Anglia Ruskin commemorate former Chairman of the Board

Published: 23 May 2011 at 11:43

Main route through Chelmsford campus is named Alan Cherry Drive

The main road running through Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus has been named Alan Cherry Drive, in memory of the former Chairman of the Board of Governors who died last year.

Alan Cherry was Chairman of the Board of Governors at Anglia Ruskin from October 1996 to March 2002 and continued as Chairman of the University subsidiary company responsible for the development of the Rivermead Campus until the time of his death.

Alan, who was awarded both a CBE and MBE, was the founding chairman of Countryside Properties and was made Honorary Freeman of Brentwood, his home town, for his work in the housing and construction industries.

The naming ceremony was attended by Mrs Fay Cherry and members of the Cherry family, together with the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, and members of staff and Board at Anglia Ruskin who worked with Mr Cherry.

Steve Bennett, Secretary & Clerk at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“Alan was a visionary and the campus which has evolved is testament to that.  He was enormously proud of Anglia Ruskin, Chelmsford and Essex more generally and was determined that we should build a campus which would do credit to all of these. 

“Throughout the acquisition and development of the campus he was extraordinarily generous with his time and expertise.  We owe him an enormous debt and it seemed fitting to mark his contribution by naming after him the road which links together all the buildings over the 26 acre site.”