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Sir Adrian Cadbury

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sir Adrian Cadbury on 3rd September 2015, aged 86.

Sir Adrian was educated at Eton and read Economics at Kings College, Cambridge. An avid rower, he rowed in the 1952 Boat Race and even competed in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.

Sir Adrian had a long and successful career in business – joining Cadbury’s in 1958 and becoming Chairman of Cadbury Ltd in 1965, before he retired as Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes in 1989. He was also the Director of the Bank of England and IBM. He was a pioneer in raising awareness of corporate governance and wrote the Cadbury Report in 1992, which is still recognised around the world as a starting point on the way in which companies should operate.

A generous philanthropist, Sir Adrian is known throughout the region for his work with local charities and for his aiding of Aston University’s expansion. He had been a member of the Lunar Society since its re-founding over 20 years ago, acting as Vice-Chairman of the Society for many years and receiving the Lunar Medal in 2007.

Alan Wenban-Smith, Chairman of The Lunar Society said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sir Adrian for his dedication and enthusiasm in setting up the re-founded Lunar Society.  He was a member of the Executive Committee for several years in the early days, and I always found him to be extremely helpful.  He used his contacts to connect the Society with senior industry figures and always gave his support to the Society, even with the demands of his senior roles.  He and Sir Richard Knowles were both very worthy recipients of the Lunar Society medal very soon after it was set up, and their acceptance double act was witty, moving and memorable.”