Congratulations to Dr Paul Golby, the University's Pro-Chancellor, who has been awarded the CBE by Her Majesty The Queen in her latest Birthday Honours List.
Dr Golby, who is also Chief Executive of E.ON UK, receives this Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in recognition of his services to the Energy Industry. In fact, this honour comes as the perfect 60th birthday gift for Dr Golby.
Aston alumnus Dr Golby was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University’s Council at the end of 2008 and officially took up this position on 1 January 2009.
Professor Julia King, Aston’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “Paul has made a huge contribution to the university’s strategic direction and development. His lifelong connection with Aston makes him a passionate and knowledgeable supporter of the University. In addition, his wealth of experience in the power generation sector and particularly leading E.ON UK , is a real asset to Aston and also to the wider West Midlands region. Everyone here at Aston is really proud of Paul, he is a fantastic role model for today’s Aston students.”
Born in Market Bosworth in 1951, Dr Golby was educated at Hinckley Grammar School and at Aston University, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to gain a PhD, again at Aston, as a result of research into offshore oil structures whilst training as a graduate engineer with Dunlop.
Following a series of management appointments with Dunlop and BTR, Dr Golby joined the Board of the ‘mini conglomerate’ Clayhithe plc, in 1992. He joined East Midlands Electricity in 1988 and became Chief Executive of E.ON UK, formerly Powergen, in 2002. Since that time, he has steered E.ON UK through two multi-billion pound acquisitions to become an organisation with an £8.5 billion turnover, employing over 18,000 people.
He is a top Executive Committee member of E.ON UK’s parent group, E.ON AG, the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company, and a non-executive director of AEA Technology plc.
Paul is a frequent commentator on the UK coalition Government’s scientific and energy policy. He is Co-Chairman of the Energy Research Partnership, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Energy Institute.
Words by Dhiren Katwa
14 June 2011