Date of release: Monday, July 18, 2016

Sir William McAlpine receives honorary award from GreenwichSir William McAlpine, 6th Baronet, the philanthropist and business leader, is being honoured by the University of Greenwich today (Monday 18 July).

In a graduation ceremony taking place at the Greenwich Campus, he will receive the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv) in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Sir William has spent a large part of his career supporting good causes, many of which are heritage related. He also has a long association with the university, having given his time and expertise on many occasions. He was chairman of the independent Brooking Collection, a unique array of rare and original architectural features, when it was housed at the university.

His working career was spent in the construction company Robert McAlpine Ltd, the family business, where he served for many years as director.A

 railway enthusiast, at one time he owned the Flying Scotsman, saving it when it was stranded in America in the early 1970s, bringing it back to the UK and running it on the main line for many years. He has served on both the Southern and the Great Western Advisory Boards of British Rail, and is chairman of both Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Board Company and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Light Railway. Sir William is president of the Transport Trust and is involved with many other preservation organisations.

He is also president of the Railway Benevolent Institution, known as Railway Benefit Fund, a charity helping current and retired railway industry workers.

Honorary degrees are awarded by the University of Greenwich to individuals of distinction who have made a major contribution to the work of the university, or who have earned prominence for activities associated with education, business, culture, creative work and public service.

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Picture: Sir William McAlpine.