The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine of Thenford CH

Michael Heseltine, Baron Heseltine of Northamptonshire, CH, PC is a British businessman, Conservative politician and patron of the Tory Reform Group.

He was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Under the Prime Ministership of John Major, Michael Heseltine rose to become President of the Board of Trade, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State.

Michael Morpurgo OBE

Michael Morpurgo began writing stories in the early 1970s. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers he was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003 and has written over 120 books including The Butterfly Lion and War Horse, subsequently adapted for a successful stage production by the National Theatre and in 2011 for a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Michael Morpurgo was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006.

Paul Southworth

Paul is the current chairman and initial architect of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Limited. He has been a prominent member of the Northamptonshire business community for many years and is a past winner of the “Businessman of the Year Award”

Paul has always demonstrated a great passion for the future of the county and is a driving force in promoting Northamptonshire both at home and abroad.

Allan Fraser-Rush

Allan Fraser-Rush has recently been appointed by Lowe Worldwide as their Global Planning Director, based in Singapore, where he will take responsibility for the agency’s Unilever brand partner Clear and a yet to be announced new brand, working in both a Global and a Regional Strategic capacity.

Prior to this, he was Global Planning Director at Lowe Brindfors in Sweden, a leading light in the Lowe Worldwide Network, where his key client was Electrolux Group, setting the strategic direction for their global brands Electrolux, AEG & Zanussi.

Ed Baines

Ed Baines is a highly successful and influential Educationist. Ed’s early life in South Shields saw the germination of his passion for education where he experienced the influence the ‘11+’ examination had on the lives of young children. After teaching in Milton Keynes (where Ed served on the Borough Council in the early years of its existence) and Leicestershire, Ed’s next move was to a Headship in Kettering. The following ten years of leadership were characterised by a relentless focus on modernisation and innovation which led to year–on-year improvements in pupils’ learning.

Madame Zhang Shuhua

Madame Zhang has been working in the leather industry in China since 1964 and is the President of the China Leather Industry Association and President of the International Council of Hide, Skins and Leather Traders Associations.  She is also a Visiting Professor at Sichuan Union University and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology.  She has played an unrivalled international role in the development and sustainability of the global leather industry.

Madame Zhang oversees the Chinese industry as an international part of the world’s industry, which directly impacts on the industry in the west and elsewhere in the developed and developing economies.  She has initiated programmes of research and development in two Chinese universities and has been at the forefront of environmental protection in China for the last two decades.

Dr Marie Dickie

Dr Marie Dickie has been variously a Northampton Borough Councillor, Northamptonshire County Councillor, member and chair of Northamptonshire Police Committee and member and chair of Northamptonshire Police Authority.

She has also been an independent Member of the Ministry of Defence Police Committee since 2007. In recognition of her contribution, she was appointed OBE in 2008.

Dai Powell

Dai was awarded an honorary doctorate because of his unique and exceptional personal achievements in leading the development of The HCT Group, a social enterprise that so explicitly resonates with the values of the University of Northampton.

The HCT Group has developed a business model based on the delivery of very high quality services in order to generate the pro ts it needs to be sustainable and to deliver signi cant social impact.

Rex Firkin

Mr Rex Firkin was in independent television from its very inception at ATV.

Working at London Weekend Television as a producer and director, he then became Head of Drama at LWT.

Rex has won numerous awards, including 2 BAFTAs, 3 EMMYs and for many years Rex was himself a judge on the Prix Italia, the most prestigious and the oldest International Competition for Radio, TV and more recently Web-based programmes of excellence.

Roy Fairweather

Mr Roy Fairweather is Managing Director of Campus Veolia, UK, based at Four Ashes in Staffordshire and has been a Visiting Fellow in the School of Science and Technology since 2010.

Roy is committed to the pursuit of new knowledge of relevance to his industry and has worked with a number of colleagues at the University of Northampton since 2007 and is co-author of papers on Wastes Management themes which have been presented at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals of high standing.