February 2018 Honorands
Ahmed Mukhtar 1945 – 2021
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.
July 2018 Honorands
Dallas graduated from Nene College in 1992. He is a Broadcaster and author who has presented some of television’s most popular factual programmes.
His presenting carear began on the science magazine shows The Gadget Show and Bang Goes The Theory, and has gone on to front some of the most ambitious landmark series across the BBC and beyond: Britain Beneath Your Feet, Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered, The Treasure Hunters and Supersized Earth , City In The Sky and Airport Live, Voyager: Beyond the Final Frontier, The Drake Equation: The Search for Life and The Sky at Night , Science of Stupid, Time Scanners, Horizon Guides, Stargazing Live and Television’s First Night: How the Box Was Born.
In 2015 Dallas presented Tim Peake’s historic launch to the International Space Station live from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan. He has won Celebrity Mastermind – his specialist subject was the films of Werner Herzog, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association in recognition for his work in engaging more people with science and technology.
David Santa-Olalla DSO MC MA
David completed a 38 year career in the British Army, retiring as a Brigadier in 2008. After initial training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Green Howards Regiment in 1973. Following a number of operational tours and staff jobs, he was appointed to command the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment after which he again spent time in command and staff appointments in the UK, Europe, the Far East and Africa.
In 2009 he became Clerk to the Leathersellers’ Company, a Livery guild and Charitable Foundation with a particular interest in the Leather trade. He is a patron of a veteran’s charity and a trustee of two charitable trusts.
In September 2009, David also became a Governor of the University of Northampton and served the post for three years until August 2012. David remains fully supportive of the University, in particular it’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT).
He married his wife Jo in 1976 and he has 4 grown up children most of whom work in London. His personal interests include fishing, bicycling, kite-surfing, the arts and occasional games of golf and cricket. David is also a member of the Lord Mayor of London’s Big Curry Lunch Committee.
David holds an MA in International Affairs and War Studies from King’s College London.
This award recognises David’s contribution to the leather industry as Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ and also recognises his contribution as a Governor of the University.
James Miller has had a long and distinguished career in the art world. Born in Oxfordshire, he studied the History of Art at the University of Manchester. He started his career at the age of 22 at Sotheby’s, as the third generation of auctioneers in the family. James started out in the Print Department, moving through British Watercolours and British Painting before managing the auctions of such major Country Houses as Mentmore, Castle Howard and Luton Hoo. Fulfilling the role of a director of Sotheby’s from his mid-twenties, James completed his time there as Deputy Chair, when he left to become an independent art advisor. This has kept him very busy for the last twelve years.
He has worked in television and published books on British Country Houses and British Country House Collections. He worked with the National Trust on the purchase of Tyntesfield which was recorded in the book `Fertile Fortune’.
Moving to just outside Towcester 26 years ago, James love and passion for Northamptonshire led to his involvement in the Historic Church Trust, Northamptonshire Records Society, the founding of the Annual Sculpture Tours and development of a wide network throughout the county. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Surprise Northamptonshire Project Board and his energy and enthusiasm has been fundamental in its achievements to date. James never fails to be impressed be the energy, ingenuity and commitment of the people of his beloved Northamptonshire.
Professor Jayanthi Narayan – Honorary Doctorate
For more than forty years Professor Jayanthi Narayan has made a major contribution as a in the field of disability and inclusive education both in India and internationally. Throughout this period her research skills, expertise and advice has been sought by national and state governments, in many countries. Her reputation is built upon many years of hands on practice working with children and supporting families, as she has challenged those factors which marginalise and exclude individuals from minority groups and led initiatives for the promotion of inclusion. Professor Narayan’s development work in India, the United States and the Philippines and her research for international organisations including UNICEF and USAID have encouraged governments and non-governmental organisations to seek her counsel and assist in the development of policy and provision around the world.
A former Fulbright Scholar, Deputy Director of The National Institute for Mental Health and Neuroscience in India, and advisor to government departments, Professor Narayan has been officially retired for a number of years. However, her commitment to social justice is such that she continues to be as active as ever in working for the rights of children and young people.
Lady Spencer founded Whole Child International in 2004 with the aim of improving the quality of care for vulnerable children worldwide. Targeting the largely overlooked emotional needs of society’s most at-risk children, Whole Child’s cost-effective, sustainable, and replicable program provides them with the tools they need to become productive members of society. As CEO of the organization, Lady Spencer leads an international team of trainers, researchers, and other staff to change systems of care, to advocate and influence policy, and to conduct related research. Whole Child programs are currently being brought to scale with funding from USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other donors. In 2010, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came especially to lend his personal support to Whole Child at the launch of its global initiative to raise awareness of the plight of institutionalized children. Lady Spencer is co-author of articles published in the peer-reviewed Infant Journal of Mental Health and Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, contributing important insights and realistic solutions to the public debate. Her passion and expertise currently focus on systems change and innovation in child welfare systems in the developing world. In 2011, she married Charles the 9th Earl Spencer and added the overseeing of Althorp House to her responsibilities. In September 2015, she was elected an Ashoka Fellow for her innovative work as a social entrepreneur by the Ashoka Foundation, which honoured her for identifying and filling a gap in care for orphans and vulnerable children. In 2017, she received the Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award, and People Magazine named her one of “25 Women Changing the World.” Karen Spencer is mother to three daughters and stepmother to a further six, and splits her time between Los Angeles and Northampton.
Dan Roan is the BBC’s Sports Editor, covering the biggest sporting events and news stories on TV, radio and online. In recent years he has led BBC News coverage from football World Cups and European Championships, the London and Rio Olympics, rugby’s Lions tour, the Ashes cricket series, and athletics’ World Championships, among many others. Dan has also interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, securing exclusives with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Usain Bolt, Bernie Ecclestone, Chris Froome and Anthony Joshua.
Born in Northampton, his first jobs in journalism were as an assistant to his father – a local photographer – and for the Northants press agency, when he would regularly report on a wide range of stories, from court cases to the Balloon Festival.
After university he joined the BBC’s News Trainee scheme in 1998 working first as a Politics and Regional News reporter for BBC North, then as a Business and Finance reporter on Breakfast News, Working Lunch and News 24. He left the BBC to join Sky Sports News in 2003, becoming Chief News Reporter in 2007, before rejoining the BBC as a Sports Correspondent in 2010, promoted to Sports Editor in 2014.
Dan has worked with journalism students at the University of Northampton, sharing his knowledge and passion for broadcasting and sport. He continues to be involved in local sport, writing a regular column for the matchday programme for Northampton Town Football Club
Kevin Kalkhoven is the co-owner of Cosworth Ltd, which is based in Northampton. Kevin has had a varied career in which he held executive positions at a variety of software companies and in the telecommunications field, including periods as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Uniphase during which he oversaw the corporation’s transformation from a privately held manufacturer of industrial lasers into a publicly held leading global supplier of components and modules for advanced fibre optic telecommunications networks and a Member of the NASDAQ 100. He purchased Cosworth Ltd from Ford in 2004. Kevin was noted in May 2000 Worth magazine as one of America’s Top 50 CEOs and in 2005, Kevin was named as the Number 5 Most Powerful and Influential person in Racer Magazine’s 2005 Power and Influence in Racing list.