Alfred Morris


Attended Hymers College:

1952 - 1957

What makes this nominee inspiring?

Alfred Morris, having qualified as a chartered accountant, went on in his late twenties to enrol at the then very new Lancaster University, without support and paying his own fees.

His professional career progressed in London with Deloitte Haskin and Sells before he switched to the academic world where he became a Senior Research Fellow at Sussex University and a visiting lecturer at Warwick. He was appointed as a specialist advisor to a House of Commons Select Committee before serving as head of two polytechnics and then Vice-Chancellor of three universities. He holds three honorary doctorates and his several honorary fellowships include that of the Royal West of England Academy. He was awarded the title ‘Commander of the British Empire’ for services to higher education.

In public life, Alfred Morris has served as a trustee, and in many cases as chair, of many charities and similar organisations, including a large NHS hospital trust and the Bristol Old Vic theatre company. He was granted the freedom of Bristol and made a burgess of the city at a ceremony in the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House in 2015.

He is listed in ‘Who’s Who’ and Debretts ‘People of Today’ and was at one time described by the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

Today Alfred Morris heads an international consultancy business specialising in corporate mergers, acquisitions and strategic consultancy, mainly in the education and training sector. He is a director and vice-chair of two private universities in the UK and involved in a similar institution in Canada.

In 2007, Alfred Morris CBE was appointed by HM The Queen to be her personal representative in Gloucestershire as High Sheriff which is the oldest secular office in the UK other than the crown itself. He remains a Deputy Lieutenant of that County.