As well as being its chair of governors, Andrew is a former student who credits Bolton College with kickstarting his highly successful business career.
In 1978 the college secured him an apprenticeship with a local technology business. He subsequently worked his way up from the benches to lead a management buy-out of the company which, now known as known as Avoira, is a £25 million-pound turnover technology solution provider.
Commenting on his fellowship, Dr Roberts said: “It remains a privilege to serve Bolton College, an institution to which I and many other former students owe so much.
“Having that service recognised by the Chartered Institution for Further Education is an incredible and humbling honour.”
The fellowship is the latest honour to be bestowed upon Dr Roberts by the further and higher educational communities.
In 2011 he received a Prince Philip Medal highly commended certificate in acknowledgement of his promotion of City & Guilds training and outstanding contribution, commitment and dedication to the telecommunications industry.
The University of Salford also awarded him an honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to the world of telecommunications, science and innovation. The award saw him become a Doctor of Science (DSc) in 2019.
Prior to this in 2018 the University of Bolton awarded Roberts with an Honorary Doctorate in Education (EdD) for his outstanding contribution to education.
Aside from his voluntary service to the education sector, Dr. Roberts is also active in the local business community. He is chair of Bury Business Leaders Group and local president of Bury Chamber of Commerce.
As managing director of Avoira he oversees a business with offices in Bury, Bristol, Leeds, London, Warrington and the Lake District.
The company’s 175 employees deliver a range of best-in-class solutions. These embrace audio visual and video conferencing technologies, customer experience and speech analytics, managed IT services and cyber security, unified communications, contact centre and connectivity solutions and radio and critical communication services.