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Graduation 2014: Successful North Wales business men have been made honorary fellows of Glyndŵr University

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Three founders of successful North Wales companies have been made honorary fellows of Glyndŵr University.

Mario Kreft MBE, who set up Pendine Park care organisation with wife Gill in 1985, and Askar Sheibani, CEO of Deeside-based Comtek, were awarded the fellowships in ceremonies at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham.

They were joined by Alan McCall, an entrepreneur who set up Wrexham-based Nu Instruments, a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance mass spectrometers, in receiving the fellowships.

An entrepreneur from age eight, Askar started the international technology business, Comtek, with only £50 capital.

It now boasts offices in Deeside, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Belfast, Italy and Turkey. Comtek has doubled its workforce within four years creating cutting edge, world class telecommunications technology centres.

Askar received a prestigious local hero award from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Fast Growth Business journal for his work in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship in North Wales and chairs the Deeside Enterprise Zone.

Alan McCall, who started his career as an apprentice marine mechanic and went on to found Wrexham-based Nu Instruments, was honoured on Thursday October 30.

A 2003 computing graduate from Glyndŵr University, Alan told this year’s graduands: ““Don’t sit upon your degree. I would encourage all of you to follow your dreams – they can happen. Glyndŵr University is now helping me to get better and more experienced engineers. The university is always there and ready to help. Glyndŵr University will be there and ready to help you in future for years to come.”

Pendine Park founder Mario Kreft is currently building a new centre of excellence for dementia care in Caernarfon.

He is also Chair of Care Forum Wales (CFW), which represents the independent sector in Wales, and the founder of the prestigious Wales Care Awards.

Mario was awarded an MBE in 2010 and has won a host of other awards, including the Leading Wales Award for Leadership in the Private Sector 2014.

He said: ““I am so honoured and proud to receive this award from Glyndŵr University.

“One word that’s been used at this graduation ceremony is ‘inspiration’, and in life it is those people who inspire that make a difference.

“There are many inspiring people here today, particularly young people whose journey is just beginning.”

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “I am thrilled to be honouring another set of individuals who are leading figures within their respective fields and wonderful ambassadors for North Wales.

“Their contribution to their professions is invaluable but through the fellowships we hope to recognise their outstanding achievements.”

Hundreds of awards were handed out to students across three ceremonies in the William Aston Hall as part of its 2014 Graduation.
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