Sir Richard Needham celebrates his honorary degree with wife Sissy
A FORMER Northern Ireland Office Minister, who served in the administrations of Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, Sir Richard Needham has received the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for services to business development at a ceremony on the Coleraine campus
He served as a minister for Northern Ireland from 1985 –1992 and Minister of State for Trade from 1992 – 1995. The longest-serving British government Northern Ireland minister, he was instrumental in transforming Northern Ireland’s economic infrastructure.
He is now International and Commercial Director of Dyson, spearheading the group’s move into China.
Sir Richard has written two books: Honourable Member and Battling for Peace: Northern Ireland's Longest-Serving British Minister (1999); an account of his years in Northern Ireland and his contribution to peace.