Warning: Parameter 3 to mb_videobot() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/roseemma/public_html/libraries/joomla/event/dispatcher.php on line 136
  • PDF

Professor Tim O'Riordan, OBE

  • Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:38
  • Last Updated Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:01

Professor O’Riordan, OBE – Patron of BT Buddies

In March 2010, during our 'Behind the Mask' exhibition in Norwich for Brain Tumour Awareness month, we were privileged to meet the then Sheriff of Norwich, Professor Tim O'Riordan.

Andrew showing Sheriff of Norwich Professor Tim O'Riordan around our exhibition

Tim came along to talk to us about the work BT Buddies does and to view our 'Behind the Mask' exhibition. During his tour of the exhibition he explained to us that he had, had a secretary whose husband passed away from a brain tumour so he was really keen to look at the masks, read the stories and find out a bit more about brain tumours.

Since that first meeting, Tim has kept in contact with us and we were extremely honoured when he recently agreed to become our first Patron.

On accepting this role Tim said "BT Buddies is a great charity. All too often brain tumours are not diagnosed early enough to save lives. To have a charity which both supports everyone who faces brain tumours, whether a patient or a carer, and which gives everyone the courage and resolve to deal with the disease is a huge blessing. BT Buddies will always have my full support." Although Tim's background is in Environmental Sciences, he has many contacts in the business world, and we are glad to have him onboard!

As we develop relationships with BT Buddies Advisory Team members from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and, begin to think about the services we can provide in the local area, we feel Tim will be a great supporter of our work and we look forward to what this partnership may bring.

You can find out more about Tim in his short biography below.


Professor O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

He received an OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, served as Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10), and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

He has edited a number of key books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change, policy and practice, led two international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995-2002) and edited two editions of the text book, Environmental Science for Environmental Management.

Professor O’Riordan is European Advisor to the UK Sustainable Development Commission and a member of Sustainability East, the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table. His research deals with the themes associated with better governance for sustainability. He is also active in the evolution of sustainability science partnerships. His direct work relates to designing future coastlines in East Anglia in England so that they are ready for sea level rise and the creation of sound economies and societies for a sustainable future.

He is a core member of the Prince of Wales' seminar on Business and the Environment. He has many contacts with the business world. He is an assessor for the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project. He sits on the Corporate Responsibility Body for Asda plc, and also on the Growth and Climate Change Panel for Anglian Water Group.

Professor O’Riordan is also Executive Editor of Environment Magazine

His other research interests cover interdisciplinary approaches to pursuing the transition to sustainability, risk perception and communication, business and social virtue.

Tim O’Riordan plays classical double bass in a Norwich orchestra, which he has chaired for over 25 years.