1937 – 2012
A chartered accountant by profession, Sir Brandon spent much of his career working with the international accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. He became chairman in 1983 at the age of 44, and held that position until his retirement in 1994. He then served on several councils and professional bodies, including the Higher Education Funding Council as chairman, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Accounting Standards Review committee. He was chairman or a member of a number of committees dealing with professional, educational, city and government issues and was knighted in 2002 for his public service.
In 2003 he became Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, and in 2005 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He also enjoyed music, opera and singing in a choir with his lovely wife Sarah. Together they were keen supporters of improving educational opportunities both in the UK and, through RACET, in Nigeria. In 2012, Lady Sarah very graciously named RACET to benefit from the generous donations made in honour of her husband. The Charity’s Trustees decided to use the sum for a special project that would both provide something extraordinary for our children in Nigeria and serve as a fitting tribute to Sir Brandon’s memory. The Trustees of RACET and the children of Ntrigom remain ever grateful to his family and friends for the trust implied and for the resources given to RACET to build this Centre which provides an incredible educational opportunity in this remote part of Nigeria.