Reporter 453, 5 June 2000

Leeds alumnus takes up Dome challenge

British Tourist Authority chairman David Quarmby, newly appointed to chair the New Millennium Experience company which runs the Dome at Greenwich, polished his management skills at Leeds University Business School. After his first degree at Cambridge, he took a Diploma in Industrial Management and a PhD at Leeds, where he lectured for several years in management studies.

Dr Quarmby’s doctoral thesis, completed in 1967, dealt with factors affecting commuter travel behaviour. His career has included periods with the (then) Ministry of Transport and London Transport and, since 1998, the Docklands Light Railway which he now chairs.

His appointment strengthens the University’s ties with the troubled Thames-side landmark. Another graduate, civil engineer Tanya Ross, was a key member of the Dome’s design team. Professor Deborah Withington’s Localizer siren has been on show there as a Millennium Product prizewinner, and the University Library owns poet Simon Armitage’s 1,000-line manuscript, Killing Time, commissioned by the Dome company for a New Year’s Day broadcast.

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