Congratulations to our Resident Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Graham Leslie, who has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2017 Birthday Honours List.
Professor Leslie is one of the UK’s most visionary, creative and successful entrepreneurs, having taken numerous companies in various forms of difficulty/insolvency/bankruptcy and turning them into profitable businesses.
In 1982, he created the largest privately-owned store brand Pharmaceutical Company (Galpharm International Limited) within the UK and was responsible for changes in the Medicine Control Agency’s rules and regulations during the 1990’s by switching molecules from Prescription to Pharmacy and from Pharmacy to the Grocery market saving the UK’s NHS between £2-3 million per annum, which currently equates to £2.5 billion. The group was successfully sold in January 2008 to Perrigo US for $88 million.
He was the Founder Chairman and creator of Europe’s first ever 25,000 all-seater Stadium in a joint venture with Sir John Harman then Leader of Kirklees Council, now home to both Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club. The Stadium generates £10m to the Kirklees community per annum and now forms part of a £125m scheme to regenerate Huddersfield and the whole of West Yorkshire.
Graham has met and dined with two American Presidents and David Cameron, and been adviser to the UK’s All Party Health Select Committee.
During 2006 Graham was honoured with a Doctorate of Business and in January 2010 was appointed the first Regional Ambassador for ‘The Prince’s Trust’ for Yorkshire & The Humber’, for his philanthropic approach to his community, staff and those less fortunate than himself.
By 2011 he was appointed by the University of Huddersfield as its first ever (in 156 years) Resident Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship.