Co-chairman receives Lifetime Achievement AwardReading co-chairman Sir John Madejski was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the final of the European Business Awards 2014/15, sponsored by RSM, at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday evening.
The Award was created to recognise extraordinary business leaders that have made a huge impact in their local business communities and in society.
Presented the Award by Baker Tilly UK, the UK member firm of RSM, Sir John was recognised as being an exceptional businessman with commercial interests spanning property, broadcast media, hotels, restaurants, publishing and football, and whose contributions to the community and services to charity earned him a knighthood in the 2009 Queen's New Year Honours list.
Sir John starting out in publishing in 1976 when he founded the Thames Valley Trader, now known as Auto Trader. He went on to build and sell the hugely successful Hurst Publishing. He became Chairman of Reading Football Club in 1990, and gave his name to the club's Madejski Stadium. In 2006, he led the Royals to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Sir John Madejski said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this Lifetime Award, and I would like to thank all the people I have worked with over the years who have helped me achieve this prestigious honour.”
He is a benefactor to the Royal Academy of Arts and has donated money to Henley Business School, Reading University to fund the John Madejski Centre of Reputation, a new garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a gallery at the Museum of Reading also bears his name.
Most recently, he helped fund the John Madejski Academy in Whitley, a secondary school striving to provide young people with a new type of creative learning environment. He is also Chancellor of Reading University and Deputy Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire.