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Sir Michael Marshall joins his father in honorary fellowship

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Sir Michael Marshall collects honorary fellowship or Royal Aeronautical Society
Sir Michael Marshall collects honorary fellowship or Royal Aeronautical Society

Sir Michael Marshall has joined his father Arthur in being honoured by the Royal Aeronautical Society with the award of an honorary fellowship.

It is the highest distinction for aerospace achievement and awarded for the most outstanding contributions to the aerospace profession.

It is only the second time that a father and son have both been honoured in this way in the society’s 150-year history. Sir Arthur Marshall was awarded an honorary fellowship in 2001.

Sir Michael said: “I am very proud to have been honoured in this way by the world-leading and renowned Royal Aeronautical Society. This award reflects in no small measure the extraordinary dedication and commitment of everyone at Marshall, in Cambridge, across the UK and overseas, over decades.”

He was presented with his award at a special ceremony at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s London headquarters by its president, Prof Chris Atkin.

The citation for the award read: “Sir Michael is admitted to honorary fellowship in recognition of his eminence and distinction within the UK aerospace industry and the wider international aviation community, his exceptional leadership and commitment to the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, and his determination, business acumen and commitment. He is a role model and inspiration to generations of aspiring aerospace professionals.”

Astronaut Major Tim Peake received an honorary fellowship at the same ceremony for flying somewhat higher.

Sir Michael Marshall qualified as a pilot in 1949 at the age of 17 before completing his National Service in the Royal Air Force. He joined the family business, Marshall of Cambridge, in 1955 and recently took up a new position as president of the company after 27 years as chairman.

He was awarded a CBE in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours and a knighthood in 2010.

In addition to serving as the county’s High Sheriff in 1988, he served as a Deputy Lieutenant of the county from 1989, including as Vice Lord Lieutenant from 1992 to 2006. Among a number of voluntary roles, he has served as president of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and chairman of the Court of Benefactors of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Marshall employs more than 6,000 people across its wholly owned and independent businesses and has annual sales in excess of £2billion.

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