February 2018 Honorands
Born and brought up in Sudan, Dr Ahmed Ibrahim Mukhtar was educated at the Medical School of the University of Khartoum, before taking up a Scholarship to study Physiology at Edinburgh University. During his medical career he concentrated on child health specialising in Paediatrics.
In the early 1980s he took up an appointment as Consultant Paediatrician at Kettering General Hospital where he served for 23 years and became a much admired and valued colleague and leader of services for children in the north Northamptonshire. He also served for six years in the key role of Medical Director of the Hospital Trust, retiring in 2004.
Since then he has served as an Associate Examiner of the General Medical Council and as a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. A strong supporter of the growth and development of higher education in Northamptonshire he served with distinction on the Governing Council first of University College Northampton and then of the University of Northampton.
In 2008 Dr Mukhtar was appointed by the Crown as a Deputy Lieutenant for Northamptonshire and in 2015-16 became High Sheriff of the County, only the third black holder of this role anywhere in the country. He is now serving as President of the Northamptonshire branch of St John Ambulance.
Michael Jones – Posthumous Honorary Fellowship
Michael Jones was born in 1931 and lived and worked in Northampton all his life. A qualified Goldsmith, Michael Jones inherited his father’s Pawnbroker shop and changed it into a successful jewellery business. Inspired by the workers’ co-operative model, he gifted the business to his workers in the 1960’s, a fine example of social responsibility. He remained as Managing Director for many years and was instrumental in the development of Workbridge and the Daily Bread co-operative.
Michael was both Chairman and President of the National Association of Goldsmiths and honoured with the Freedom of the City of London.
Michael died in March 2017 and his widow Anne accepted the posthumous award on his behalf.