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Jack Smale DMS, FCIOB

Jack Smale

Areas of Interest

Business, Alumni

Honorary Award

Honorary Fellow, 1994


Born and educated in Chelmsford, Jack Smale has been involved in the region's construction industry since he first enrolled at the Building Department of Mid-Essex Technical College in 1942. He went on to spend 35 years with local company Frederick J French, rising to the position of Managing Director. He returned to the Technical College in 1968 to study for his Diploma in Management Studies, and also lectured there part-time for 10 years. From 1960 to 1990 he was a member and Chairman of its Building Advisory Committee and served on the Governing Body of Anglia Polytechnic for some years up to the time of the granting of University status. In 1992 he became Director of the then Anglia Polytechnic University Development Ltd, playing a key role in the development of our Rivermead Campus. Throughout his career he has been involved with education and training within the construction industry and has served as Chairman of Eastern Region Chartered Institute of Building and Chairman of the Building Employers Confederation.

In 1994 Jack Smale was made an Honorary Fellow of the University.


"Jack Smale was born and educated in Chelmsford. His professional career has been spent in the construction industry including 35 years with the long-established Essex company Frederick J French as part owner and Managing Director.

Jack has taken a lifelong interest in education, training and professional matters holding offices as Chairman of Eastern Region Chartered Institute of Building and the Building Employers Confederation.

Jack was a student of the former Mid-Essex Technical College whose buildings are now part of the University - indeed he was a student on its first intake to its new Building Department in 1942. Throughout his life he has retained close ties with this part of the university - he lectured part-time in the college for 10 years and from 1960 to 1990 was a member and then Chairman of its Building Advisory Committee. He returned as a mature student in 1968 to study for his Diploma in Management Studies.

During the last two years, Jack has been a Director of Anglia Polytechnic University Development Ltd, responsible for the development of the new Rivermead Campus. Its magnificent new library was built successfully on an impossibly short time scale - a feat which probably would not have been achieved without the countless hours he has devoted to the project.

The University owes Jack Richard Smale a great debt of gratitude and it is a pleasure to recognise his contribution by asking him to accept an Honorary Fellowship of the University."