Nick Varney to be made honorary graduate

Nick VarneyMerlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney is to be made an honorary graduate of Staffordshire University.

The 50-year-old worked in marketing at nearby Alton Towers for a number of years and will receive the award at a ceremony next month.

Varney told The Sentinel newspaper: “The theme park is one of my main passions and the three years working there  was a big part of my career.

“I had been working in  consumer marketing and  couldn’t believe my luck when I got the job. It means a lot to be receiving the honorary doctorate.”