The University of Bolton appointed its first Pro Chancellor at an Installation Ceremony held within its Degree Congregations in July 2015.


The first Pro Chancellor is Brett Warburton, Executive Director of Britain’s biggest bakery brand, Warburtons. At the Installation Ceremony he was also made an Honorary Doctor of Sciences in recognition of his outstanding contribution to food science research. He was presented as Pro Chancellor by The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL DPhil LLD (h.c.), herself the first Chancellor of the University of Bolton.

The Pro Chancellor is a senior dignitary and an ambassador for the University. He assists the Chancellor when appropriate with duties that include encouraging and supporting staff and students, as well as presiding at Degree Congregations. The Chancellor of the University of Bolton is the Earl of St Andrews.

Said Brett Warburton: ‘The University and Warburtons have a lot in common. Both our organisations are ambitious and values driven. We both want to achieve great things for our people.’

Said Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes DL: ‘Brett is an excellent Pro Chancellor for our University and we are delighted he has joined us. His knowledge and business experience will be of great benefit to our students and staff.’ 

A fifth generation Warburton, Brett Warburton actively manages the Warburtons business alongside his cousins, Jonathan and Ross.

After graduating from university, Brett gained experience in the British food and bakery industry before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School. His passion for business and people saw Brett focus on operations, joining the business as General Manager of the bread division before becoming Managing Director. Now Executive Director, Brett remains focused on the operations side of the business, from the wheat it buys to the people who bake the products every day. Brett was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent in 2009.

The brand has grown under the cousin’s stewardship, but the passion for baking the best quality bakery products has always been at its heart. They take a long term, sustainable approach to growth to ensure they can pass the business to the sixth generation in the best shape possible. They believe investing back into the business, in innovation, technology and their people while never compromising on quality is key to their success.

With headquarters still in Bolton, Warburtons now employs approximately 4,500 employees in 12 bakeries and 14 depots across the country. They bake more than two million of their famous wax wrapped loaves, thins, wraps, crumpets, pancakes and bread rolls every day.