury.

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Adrian Cadbury was given the Freedom of the City of Birmingham in 1982.

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Adrian Cadbury was appointed as a deputy lieutenant of the West Midlands in 1995.

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In recognition of his contribution to commerce, corporate governance and public life, Sir Adrian Cadbury has received honorary degrees from many universities.

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In early 2008, Sir Adrian Cadbury was made an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Sir Adrian Cadbury was a steward of Henley Royal Regatta and the president of Birmingham Rowing Club.

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Sir Adrian Cadbury was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to business and the community, especially in Birmingham.

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