Honorary Graduates 

December 2015

July 2015

Diane Lees CBE

Since October 2008, Diane Lees has served as Diane Lees_Jul15_CMSDirector-General of the Imperial War Museums, which is the Cultural Lead for the Centenary of the FWW. In Summer 2013, Diane was appointed as a Trustee of 14-18NOW, the Cultural Programme for the First World War Centenary. Diane has already raised significant funds for the transformation of IWML and is tasked with creating a sustainable future for IWM's five branches and 600 staff.

Before joining IWM, Diane was Director of the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green. She began her career as an historic buildings researcher before moving into exhibitions, education, and interpretation and worked on some of the most challenging and exciting projects in the country including the recovery and display of the Mary Rose flagship in Portsmouth Harbour, and redisplay of the Nelson Galleries at the Royal Naval Museum.

Diane is also chair of the National Museum Directors' Council, and in February 2014 was appointed to David Cameron's Holocaust Commission's Commemoration Expert Group Committee. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for services to museums.

Diane Lees was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Ms Kate Arnold-Forster, at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Wednesday 8 July 2015.

Vinton Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf is widely known as one of the 'Fathers of the Internet' and as one of the co-designers of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. At the age of 72, he is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, contributing to global policy development and the continued spread of the Internet.

Vinton served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and also served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC).

President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012. Vinton is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Vinton has received numerous awards, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award and Officer of the Legion d'Honneur.

Vinton Cerf was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Dr Ben Cosh, at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Thursday 9 July 2015.

Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik

Nemat (Minouche) Shafik became Deputy Governor of the Bank of England in August 2014. She is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, and attends the Financial Policy Committee and the Bank's Court of Directors.

In September 2014 Dr Shafik was appointed to the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority. She is also responsible for reshaping the Bank's operations and balance sheet, leading work on building fair and effective markets, and jointly responsible for the Bank's international surveillance, analysis and engagement.

Prior to joining the Bank, she was Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund where she was responsible for policy and programmes in Europe and the Middle East, the IMF's $1 billion budget, human resources policies for staff and training and technical assistance. She also regularly chaired the Board of the IMF.

As Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development from 2008-2011, she was chief executive of the department responsible for all UK development efforts. Prior to joining DFID, Dr Shafik was Vice President at the World Bank where she was responsible for policy advice and the performance of portfolio of investments worth about $50 billion.

Dr Shafik was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Dominik Zaum, at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Friday 10 July 2015. 

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill

William Waldegrave (Lord Waldegrave of North Hill) is the Provost of Eton College, a post he has held since 2009. He is a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Lord Waldegrave served as a Conservative Member of the British Parliament from 1979 to 1997 of which seven years were as a Cabinet Minister (Minister of Agriculture, Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State for Health, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with responsibility for the Civil Service Reform and Science).

Educated at Oxford University and Harvard (a Kennedy Scholar), before entering Parliament he worked in the Cabinet Office in Whitehall; as Political Secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath; and for GEC Ltd.

From 1998-2008 he worked in the City, first at Deutsche Kleinwort Benson and then UBS. Lord Waldegrave was appointed Chairman of Coutts in January 2014. He is the Director of a number of companies.

Lord Waldegrave is Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, former Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, a Founder Trustee of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (South Africa), a former Trustee and Chairman of the National Museum of Science and Industry and a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge.

Lord Waldegrave was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Mr Christopher Fisher, at the 2.30 pm ceremony on Friday 10 July.

December 2014

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill OBE, FBA, FSA isAWH CMS Professor of Roman Studies and Director of Research in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University, and former Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

He was Professor of Classics at the University of Reading from 1987 to 2009 and oversaw considerable growth in the Department. The second half of his career at Reading was spent on secondment as Director of the British School at Rome.

Professor Wallace-Hadrill's illustrious career has led him to direct several important archaeological projects including, in collaboration with Reading Professor, Michael Fulford and the University's Department of Archaeology, in Pompeii. He was also head of the Herculaneum Conservation Project (a mission to preserve Herculaneum, Pompeii's neighbour and the other, lesser-known victim of the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius) which was featured in the television programme, Secrets of the Dead.

He has held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and the Getty Museum, and is a frequent contributor to radio and television broadcasts including The Other Pompeii: Life and Death in Herculaneum for which he was a presenter. In 2004 he was awarded an OBE for services to Anglo-Italian cultural relations, and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Wallace-Hadrill visited Italy as a teenager and became fascinated by the ancient Romans and the remnants of the world they left behind. He took his first degree in Classics at Oxford (1969-73), where he also gained his doctorate. Following this he moved to Cambridge in 1976 as Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Magdalene College, and in 1983 to a lectureship in Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Professor Wallace-Hadrill was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor Michael Fulford, at the 12.00noon ceremony on Friday 12 December 2014. Read the presentation speech for Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill in full here. (PDF - 70KB)

September 2014

Chris Cleverly

Chris Cleverly is the Chief Executive Officer of theChris Cleverly CMS Made in Africa Foundation and has been a part of the team that advises the UK Government on development issues as they impact on Africa.

Following his education at King’s College London, where he earned his LLB, Chris was called to the Bar in 1990 when he established Trafalgar Chambers. This, according to the Sunday Times, made him ‘the youngest head of chambers in the last century’ at the age of 28. Chris channelled his philanthropic endeavours into his work, founding the Made in Africa Foundation (MIA) in 2011.

MIA began with the aim of introducing African businesses to international investment and capital markets for the benefit of Africa. It is through MIA that Chris also advises the UK Government on development issues. In April this year, commenting at the launch of Comer Africa Real Estate (C.A.R.E.), a joint venture with Comer Group which will become the leading developer of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Chris recognised the need to build cities both for people and for business that enabled growth. He also highlighted the need to build for the future with 65% of Africa’s population being under the age of 35, and commented that “they see a very different Africa from those that came before them [and] C.A.R.E. is there to help them build it.”

Chris directs the day to day operations of MIA and schedules time to be a regular presenter on TV and radio, and contributor to newspapers and magazines. He is passionate about the need for a mechanism to assist Africans to help themselves.

Chris Cleverly was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the 12noon ceremony on Friday 26 September 2014 by Mr Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Reading. Read the presentation speech for Chris Cleverly in full here. (PDF - 67KB)

July 2014

Sir Charlie Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield has been Chairman of the JohnSir Charlie Mayfield Lewis Partnership since 2007 and President of the Employee Ownership Association since 2011.

He began his career as an army officer, serving in Northern Ireland before retiring from the services in 1991. In 1992, he moved to SmithKline Beecham, where he became Marketing Manager for the Lucozade brand. He later worked for McKinsey & Company Inc. where he specialised in consulting for the retail and consumer sectors.

In 2000, Charlie Mayfield joined the John Lewis Partnership and rose rapidly through the organisation. Initially, he was responsible for business strategy for both John Lewis and Waitrose and, in 2001, joined the Board as Development Director, responsible for developing and promoting the online strategy of the Partnership. In 2005, he was appointed as Managing Director of John Lewis, before taking up his current post as Chairman.

Sir Charlie Mayfield’s dedication and accomplishments stand as a model for those of our students who aspire to succeed in the world of business. He was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at the 12 noon ceremony on Thursday 10 July 2014 by Professor Tony Downes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Read the presentation speech for Sir Charlie Mayfield in full here. (PDF - 44KB)

Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC

Sir Keir Starmer was Director of Public ProsecutionsSir Keir Starmer and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from November 2008 to October 2013, and was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to law and criminal justice.

Sir Keir was educated at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey, before graduating with a First Class degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leeds and later obtaining the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. He has led a varied and distinguished career, receiving the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award in 2001, and in 2007, being voted QC of the Year in the field of public law and human rights by Chambers Directory of Legal Practitioners.

Prior to his role as Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir was best known as a defence lawyer with a particular interest in human rights and was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board from 2003 to2008). He was also a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Panel on the Death Penalty from 2002 to 2008 which was instrumental in the abolition of the mandatory death penalty in certain Caribbean states. In 2005 he persuaded the House of Lords that evidence obtained by torture should be inadmissible in court and will now be leading an enquiry into changing the law to give further protection to victims in cases of child abuse.

Sir Keir Starmer was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the 12 noon ceremony on Friday 11 July 2014 by Professor Christopher Hilson, Head of the School of Law. Read the presentation speech for Sir Keir Starmer in full here. (PDF - 71KB)

December 2013

Dudley Fishburn

Dudley Fishburn, Director and Chairman of several Dudley Fishburninternational companies, served as a member of the Council at the University of Reading from 2002 until 2012.

He is the founder and Chairman of the Friends of Silchester, the working archaeological dig run by the University, and works tirelessly to ensure its continuity and continued development. As a member of the University Council, he was also Chairman of the University’s Development Board and of its Audit Committee.

Educated at Eton and Harvard, Dudley Fishburn has had a varied and distinguished career in public service. He received the Harvard Alumni Award in 1998 for his commitment to that university, chairs the Visiting Committee to Cambridge University library, serves as a Trustee of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and became the first non-American to serve on the Board of Harvard.

Prior to his work for the University of Reading, Dudley Fishburn was Member of Parliament for Kensington from 1988 to 1997. Before entering Parliament he was Executive Editor of The Economist, and continued in this role throughout his time in Parliament. He has also served several national charitable organisations including as Treasurer of the National Trust and as Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust, the Foundation for Liver Research, the Heritage of London Trust and many more.

Dudley Fishburn will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Thursday 12 December 2013 by Professor Michael Fulford, Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Silchester Town Life Project. Read the presentation speech for Dudley Fishburn in full here. (PDF - 70KB)

Sir John Beddington, CMG, FRS

Sir John Beddington was Chief Scientific Adviser toSir John Beddington the Government until 2012 and his academic interests embody the heightened interest in food security research which is so important at the University of Reading.

At the launch of the University’s Centre for Food Security in 2008, Sir John predicted the ‘perfect storm’ – a combined future shortages of energy, water and food. . Sir John’s speech was a catalyst for the Government’s Foresight Report on the Global Future of Food and Farming, a project which he subsequently led. Sir John has transformed the issue of food security into a major area of research in the UK and implanted it in the public consciousness. Amongst his many other contributions to science, he has served as Chair of the Cabot Institute External Advisory Board at the University of Bristol and is a senior advisor at the Oxford Martin School, an institution that aspires to address “the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century”. Prior to these appointments, Sir John was Professor of Applied Population Biology in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Imperial College London.

In June 1997 Sir John was awarded the Heidelberg Award for Environmental Excellence and in 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2004 he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to fisheries science and management.

Sir John Beddington will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at the 12.00noon ceremony on Friday 13 December 2013 by Professor Richard Tiffin, Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Food Security. Read the presentation speech for Sir John Beddington in full here. (PDF - 30KB)

October 2013

Leif Bergmann

Leif Bergmann was Managing Director of HenleyLeif Bergmann Nordic for fifteen years until his retirement in February 2012.

Under his leadership Henley Nordic, Henley Business School's partner in Denmark, and encompassing Norway and Sweden, has provided nearly 1,000 Danes with MBA qualifications that have enabled them to take up some of the highest positions in government, business and non-governmental organisations in the country.

Before joining Henley, Leif Bergmann completed a Masters degree in Economics at Aarhus University. He has since had a wide range of experience as a retailer of chocolate and wine, as the author of a textbook on marketing and another on speed reading, as a teacher, coach and student counsellor, and as Chairman of the boards of several organisations.

Leif Bergmann's drive and dedication to Henley programme members and alumni alike has resulted in Henley Nordic, first established in 1986, becoming the primary MBA provider in Denmark. He began as the only employee of the company and has thus experienced all aspects of its business - from marketing, to administration - displaying his passion for Henley's educational values at every opportunity. His unswerving focus on ensuring that Henley provides the best possible experience for MBA programme members was a model, and remains a continuing inspiration, to all in the Business School.

Leif Bergmann was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration at the 10.30am ceremony on Friday 18 October 2013 by Dr Richard McBain, Head of Postgraduate and Post-experience Programmes. Read the presentation speech for Leif Bergmann in full here. (PDF - 45KB)

July 2013

Paul Lindley

Paul Lindley is the founder of baby and toddler food Paul Lindley CMSbrand Ella's Kitchen, based in Henley-on- Thames.

He graduated from the University of Bristol in Economics and Politics, then qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and Los Angeles, before spending nine years at children's television brand Nickelodeon where he rose from Financial Controller to Deputy Managing Director of its UK business.

In 2004 Paul Lindley began setting up Ella's Kitchen, following his experiences in bringing up his own two children, Ella and Paddy. Ella's Kitchen now has a presence in eight countries. Paul Lindley has achieved several awards for his achievements, including Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 National Business Awards, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 in the London and South Region, as well as the Business Person of the Year at the 2011 Oxfordshire Business Awards. In 2009 Paul Lindley co-founded the Consumer Forum, with a number of other entrepreneurs with high growth businesses all of whom believe that their success is due to the way they approach customer engagement. As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Reading, Ella's Kitchen has undertaken research with parents, children, psychologists and supermarkets to understand the role that all five of the senses play in developing healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. The original Ella's Kitchen products were developed with the University.  

Paul Lindley was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine Williams at the 12.00noon ceremony on Wednesday 3 July 2013. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 71KB) in full.

December 2012

Gordon Marshall CBE

Gordon Marshall is Director of the Leverhulme TrustGordon Marshall and most recent former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, an office he held from 2003 until 2011.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, Gordon Marshall was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and, before that, a Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Bath and Essex, a Professor at the London School of Economics, and an Official Fellow of Nuffield College.

His research interests have involved themes in the social sciences with an emphasis on social exclusion, equality of opportunity, distributive justice and the culture of economic enterprise. Gordon Marshall played an instrumental role in the Government Review of Social Classifications, both as a consultant and as a member of the steering group to the study, which was run jointly by the ESRC and the Office for National Statistics and which resulted in major changes to the official social classifications. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000 and awarded the CBE in 2003 for his services to economic and social science.

As Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, Gordon Marshall oversaw major advances in its teaching and research profile, and merger with the former Henley Management College now the Henley Business School. His period of office was also characterised by significant investment in University facilities including the Minghella Building for the performing arts, the replacement of many of the University's Halls of Residence, and a new building at Whiteknights for the Henley Business School.

Gordon Marshall was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the 12.00noon ceremony on Friday 14 December 2012 by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Downes. Read the presentation speech for Gordon Marshall in full here (PDF - 75kb).


July 2012

Mr Justin Fletcher MBE

Born in Reading and a graduate of the GuildfordJustin Fletcher School of Acting Justin Fletcher is an actor, children's television presenter and voice over artist for fifteen years.

His children's television credits include Tikkabilla, Fun Song Factory, Higgledy House, Something Special, Springwatch, Gigglebiz, Jollywobbles, Cbeebies presentation and Justin's House. He has just finished filming series two of his sketch show Gigglebiz.

Justin's voice work includes; Jim Jam and Slim in Jim Jam and Sunny, Growling Tiger and Sleeping Bear in Boo, Max Wilde for Sunny D, Tom and Vicky, Chubba in BB3B, Harold the Helicopter in Thomas The Tank Engine arena Tour, Gobbo and Whizz the Robot in Noddy, Streaker the 100mph dog for Radio 4, Ozzy in Fun Song Factory, Pickles in Toddworld, Captain Parker and Miguel in Finley the Fire Engine, Timmy the dog and other characters in Famous Five and Mungo, Jake and Doodles in the The Tweenies. He is currently working for Aardman providing character voices in Chop Socky Chooks, Timmy Time and is the voice of Shaun in Shaun the Sheep which won the Grand Prix best animated production award last year.

Justin Fletcher's theatre credits include What a performance with David Suchet, Class Act with Joanna Lumley, Calamity Jane, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and A Respectable Wedding, and is a regular star in pantomimes, including at the Reading Hexagon. In November 2004, Justin co-presented the Tweenies and Friends arena show for Cbeebies at Minehead, and for four years Justin has co-hosted the hugely successful Cbeebies Live arena tour.

Ten years ago Justin started the company Scrumptious House with the aim of creating high quality children's television, video and theatre productions.

Justin Fletcher has won two BAFTAs for best Children's Television Presenter, and was awarded an MBE for his services to Children's television and the charity sector.

Something Special won the Bafta for best preschool programme and the Royal Television Society award for best early years programme two years running.

Justin Fletcher was presented by Dr Andy Kempe for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the 12.00noon ceremony on Wednesday 4 July 2012. Read the Presentation Speech for Justin Fletcher in full here (PDF - 70kb).

Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB

Sir Nicholas Montagu was at the heart ofSir Nicholas Montagu Government for over twenty years and worked on pensions, rail privatisation and public service reform, playing a leading role in all three.

Sir Nicholas studied classics and philosophy at Oxford after which he joined the University of Reading as a Lecturer in Philosophy. On entering the Civil Service he held posts in the Department of Health and Social Security before being seconded to the Cabinet Secretariat and subsequently leading the secretariat for the Pensions Inquiry. From 1992 to 1997 he was at the Department of Transport, overseeing the privatisation of the railways and the competition to build the fast rail link to the Channel Tunnel.

After a brief spell heading the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, Sir Nicholas became Chairman of the Inland Revenue in 1997. For nearly seven years, he led the Revenue through the greatest changes in its 200-year history, as it became a social as well as a tax collecting Department and developed its e-services. He was also the Permanent Secretary Diversity Champion for the entire Civil Service, and chaired the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service, Sir Nicholas has been a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Advisory Board, a Director of the Pension Corporation and of Xafinity, and Chairman of the Aviva UK Life With-Profits Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Council at Queen Mary, University of London, Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, and Chair of the Committee of University Chairs. Once voted Personality of the Year by Accountancy Age, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 2001, having previously been a Companion of the Order (CB).

Sir Nicholas Montagu was presented by Christopher Fisher, President of the Council of the University of Reading, for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the 12 noon ceremony on Friday 6 July 2012. Read the Pesentation Speech for Sir Nicholas Montagu in full here (PDF - 51kb).  


December 2011   

Professor Julia Slingo   

Professor Julia Slingo is Chief Scientist at the MetDame Julia Slingo Office, and has been a leading figure in climate research for more than 30 years.

She has made significant and lasting contributions to many aspects of climate science, and is best known for her work on clouds, which remain a primary source of uncertainty in climate models, and the meteorology of the tropics.

Professor Slingo's work has clearly shown the different controlling influences of the oceans and the maritime continents on tropical climate and the important part this then plays in the global climate, seasonal prediction and climate change. Through this work she has shaped our understanding and our response to the dangers posed by climate change facing India, China and some of the most vulnerable countries of the world.

Professor Slingo has held the most senior roles and taken the lead in climate science. She was the Director of Climate Research in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and contributed to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2008 she became the first female President of the Royal Meteorological Society and was awarded an OBE for services to climate science.

Since 2009 she has been the Chief Scientist at the UK Met Office, the meteorological equivalent of the Astronomer Royal. Professor Slingo has a long association with the University of Reading. She was a member of staff for nearly 20 years, during which time she was Director of Climate Research in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and in 2006 founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at the University of Reading.

Professor Julia Slingo was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Stephen Belcher, School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Thursday 15 December. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 52kb) in full.


July 2011

Dr Christie Peacock

Christie Peacock is a graduate of the University of Reading (BSc Agriculture 1980, and PhD 1984). Her doctoral thesis Sheep and goat production on Maasai group ranches and her subsequent career have together been devoted to improving the livelihoods of resource-poor livestock farmers in rural Africa and Asia.

Dr Peacock is an international authority on goats and has published widely on the subject. She has spoken frequently at international meetings including the 2010 World Food Prize meeting, the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, and the All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture.

Chairman of Sidai Africa Ltd, Africa's first livestock franchising social enterprise based in Kenya, and a board member of the newly formed FARM-Africa Enterprises, Christie Peacock has recently stepped down as Chief Executive of the charity FARM-Africa after eleven years in post. She serves on the Editorial Board of International Agriculture Journal and the Steering Group of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development; and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology, of the Royal Agricultural Societies, and of the Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

Dr Christie Peacock will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Michael Gooding, Head of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Thursday 7 July.

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield (Professor Peter Hennessy, FBA) is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and between 1988 and 1994 held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Reading where he taught both History and Politics. Elevated to the House of Lords in October 2010 as a non-political peer, he sits as a cross-bencher.

A graduate of St John's College, Cambridge, and a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard, Peter Hennessy is a Fellow of the British Academy and has written a number of books including Never Again: Britain 1945-51, The Secret State, The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution, Cabinet and Whitehall, winning the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2007 for Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties.

Before joining the School of History at Queen Mary in 1992, Peter Hennessy was a journalist for twenty years with spells on The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall correspondent, for the Financial Times as its lobby correspondent at Westminster and as a columnist on The Independent, and was also a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme. Co-founder of

the Institute of Contemporary British History in 1986, he won the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor Tony Downes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the 12.00 noon ceremony on Friday 8 July.


December 2010

Professor John Allen

Professor John Allen has taught at the University of Reading for over fifty years. First appointed at the University in 1959 as a Research Fellow, he then became Professor of Geology in 1972 and Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Sedimentology in 1988. Professor Allen now continues as a Visiting Professor in Archaeology.

Professor Allen's archaeological interest arose in the early 1980s and he has a particular interest in the interaction between human and natural forces in the shaping of the landscapes and life of the Bristol Channel.

Research in sedimentology by Professor Allen has received worldwide acclaim. He has published a number of books including Current Ripples and Physical Processes of Sedimentation which led to his election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1979.

Professor John Allen will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Michael Fulford at the 12.00noon ceremony on Thursday 16 December. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 150kb) in full.


July 2010

Professor Janet Beer

Professor Janet Beer graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in English in 1978. She has been in the post of Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University since 2007. Janet Beer has also studied at Warwick University in the UK, and Yale University in the USA. She is married with two grown-up children.

As well as having a significant national profile and a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Higher Education sector, Janet Beer is the current Chair of the steering group for Teaching Quality Information and the National Student Survey (NSS), which all students participate in each year to give feedback on their university experience.

In August 2009, Janet Beer became Chair of the University Alliance group. She is actively involved in the furthering of Higher Education and was one of two advisers to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, is a board member of the Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and a member of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (HEFCE).

Janet Beer has an established record of research in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature and culture, and contemporary Canadian women's writing. She has been the Associate Editor of The Year's Work in English Studies (OUP) since 1999 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Studies.

Professor Janet Beer will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine Williams at the 12 noon ceremony on Thursday 1 July 2010. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 264kb) in full.

Ms Alison Carnwath

Ms Alison Carnwath graduated from the University of Reading in 1975 with a BA in German and Economics. She is now Chair of Land Securities, Britain's biggest property company and a FTSE 100 company, and Chairman of MF Global Holdings Ltd. She is also one of only three females currently heading up a FTSE 100 company.

After joining Land Securities in 2004 as a non-executive director, Alison Carnwath became Chairman in November 2008. Land Securities is the largest property company in Europe and the leading British property development and investment company headquartered in central London. The company also owns the Piccadilly lights in Piccadilly Circus, London and was one of the companies involved in developing The Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham.

During her distinguished career, Alison Carnwath spent 25 years as an investment banker at a number of companies includ­ing J. Henry Schröder, Phoenix Securities, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Peat Marwick Mitchell, KPMG, and Lloyds Bank International. She is currently a non-executive of two FTSE 100 companies alongside Land Securities; she has been non-exec­utive director of Gallagher since 2003, Friends Provident since 2002 and Man Group since 2001. In addition, she has been on the boards of Cullens, Manweb, Sears, National Power, Arcadia and Nationwide among others. Alison Carnwath is a patron of the Woolf collection in the British Library, and is on the devel­opment board of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Healing Foundation.

Ms Alison Carnwath will be presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Professor Ginny Gibson, Head of the School of Real Estate and Planning.Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 72kb) in full.


December 2009

Mr Timothy Ford

Tim Ford was admitted as a solicitor in 1969, and two years later had become a partner, specialising in matters commercial and corporate. He became Managing Partner of his law firm, Park Nelson and from 1996 - 2002 he led the firm through a period of expansion and significant consolidation in the legal profession.

In 1991 he began an association with the London hospitals which was to last for nearly 10 years. At the turn of the Millennium Tim's commitment and loyalty switched to the University of Reading. During his nine years with the Institution he was a member of Council before being appointed its President, with his term ending this Summer. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 59kb ) in full.

Mrs Lorna Arnold

Lorna Arnold is the foremost expert on the early history of Britain's nuclear weapons programme nuclear weapons programme. She was probably the first female British diplomat and was posted to Berlin, shortly after the German capitulation to work in the Allied Control Commission.

In 1959 Lorna joined the British Atomic Energy Authority, where she worked initially on the Windscale Accident commission and then for the Historian's Office. Together with Margaret Gowing, she published a famous history of British nuclear energy from 1945-1952: Independence and Deterrence. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 93kb) in full.


July 2009

Mr Saul Lehrfreund MBE

Saul Lehrfreund graduated from the School of Law at the University of Reading in 1990 and has since acquired an international reputation in the field of international human rights law. He is a founding member and Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project, and is also a founder member of the UK Foreign Secretary's 'Death Penalty Panel', as well as of the pro bono lawyers' panel of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Mr Lehrfreund maintains close links with the School of Law and returns to Reading, whenever possible, to deliver a seminar on the Death Penalty to the International Human Rights Law class. He has also, on a number of occasions, taken International Human Rights Law students from Reading on summer placements.
Mr Lehrfreund was presented for an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Professor Sandy Ghandhi, Professor of Law, on Saturday 4 July 2009. Read the Presentation Speech (PDF 54kb) in full.

Dr Susan Solomon

Dr Susan Solomon, of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, is one of the foremost atmospheric scientists in the world. She took on one of the most prominent roles in global climate science when she was appointed co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report. Dr Solomon came to particular prominence following the discovery of the dramatic Antarctic Ozone Hole. She was a leading member of a team that hypothesized that the unusually cold conditions high above the Antarctic led to previously unrecognised chemical reactions, which caused chlorine present in the atmosphere due to human activity to be released and attack ozone. Her work played a key role in the decision that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) should be outlawed; we are now witnessing the first signs of recovery of the ozone layer. Through her roles in the international assessments of ozone depletion and climate change, Dr Solomon has worked closely with many atmospheric scientists at the University of Reading, which is home to one of the world's leading atmospheric science departments.

Dr Solomon was presented for an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Keith Shine, FRS, Professor of Physical Meteorology in the School of Mathematics, Meteorology and Physics, on Friday 3 July 2009. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 49kb) in full

December 2008

Professor Michael Twyman

Professor Michael Twyman began his academic career as a lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Reading. In the 1960s, he became head of a unit that was the first of its kind in the world: the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication. Professor Twyman who retired in 1998 continues his association with the Department to this day as Director of the Centre for Ephemera Studies. He was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor Sue Walker, Professor of Typography and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 235kb) in full.

Professor John Dunning OBE

Professor John H. DunningOBE was Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Reading and was the first head of the Economics Department upon its establishment in 1964. He was the founder and leading light of the 'Reading School' of thought in the economics of international business and international investment, and has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank and numerous other governmental organisations. He was presented for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor John Hendry, Head of the School of Management. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 24kb) in full.

June 2008

Mr John Armitt CBE

Mr John Armitt CBE, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, the body responsible for developing the infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the former chief executive of Network Rail, was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Roger Flanagan, of the School of Construction Management and Engineering. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 77kb) in full.

Mr Peter Erskine

Mr Peter Erskine, distinguished businessman and former Chairman and Chief Executive of O2, who was named CSC Business Leader of the Year in 2005, was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Professor John Hendry, Head of the University of Reading Business School. Presentation speech

December 2007

Sir John Madejski OBE

Sir John Madejski, OBE, DL, founder of the Thames Valley Trader (now Auto Trader), Chairman of Reading Football Club, Deputy Lieutenant of Berkshire and Freeman of the Borough of Reading, was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Downes. Mr Madejski was installed as seventh Chancellor of the University of Reading on Friday 14 December 2007.

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Mr James Godfrey

Mr James Godfrey OBE, a graduate of this University (BSc Agriculture, 1974) and an internationally renowned agriculturalist who is currently Chairman of the International Potato Centre (CIP), was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Richard Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 50kb) in full.  

July 2007

Mr Michael Bond OBE

Mr Michael Bond OBE, raised and educated in Reading and the author of over one hundred books, including the Paddington Bear series, was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor David Malvern, Head of the University's Institute of Education. Read the Presentation speech (PDF 17kb) in full.

The Rt Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond, a legal academic, barrister and judge, who became the first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Law Lord) in 2004, was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Professor Patricia Leopold, Head of the University's School of Law. Read the Presentation speech in full.

December 2006

Dr Patricia Hillebrandt

Dr Patricia Hillebrandt is a construction economist and Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. Dr Hillebrandt was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Peter Lansley. Read the Presentation speech in full.

July 2006

Mr Martin Green

Mr Martin Green is a farmer and amateur field archaeologist known and respected throughout the academic archaeological community. Mr Green was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Richard Bradley. Read the Presentation speech in full.

Mr Heston Blumenthal

Mr Heston Blumenthal is a local restaurateur and one of the world's top chefs who has achieved international acclaim for his innovative style of cuisine. Mr Blumenthal was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Professor Don Mottram. Read the Presentation speech in full.

Professor James Knowlson

Professor James Knowlson is an Emeritus Professor of French and creator of the Beckett Archive and of the Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading. Professor Knowlson was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor Cedric Brown. 

Dr Anthony Minghella

Dr Anthony Minghella was a Film director and Patron of the Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading. Dr Minghella was presented for the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor Jonathan Bignell. Read the Presentation Speech in full

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