February 2015 Honorands
Doreen, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, has campaigned tirelessly to bring justice around the circumstances relating to the death of her son, Stephen, as well as for other victims of racist crime. She founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust as a positive legacy to Stephen and as a beacon of inspiration to other young black people.
Baroness Lawrence’s work has led to significant changes in British society including legislation and reforms to public services including the police. She has, in the past, been selected to sit on panels with the Home Office and the Police Service. She also works closely with the human rights organisation, Liberty, and is the patron of Stop Hate UK.
Baroness Lawrence’s work campaigning for people from all communities has been recognised by taking part in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 14th Pride of Britain Awards. In July 2013, she was made a life peer in recognition of her charity work and became Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.
Mark Lawson is a distinguished journalist, author and broadcaster. He is a columnist, critic and feature writer for the Guardian newspaper, having previously written for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Times and The Catholic Universe. He is also the theatre critic of the Tablet and writes regularly about culture for the New Statesman.
As an author, Mark has published five works of fiction: Bloody Margaret (1991), Idlewild (1995), Going Out Live (2001), Enough is Enough (2005), and the Deaths (2012). He has just completed a new novel: Historic. His travelogue of people, politics and culture encountered by Mark as a journalist. The Battle for Room Service was published in 1993.
He has also written several radio plays for the BBC including The Third Soldier Holds His Thighs (2005), The Man Who Had 10,000 Women (2002) and suspicion for Ten Voices (2013). His scripts for television version of the BBC sitcom Absolute Power and a television play, The Vision Thing.
As a broadcaster, his interview series ‘Mark Lawson Talks To….’ runs on BBc4 and he is currently working on a fourth series of the BBC Radio 4 series about crime fiction, Foreign Bodies. From 1994-2005, he presented BBC2’s weekly arts discussion show under the titles Late Review, Review and Newsnight Review. For 16 years, Mark was the main presenter of Front Row, BBC Radio 4’s nightly arts programme.
Mark chaired the judges for the 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and is chair of The David Cohen Prize for lifetime literary achievement. Mark has also been a judge of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
July 2015 Honorands
Brian Binley is the former Member of Parliament for Northampton South. He was born in Northamptonshire in 1942 and was raised in the County.
Brian is the non-executive Chairman of BCC Marketing Services Ltd, a company he created in 1989 to offer database building services to the direct marketing industry. The company now employs 130 people. He also co-founded Beechwood House Publishing Ltd, producing and publishing directories including the Binley’s Director of National Health Service Management and Binley’s Director of Local Government Management. As a result of these two products, Brian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Will was educated in Devon and at the University of Chester, where he gained his teaching certificate in mathematics and geography. His first teaching post was in Aylesbury and Will subsequently moved on to posts in Oxford and finally at Roade School, Northamptonshire, where he was Deputy Headteacher from 1982 to 1992 and Headteacher from 1992 to 2004.
In 2001, Will was ordained as priest at Peterborough Cathedral and a few years later, following his retirement from headship, was installed as Rector of Astwell Benefice, comprising the parishees of Wappendham, Helmdon with Stuchbury and Radstone, Syresham with Whitfield and Lois Weedon with Weedon and Plumpton. In 2004 Will joined the governing body of the University of Northampton and became Deputy Chair in 2010. He retired as a Governor in 2013 having completed nine years of office.
Jonathan Bland is Managing Director of Social Business International Ltd, Founder of E3M and is one of the highest profile and respected agents of change in the social enterprise world. He is a significant force in the development of social enterprise in the UK and Europe.
He has shaped debate and policy in both the Labour and Conservative parties, and worked with the European Commission on developing its Social Business initiative and acted as rapporteur for the largest social enterprise conference ever held by the EU (in Strasbourg Jan 2014). He drew up the Strasbourg Declaration that defined how EU policy should support social enterprise between 2014-2020.
Aseem Chauhan is a Founding Trustee of the Amity Education Group and Additional President of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF) which is an umbrella body of Amity Universities and Institutions worldwide.
Mr Chauhan is the founder and CEO of Amity Innovation Incubator and Amity Capital Ventures, which has incubated more than 500 technology-based entrepreneurial ventures. Mr Chauhan is an active promoter of youth entrepreneurship in India, and is particularly engaged in mentoring and investing in start-up companies.
Jah Wobble aka John Wardle, is one of the most influential musicians of the last five decades, evidenced by the release of this year’s Redux anthology box set.
Born in Stepney, East London, he began his musical career as a member of The Four Johns alongside John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, and John Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, later forming Public Image Ltd with Lydon in 1978. PIL’s debut single Public Image featured a dub reggae inspired baseline which in turn influenced a generation of musicians.
In a recent review of the reissued Metal Box album, Rolling Stone credited Wobble with “some of the deepest bass grooves ever heard”.
A longstanding ambassador for Northamptonshire, Milan has contributed to the county and its wider region in a variety or roles, most recently as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University. Previously he was President of Northamptonshire Chamber and chaired the consolidation across the East Midlands of business support into a single delivery body. He also spent a decade on the Board of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and its various precursor economic development vehicles, supporting the long term prosperity of the county.
Formerly from South Africa, Elton is currently the Global Marketing Development Manager of Buckman International, in the USA. His background is in research and development in the leather industry – initially at the Leather Industries Research Institute (LIRI) in Rhodes in South Africa, then special projects manager for Pfister and Vogel, a major tannery in the USA.
Guy is proud to be born and bred in Northampton, the historical centre of the British footwear and leather industries, and that the Jeffrey West brand has become synonymous with quality and style.
Having secured his first job in the footwear industry aged 17, Guy had the opportunity to experience many different areas of the shoe trade and at 22, and he established Jeffery West with business partner Mark Jeffery.
The pair had started their first footwear venture at the age of 15, customising shoes from Mark’s family shoe factory, creating unique designer pieces to be sold from markets in the region. The Jeffery West brand has a focus on heritage and craftsmanship, exciting designs and quality materials and Guy’s influences stemmed from the diverse subcultures at the end of the 1970’s – Roxy/Bowie, mod revivals and post-punk. The brand’s signature look is British ironic, individual – not quite fashion, but not quite classic. Today their customers span the generations and with a store now open in New York, they are reaching a wider audience than ever before.
Both Jonathan and William are part of the locally renowned Church family, who established the footwear brand, Church’s. They were very much part of Church’s footwear until 2009 when they conducted a management buy-out of the brand Joseph Cheaney and Sons from Church and Co, who by this time was a wholly owned subsidiary of Prada.
Having been manufacturing quality shoes since 1886, Joseph Cheaney and Sons continues to go from strength to strength and remains fully committed to producing high quality footwear entirely Made in England (Desborough, Northamptonshire) with several stores in London, including the prestigious Jermyn Street.
Jonathan’s original contact with the University of Northampton was via the Leslie Church Award (a Church family fund) which Jonathan oversees. The fund is used to support second year Fashion students who are taking the Footwear pathway and consists of an annual footwear competition, factory tour and presentation of work to Jonathan.
William has fully supported the development of the BA (Hons) Fashion, Textiles, Footwear and Accessories – Footwear pathway. He has arranged work placements and factory tours and competitions whilst at both Church’s and Cheaney’s. He has also given valuable advice regarding the purchase of machinery for the new footwear provision at the University of Northampton.
Stephen has taken the high-end luxury footwear brand Church’s from strength to strength. Shoes from the Northampton based Church and Co span centuries, with manufacturing starting in 1675 and, although now a wholly owned subsidiary of Prada, succeeding in maintaining the strong English shoe tradition and heritage within its manufacturing process. The recent success of the brand has led to the purchase of the neighbouring bus depot thus enabling significant expansion of its manufacturing facilities.
In his commitment to the wider footwear industry, Stephen has served as a Non-Executive Director of the British Footwear Association (BFA) for many years, and is a Non-Executive Chairman of SATRA, the world renowned technology and testing organisation based in Kettering.
Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. His distinguished career has spanned the worlds of practical politics, policy research, public service, journalism and broadcasting.