Dr Hickman was recognised for his contribution to industry through innovative leadership at the university’s Business Achievement Awards 2017 ceremony held at Molineux Stadium in April 2017.
The judges were tasked with selecting a former graduate of the university who was an ‘outstanding leader’ within business or industry, had risen to a position of leadership and could demonstrate how their skills enabled them to contribute an improvement.
In choosing Dr Hickman from a shortlist of three, the judging panel saw him as the clear winner, highlighting his outstanding contribution to the sector and his impressive and diverse career in a number of senior roles; his vision with apprenticeships and his work with young talent through the MTC; his support to budding talent at the university (supporting a mechanical engineering student both financially and through mentoring) via the Hickman Foundation.
Dr Hickman said: “It was a privilege and an honour to be recognised with a business achievement award by the university. I owe my thanks to the university and the opportunity it gave me at the start of my career.”
Deputy vice-chancellor Ian Oakes said: “The Business Achievement Awards enable us to celebrate graduates, employers and organisations who deserve recognition for their excellent contribution to business, enterprise and the economy.”