Academic Year 2003/04
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows in the academic year 2003/04:
Mr Roger De Haan CBE
Mr Roger De Haan is Chairman and Chief Executive of Saga Group Ltd, the UK’s market leader in providing a broad range of services to people aged 50 and over.
Saga Group is one of Britain’s largest companies and operates insurance, travel and financial service companies. It has its own cruise line, publishes Saga Magazine each month which has a circulation of over 120,000, and operates FM and digital radio stations.
Roger De Haan is leading an ambitious partnership project to regenerate the old seaside resort of Folkestone, in his capacity as Chairman of the Trustees of The Creative Foundation (a non-profit making organisation) and The Metropole Arts Centre Trust. With creativity at its heart, the project interweaves new learning opportunities, an employment base for the creative industries and an innovative European Sculpture Park.
Roger De Haan is a director of Screen South and Chairman of the Governors of St Mary’s Westbrook.
Roger De Haan is delighted to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University College.
The Maggini Quartet
Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is established as one of the finest British string quartets.
Renowned for their championship of British repertoire, their acclaimed and ongoing contribution to Naxos’ British Musical Series has seen the Maggini’s worldwide CD sales exceed 100,000. International awards include a Cannes Classical Award 2002, Gramophone Chamber Music CD of the Year 2001, and a Diapason d’Or of the Year 1997.
The Maggini’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions, including James MacMillan’s Second Quartet, Robert Simpson’s Cello Quintet, and works by Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. Now a major 5-year collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will see them perform and record ten quartets commissioned by Naxos.
The Quartet appear regularly in prestigious concert series at home and abroad, and are frequent media broadcasters. They are committed to educational work, hold several UK residencies and have an international reputation as chamber music coaches.
The Maggini Quartet have been resident at Canterbury Christ Church University College for ten years. Over the next five years their regular visits for coaching and concerts will include open rehearsals and related activities featuring all Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Naxos Quartets, and the creation of a major archive of material by the Music Department.
The Most Reverend Gregory Venables
The Most Reverend Gregory Venables, Primate of the Southern Cone, has lived and worked in South America since January 1978. Prior to this, Gregory Venables studied modern languages and education at Canterbury Christ Church University College and taught English in Broadstairs.
Until 1990, he served as a missionary priest in Paraguay and was Principal of St Andrews College in Asuncion during the difficult years of military dictatorship.
Following three years in parish ministry in England, Gregory Venables was elected bishop of the diocese of Bolivia and Peru. Living at 12,500 feet and travelling constantly in difficult terrain, much of the task was the training and preparation of new clergy.
At the present moment, he and his wife Sylvia live in the sprawling city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from where Gregory Venables oversees a province which stretches from the southernmost tip of the continent to the jungles of the Amazon.
Two of their grown up children live and work in La Paz, Bolivia and a third in Paraguay. They have two Bolivian granddaughters.
Professor Maurice Vile
Professor Maurice Vile was born in London and educated at the Grocer’s Company School, the Polytechnic, Regent Street and the London School of Economics. He served in the Royal Armoured Corps and was commissioned in the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards.
A distinguished career in teaching research and university administration commenced at the University of Exeter in 1954, followed by three years at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1965, he joined the new University of Kent, becoming Professor of Political Science in 1968. He served the University as Pro Vice Chancellor, then Deputy Chancellor from 1975 to 1984 and during this period, as Chairman of the Collegiate Board, was responsible for establishing and developing the relationship between the University and Canterbury Christ Church University College.
Maurice Vile became Professor Emeritus of the University in 1985 and worked for a time at Boston University before joining Canterbury Christ Church University College as Director of Research from 1994 to 1999. In this role he fostered the College’s research development and oversaw a substantial growth in its research degree programme.
With a special interest in American Politics, Maurice Vile has acted as Visiting Professor in a number of American Universities. His publications include “The Structure of Federalism” and “Politics in the USA”.
A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Professor Vile was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Kent in 1993.