Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates are the most prestigious awards the University of Central Lancashire can bestow and they are conferred twice a year during the summer and winter graduation ceremonies.

The recipients are distinguished individuals who have strong links to Lancashire or the North West region, are suitable role models who reflect the values of the University, or they have an existing, or potential, relationship with the University regionally, nationally or globally.

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE

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Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE 

David received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the health and social care sector, particularly through his development of social work education. David, who is recognised worldwide for his campaigns around the injustice of apartheid, has held several Ministerial appointments since the late 1990s in the integration of health and social care, dementia and mental health. His Croisdale-Appleby Review of Social Work Education was accepted by the Government and forms the basis for the current extensive reform of the profession.

Dr Eric Northey

Dr Eric Northey

Eric received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the University through his leadership in the establishment and development of the Whittingham Lives Association. With the Cul-de-sac Theatre company, the playwright and mental health activist produced three plays for UCLan, which all explored mental illness. He followed this up with a play involving UCLan astronomy and drama students. Recently, he worked with the University and other local bodies to create The Whittingham Lives Association, a multi-faceted arts and heritage project focussing on the culture and legacy of the nearby Whittingham Asylum.


Dr Susan Scurlock MBE

Dr Susan Scurlock MBE

Susan receives her award to acknowledge the significant contribution she has made to education and engineering. After graduating from UCLan, Susan started her career as Head of Information Communication Technology at a local secondary school. She then left teaching to set up national charity Primary Engineer as she identified a need for engineering to begin in primary schools, with an emphasis placed on teacher training. The programme has now expanded into secondary schools, linking engineers and apprenticeships. Her programmes have reached more than 100,000 children and 3,000 teachers and it is helping to meet the UK’s current skills gap.

Gail Newsham

Gail Newsham

She received her award to acknowledge her significant contribution to women’s football. The proud Prestonian has campaigned tirelessly for women’s football to be recognised in its own right, and was responsible for the reunion of the Dick, Kerr Ladies Football Club team - the subject of her book ‘In a League of Their Own.’ Her work led to Lily Parr becoming the first woman to be inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2002.

Kim Hawes

Kim Hawes

She received her award to acknowledge her significant contribution to the music industry and tour management. Her career was kickstarted through an opportunity to go backstage at an Elvis Costello and the Attractions gig in Preston in the 1970s.  The first female tour manager in the UK or USA, she worked with artists including Motorhead, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones during a 30-year career; anecdotes from which feature in her book ‘Telling Tales’, an account of her life on the road.

Tony Attard OBE DL

Tony Attard OBE DL

He received his award to acknowledge his significant contribution to the textile industry and international trade. As CEO of Burnley-based fabrics supplier Panaz, he sits on the board of Creative Lancashire and is Chairman of both Marketing Lancashire and UCLan spin-out company Alusid. He has also served as High Sheriff of Lancashire. UCLan students have benefitted from his expert advice and guidance through guest lectures. He was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the textile industry and international trade.

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She received her award to acknowledge the significant contribution she has made to the development of the midwifery profession at local, national and international levels. During her long career, she became one of the UK’s first consultant midwives and she led the development of three birth centres. Sheena is a Sunday Times bestseller with her midwifery memoirs Catching Babies and she runs an online hub for midwives and maternity workers. The Lancastrian was awarded an OBE in 2011 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives.

Patrick Holden

He received his award to acknowledge his academic achievements in law and the significant contribution he has made to the Moses Holden Scholarship Fund. His distinguished career has seen him work in law, international marketing and the British Army. He now runs three property, insurance and investment businesses and is acknowledged as a dog training and behaviour expert. He funds an astrophysics bursary to honour his three times great grandfather who was involved in the creation of the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, now UCLan.


Charles Hadcock

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the world of fine art throughout his successful career as a sculptor. Specialising in large-scale, cast metal pieces, he has produced sculpture for public spaces and private organisations for the past 25 years. He is a pioneer of sustainable energy and established Creative Lancashire. He owns a specialist printing company and has been a Lancashire Arts Festival Awards judge. In 2007, Charles became a lifetime recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Stephanie Slater MBE

She received her award to acknowledge the significant contribution she has made to the world of sport through her successful swimming career. The Prestonian represented Great Britain in 2009 and joined the British Swimming Intensive Training Centre. After a serious arm injury, she classified as a Paralympic swimmer. The World and European record holder went on to win gold and silver medals at the Paralympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. She was awarded an MBE for her services to sport and has now retired.

Ann Turner

She received her award to acknowledge the significant contribution she has made to the partnership between Myerscough College and the University through her strong leadership and significant development of Higher Education provision at the College. After gaining financial management qualifications, Ann was appointed Director of Finance at Myerscough. In 2006, she became the College’s Chief Executive and Principal. Her work to develop higher education provision with UCLan led to Myerscough being awarded Associate School status. She retired in March.

Kevin McGee

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the development of the University’s School of Medicine through the instrumental strategic support he has provided to our partnership with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). During his career, Kevin has excelled as a Director of Finance, Chief Executive of an acute hospital, and Chief Executive of two Teaching Primary Care Trusts. As ELHT Chief Executive, he has supported UCLan to become the key provider of healthcare graduates for the region.

Barry Cunningham OBE

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the publishing industry and his ongoing support to the University, particularly in relation to the MA Publishing programme. While at Penguin Books, he worked with some of the biggest names in literature, including Roald Dahl. He took a top job in the Children’s Division at Bloomsbury Publishing and signed up JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Barry was awarded an OBE in 2010 and acts as an external consultant on UCLan’s MA in Publishing.

Enrique Pardo

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made both in practice and through his cultural and psychological studies to the international field of contemporary theatre performance. For the past 40 years, the globally celebrated theatre director, performer and painter has excelled in his chosen genre. Since 2005, UCLan’s performing arts students have participated in professional collaborations, training and cultural studies hosted by the Paris-based Pantheatre, of which Enrique is a co-founder and director.

Graham Massey

Graham Massey

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the music industry, as a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Graham is perhaps best known as a founding member of pioneering electronic music group 808 State. Despite continuing to create ground-breaking music with his band ‘Toolshed’, Graham has offered much support to UCLan through student collaboration, performing at the University’s Degree Show and being a key contributor to the International Future Sound Music Conference. 

John Thomson

John Thomson

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the performance industry, as a talented actor. John, who grew up in Preston, has worked as an actor, writer and comedian for 30 years. He is known to millions as Pete Gifford, one of the main character in ITV’s Cold Feet, and he has worked on huge shows including The Fast Show and Coronation Street. In addition to his award-winning theatre work he has voiced a character in the box office hit Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Mark Crabtree OBE

Mark Crabtree OBE

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the audio engineering industry. Mark, founder of Burnley-based audio engineering company AMS Neve, counts some of the world’s most prestigious film and recording studios as customers. He has won Academy Awards, an Emmy and a Grammy and year upon year Oscar nominees have had their soundtracks mixed and/or music recorded on his company’s equipment. Mark welcomes UCLan students to his studio and has employed a number of graduates.

Barry Purves

Barry Purves

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the animation industry. Barry is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated director whose work has predominantly focused on animation. He has worked on films, including King Kong, and various television programmes including childhood favourites Rainbow, The Wind in the Willows, and most recently the Twirlywoos. His own films have won more than 60 awards and Barry has also worked extensively in theatre. He is a regular visiting lecturer at the University.

David Roche

David Roche

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to British Book Trade. David’s distinguished career has seen him hold senior positions at Waterstones, HarperCollins and Borders. He has been a key factor in the significant growth of the British book trade and has been integral in developing new channels to ensure greater access to books. He is now chairman of the London Book Fair and is a huge advocate of the University’s MA Publishing course, having acted as a consultant since its inception.

Gennady Bognadov

Gennady Bognadov

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to theatrical biomechanics. Gennady is one of the last living direct links to Meyerhold’s theatrical biomechanics, a unique actor training system. The performer has taught the movement-based approach to acting around the world. He founded and managed the International School of Biomechanics and since 2000 he has trained and worked with the University’s acting degree course leader. For the last nine years, he has directly trained UCLan students.

Gerison Lansdown 

Gerison Lansdown

She received her award to acknowledge the significant contribution she has made as a consultant and advocate for international children’s rights. Gerison has been an exceptional representative for children and young people for the past 20 years. The international children’s rights consultant is the chair of Child to Child, is the former Vice Chair of UNICEF-UK and has been asked to write for the United Nations Committee. She has also given her support to the University’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.

Michael Wignall

Michael Wignall

He received his award to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the catering industry, as one of the most successful and respected chefs in the country. Michael, who was born and educated in Preston, has won Michelin stars in every kitchen he has headed. He is currently Executive Head Chef at Gidleigh Park, in Devon, and holds two Michelin stars and five AA-red star rosettes. Michael has also appeared on numerous television cooking shows including MasterChef, the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

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She received her award in recognition of the significant contribution  she made to international development at UCLan. Angela dedicated 30 years of her illustrious career to the University. Between 1980 and 2000 she held a range of posts at the institution, working her way up from a senior lecturer, principal lecturer, Head of School, Dean of a Faculty to Pro Vice-Chancellor. In this role she took the lead on UCLan’s international development strategy and by 2007 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International). During her 11 years in this role she witnessed the huge rise in international student numbers and was integral in developing the University’s wide range of global partnerships. She was also the Executive Director for the development of UCLan’s first overseas campus in Cyprus.

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He received his award in acknowledgement of the significant contribution he has made to the tourism industry. James graduated from UCLan in 1997 with an MBA in Business Administration and Management and his first job was with Airtours UK. The proud Lancastrian shot up through the ranks into a management position at SunCruises. In 2007 James decided to start his own venture so he launched Cruise118.com with his business partner. Despite being hit hard by the recession the business survived and is now one of the UK’s largest sellers of cruise holidays. This success led him to create World Travel Holdings and he is currently the managing director. Over the past four years James has been working with UCLan, delivering an internship scheme to tourism students and regularly recruiting students.


He received his award in recognition of his significant contribution he has made to the local community through his charitable endeavours. Arthur is a self-made businessman who started his working life as a market trader. In the 1970s he became the English agent for Conister Finance and he used his experience to set up Whitlock Finance and later Longton Finance with his dearly departed wife, Mavis. More than 40 years ago he founded the Whitlock seven-a-side Football League, each year he dresses up as Father Christmas for Galloway’s Society for the Blind and he is a brother of the Catenian Association. For the past 10 years Arthur has sat on the University’s Awards Committee and dedicates an immeasurable amount of time to helping UCLan’s Harris Bursary, a scheme to help students in extreme hardship.


He received his award in recognition of the significant contribution he made during his time at UCLan as Group Executive Director of Finance. After studying at Preston Polytechnic, now UCLan, in the 1970s, Peter embarked on a career which saw him spend the majority of his time working at universities. In 1989 he became the Chief Accountant and he was integral in helping UCLan in its transition from a polytechnic. After a six-year spell in Liverpool he returned as Group Executive Director of Finance. He was responsible for advising the University Board on financial strategy, as well as implementing their decisions and overseeing the financing of development. He was heavily involved in UCLan’s expansion into Cumbria as well as the early negotiations that led to the establishment of UCLan’s Cyprus campus.


She received her award in acknowledgement of the contribution she has made to sport. Laura was 7 when she first started playing squash and by age 14 she was ranked the best junior in England. She won several European titles, which culminated in her joining the winning England Team to bring home the World Junior Team Title. Within a year of turning professional Laura was ranked 40 in the world and won her first title at the age of 21. Since then, Laura has gone on to win 20 World Tour titles, including the prestigious British Open title in 2013. She has won three silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and in 2016 she became the most successful British female of all time reaching world number one. Laura, who lives in Preston, is coached by her husband Daniel, a UCLan sports coaching lecturer.


He received his award in acknowledgement of the contribution he made to UCLan’s success during his tenure as Pro Vice-Chancellor with specific leadership responsibilities for developments in Cumbria, research and quality and partnerships. After studying engineering to PhD level, Norman joined UCLan in 1984 as Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. During this time, he nurtured the development of the new links with universities in Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong. He was then made Directorate Lead for Research and in 2000 he became Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Cumbria. He oversaw the successful incorporation of Myerscough College under UCLan, as well as the establishment and management of several UCLan campuses to create an integrated Higher Education base for Cumbria.

His Honour Judge Jonathan Rose

His Honour Judge Jonathan Rose

He receives his award for the contribution he has made in his career as a Law School graduate and his support for widening participation. In 1980 the Yorkshireman gained his law degree at Preston Polytechnic, now UCLan, and this opened the way for him to be called to the Bar. He worked on several high profile cases during his career as a barrister and recorder before he was given the prestigious honour of becoming the University’s first law graduate to be appointed as a Circuit Judge at Bradford Crown Court. He is committed to the education of future lawyers, particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds. He founded the Student Pre-University Court Experience to give students insight into the law profession. He also lends his support to current UCLan students.

Carl Fogarty

carl fogarty honorary fellow

He receives his award in recognition of his services to sport. The proud Lancastrian’s competitive debut on two wheels came in motorcross racing but he soon moved into road racing. By age 23, Carl was crowned Formula 1 TT world champion. In 1990 he achieved a double win on the Isle of Man and the year after raced for the first time in the World Superbike championship. During this time Carl took part in the World Endurance race and claimed the title before concentrating on the World Superbike title. He claimed the coveted crown for the first time in 1994, and went on to win it in 1995, 1997 and 1998. A freak crash forced him into retirement in 2000 but he then became a team owner of Foggy Petronas Racing. Recently he was crowned King of the Jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Wasim Akram

wasim akram honorary fellow

He receives his award for his significant contribution to cricket during his sporting career. The left arm bowler began his cricketing career at Lancashire County Cricket Club, where he spent 11 successful years as both player and captain. Under his captaincy, Lancashire won the EBC trophy and Axa League and he became the county’s most successful overseas player. He made his Pakistan test debut in 1985 and was instrumental in their World Cup victory in 1992, as well as being the top bowler in the 2003 World Cup. Wasim achieved a host of records during his career including taking the most wickets in a World Cup and being one of only three bowlers to have taken four hat-tricks in international cricket. He is also the first bowler in international cricket who has taken 400 wickets in both test and one day cricket.

Richard Hext

richard hext honorary fellow

Richard receives his award for services to UCLan,  especially the development of international business and overseas campus plans. Richard started work as a labourer at a Clydeside shipyard and was later hired by global business,  Swire, where he became Managing Director at China Navigation, Swire's deep sea shipping business. He later held Chief Executive positions at LevelSeas, V Ships, Pacific Basin Shipping, VanShips  and at Univan Ship Management . He now runs his own company, Vanmar Shipping. Richard studied History and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford and is a strong advocate for life-long learning :  it was this passion for education which brought him to the University. He was UCLan Group Chief Executive during 2014-15 and remains as Governor and Non-executive Director.

Donald Phinney Gregg  

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Donald Phinney Gregg

He receives his award in recognition of the contribution he has made through his career in public service and, in particular, his work in Korean affairs.

Donald’s illustrious career started in 1951 when he joined the CIA. Over the next 25 years he served in Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea before he was seconded to the US National Security Council staff, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and Asian policy affairs.

In 1982 he retired from the CIA and became the national security advisor to the then Vice-President George Bush. A significant moment in Donald’s career came in 1989, when he was appointed as American Ambassador to South Korea. He retired in 1993 and became the president and chairman of The Korea Society. His interest in Korea has continued and last year he formally opened UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies.

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Dr Shiv Pande MBE

Dr Shiv Pande MBE

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the community as a GP and medical educator.

Shiv was born and educated in India. After gaining his medical qualifications he moved to England in 1971 to work in cardio-thoracic surgery. Four years later he entered general practice and spent the next 30 years in Liverpool. During this period, Shiv held a number of prominent positions on professional medical bodies, including becoming the General Medical Council’s first Asian or black ethnic minority treasurer.

His knowledge has led him to become a vital member of UCLan’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery working group while Shiv’s charity and community work was rewarded in 1989 when he received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Andrew Hartley

Professor Andrew Hartley

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to academia.

After studying English in Manchester Andrew decided to undertake his Masters and PhD in America. It was here the Prestonian landed his first Shakespearean job at the University of West Georgia. During this time he became resident dramaturg, which deals with the research and development of plays. The role led him to write The Shakespearean Dramaturg, which was the first book of its kind. He then moved to the University of North Carolina and produced numerous articles on Shakespeare. In 2006 his debut thriller, The Mask of Atreus, was published which was the first of four bestselling thrillers. Andrew has also published fantasy novels for children and adults in addition to his collaboration in the adaption of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Hamlet into audio novels.

Arthur Parsons

Arthur Parsons

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to videogames design.

It was during his time at boarding school that Arthur developed a love of early video games on platforms like the Spectrum, Amiga and Nintendo. After a brief period studying engineering at university he landed a job as a game tester. After two years he moved to Traveller’s Tales, now TT Games, where he has been for 18 years. During this time he has progressed from testing games, to designing them, and from there to creating a design team of 150 people who make globally marketed games, including Lego Marvel. Since 2006, Arthur has regularly visited UCLan, speaking with undergraduates and giving inspirational presentations about the work he does at TT.

Dave Myers

David Myers

He receives his award in acknowledgement of the contribution he has made to the community through his varied career and his work as a television presenter.

Dave was educated in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness before studying an art foundation course run by Preston Polytechnic, now UCLan. He continued his education in London and became a make-up artist, firstly for the BBC and then as a freelance artist specialising in prosthetics.

He met Si King on the set of a TV drama and their shared love of food, motorbikes and travel led to the creation of the Hairy Bikers. Since 2004 they have travelled the world on their bikes to explore different cuisines and have written a range of cookery books, including their best-selling Hairy Dieters’ books. Dave, who is a BAFTA nominee, also lit up the dancefloor on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the community as Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Paul’s distinguished 30 year career started at Workington Fire Station. Promotions saw him move to Barrow-in-Furness and to Kendal where he was the Fire Station Commander. Paul continued to climb the career ladder and by 2005 he was named Divisional Commander and Area Manager, the same year he led the search and rescue efforts during the Cumbria floods. Further promotions came his way and in 2007 he joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer. By 2009 he was promoted to Chief Fire Officer. In his latest role he has provided UCLan’s fire students with access to Cheshire’s state-of-the-art Command Development Centre and released staff to teach on UCLan programmes.

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

He receives his award in recognition of his significant contribution to the development and success of the University.

The chemical engineer spent 34 years working his way up the ranks at ICI, becoming Vice-President of Global Operations. His career took him all over the world but he returned to the UK to become Managing Director of Eutech Engineering Solutions Ltd and then Engineering Director at BNFL.

In 2001 he joined the UCLan Board and two years later he was made Chair of the Audit Committee. Brian was named the Chair of the Board in 2007 and worked tirelessly to achieve strategic leadership and high performance of the University’s global objectives whilst sustaining a focus on the UK business. Under his leadership, UCLan built a campus in Burnley, opened a campus in Cyprus and created the dental school in Preston. He retired last year.

Margaret O’Donoghue

Margaret O Donoghue

She receives her award in recognition of her contribution to the community. 

Born locally in Longridge, Margaret started training as a State Registered Nurse at the Royal Preston Hospital in 1956 and, after qualifying, garnered a number of specialist qualifications and wide-ranging experience of oncological practice and cancer care.

Through her own professional experience, Margaret identified significant deficiencies in the treatment of cancer patients. In 1981 she became a founder member of St Catherine’s Hospice and subsequently became Chair of the Board. Later that decade she established Cancer Help (Preston) Ltd and in 1990 she created Community Cancer Centre in Vine House.

By 2001 the proud Lancastrian had initiated the second Community Cancer Centre, this time in nearby Garstang. Through these specialist centres, more than 6,000 local cancer sufferers receive free visits or contact every year.

The grandmother-of-four still operates as the Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Help but in her spare time she enjoys live theatre, traditional jazz and reading. She has many honours and accolades to her name including being chosen as Lancashire Woman of the Year in 1994 and becoming a Guild Burgess of Preston City in 2012.

Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to the community.

The Liverpudlian excelled academically but turned down an opportunity to study biology at university after joining Merseyside Fire Service for what was intended to be a gap year. He became passionate about firefighting and succeeded in a number of challenging roles, including being on the front line during the Toxteth riots.

Chris combined his work with a return to education in 1992 when he enrolled on UCLan’s fire engineering degree. The football fanatic then went on to become one of the first officers in the country to use academic qualifications, coupled with technical experience, to attain chartered engineer status. He followed that up with a Masters in Fire Command and Management at UCLan.
In 2000 Chris, who enjoys walking and traveling in his spare time, transferred to Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. He continued to develop many positive links with UCLan as he rose through the senior ranks of the county’s service.

In October 2012, he was appointed Chief Fire Officer. The following year his long and distinguished career was given the royal seal of approval when he received the Queen’s Fire Service Medal from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan CBE QPM

Steve Finnigan

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the community.

After leaving school with good grades, the Liverpudlian started his working life as a bank clerk. He soon realised it was not the career for him and nine months later he joined Merseyside Police. He then spent 25 years working his way up the ranks from Constable to Chief Superintendent. During his time with the force he was involved in many significant events including the Toxteth riots, the Miners’ Dispute and the murder of James Bulger.

During his distinguished career he continued with his education. In 1992 Steve was awarded an honours degree in History by St John’s College, Cambridge. He studied at the University after winning a scholarship and in 1996 received a Master’s Degree from Cambridge.

In 2001 the football fan joined Lancashire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable and he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable 18 months later. By February 2005 he was temporarily appointed as Chief Constable and his role was made permanent two years later.

With Steve in charge, Lancashire was the only force among 43 to be awarded an ‘excellent’ grade by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in 2006 for its approach to neighbourhood policing and criminal justice. The following year, Lancashire was judged to be the joint top performing force in the country.

In 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) and that was followed in 2010 with the honour of a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Both awards came in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to policing.

Away from his career the Everton season ticket holder enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, likes to keep fit by running and cycling and loves to travel.


Nazir Afzal

He receives his award in recognition of the Chief Crown Prosecutor raising public awareness of domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour’ based crimes. During a 22 year career Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West he leads approximately 700 lawyers, paralegal staff and administrators. He also acts as legal adviser to successful BBC and ITV shows.


Worawi Makudi

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to developing sporting, educational and cultural links between Thailand and the UK. For more than 40 years Worawi has been involved in Thailand’s football community and in 2007 he was named the President of the Thai Football Association. During his career he has played a major role in introducing education through sport and has devoted his time and effort to build lasting links with the UK.



He receives his award in recognition of his endeavours to widen access to the judiciary and the legal profession. With 40 years’ experience of working in the legal profession he is now the senior judge in Preston. During his distinguished career he has been a barrister, QC and held a number of judicial roles. He has judged a number of high profile Crown Court murder trials and he is influential in settling and implementing sentencing guideline and protocols.


John Mellor Clark

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his substantial contribution to the development of practice-based evidence for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. The UCLan alumnus has spent 25 years evaluating the quality of psychological therapies and has been central to the development and implementation of CORE; the first standardised quality evaluation system for psychological therapies. Noted as a global keynote speaker, he has established his own specialist software business.


Trevor Mather

He receives his award in recognition of the strong partnership he has sustained between the University and the global software company ThoughtWorks which provides many opportunities to our students both in the UK and overseas. The Leyland born businessman has spent more than 20 years working in top positions for internationally renowned companies. He has developed close links to LaunchPad, UCLan’s pioneering business programme, and had delivered a host of keynote lectures.


Ranvir Singh

She receives her award to acknowledge her contribution to broadcasting. The Prestonian studied on UCLan’s postgraduate broadcast journalism course before landing a position in local radio. She soon became a drive-time presenter before moving into local television news. In 2007 she was appointed co-presenter of North West Tonight and combined this with regular shows on BBC Radio Five Live. Last year the mother-of-one made her debut on ITV’s Daybreak and she is a regular contributor to ITV’s This Morning.


Helen Clitheroe

She receives her award in recognition of her contribution to British middle and long-distance running. The UCLan alumna joined Preston Harriers Running Club after discovering a love of running as a child. The proud Prestonian turned professional in 2000 and is the current European Indoor Champion for the 3000m. The British Athletics captain is also the British record holder at the 3000m steeplechase; she won the 1500m bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has competed in two Olympics for Team GB.


Adrian Conboy

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to paramedic practice. The proud Lancastrian’s career has spanned 39 years in the health care industry with 34 of those spent in the NHS Ambulance Service. The pioneering paramedic was hugely instrumental in the creation of the service and the training of its people. He worked with UCLan in 2004 to develop the first ever BSc paramedic degree programme and later became an associate paramedic lecturer practitioner.


Mary Kellett

She receives her award to acknowledge her significant contribution as a pioneer of children’s active participation in social research. The Lancastrian worked as a social worker and a primary school teacher before embarking on her career in children’s research. She established the Open University’s internationally renowned Children’s Research Centre and has been a huge contributor to UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation.


Stella Hall

She receives her award to acknowledge her support for activities in the Preston area as Festival Director of the highly successful Preston Guild 2012. Over the past 25 years she has contributed enormously to the cultural life of the UK as a Director of major festivals in London, Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle and Coventry. She put Preston on the map as a place of international culture and diversity with the Guild Festival and became heavily involved with the University during the process.



Harry Kroto

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the development and history of nanotechnology. The eminent professor has been heavily involved in academia and research throughout his long career. He has worked at universities in the UK and America and was knighted for his contribution to chemistry in 1996. Later that year was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering the existence of C60 Buckminsterfullerene, the third well characterised form of carbon.



Ivan Day

He receives his award to acknowledge the way in which he has applied individual enterprise through modern technology to bring history alive. The food historian has an international reputation for his research on British and European culinary history. As well as a being a scholar, broadcaster and writer, he is also a gifted professional cook and confectioner. He is noted particularly for his re-creations of meals and table setting and his work has been exhibited in museums across the globe. 



Stephen Hodder

He receives his award in acknowledgement of the major contributions he has made to the field of architecture. After graduating from university he joined the Preston-based firm Building Design Partnership. Then in 1992 he formed his own practice, the award-winning Hodder Associates and went on to become the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Region Chairman. Stephen, who was awarded an MBE in 1998, is currently the President of the RIBA.




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Dr Bharrat Jagdeo

He is recognised for his contribution to sustainability and environmental issues. In 1992 he became a Member of Parliament for Guyana and progressed up the political ladder until he was appointed President in 1999. He spent more than a decade in charge but stood down to focus his efforts the scientific, economic and social dimensions of climate change with special reference to Guyana in preserving the Amazon Rainforest.





Alan Roff

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his dedication, commitment and significant contribution to the development and success of the University during his UCLan career. In 1983 he was appointed as Head of Computing Services before becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1995, a role he held until his retirement in 2011. During his time at UCLan he played a key role in developing higher education in East Lancashire and took on leadership roles for many influential regional bodies.



Professor June Thoburn CBE

June Thoburn

She receives her award in recognition of her significant contribution to the field of child welfare through research, teaching and practice. She qualified as a social worker in 1963 and progressed to teaching at the University of East Anglia in 1979. Born in Lancashire, she has now become one of the world’s most eminent social work academics. She has held various chairman, board member and trustee positions for national protection committees and charities.


Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the area of British cycling. The Prestonian started competitive cycling at the age of 14 and had regional and national success. He went on to spend more than 40 years in the recycling business but during this time he remained a keen leisure cyclist. The businessman became Vice-Chairman of British Cycling and his family business went on to sponsor the number one professional racing team in the United Kingdom.


Terry Spall

Terry Spall

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the field of automotive and mechanical engineering. The UCLan alumni started his career with Leyland DAF and worked up to Vehicle Testing Manager before he moved to Nissan. The Lancastrian then progressed to LDV before moving to MIRA in 1995. He has been integral to the company’s international development and in his current position of Commercial Director he has a leading role in the delivery of MIRA’s £300million technology park project.

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He is acknowledged for his voluntary work to support the University with particular focus on mental health issues. The Prestonian spent 25 years running his own companies but took early retirement to focus on charity work. He has volunteered for the Primary Care Trust, local schools, mental health charities and UCLan, where he has established service users and advisory groups and organised a mental health awareness film festival.


Cliff Bashforth



He is recognised for his contribution to image consultancy. He started his working life in electrical retail but, after a spell with Wella, he created his image consultancy Colour Me Beautiful. During the past 24 years the award-winner has worked with many major companies, including British Airways, Marks & Spencer, Peugeot and Boots. Cliff has been recognised for his services throughout the industry and has recently conducted image consultation workshops and seminars for UCLan staff and students.





Shahram Tabibi

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the field of dentistry and also his contribution to the development of dentistry at UCLan. Since qualifying in 1974 he has progressed from a long-spanning career in general and cosmetic dentistry to undertaking specialist practice in the areas of oral surgery and implantology. He helped introduced the first clinical dental course at UCLan and then in 2006 assisted in establishing the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education.


Michael Taylor

He receives his award to acknowledge his significant contribution to the North West business and publishing industry. In 1988 the Lancastrian embarked on a career as a magazine journalist and worked in Australia and London before becoming editor of Insider, a Manchester-based business magazine. The award-winner has been a guest lecturer at UCLan and has provided work placements to students. He has recently left the magazine to create his own start-up events business.


Duncan Birrell

He receives his award for his significant contribution in both law and court practice. He has risen from prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, where he prosecuted on the Morecambe Bay cockle picking trial, to Deputy District Judge. In more than 25 years he has been the advocacy assessor for Lancashire and Cumbria and was appointed to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He has also given his time to support UCLan’s law students.


Receives her award for her outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration and exchange on joint programmes between Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) and UCLan. The Honorary Fellowship was conferred at the UCLan/SIFT Awards Ceremony held in Shanghai.


He is acknowledged for his contribution to equality and diversity issues and also voluntary work in Preston. The UCLan alumnus has spent more than 37 years working within the public health area for the NHS. He has also dedicated more than 35 years to undertaking voluntary work for community organisations and charities within the city, including teaching public health and linking with the Healthy Settings Unit at UCLan.


Thomasine Kushner

She is acknowledged for her significant contribution to the area of bioethics. During her distinguished academic and research career she has lectured at the University of Miami and University of California. The American philosopher, who has a special interest in international bioethics, has also published more than 40 articles, written numerous books and founded the leading Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics journal. She has also offered her support as a mentor to UCLan students.



Receives her award in acknowledgement of her support for activities in the Preston area and at the University through her links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the University would like to acknowledge her contribution to developments made in relation to international cookery. The Czech evacuee has opened cookery schools, organised cooking events and written several books during her career. She has been a long-time supporter of the Orchestra and spent six years as a board member.


Peter Hook

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to the development of popular music as a musician, author and record producer. The bassist is highly respected as a founder member of Joy Division and New Order. He was also co-owner of the legendary Hacienda Club which became the epicentre of the ‘Madchester’ music scene. He published a book based on his Hacienda experiences and has toured the world with his new band The Light.


Dr Otto Poon October

Receives his award for his outstanding contribution to the field of engineering, the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration and exchange joint programmes between SCOPE, the Institution of Fire Engineers and UCLan. Dr Poon is a chartered engineer with over 50 years’ experience in engineering. He is actively engaged in public services and is well known in the engineering profession in Hong Kong.


He is recognised for his contribution to neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. After undertaking his training in London he moved north in 1987 to become a consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital. During his career he has been responsible for creating a neurosurgery centre of excellence and has become an esteemed member of research and working groups. He has also collaborated with UCLan, leading to his Honorary Clinical Professorship.

Is recognised for his contribution to the aerospace industry and his work in raising industrial awareness concerning sustainable development and energy management. The Director of Engineering at BAE Systems has been described as one of the UK’s most eminent aerospace engineers. He has been responsible for the design, development and manufacture of aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon, Harrier, Tornado, Hawk and Nimrod.

Is recognised for his contribution to tackling national issues such as homelessness, unemployment, educational disadvantage and welfare dependency through Recycling Lives. The entrepreneur’s career has seen him working in scrap metal, internet businesses, personalised number plates and Preston North End before starting Recycling Lives. The social welfare charity helps homeless people or people at risk to work their way back to independent living.

Is recognised for her contribution to the study and research of bioethics. The Mexican is a world authority on international research ethics and gender issues in health. Dr Feinholz Klip joined UNESCO in Paris in 2009 and is Chief of the Bioethics section in the Sector for Social and Human Sciences.

Is acknowledged for his services for sport and health. He has worked in the NHS for 26 years and is the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. During his time as Head of Primary Care at the Department of Health, Mike was responsible for establishing primary care trusts. The former semi-professional footballer is also a Board Member of Sport England.

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration on joint programmes, between Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and UCLan. He has published extensively in interpreting and translation studies and higher education management.

Receives his award for his services to the UK manufacturing industry. The UCLan alumnus rose from Contracts Manager to Group Managing Director – New Businesses in his 19 year career at BAE Systems. He then joined the Board of GKN Aerospace in 1999 as Managing Director and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2003. He was knighted in 2007 having already received a CBE.

Receives her award for her services to the publishing industry and founding of August Media. The award-winner has been described as the finest magazine editor of her generation. She started her career in 1972 as a freelance journalist and worked her way to editing a variety of world-renowned magazines. Sally built the publishing house August Media in 2005 and she currently chairs the company.

Receives his award for his services to the aerospace industry. Kevin, who was educated in Leyland, has held various roles within BAE Systems and was recently appointed as the company’s Group Strategy Director. In this position he is responsible for the management of BAE Systems’ mergers and acquisitions process and the development of the company’s strategy.

He receives his award in recognition of the key role he has played in promoting higher education in a knowledge-based economy. Will is the Executive Vice-Chairman of The Work Foundation, the most influential voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK. He has also worked for the BBC, been Editor-in-Chief of The Observer and is a published author.

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration between Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) and UCLan. During his career at SIFT he has undertaken numerous research projects, and has numerous excellent publications to his name.

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the Burnley community through voluntary and charity work. He spent more than 20 years serving the town as its Member of Parliament. Peter has made a difference to the lives of many people by taking on roles as a community activist, trade union leader, school governor as well as helping charities for the unemployed and the homeless.

Is recognised for his significant contribution in both law and court practice. During his 50 years in the profession he has published extensively on the law for the elderly and disabled. He became a District Judge in 1992 and also became a Nominate Judge of the Court of Protection. Judge Ashton was very influential in developing the electronic court submissions process.

Is acknowledged for his contribution to the financial services industry. He is widely recognised in the sector for his efforts to forge closer business ties, understanding and goodwill between the UK and India. He is seen as an authority and pre-eminent contributor on the Indian economy and investments and was one of only two people from India to be elected as a member of the London Stock Exchange over 20 years ago.

Is recognised for his achievements in the field of law. Jerome, an alumnus of UCLan, is a highly acclaimed defence barrister in the UK and abroad. He has worked on high profile cases covering murders, fraud and blackmail and spends time offering his help to newly qualified barristers to improve their mooting and debating skills.

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to acute stroke care, developing research and practice excellence within the field of clinical expertise. Dr Sharma spent his early years working overseas before arriving in Liverpool. It was here he progressed up the career ladder while developing stroke services.

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the academic study and teaching of optical engineering in the UK and abroad. Brian, who was educated in Preston, spent his career lecturing and researching physics, in particular, the fields of theoretical and experimental optics both in England and America.

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to business and entrepreneurship in the North West. The committed Prestonian is a very successful entrepreneur and is chairman of local company Enterprise plc. He is also a strong supporter of UCLan.

She receives her award as recognition for her support of the University's partnership arrangements with Lancashire Constabulary. The Lancastrian joined the county’s police force in 1981 and has successfully worked her way up to Assistant Chief Constable.

She receives her award to acknowledge her work in connection with the Princes' Charities, in encouraging businesses to become more involved in helping to resolve society's problems and for her work for the town of Burnley. Dame Cleverdon has been particularly active in trying to improve the profile and economic issues of the Pennine Lancashire town.

He receives his award for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry in Hong Kong and for his support and contribution to education in these areas. The Honorary Fellowship was conferred at the Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT) Awards Ceremony in Hong Kong. Mr Willis is currently Managing Director of Diethelm Travel, Hong Kong and he is one of the industrial supporters of the BA (Hons) Marketing franchised to HKCT.

She receives her award as recognition for the contribution she has made to the world of sport physiotherapy and the advancement of her profession. Lynn has worked with major sporting stars at the summer Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens in her role as Team GB’s Chief Physiotherapist.

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to child protection in his role as Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. Jim, who spent more than 25 years in the police force, now heads the UK’s specialist unit focussed on child protection.

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the world of television and for his involvement with the activities of the University over the past 20 years. The Lancastrian has covered many major stories during his journalistic career and is now Head of News at ITV Granada.

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to promoting community cohesion and internationalisation within the communities of Burnley & Pendle. He has played a major civic role throughout the county and is now heavily engaged with charitable works that promotes community cohesion and internationalisation.

He receives his award to acknowledge his commitment to catering in Lancashire and the North West. The celebrity chef, who is a supporter of using regional produce, has an array of restaurants throughout the county, including the impressive Northcote Manor. He has recently appeared on cookery shows including The Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the world of business. This includes his work as Chairman of Business in the Community and in creating the Burnley Enterprise Development Programme.

He receives his award as recognition for his contribution to the field of sign language interpreting. For more than 40 years Peter has worked at the heart of developing sign language interpreting and has headed numerous national deaf associations.

He receives his award to acknowledge the humanitarian contribution he has made to the development of healthcare and education in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The pulmonologist works together with UCLan academics to help the Abaseen Foundation, a charity which he co-founded.

He receives his award as recognition for his commitment to furthering the patient and public involvement agenda within the NHS in clinical practice, the education of health professionals and in health and social care research. Dr Britt has been instrumental in lending his expertise to teaching and research projects at UCLan.

She receives her award as recognition for her contribution to literature for young people and supporting writers and writing for children at the University. The award-winning author has been writing for over 40 years. During that time she’s created more than 40 children’s books and is now lending her expertise to UCLan’s writing and publishing students.


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Dame Thora Hird
Lord Thomas of Macclesfield
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David Singleton
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Peter Bell
Professor David Bellamy OBE
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The Right Revd. Jack Nicholls
Meena Pathak OBE
Libor Pesek KBE
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Pauline Clare
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Mohammed Al Barwani
Dame Yve Buckland
Martin Carthy MBE
Hi Han Chen
Charles Chu
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His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair
Len Collinson DL
Susan Daniels
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Dora Bryan
Sir Kenneth Jackson
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Gordon Lishman OBE
Phil Robson
Marla Runyan
Ross Shimmon
Lee Westwood
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Sir Colin Berry
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Jane Horrocks
James Keay
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Sir Ernest Hall
Trevor Hemmings
Dr. Hugh Howorth, OBE
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Lord Chorley
Sir Richard Evans CBE DL
Lord Lewis of Newnham FRS
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His Excellency Salem Nasser Al-Maskri
Professor Zhang Bigong
President Chan Cheuk-hay
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Kwok Jing-Keung
Charlie Mayfield
Lindsey McAlister OBE
Ng Kam Ming
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Steve Cram
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Jenny Lu Wen Yun
Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen
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James Graham OBE
Professor Christine King DL
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Lord Patel of Blackburn
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Brian Booth
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Bernard Harris
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Maude Storey CBE
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Eric Armitage OBE
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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton
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