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Honorands 2000-2002

2002 Honorands

Mrs A Goodman

Voluntary work has been the central theme of her life and a large number of organisations in Northamptonshire have benefited from her support. A county councilor for over 20 years, representing the south ward of Northampton. She received an MBE in 1998 for services to the community.

Honorary Award Recipient: MA, February 2002.

Christopher Davidge 1929 – 2014

Born in Little Houghton, Northampton. Had a long and distinguished rowing career and has excelled in the world of business. Governor (Chairman) of St Andrew’s Hospital since 1969 and responsible with Sir John Lowther for the founding of the Three Shires Hospital, member of The University of Northampton Foundation Committee.

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 2002.

Sir James Spooner 1932 – 2019

Appointed Chairman of Coats Viyella in 1969, a position he held for 20 years, also Director of Morgan Crucible for 20 years. Knighted in 1981 for his extensive contribution to public life. A Governor of St Andrew’s Hospital and Chairman of the Prince’s Trust.

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 2002.

John George Church CBE DL

A former Deputy Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, grandson of the founder of famous shoemakers, Church & Co. Received the CBE for services to the footwear industry in 1998.​

Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, February 2002.

Jo Whiley

Presenter for BBC Radio and former presenter of the Jo Whiley Show for Channel 4.  Born in Northampton she studied Applied Languages at Brighton Polytechnic and Radio Journalism at London City University. Awarded an honorary degree in recognition of her significant contributions to music broadcasting and to the appreciation of popular music.

Honorary Award Recipient: Master of Arts, November 2002.

Mr R Bedford

A lifelong resident of Northamptonshire and previous Engineering Director of Express Lifts, also responsible for the construction of Northampton’s Lift tower.
Honorary Award Recipient: MSc, November 2002.

Dr S M Gaskell

A retired Rector of UCN, honored in recognition of his significant contribution to the growth and development of the institution. A distinguished scholar in his own right, who in 1993 steered the institution through to its achievement of independent powers to award taught degrees, and in 1999 was instrumental in ensuring that Nene College achieved University College status and title.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November 2002.

2001 Honorands

The Rt Hon The Lord of Slynn of Hadley

Lord Slynn is one of the most senior judges in the UK. He is Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and sits in the House of Lords to hear appeals on both civil and criminal law, he has been a Privy Councilor since 1992. In 1981 appointed as Advocate General and in 1988 a Judge of the European Court of Justice. His interest in legal education and the welfare of students has led to numerous honorary awards around the world.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 2001.

Dr L Howard

Honoured for his strong sense of public service which has led him to play a pivotal role in the restructuring of the Magistrates’ Court Service in Leicestershire, to the senior ranks of the Magistracy at a national level and to a Deputy Lieutenancy of Rutland. He valued the long standing relationship fostered between UCN and Leicester University, especially in the areas of Health Science.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 2001.

Mr C Lowe

In 1970 became the first head of a new Northamptonshire comprehensive Price William School, Oundle and during his 28 years as Head, become Honorary Legal Secretary of the Secondary Heads Association and then its President during 1990/1. He now works as a consultant, lecturer and writer.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 2001.

William (Bill) Morris

Joined the Transport and General Workers Union in 1958 and was elected their General Secretary in 1991. A member of the TUC General Council and joint Chair of the National Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Committee, also a Director of the Bank of England. Associated with University College Northampton’s Court.
Honorary Award Recipient: MSc, July 2001.

Professor Derek Pugh

An Alumnus of the university. He has a international reputation as a writer, teacher, researcher and consultant in the field of organisational behavior and international management. He played a major part in the establishment of the Open University Business School.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 2001.

2000 Honorands

Judge Francis Allen (1924-2007)​

A senior member of Northamptonshire Judiciary who was actively involved in educational training within his field.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, November 2000.

Professor M Blandamer

A retired Professor of Chemistry at Leicester University who was also closely involved with UCN with the development of the Leather Technology and the Research Degrees Programme. The previous successful partnership between Leicester University and UCN owes much to his experience, support and guidance.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, 2000.

Madame V Bourdin

Director of International Developments at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Management in Poitiers. The Northampton-Poitiers axis has led to a wide range of course developments, including the International MBA and a collaboration over many years including staff research.
Honorary Award Recipient: Fellowship, July 2000.

Captain John Macdonald-Buchanan

A retired Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, who has worked in support of voluntary organisations operating in the county, particularly those concerned with young people and countryside activities. He has a distinguished military career, receiving the military cross in 1945. Chairman of the Jockey Club from 1979 to 1982. A long term supporter, benefactor of The University of Northampton.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 2000.

John Mills

The sculptor, was elected President to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1986 and 1997. His D-Day 50 pence pieces, designed for the Royal Mint, received the best coin award in 1994.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, November 2000.

John Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury KT 1923 – 2007

An enthusiastic champion of the countryside and strong advocate of environmental education. A former MP and Lord Lieutenant, he has played a major role in re-focusing national attitudes towards the disabled.
Honorary Award Recipient MSc, July 2000.

Mike Leigh OBE

Trained in theatre, film, art and design.  He has become best known in recent years for a succession of award-winning films of which Naked and Secrets & Lies will be the most familiar.  His career began working with young people on devised plays at the Cannon Hill Arts Centre in Birmingham.  He made a particular impact through the BBC Play for Today series – Abigail’s Party being the best known.
Honorary Award Recipient: MA, July 2000.

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