1996 Honorands

Professor Will Alsop

Architect and Honorary Professor of Architecture at the Bremen Academy, he was educated at Northampton School for Boys and took a foundation course at the College of Art (which became part of Nene College, later UCN). Celebrated buildings include the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, Hamburg Ferry Terminal, North Greenwich underground stand the regional government headquarters in Marseilles and the aclaimed Peckham Library and Media Centre.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Law), July 1996.

Mr James Anscomb

A local historian and politician, he was first elected to Northampton County Council in 1946 and was appointed County Alderman in 1958. He has published extensively on the history of Northamptonshire, including four volumes of Northamptonshire Past and Present.  He also established the JW Anscomb Collection at the Northamptonshire Record Office.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Master of Arts, July 1996.

Professor Sir Michael Bond

Vice Principal Psychological Medicine at University of Glasgow since 1986 and Administrative Dean in the Faculty of Medicine since 1991. He has served as Chairman of the Joint Medical Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Head Injuries Trust for Scotland. He has also been a member of the Universities Funding Council between 1991-1993 and of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in 1992. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 1995 New Years Honors List.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Science), July 1996.

Mr Christopher Hibbert

Born in Leicestershire, a full-time writer and historian, he received the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1961 for his book ‘The Destruction of Lord Raglan’ and the McColvin Medal in 1989. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Geographical Society.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Letters), July 1996.

Dr Christopher Hill FBA

The historian who was Master of Balliol college, Oxford between 1965 and 1978. He won the Heinemann Award and the Milton Society of America Award for his book Milton and the English Revolution (1978) and the WH Smith Literary Award for A Turbulent, Seditious and Fractious People: John Bunyan and his Church (1988).
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Letters), July 1996.

Mr Derek Nimmo (1930-1999)

A famous actor, comedian, author and producer.  He starred in many West End productions, television, radio and films. He was awarded the RTS Silver Medal in 1970 and was the Variety Club Show Business Personality of the Year in 1971. He was also a Freeman of the City of London.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester) Master of Arts, July 1996.

1995 Honorands

Mr R Barden

Retired from Northampton College where he was Principal for 19 years. He made a significant contribution to the development of education management training in the East Midlands and in the County.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November 1995.

John Bonner

A retired senior academic from the University of Leicester.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

Ms V Hollingbery

A notable producer, director and actress.  For many years involved with Northampton’s Royal Theatre. Married to Michael Napier Brown. pHonorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

Sir Neil Cossons OBE

Has been Director of the Science Museum since 1986. Prior to this his various posts included President of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and President of the Association of Independent Museums since 1983.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Doctorate (of Laws), July 1995.

Professor Albert Harry Halsey

Professor of Social and Administrative Studies at the University of Oxford (1978-90) and an Emeritus Professors.  He was born and educated in Kettering before going to the London School of Economics.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Doctorate (of Letters), July 1995.

Sir Roy (Pollard) Harding CBE

Devoted his life to educational administration in various posts in Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Leicester. He has been on the Board of the National Advisory Body for Higher Education, Association of Education Committees Trust and the CBI Education Foundation. He was Secretary and then Chairman to the County Education Officers’ Society and President of the Society of Education Officers, the British Educational Equipment Association and the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Laws), July 1995.

Dr Colm O’Heocha

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

The Right Revd Leo McCartie

Bishop of Northampton (Roman Catholic). He became a priest in 1949. His previous posts include Director of Religious Education (Diocese of Birmingham 1963-8), Administrator of St Chad’s Cathedral (1968-77) and Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham and Titular Bishop of Elmham (1968-77). He served as Chairman of the Committee for Racial Justice (1973-83) and the Committee for Community Relations of the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales (1983-90).
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Laws), July 1995.

Baroness Perry of Southwark

Principal of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and devoted to the education of mature women students. 
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

Professor J Spence

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November 1995.

Russell Taylor

A retired Operations and Development Director from the then Oxford Regional Services Consortium.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

Mrs Charlotte May Stott OBE

A retired journalist whose first appointment was with the Leicester Mail where she became women’s editor at the age of nineteen. Her career continued by way of the Bolton Evening News, the Co-operative Press, Manchester and women’s editor of the Manchester Guardian.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester) Master of Arts, July 1995.

Mr Russell Taylor

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995.

Mr David Triesman

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1995

1994 Honorands

Lady Braye

A Peeress in her own right.  The family estate Stanford Hall, is near Lutterworth, Leicestershire.  Active in the public life of both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, she was Chairman of the Committee of St Andrew’s School of Occupational Therapy, Northampton, a Governor of St Andrew’s Hospital and a former High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.  She is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Doctorate (of Laws), July, 1994.

Peter Ellwood

Chairman of ICI and former Chief Executive of LloydsTSB, and Barclaycard. He was a Foundation Governor of Nene College and a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Doctorate (of Laws), July 1994.

Nigel Hawthorne CBE (1929-2001)

The actor and writer, was born in Coventry and educated in South Africa.  He became a professional actor in 1950 and his stages performances include ‘Shadowlands’ and ‘The Madness of King George III’. He is well know for his television performances that include ‘the Barchester Chronicles’ and Sir Humphrey in ‘Yes, Minister’ and ‘Yes, Prime Minister’. He was awarded a CBE in 1987.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Master of Arts, July 1994.

David Walmsley

Born and educated in Northampton, was awarded an a law degree from London University and admitted a solicitor in 1950. He has served on the Northampton town and county councils for many years, specialising in education. He contributed to the founding and progressing of Northampton’s college of Further Education (now Northampton College) and Higher Education (now The University of Northampton). He was the 567th Mayor of Northampton and in 1988 became the 14th Freeman of the Bough.  In 1989 he compiled ‘An Ever Rolling Stream’ the story of the growth of higher education in Northamptonshire. He has made significant contributions to the development of the University through his work on Council, Court and as a Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chairman of the University’s Council.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester), Doctorate (of Laws), July 1994.