Sir George Buckley

Chancellor

Formerly the Chairman and CEO of giant US-based technology company 3M, Sir George was knighted in 2011. He gained a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering in 1972 and went onto acquire a PhD in engineering in 1976. Sir George says "My memories of Huddersfield are very positive I had a superb education here, and I will be forever grateful for that. We had some excellent teachers and Huddersfield set me off on the right path towards the future."

The son of a Sheffield steelworker, though raised by foster parents, George Buckley attended a school for physically disabled children and left school at the age of 15, but from childhood, his ambition was to become an electrical engineer. His studies at Huddersfield helped to make this vision a reality.  He gained a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering in 1972 and went onto acquire a PhD in engineering in 1976.
 
Formerly the Chairman and CEO of giant US-based technology company 3M, Sir George was knighted in 2011.  He currently holds posts that include the Chairmanship of UK manufacturer and technology innovator Smiths Group and Stanley Black & Decker, who are the world's largest makers of hand and power tools. He is also a member of the board of Hitachi, the Japanese industrial conglomerate, and is recently retired from the board of Pepsico, the US food and drink giant.
 
Sir George says "My memories of Huddersfield are very positive I had a superb education here, and I will be forever grateful for that. We had some excellent teachers and Huddersfield set me off on the right path towards the future."