Secret Millionaire Mike to receive honorary degree

Published: 16 September 2014 at 14:27

Entrepreneur and tireless volunteer to be presented with Anglia Ruskin award

A businessman who attributes his success to starting work at the age of seven will receive an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University in his home city of Peterborough.

Mike Greene will receive the Honorary Doctor of Education award at Peterborough Cathedral on Wednesday 25 September after selling his successful retail consultancy business in order to dedicate himself to helping charities and new businesses.

In 2011, he appeared on the Channel 4 programme Secret Millionaire, returning to the Peterborough districts of Bretton and Dogsthorpe where he spent his childhood. He saved a much-loved after-school club from closure and helped a YMCA hostel by providing computer equipment to help homeless young people with job searches, CV writing and application letters.

In 2012, Mike raised over £100,000 in just 100 days for 100 charities based in and around Peterborough. He supports several charities and is still involved in business and consultancy.

He will collect his award alongside students from University Centre Peterborough (UCP), a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin and Peterborough Regional College.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, said:
“Mike’s success in business and dedication to his charity work makes him a superb role model for our students. He has never forgotten his roots here in Peterborough and I am delighted to be able to present this award to him in a city that is so close to his heart.”