Academic Year 1998/99

The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Graduands in the academic year 1998/99:

Dr Michael Berry

Michael Berry was educated at Middlesborough High School and at the University of Durham. After completing his National Service in the Marines, he was awarded a Diploma in Education at Oxford University and commenced his career in education. He spent some years in teaching and administration and was then appointed a tutor in postgraduate education at St Peter’s Church Training College, Saltley, where he remained for eleven years.

He came to Canterbury in 1973 when he was appointed Vice Principal of Canterbury Christ Church College. Two years later he succeeded the retiring Principal, Dr Frederic Mason. The next decade or so witnessed a period of severe rationalisation in higher education nationally, during which 168 Colleges were reduced to 20. Under the leadership of Michael Berry, the College survived and in the early 1980s entered upon a period of impressive expansion that saw the initiation and development of an extensive building programme, which is still continuing, a huge increase in the variety and provision of programmes offered by the College and an accompanying expansion in student numbers from 500 a year to the present intake of over 10,000. Michael Berry was instrumental in shaping the present character and reputation of the College and in creating the sound basis upon which it now stands.

Michael Berry retired in August 1997.

Sir David Phillips QPM

David Phillips is the Chief Constable of Kent County Constabulary. Born into a police family, he joined Lancashire Constabulary as a teenage cadet and rose quickly to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Pursuing his education alongside his career, he attained a First Class Degree in Economics at the University of Manchester.

On promotion to Assistant Chief Constable for Greater Manchester, David Phillips took charge of major incidents including the Manchester air disaster. After a period as Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall, he was appointed to his present post in 1993. Throughout his career he has maintained a direct involvement in operations, developing policy and practice in areas as diverse as fraud, football hooliganism and murder.

His pioneering work on intelligence-led policing has included the development of national databases, and manuals based on systematic theories of investigation. He has made significant contributions to national policing through his work on numerous committees of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

David Phillips has enthusiastically supported the development of the innovative BSc in Policing which Canterbury Christ Church College teaches in partnership with Kent County Constabulary.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 1994 New Year’s Honours List.

Mr Peter Smallridge CBE

Peter Smallridge has had a distinguished career in Social Services over the past thirty years. He trained as a social worker in north London and at the London School of Economics while working for West Sussex Area Health Authority. Before moving to Norfolk Social Services Department in 1975, he was Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Croydon College.

Throughout the 1980s Peter Smallridge worked for Warwickshire County Council, first as Deputy Director of Social Services and afterwards, from 1983 to 1991, as Director. Then, in 1991 he was appointed Director of Social Services for Kent County Council from which post he has just recently retired. In July this year he was appointed Chair of West Kent Health Authority.

Peter Smallridge has made a significant contribution to the development of Social Services in the United Kingdom. He is a past President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and former Chair of the Management Board of the Joint Initiative for Community Care. In the wider context, since 1997 he has been both Chair of the European Institute of Social Services at the University of Kent, where he is also a Research Fellow, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the British Red Cross.

Peter Smallridge has enthusiastically supported the development of the Diploma in Social Work programme and other professional training programmes which Canterbury Christ Church College teaches in partnership with Kent Social Services.

He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1995.


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