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Honorands 2014

Rajinder, Baron Loomba CBE

Lord Loomba is a philanthropist, founder and Executive Chairman of clothing company Rinku Group, and Liberal Democrat Peer in the House of Lords.

He arrived in the UK in 1962 starting from humble beginnings selling ice-cream from a van and ladies knitwear from a market stall, to building a retail empire with over 400 concessions throughout the UK, best known for the “Tigi” and “Viz-a-Viz” high street brands.​

Inspired by his late mother, who became a widow at an early age of 37 years, he has dedicated his life to helping the plight of 245 million widows in the world through his charity, The Loomba Foundation, supported by Cherie Blair QC CBE as President and Sir Richard Branson as Patron-in-Chief. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to this global cause he was appointed United Nations Founding Champion of the Circle of Widows Rights (June 2013).

Lord Loomba has been the recipient of many accolades including Asian of the Year Award in 1997 and the Forbes India NRI Philanthropy Award in 2012.

Lord Loomba is focused on raising awareness and practical solutions for widows and their 500 million dependent children around the world. His collaboration with University of Northampton Business School’s Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance surrounds the measurement of social impact of the Loomba Foundation as a means to raise funds for this most noble cause.

Bill Drummond

Bill Drummond is a Scottish artist, writer and musician.

Drummond was born in Butterworth, South Africa, where his father was a minister for the Church of Scotland. When he was 18 months old the family moved back to Scotland and when he was 11 relocated to Corby, Northamptonshire. In 1970 Drummond enrolled on a Foundation Course at Northampton School of Art, a predecessor institution of the current University of Northampton.

After graduating Drummond moved to Liverpool where after a spell at the Art and Design Academy, he worked in various jobs including carpenter and set designer at the Everyman Theatre. He then began a highly successful career in the music industry with highlights that include playing in and managing a succession of high profile bands.

Since 1998 Drummond’s wide ranging artistic work has been carried out under the name Penkiln Burn – this is the river in Scotland upon the banks of which he played and fished as a boy. Most recently in March 2014, beneath Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham, Drummond embarked upon a World Tour which will end at the same place in April 2025. This epic exhibition ‘The 25 Paintings’ will take in twelve cities in twelve different countries and will represent the latest groundbreaking initiative in Drummond’s prodigious and inspirational career.

Anita Smith MBE

Anita Smith lives with her family in Orlingbury, Northamptonshire. In 1992 she visited the Gambia for a family holiday and had experiences which led her to devote her life to improving healthcare delivery in Bansang, located deep in the African bush 200 miles from the coast. She founded the Bansang Hospital Appeal and has worked tirelessly ever since to reverse the hospital’s once terminal decline.

To date over 47 shipping containers of supplies have been donated from her charity work in the UK. Achievements include; the building and equipping of a brand new 80 bed children’s unit with the further redesign and refurbishment of other hospital wards the refurbishment and installation of operating theatres, the installation of a hospital wide computer system, modern obstetric suite along with sustainable medical equipment throughout.

Anita recognised that retaining and motivating staff was key and in 2008 she received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to healthcare. Every single member of staff is valued, supported and invited to contribute towards the ongoing development of the hospital.

The charity also arranges for international volunteers to work in the hospital allowing them to gain skills and improve practice. Anita’s intervention at Bansang has meant that communities across the entire region have been saved from losing loved ones to preventable causes.

Lance Gardner MBE​

At the age of 16 he underwent an operation to remove his appendix where, inspired by the care he received, he decided to become a nurse.

He qualified as a ‘Registered Nurse and Health Visitor’ in West Yorkshire and then moved to Runcorn in 1992 as a Nurse Practitioner. Recognised for his management skills and patient focused approach, while still in Runcorn he became general manager of one of the first wave Total Purchasing pilot sites where he learned the value of working in partnership with citizens as customers.

He moved to work in Salford in 1996 as a project manager, before becoming the first owner of a nurse-led practice where he employed General Practitioners.

He was awarded his MBE in 2000 for services to primary care nursing.

In 2001 Lance Gardner became the Project Lead for Citizen Leadership at the NHS National Leadership Centre. He was then seconded to the Department of Health to lead on governance arrangements for NHS Foundation Trusts.

Returning to front line health care, he was the Director of Modernisation for the Northern Lincolnshire Health and Social Care Community.

In 2011 Lance took advantage of the Right Request scheme to form the Care Plus Group. The Care Plus Group operates as a social enterprise, delivering personal health and care services and playing a major role in the regeneration of Grimsby.

Lance Gardner is a visionary social entrepreneur and outstanding health professional. He has an MSc in Ethics in Healthcare from Liverpool University, is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and he has helped transform healthcare provision and policy.

Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond is an internationally acclaimed British actress. She comes from a theatrical family and trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 1980 to 1982.

Samantha Bond starred as Moneypenny alongside Pierce Brosnan in four James Bond films: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). She has appeared in the feature film Erik the Viking, starring Tim Robbins, Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney, and appeared in many television series including Emma, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Ginger Tree, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Inspector Morse, Distant Shores, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Midsomer Murders. From 2007-2011 she appeared as Auntie Angela in the BBC comedy Outnumbered, alongside Hugh Dennis. In 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in a series of television programmes for Channel 4. Currently she makes a number of guest appearances as Lady Rosamund Painswick, in the ITV costume drama Downton Abbey.

Samantha Bond is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare’s award-winning play Amy’s View at the Royal National Theatre, then Broadway, receiving a ‘Tony nomination’. In 1983, Samantha Bond appeared in the original Southampton production of Daisy Pulls It Off before it moved to the West End. She has starred in over a dozen West End productions, including Donkey’s Years, Arcadia, An Ideal Husband and Passion Play with Zoë Wanamaker.

Samantha Bond works extensively for a range of high profile charities and is a director of The Royal Theatrical Fund. In 2012 she helped raise £90,000 in one afternoon in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Samantha Bond is currently starring in the West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at London’s Savoy Theatre.

Derek Dickins

It might be said that Derek Dickins opened the door to Asia for the worldwide leather industry before the industry new there was a house to be entered.  30 years ago, in 1984, Derek established the Hong Kong Leather Fair. Held in the China Resources Building the first fair had 200 exhibitors. The 1985 exhibition more than doubled that number and it was not long before it became one of the most important events in both the calendars of the leather industry in Hong Kong.

After serving in the Royal Air Force Derek worked in the City of London in Marine Insurance. He was then headhunted to move to Greece to run a well established major maritime trade fair. In 1980 he was sent to Hong Kong to set up the Hong Kong Trade Fair Group which owned and operated several Maritime tradefairs and conferences in Hong Kong and the US as well as running the large and important Posidonia Maritime fair held bi annually in Greece

After a meeting with representatives from the Australian Leather industry Derek travelled to see the Paris Leather Fair, which was still of enormous significance, and persuaded his company to set up the first Hong Kong Leather Trade Industry event.

For the last 30 years Derek has remained at the centre of senior leather industry circles, a source of knowledge and advice as the industry made huge changes in location at every level of the supply chain. Not only did Derek allow the global industry the chance to develop in China’s phenomenal growth but he linked other regions such as Latin America and Africa into the larger international scene which they had been excluded from before. Derek’s vision has not been about China alone, but about giving the leather industry the tools to transform itself internationally to fit the modern world.

Adrian Lee

Chief Constable Adrian Lee has an impressive policing career. It began in Greater Manchester in 1985, where he joined as a graduate entrant. He progressed to the rank of Divisional Commander for the South Manchester Division – one of the largest basic command units in the country and the largest housing estate in Europe (Wythenshaw), and areas such as Moss Side and Longsight ; communities which distilled and reflected many of the social problems and related criminal activity which are too familiar to us all.

Adrian has played a major role in promoting the recent agreement to locate the major part of Northamptonshire Police’s learning and development arm to the University’s Senate building. This development is the first such partnership arrangement in the country and signals a considerable expansion in the range and scope of co-working to the advantage of all key stakeholders.

The Police/University partnership has matured to the point where shared learning, research, and enhancements to the practical student experience through internships and placements have resulted in a growing portfolio of applied and meaningful collaboration.  The siting of the Police Learning and Development arm at Park Campus generates a host of new possibilities for maintaining and expanding this fruitful relationship to include senior officer and leadership training, coaching, and community engaged, University-wide proactive partnership working. ​​​

Adrian has been key in facilitating these opportunities. The values driving the partnership are wholly consonant with those of the University.​

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