Adrian Cadbury

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Sir George Adrian Hayhurst Cadbury (15 April 1929)[1] is a former British Olympic rower and Chairman of Cadbury and Cadbury Schweppes for 24 years. He has been a pioneer in raising the awareness and stimulating the debate on corporate governance and produced the Cadbury Report, a code of best practice which served as a basis for reform of corporate governance around the world.

Cadbury was born 15 April 1929, a member of the Cadbury family who are known for their Quaker philosophy and the chocolate conglomerate which they founded. He was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he rowed in the losing Cambridge boat in the 1952 Boat Race. He also rowed in the Great Britain coxless four in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[2] He joined the Cadbury business in 1958 and became Chairman of Cadbury Ltd in 1965. He retired as Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes in 1989.

He was a Director of the Bank of England from 1970–94 and of IBM from 1975–94. He was Chairman of the UK Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance which published its Report and Code of Best Practice ("Cadbury Report and Code") in December 1992. He was member of the OECD Business Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance. His publications include: Ethical Managers Make Their Own Rules; The Company Chairman; Corporate Governance and Chairmanship: A Personal View. He was appointed High Sheriff of the West Midlands for 1994–95. [3]

Cadbury served as Chancellor of Aston University between 1979 and 2004. He is also the current[when?] patron of Aston Raise and Give Society, which is the fundraising body of Aston University. As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of Aston Business School in 2008, Sir Adrian was awarded a rare Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award. Aston Business School's MBA lecture theatres were also named after Sir Adrian and Susan Cadbury, in recognition of their long association with Aston University.[4]

Cadbury is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and the President of Birmingham Rowing Club.[5]


  • Cadbury, A. (1992) The Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance, London: Gee and Company
  • Cadbury, Adrian (1995) The Company Chairman (2nd Ed), NJ: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-434150-3
  • Cadbury, Adrian (2002) Corporate Governance and Chairmanship: A Personal View, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-925200-9

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  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2014. Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chairman, Cadbury Schweppes, 1975–89, 82 
  2. ^ "Adrian Cadbury Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53618. p. 4244. 18 March 1994.
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  5. ^ Christopher Anton (15 September 2011). "Club Admin". Birmingham Rowing Club. Retrieved 3 July 2012.