Martin Lawrence MBE, Universities Crimestoppers Ambassador and local business consultant has been presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Northampton at this year’s Summer Graduation ceremonies.
Having been a charitable trustee in the heritage and education sectors for 35 years, Martin is passionate about reducing social disadvantage as a barrier to educational achievement. He has been privileged to serve on the county board for The Prince’s Trust and the advisory group for Teach First, leading in their programmes to empower young people to fulfil their potential.
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.
Martin has been engaged with the vision and purpose of the University of Northampton for 10 years. He has served as a foundation trustee, patron of Daventry UTC, advises on pilot projects on student safety and provides awards in the Schools of The Arts and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Court of the University.
In his acceptance speech, Martin said: “I would like to thank the University for giving me this award. I really do take great pride in it and fully support the University’s commitment of transforming lives and inspiring change. It’s certainly made a big impact on me. It’s been a real privilege and pleasure to help students recognise their potential in a number of ways over the past few years.”
Over 2,000 Northampton students will be receiving their certificates at the Royal and Derngate Theatre this week and Martin was one of four high profile honorands who will be conferred into the University of Northampton family.
Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, commented: “In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the graduating class of summer 2016, we are also recognising high profile individuals who have made a positive impact on others. The recipients of these honorary awards will inspire our graduates as they begin the next exciting stage in their lives, making their own mark on the world.”