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Former Aviva boss honoured by University

Richard Harvey, the former CEO of Aviva who left his career in the city to support charitable projects in Africa, has been awarded Manchester University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2008. The award is presented each year to alumni who have achieved distinction in their profession, service to the University or the wider community.

Harvey graduated from the University of Manchester in 1971 with an honours degree in mathematics. His degree was sponsored by the Atomic Energy Authority with the promise of a job upon graduation. However, the changing economics of the nuclear industry at the time meant that the job never materialised. Energy’s loss was the insurance industry’s gain when Harvey then moved into insurance, working his way up the ladder to become chief executive of Norwich Union New Zealand in 1992.

In January 2007, he stunned the industry by resigning from his job and signed up to spend a year in Africa working for Concern Universal (www.concern-universal.org), a charity that aims to improve the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest communities. Professor Paul Glendinning, head of the School of Mathematics, said: “His achievements are inspirational, and he is undoubtedly an example to us all. We are very proud to call him a graduate of the University of Manchester.”