Northumbria University honours British Cycling and Rugby League World Cup chief

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The CEO of British Cycling and the man at the forefront at the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 has been awarded an honorary degree by Northumbria University.

Jon Dutton OBE has received an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Northumbria University in Newcastle.

He was the chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and was appointed as CEO of British Cycling in April this year.

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Jon is a sports management graduate from Northumbria University, with 28 years of experience in the sports industry.

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 was branded as the most inclusive of all time, with Jon leading the event to ensure that the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments were played simultaneously for the first time.

Jon has spoke about his connections with Northumbria University, reflected on his time when he was a student and expressed his prie in being recognised by the University.

Jon Dutton OBE has received an honorary degree from Northumbria University. Photo: Northumbria University.Jon Dutton OBE has received an honorary degree from Northumbria University. Photo: Northumbria University.
Jon Dutton OBE has received an honorary degree from Northumbria University. Photo: Northumbria University. | Northumbria University

He said: “I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised by Northumbria University in this way.

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“My time at the University helped make me into the person I am today. I fondly remember being a student, playing for the University Rugby League team, being Sports Secretary of the Students’ Union and having the most wonderful life experience.

“With the support of my family I have had some incredible work experiences which I have used to try and make a difference beyond the sporting field of play by tackling inequalities through providing opportunities.

“To receive an honorary degree is undoubtedly a career highlight and something I am very proud of.”

The honorary degree comes a month after Jon was included in the King’s Birthday Honours, when he was given an OBE for his contribution to rugby league.

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Before he was chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, Jon was Director of Projects and People for the Rugby Football League, and Chief Executive of Manchester Football Association, which included a secondment to UEFA.

He has also previously served as Director of Readiness for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and Special Events Coordinator of the PGA European Golf Tour.

As well as being CEO of British Cycling, Jon is a current member of the UK Sport Major Events Panel and has lectured on topics including leadership, futurology, and diplomacy.

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