Martyn Phillips awarded honorary degree

Businessman Martyn Phillips today received an honorary degree of Doctor of Business from Southampton Solent University today (Thursday 21 November), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local business leadership.

Martyn Phillips served as CEO for B&Q UK & Ireland from April 2011 to October 2013. Prior to this, he was Operations Director and previously HR Director.

He had been with Kingfisher since 1994 originally with Woolworths and latterly at B & Q since 2002. Before joining Kingfisher he worked for WH Smith as a Graduate trainee.

B & Q is the UK and Ireland’s largest home improvement retailer, with 360 stores and 30,000 employees nationwide. In 1968 Mr Block and Mr Quayle opened the DIY giant’s first ever store in Portswood Road.

Today the company has an approximate turnover of £4bn and makes £200m profit. As CEO, Martyn led the Board, overseeing the marketing, buying, supply chain, people and finance.

He is now pursuing a new career in leadership development through setting up his own business, based in Southampton.

Martyn is also Senior Independent Director of Hydrogen Group plc where he chairs the Remuneration Committee.

On receiving his honorary degree, Martyn Phillips commented, “I’m very proud to accept this honorary degree of Doctor of Business from Southampton Solent University. There is a real warmth in this university. This is a very progressive place, I can feel the determination, there is a lot of innovation and ambition is very high. I look forward to seeing Solent go from strength to strength and flying the flag for this university around the globe."  

Martyn added, “Congratulations to the graduates here today, you have made a good start on your CV with Southampton Solent; I wish you every success."

The university awards honorary degrees to academics and professionals who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of expertise during its annual graduation ceremonies which take place at Southampton Guildhall from 18-22 November 2013.

More than 2500 students are graduating from Southampton Solent University with degrees and professional qualifications in subject areas ranging from journalism to sport science, fashion to yacht-design, and business management to TV and film production. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8031 9040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

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About Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The university was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2013 poll of students.

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Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.

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I’m very proud to accept this honorary degree of Doctor of Business from Southampton Solent University. There is a real warmth in this university. This is a very progressive place, I can feel the determination, there is a lot of innovation and ambition is very high. I look forward to seeing Solent go from strength to strength and flying the flag for this university around the globe.
Martyn Phillips former CEO of B&Q