’Well backer Les is on the ball at uni

Les Hutchison
Les Hutchison

MotherwellFC investor and vice-chairman Les Hutchison has received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland.

The retired businessman was honoured at UWS’s recent graduation ceremony at the Town House in Hamilton.

Bothwell man Les is an alumnus of the university, graduating from the former Bell College in 1974 with an HNC Electrical Engineering and also completing a Higher Supplementary (HS) in Control Systems and Mathematics in 1975.

Early in his career Les worked with a number of engineering companies in Lanarkshire, before progressing as a production director in the field of longwall mining and tunnelling equipment.

During his career Les gained a reputation for turning struggling companies around, and for a time ran his own consultancy business.

Les was headhunted by Canadian Energy Services Group – ShawCor Ltd in 1998 and remained with the company until he retired as vice chairman in 2013.

Alongside his career Les has engaged in a variety of philanthropic activities, helping charities and other worthwhile causes across the globe.

Now living in Barbados, Les continues to have strong ties to his home country and in January bought a 75 per cent share in Motherwell FC which he plans to transfer to its fans.

He said: “I am very honoured and humbled by this award. The University is a leader in innovating and adapting education needs for the future to ensure Scotland prospers.”