Paul Cadman responded to the award by saying, “I am both humbled by and proud of this title. I always struggles with my education at school because of my then undiagnosed dyslexia. Although I have always been an entrepreneur I have wanted to show to everyone that no matter how humble your beginnings, education will always be an important step in your success.”
Cadman, who spent his early years in Birmingham Market where he says he honed his networking skills and went on to have a successful career in the fire service and then onto senior leadership in international brands and the automotive industry, manufacturing and Skills. He currently has senior trustee and ambassadorial, Patron roles for Acorns Hospice, Employability WASUP ‘World against single use plastic’ and Steps to Work, some of the region’s leading charities. While sitting on a number of company boards and running a range of small ventures in automotives, design and consultancy. Cadman claims that “BCU for me reflects the city and region that I love. It is truly the a university for Birmingham.”
Professor Julian Beer, deputy vice chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “Paul has been working with us for some time now on a number of initiatives and our staff and students have really valued his contribution and his entrepreneurial flair.
“He brings with him not just that but, a wealth of experience and expertise which he imparts with vigour. It’s very well deserved.”