10th September 2004




An accomplished entrepreneur who created the Tom Cobleigh pub chain is to receive an honorary award at the University of Lincoln next week.


Derek Mapp is being honoured for his work as the first Chairman of the East Midlands Development Agency, a post which he will give up in December.


Mr Mapp’s talent for entrepreneurship became apparent early in his career, after establishing his own bakery business at the age of 20. He became a councillor for Cheshire County Council aged 21 and he later progressed in the hospitality industry and became a director of the Mansfield Brewery.


In 1991 he created the chain Tom Cobleigh plc, which floated four years later with a stock market value of £60 million. The chain later sold for £120 million.


Having proved his business credentials Mr Mapp became the founding Chairman of the new East Midlands Development Agency in 1999. His five-year occupancy has included creating an identity for one of England’s less-renowned regions, setting a target of being one of Europe’s top 20 regions by 2010.


Mr Mapp has recently completed his second term as ‘Chair of Chairs’ for all nine English regional development agencies and has recently stood down as Chairman of Leapfrog Day Nurseries Ltd following its sale.


He is also a Non-Executive Director of Imagesound and a board member of English Partnerships and UK Trade and Investment.


A spokesman for the university said, “Derek Mapp has become synonymous with the East Midlands development Agency which has played a very supportive role in the development of the University of Lincoln.


“We are pleased to recognise his considerable achievements before his retirement as Chairman in December.”


Mr Mapp will receive his honorary award on Wednesday 15th September at 11:30am.



For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                mcross@lincoln.ac.uk