The Alumnus of the Year 1998 was awarded to Karl Chapman (LLB Law, 1985) for his entrepreneurial successes.
Karl has a long pedigree in starting, growing and managing successful companies. After university, he joined Guinness Mahon Investment Management (GMIM) where he excelled as a fund manager. He then set up consultancy, recruitment and training business CRT, which grew to achieve sales in excess of £400 million with 2,500 employees operating from over 200 locations.
In 2001 he set up AdviserPlus Business Solutions which provides HR, and H&S solutions to organisations ranging from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and then in 2010 AdviserPlus set up Riverview Law to replicate the AdviserPlus model in the legal market. In 2011 Karl became the Chief Executive of Riverview Law while remaining the largest shareholder and a non-executive director of AdviserPlus.
He said: ““I had a great time at Birmingham and I remember my time at the Uni with great fondness. When I was first contacted about the award I thought it was one of my friends playing a(nother) practical joke! But when I realised it was genuine I was really surprised; pleased but very surprised. It’s always nice to receive such recognition because it means so much to all the people I have and still work with – particularly since they’ve really earned it because they do all the work!!”