Academic Year 2015/16
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows and Doctors in the academic year 2015/16:
Ms Shirley Cramer CBE
Shirley Cramer is Chief Executive of the Royal Societyfor Public Health, a multi-disciplinary public healthorganisation which works both nationally andinternationally to improve the public’s healthand wellbeing.
She was Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action, theUK’s leading independent provider of services forindividuals with dyslexia and other specific learningdifficulties for over a decade, and led the NationalCentre for Learning Disabilities in New York. She iscurrently Chair of the thinktank, British Future and aboard member of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
She has a first degree in social work and has herMSc in Social Administration from ColumbiaUniversity in New York where she led severalvoluntary sector organisations.
She received her CBE in 2009 for services to education.
Professor Mark Hammond
Mark Hammond is Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Canterbury Christ Church. He has had an extensive career in local and central government, having previously been Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council, a post he held from 2004 to 2010. He first joined West Sussex in 2000 as Director of Environment and Development.
From 1985, Mark held a wide range of posts in the Civil Service including private secretary to the permanent secretary at the Department of the Environment; part of the UK team which negotiated the United Nations climate change convention; and the energy, environment and telecoms brief at the British Embassy in Washington.
Mr Stephen Firn OBE
Stephen Firn has been Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS Trust since 2002. The Trust was the first Mental Health Trust to receive Foundation status and Stephen is one of the longest service Chief Executives of a Trust in the UK.
Having first qualified as a nurse in 1985, Stephen has worked in a range of clinical, teaching, research and managerial positions. In 2000, he advised the Department of Health on the implementation of the Adult Mental Health National Service Framework. He is a member of the Board of South London Academic Health Sciences Network and is not remunerated for being a member of this board.
Stephen received an OBE for services to health, particularly mental health, in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.
Ms Felicity Aston MBE
Felicity Aston is the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. She is a writer, speaker and adventurer who is one of few women to be awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal. Her polar career began as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey and in 2012 Felicity undertook her Antarctic challenge. The two-month, 1,744 km journey saw her entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to undertake this journey using only personal muscle power.
Felicity has also walked across the ice of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and oldest lake, and completed the Marathon des Sables. She is an official ambassador for the British Antarctic Monument Trustand the Equal Adventure charity.
Felicity was awarded an MBE for services to Polar Exploration in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.
Mr Paul Barrett
Paul Barrett is Managing Director of Barrett’s of Canterbury Ltd. Paul is the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the business which was founded in 1902 by his great grandfather. The company is now one of the largest motor retailers in Kent employing over 350 people.
Paul holds a number of roles in addition to his ‘dayjob’ and is Chairman of Canterbury 4 Business as well as being a member of the Business School Advisory Board at Canterbury Christ Church University.
He is a Kent Ambassador and a Board Member of Kent and Medway Economic Partnership. He is also a business representative on the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, a governor of Canterbury College, a trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust and the Marlowe Theatre Development Trust.
He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Canterbury in January 2015 for a lifetime promoting Canterbury.
Ms Pamela Jones OBE
Pamela Jones has been head teacher at Ifield Special School, Gravesend since 2004. During that time she has overseen its transformation from a school for Moderate Learning Needs to one catering for Profound, Severe and Complex Learning Needs and Communication Difficulties including autism.
Born and educated in Wales at Lewis Grammar School, Ystrad Mynach, Pam commenced her teaching career in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Pam has overseen a complete rebuild of Ifield Special School to cater for its present designation as well asits expansion to take in a nursery and a purpose built sixth form, working in conjunction with North West Kent College of Further Education.
Pam is a governor of NWKC, chair of Kent Association of Headteachers and Kent Association of Special Schools and is a National Leader of Education. Pam was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014.