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Stewart Towe CBE DL

Trained as an Accountant with Farmiloe & Co.


1976 moved into Industry as Group Accountant.


Appointed to the Main Board in 1978 taking responsibility for the commercial and financial development of the Group.  Completed the buy-out of the business in 2006.


Hadley have grown from £1 million annual turnover in the mid-1970’s to exceeding £120 million annual turnover in 2016/17.  Growth has been primarily by product development, not acquisition.  Hadley have manufacturing plants in the Middle East, Far East, Europe and licensees throughout the world.

  • Appointed as Business in the Community’s Regional Ambassador for West Midlands by HRH The Prince of Wales, 2007
  • High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2012
  • Pro-Chancellor – University of Wolverhampton (2014-2019)
  • Chair – Business in the Community, WM Region (2009-2014)
  • Chair – Black Country L.E.P. (December 2010 onwards)
  • Chair of Governors at Bromsgrove School, Sandwell Academy and The Ace Academy & Sixth Form Centre, Tipton
  • Governor - Universities of Wolverhampton and Aston
  • Patron – The Prince’s Trust


Appointed in 2013.