Geoffrey Maddrell OBE

Date: 24 June 2015

Research Autism is delighted and very proud to announce that its founder Chairman, Geoffrey Maddrell, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June for services to business and charity. The Queen's Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK.

After serving in the Parachute Regiment, and gaining a law degree from Cambridge and an MBA from Columbia University, Geoffrey spent the early part of his career overseas with Shell and Bowater, before becoming Chief Executive of Tootal Group at a time of significant change. He has subsequently been Chairman of businesses usually undergoing strategic change, including Glenmorangie, Westbury, LDV and UNITE Group. Geoffrey has had two periods as a Civil Service Commissioner and has set up three charities in addition to Research Autism.

Geoffrey has been active and passionate in his commitment to making Research Autism a success, working tirelessly towards achieving a better quality of life for people with autism and their families. Indeed, Geoffrey has clocked up many hundreds of miles running marathons and half marathons for the charity, raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process!

Geoffrey said: "I am honoured to have received this award, which I want to dedicate to my beloved wife, Wyn, who blessed me with over 50 years of love and support and who sadly lost her battle with ill health last December. Wyn was exceptional in her generosity of spirit, always reaching out to improve the lives of those with whom she was in immediate contact, wherever she was in the world. She became a foster mother for people from many continents, and was a stalwart in her efforts to help Research Autism fulfil its potential. Therefore, I want to dedicate the award posthumously to Wyn who achieved the greatest of our aspirations by setting such a powerful example for us all."

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Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email info@researchautism.net

Research Autism


Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life. 

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