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Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO, OBE

The Queen’s Representative for Worcestershire, Lord Lieutenant Patrick Holcroft, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Worcester in 2013.

Patrick received the prestigious rank of Lieutenant Colonel in recognition of his committed service in the Grenadier Guards. Following his career there, he joined UK Merchant Banking Group Robert Fleming in 1988 as a UK Small Companies Analyst/Investor.

Two years later, he was appointed a Director of Fleming Investment Management, and then, in 1992, was named Chief Executive of Robert Fleming Insurance brokers (RFIB), based in the City of London.

Patrick had a critical role in the Group following its acquisition by Chase Manhattan Corporation in 2000. He led the buyout of RFIB, rebranded and reshaped the Group, disposing of its Pension and Benefit Consultancy business in order to concentrate on wholesale and reinsurance broking.

Nearly a decade later, in 2009, he handed over the reins as CEO but remains a non-Executive Director.

In December 2012 he was appointed Lord-Lieutenant for Worcestershire. Since then his responsibilities as The Queen’s Representative include arranging visits for the Royal Family, presenting honours and awards, leading the local magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets and encouraging charitable giving in the County.

The University of Worcester is delighted to award the Honorary Fellowship to Patrick, who is also a Trustee and adviser to a number of companies, trusts and charities including The Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown, The Hedley Foundation, The Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the Grenadier Guards.