Royals Vice Chairman Nigel Howe has been awarded with a Degree of Doctor of Science by Aston University in recognition of his significant contribution to the business and football community and enhancing the life chances of young people through sport.
Professor Ed Sweeney presented Nigel and the degree was given to Howe by the university’s Chancellor, Sir John Sunderland.
Howe was born in Wolverhampton and although he was from a football family, (his father, Dick, played for various clubs and his uncle was former Arsenal and England coach, Don Howe) he initially chose a different career path and graduated from Aston University with a degree in Building Technology and Management and entered the property world in Project Management.
He spent the first years of his working life in property development, including positions with major development companies such as Beazer Group, Highcross, Wain Group and Portman Properties, part of Portman Building Society.
In 1995, he joined Reading Football Club to oversee the planning and construction of Madejski Stadium and the following year became the club’s Chief Executive, a position he occupied until last month.
And, as one of the longest serving CEOs in football, he helped to guide the Royals to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2005-6 – as Steve Coppell led Reading to the title and a 106 points record which still stands today.
The Royals returned to the top tier in 2012 and came within a whisker of repeating the feat last season when Jaap Stam’s side narrowly missed out on promotion in a tense penalty shootout at Wembley at the end of May.
Howe has simultaneously advised Sir John Madejski on all of his investments worldwide including printing, traffic management, bottling, property and hotels. A Director of Thai PropCo and of Get Berkshire Active, Nigel is an Alumni of Aston University. And everyone at Reading Football Club would like to congratulate him on his most recent award.