Retired lawyer and ex-Edge Hill Chair of Governors Michael Pinfold was today made an Honorary Doctor of the University.
Addressing graduands, Michael said: “My approach to life is simple – work hard, maximise your opportunities and keep an open mind, but most of all, don’t forget to enjoy what you do.”
Wirral-born Michael Pinfold enjoyed a stellar career as a lawyer – admitted as a solicitor in 1970 and going on to specialise in company law, Michael became the first Company Secretary of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme, as well as advising companies as diverse as Pilkington’s, Johnsons the Cleaners and the Blue Funnel Line. His work for pension funds underpinned investments in many of the shopping centres, retail and industrial parks we use today.
He had the following advice for new graduates embarking on a law career: “Whichever field of law you may ultimately choose, don’t rush the decision – keep an open mind and get experience in a wide range of disciplines to give you the best possible grounding.”
Michael joined Edge Hill’s governing body in 2003. Appointed Deputy Chair in 2005, he advised on and strongly supported the managed entrepreneurialism that has characterised the University’s success over the past decade. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors, and under Michael’s Chairmanship the University was shortlisted as Times Higher University of the Year three times, finally being awarded the title after a fourth shortlisting in November 2014, when Michael’s maximum 12 years of service had just come to an end.
Michael said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years as an Edge Hill Pro-Chancellor, and it was an honour to chair such a dynamic institution during a crucial period in the University’s history.”