Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Businessman and regatta steward - Sir Adrian Cadbury

SIR ADRIAN CADBURY, who was a steward of Henley Royal Regatta for 46 years, died on

SIR ADRIAN CADBURY, who was a steward of Henley Royal Regatta for 46 years, died on September 3, aged 86.

He was the former chairman of Cadbury and Cadbury Schweppes and the grandson of George Cadbury, who built the factory and model dwellings of Bournville in Birmingham.

He is perhaps best known for his chairmanship of the Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance from 1991 to 1995, which followed a series of corporate scandals. The code of best practice bears his name.

Born in 1929, Adrian had an establishment upbringing, being educated at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge, where he read economics and won a Blue.

He competed at Henley for King’s College in the Thames Challenge Cup in 1951. The following year he was part of the Cambridge Boat Race crew that lost to Oxford by a canvas.



The Cambridge eight represented Britain at the Helsinki Olympics in the same year and came fourth. Sir Adrian said it was the greatest thing that ever happened to him.

He rowed for Leander Club in the Grand Challenge Cup, winning it in 1953 and reaching the final in the following year. He was elected a regatta steward in December 1969 and was also a trustee of Leander Club.

Sir Adrian was deputy chairman and managing director of Cadbury Schweppes from 1969 to 1974 and chairman from 1974 to 1989.

He also served as a director of IBM UK and was a member of the UK Takeover Panel.

He chaired the CBI’s economic and financial policy committee from 1974 to 1980 and ProNed from 1984 to 1995. He was a director of the Bank of England from 1970 to 1994. He was knighted in 1977.

In January, he was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.



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