Dominic Cadbury

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Sir Dominic Cadbury
Sir Dominic Cadbury, the Chancellor of the University of Birmingham - 20120705.jpg
Attending a convocation ceremony at the University of Birmingham on 5 July 2012
Chancellor of the University of Birmingham
In office
Preceded byAlex Jarratt
Succeeded byThe Lord Bilimoria
Personal details
Nicholas Dominic Cadbury

(1940-05-12) 12 May 1940 (age 81)
Cecilia Sarah Symes
(m. 1972)
Alma materStanford University

Sir Nicholas Dominic Cadbury (born 12 May 1940)[1] is a British businessman and member of the Cadbury chocolate manufacturing dynasty. He was the sixth Chancellor of University of Birmingham, stepping down in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Cadbury was born on 12 May 1940, the son of Laurence John Cadbury and Joyce Cadbury, and the grandson of George Cadbury. He was educated at Eton College. After graduating from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Stanford University.


Cadbury joined Cadbury Schweppes in 1964. He was appointed to the Board in 1975, serving as Group Chief Executive from 1983 to 1993, then as Chairman until his planned retirement on his 60th birthday on 12 May 2000.

His non-executive positions include Chairman of the Economist Group and Joint Deputy Chairman of EMI. He is also a member of the Council of Management of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Since November 2005 he is the chairman of Misys plc.

Cadbury was appointed Chancellor of the University of Birmingham on 2 May 2002 upon the retirement of Sir Alex Jarratt.[2] In 2013 he was succeeded by Lord Bilimoria.[3]


He married Cecilia Sarah Symes in 1972 and they had three daughters. His brother, Sir Adrian Cadbury, was also a former Cadbury company executive.[4]


Cadbury was knighted in the 1997 Birthday Honours.


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 12 May 2011. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014. Sir Dominic Cadbury, Chairman, The Wellcome Trust, 2000–2006; Chairman, Cadbury Schweppes, 1993–2000, 71
  2. ^ "UNIVERSITY APPOINTS CHANCELLOR". Birmingham101. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Chancellors of the University".
  4. ^ Who's Who 2009 p. 356
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alex Jarratt
Chancellor of the University of Birmingham
Succeeded by
The Lord Bilimoria