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Honorands 2016

February 2016 Honorands

Baroness Warnock of Weeke 1924-2019

Baroness Warnock has had a long and distinguished history, both in academia and public life. At Oxford University she was a Fellow and tutor in Philosophy, St Hugh’s College 1949-1962, Headmistress at Oxford High School 1962-1974, Lecture and Research Fellow at Balliol, Somerville, Lady Margaret Hall and Christ Church. At Cambridge University she was Mistress of Girton College from 1984-1991.

She has published extensively, mainly in the field of philosophy, morality and ethics. Her recent books include Making Babies: Is There a Right to Have Children? (2001), Nature and Mortality: Recollections of a Philosopher in Public Life (2004), Easeful Death (2008), Dishonest to God: On Keeping Religion Out of Politics (2010) and A Good Life: Thoughts on Life and Death (2013).

She was Chair of a wide range of influential Parliamentary Committees, including the Committee of Inquiry on Special Education (1974-78), Committee of Inquiry Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1982-84), the Girls Days Schools Trust (1990-1999), the Home Office Committee on Animal Experimentation (1983-1989) and a member of the Advisory Group on Nazi Spoliation (2003 to the present day).

In the House of Lords, she has also been a member of the Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures, the Medical Ethics Select Committee and the Select Committee on Science and Technology. In addition, Baroness Warnock has been a member of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (1972-82).

In the 1984 New Years Honours list she was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE). She was created a Life Peer in 1985, taking the title Baroness Warnock of Weeke. She was a cross-bench member of the House of Lords until her retirement in June 2015.

She is an Honorary Fellow of British Academy (2000) and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2011).

July 2016 Honorands

Christine Powley-Williams

Christine is a unique example of a woman who has succeeded in the male-dominated world of leather and is a longstanding member of the Technical Liaison Group, which acts as part of the quality assurance procedures of the Leather Department of the University of Northampton.

Having graduated in 1984 from the National Leathersellers’ Centre of Nene College, the precursor to the University of Northampton, she immediately progressed to the Carr Tanning company in Gloucestershire, where she was appointed Works Director and General Manager.

Christine then spent two years working in Australia as Production Manager for Packer Tanning, but returned to Northampton to join BLC Leather Technology Centre as Innovation and Training Manager. This then led to her becoming the co-founder of Leather Wise Ltd, an independent consultancy company and in 2009, she joined SATRA Technology Centre of Kettering, rising to her current position as Assistant Director.

She is also a past President of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Curriers of the City of London.

Martin Lawrence

Martin is a liveryman in the City of London and supports a number of education foundations. As an education professional, he has been involved in national policy assisting school governing boards to ensure that all pupils make expected levels of progress and maximise their life chances.

Martin established the Northamptonshire committee for Crimestoppers in 2005 and following his term as chairman sat on the national advisory board of the charity. He is currently a volunteer Universities Ambassador promoting student-led campaigns aimed at staying safe. He was appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours in 2016 for services to crime prevention in Northamptonshire.

Marina Kim

Marina’s experience in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade and saw her named in the Forbes “30 under 30” for her work. Marina’s work has been featured on Social Edge,, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times.

Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, an organisation working with universities across the world to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Ashoka U recognises universities that have embedded social entrepreneurship and innovation as core values. The University of Northampton was the first UK University to receive Ashoka U ‘Changemaker Campus’ status, in recognition of our work to build a supportive place where students and staff can identify social problems and create innovative ways to tackle these issues.

Ben Saunders

Ben is a world record breaking polar explorer and long distance skier.

Known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, Ben was the first person to successfully complete the epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated, early 20th-century journey to the South Pole – an amazing feat of human endurance equivalent to running 69 marathons back to back.

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