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Biographical Details

Sir Rodney was born on the 10th April 1943, he is married to Anne and they have two sons, Alexander and Timothy and 5 grandsons; Dylan, Jack, Oscar, Isaac, Theo & a granddaughter Freya.
In the Birthday Honours published in June 1996 the honour of Knight Bachelor was conferred upon him by the Queen for services to sport.

In 2007 Wakefield Enterprise Partnership (formally First Wakefield) awarded Sir Rodney, its first Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his services to the City, Sport, Business and for leading campaigns which have raised an estimated £40 million for a variety of charities and good causes.

In 2008 he was awarded The Yorkshire Man of the Year.

In September 2012 Wakefield Council awarded Sir Rodney the Freedom of the City in recognition of his services to City, Sport, Business & having led campaigns which have raised £40 million for  Charity.

At the 2014 Wakefield Business Awards Sir Rodney was named the Business Person of the Year

At the 2016 Wakefield Business Awards Sir Rodney received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award

In June 2013 Sir Rodney was invited by the Government to chair a TdFHUB 2014 Ltd a company charged with the responsibility of organising & overseeing the allocation of £10 million of government money to assist with the organisation of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart & Stage 3 in the UK. The event took place over 3 days. The Grand Depart was staged in Yorkshire with the third stage from Cambridge to London. In total it is estimated that 3.8 million people watched the free event which was delivered within budget. The immediate estimated financial benefit by independent assessment was put at £128 million.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors & a member of The Imperial Society of Knights Batchelor.

Together with his wife and two sons, Sir Rodney has formed The Myerscough Charitable Trust whose primary objectives are to help disadvantaged young people.

He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bradford in December 1996 in recognition of his services to the county of West Yorkshire. In July 2014 he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield

In 1998 he was admitted as a Knight into the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in recognition of his services to health in the UK.