Alex Jarratt

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Sir Alexander Jarratt CB (born 19 January 1924[1]) is a British businessman and former senior civil servant. He was the fifth Chancellor of Birmingham University. He chaired a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals studying higher education policy; the committee's influential report became known as the Jarratt Report.[2]

Sir Alex attended the Royal Liberty Grammar School in Essex. He served in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. After the war he attended the University of Birmingham, graduating with first class honours as a Bachelor of Commerce. He joined the Civil Service in 1949, working in a wide range of government departments. He resigned from the Civil Service in 1970, and pursued a second career in industry, holding senior positions in companies including IPC, Reed International and the Midland Bank.Chairman and Chief Executive. He was also appointed in 1970 to the board of the parent company, Reed International Limited. From 1974 to 1982 Sir Alex was Chairman and Chief Executive of Reed International. Between 1985 and 1991 he was Chairman of Smiths Industries plc.[3]

Sir Alex was knighted in 1979 and was awarded the Companion of the Bath in 1968.

He was appointed Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in 1983 and retired in 2002, to be succeeded by Sir Dominic Cadbury.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Scott
Chancellor of the University of Birmingham
1983–2002
Succeeded by
Dominic Cadbury