Honorary Degree for former Head of Shell UK



A former Head of Shell UK has today been recognised with an Honorary Degree from Heriot-Watt University.

Sir Bob Reid received the honour in recognition of his contribution to business leadership and commitment to education. This includes his long-standing service to the University's Edinburgh Business School between 2001 and 2015, where he went on to become Acting Chair.  

Sir Bob Reid is a widely respected figure in the oil and gas industry having graduated from St Andrews University in 1956 in Political Economy and Modern History.

He then joined Shell International Petroleum Company Limited and served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK between 1985 and 1990.

Sir Bob Reid, said: “During my tenure of office at the Edinburgh Business School, under the leadership of Professor Keith Lumsden, we transformed the development and marketing of our programmes and increased their geographical reach. 

“It was for me, a pleasure to work with the Business School and this personal award is truly a credit to that team.  And I thank them for that.”

In 1990, the same year he received his Knighthood, Sir Bob Reid became Chairman of the British Railways Board where he stayed for five years. From 1997 to 2004, he was the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Scotland.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Diligenta Limited, Belltree Group UK and EEA Helicopter Operations.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor said: “It's a great pleasure to welcome Sir Bob Reid back to Heriot-Watt University to mark his long and distinguished career, alongside his personal contribution to the advancement of the UK's pioneering business school.

“Our Business School has a strong track record in delivering highly-flexible and valued business qualifications equipping our students with the skills and expertise they need for the modern world.

“Sir Bob Reid's illustrious career serves as inspiration for the next generation of business leaders and reminds our students of what they can achieve.”

Graduations took place at Heriot-Watt University between 15 and 22 June.