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Honorands 1997-1999

1999 Honorands

Mr R Shepherd

Studied art and design at Northampton College of Art. He has an enviable record of work published in leading international design publications. He continues to work as a graphic designer and fine artist and is the President of a major design, marketing and public relations company in Florida, where he now lives.
Honorary recipient MA, July 1999.

Lesley Joseph

Originates form Northampton. She has had a successful and wide ranging career in both the theatre and television. She is most popularly known for her role as Dorien in the BBC series ‘Birds of a Feather’. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1999.

Professor Steve Nagle

Director of the Palmetto Partnership for International Exchange, South Carolina. During 1989-1990 he was Senior Fulbright​ Lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland and visiting professor at University of Vienna.  He was the driving force behind the establishment of American Studies exchange programmes at the University College of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 1999.

Michael Napier-Brown

Was artistic Director of the Royal Theatre, Northampton in the 1980s and 90s. A successful actor and director who has performed in a number of long running plays in London theatres.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 1999.

Mr G Newman

Was Principal of Brooke-Weston CTC in Corby during the 1990s, a school that consistently improved upon excellent student performances in external examinations.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1999.

Marion Perry OBE

Retired in 1998 having served for ten years as head teacher of Prendergast School for Girls in Lewisham, London, which the HM Inspectorate of Schools described as ‘exceptional, exceeding all academic targets’. She received the OBE for services to education in February 1999.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1999.

Mr J Stoddart

A retired Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University in 1998. Played a major role in HE achievements across the UK over the past 20 years. In 1995 he received a CBE for his contribution to Education.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 1999.

Peter White

Secretary to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.  A distinguished figure in the field of Archaeology and a past Vice President of the Royal Archaeological Institute. Mr White has been supportive in the development of industrial archaeology at UCN.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 1999.

Professor Robert White

​A previous Director of the University of Southampton Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and the Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, he retired in 1998 and is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton. Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 1999.

1998 Honorands

Jim Burrell

Studied history and law at the University of Durham and Cambridge respectively. In his twenties he joined ICI and stayed with them for twenty years and managing projects worldwide. 1982, he joined McKinsey Consultants where his biggest client was Volvo, where he was offered and accepted a post in the UK managing Volvo’s marketing and customer services division for both cars and trucks.  He accepted an invitation to be a Foundation Governor of Nene College in 1988 and was Chairman of Governors between 1990-1995.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 1998

William Maximillian (Max) Griggs

Chairman of Dr Marten footwear and the ex-owner of Rushden and Diamonds Football Club. Born and educated in Northamptonshire, a member of the Pattern Makers’ Livery Company, Freeman of the City of London and awarded a CBE for services to the footwear industry in 1996.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1998.

Mr T Hawkes

Artistic Director of the Central Festival Opera based in Northampton and previously Artistic Director of Phoenix Opera, Director of Productions for Handel Opera and Lyric Theatre, Singapore.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 1998.

Roger McGough

Noted poet, educator and entertainer, he was born in Liverpool and studied at the University of Hull. During the 1960s he was a member of the musical and poetry group ‘Scaffold’ and ‘Grimm’. His diverse contribution to the arts have included over thirteen volumes of poetry, more than a dozen plays for  theatre, television and radio. He was awarded a BAFTA in 1984 and a Royal Television Society Award in 1993.
Honorary Award recipient: MA, July 1998.

Peter Newcombe

Born in Blisworth, Northamptonshire and studied at The Northampton School of Art.  He has made an outstanding contribution to art and has exhibited widely, his paintings mainly depict landscapes and flora.  Commissions include stamps for the Royal Mail, Guernsey Post Office and by Shell Oil Company for their calendars.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 1998.

Michele Roberts (Mrs L J Latter)

Has published nine novels which are renowned for the richness of their descriptive prose and themes exploring complex feminist issues, she has also published poetry collections.  A notable broadcaster, reviewer and commentator she has appeared on both radio and television. Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1998.

John Thorpe

Retired as Senior Partner of Shoosmiths and Harrison Solicitors after a career of 34 years with the Partnership.  He has been closely connected to the University. Notably, he was Chairman of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Training and Enterprise and he was a member of the Nene Foundation which provided funds and support for the Nene Innovation Centre.  For many years he has been a trustee of the TD Lewis Bursary Award and is currently a member of The University of Northampton Court.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 1998.

1997 Honorands​

Professor M Bromley OBE

Emeritus Professor of The University of Northumbria, he is a key figure in fashion education. He was dvisor to the Secretary of State, Trade and Industry on the role of the Design Council. His career includes Managing Director of the Newcastle Fashion Centre, Member of the Design Council, Committee member of the RSA, member of the CNAA and honoured for his support given to the former Nene College in developing its own range of courses in the area of Fashion and Textile Design.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November, 1997.

The Right Honourable Sir Stephen Brown

President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice. He has had a long distinguished career since he was called to the Bar in 1949. Appointed a High Court judge in 1975 he served in the Family Division and Queen’s Bench Division, then presiding judge on the Midland and Oxford Circuit (1977-1981). In 1983 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and in 1988 became President of the Family Division.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Laws), July 1997.

Mr Patrick Coldstream CBE

Former Director of the Council for Industry and Higher Education (1986-1996). He was educated at Oxford and has been an officer in the Royal Marines, a columnist on the Financial Times and occasional broadcaster.  He has lectured on the relation of higher education to industry in Britain, continental Europe, the USA and Australia.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of Laws), July, 1997.

Dr Kenneth John Richard Edwards

In 1988 became Vice Chancellor of University of Leicester (now retired) and between 1993 and 1995 was Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, January 1997.

Mr A C Gallagher

Chairman of JJ Gallagher Ltd and its subsidiary companies. Responsible for implementing of major change in direction of the Gallagher company from purely civil engineering to significant activity in property development.  A member of the Midlands Industrial Council which is responsible for liaising with the Government on the interests of the business community and a major supporter and sponsor of sporting activities in the Midlands Region.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 1997.

Sir Richard George

Chairman and Managing Director of Weetabix Ltd based in Kettering and chairman of Whitworth Holdings Ltd.  He has been a member of the Board of the Environment Agency; the Executive Committee of the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (Chairman, 1983-1985); Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Food Research,; member of the Management Board of the Princes’ Trust and Vice-chairman of the Northamptonshire Prince’s Youth Business Trust.
Honorary Award Recipient (from Leicester): Doctorate (of Laws), July 1997.

Sir Dai Rees

Director of National Institute for Medical Research 1982-1987, Chief Executive MRC 1987-1996.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, 1997.

Dr Janet Ritterman

Director of Royal College of Music. Distinguished career both as a concert pianist and lecturer/researcher in music and performance.  She has made a particular contribution nationally in helping create opportunities for young people to develop in all forms of performance arts. She is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1997.

Dr Norbert Singer CBE

Former Vice Chancellor of The University of Greenwich and a member of the former Nene College’s Governing Body from 1993-1997.  He has been a source of advice and support in the former College’s and now the University’s development of research activity.  He is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November 1997.

Mrs Anita Tasker OBE

Appointed as a Magistrate in 1963, is one of the longest serving Magistrates in Northamptonshire. Chairman of the Northamptonshire Police Consultative Committee and appointed Deputy Lieutenant in 1989. For five years she held the office of Chairman of the Central Council of Magistrates’ County Committees and is a former member of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies board. She was awarded the OBE in 1991.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Master of Laws, 1997.

Mr John R Tusting

A prominent member of the Leather Industry in Britain, recipient of the ‘Queen’s Award for Industry’ and former Master of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers. He is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1997.

Sir Hereward Wake Bt

Holds one of England’s oldest baronetcies and his family have lived in Northamptonshire for over 800 years. Sir Hereward has been been active in the public life of the County for over fifty years.  Amoungst many offices in local government and voluntary organisations he has been High Sherriff and Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and Deputy Chair of Nene College Governors. He was a Co-founder of Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and has been active in the County Landowners Association and County Records Society. He is a member of The Court of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 1997.

Commander LLM Saunders Watson CBE

Whose family seat is Rockingham Castle, on the border of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, was Chairman of the British Library Board (1990-1993), Northampton Board of the Country Landowners’ Association (1981-4); Vice-chairman of Northamptonshire Small Industries Committee (1981-4) and Chairman of Kettering Hospital NHS Trust.  Educated at Eton and Britannia Royal Naval College, he joined the Royal Navy and was promoted to Commander in 1969, retiring in 1971 on succession to Rockingham Castle Estate.
Honorary Award Recipient (Leicester): Doctorate (of letters), July 1997.​

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