Academic Year 2007/08

The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows in the academic year 2007/08:

The Right Reverend Dr J W Gladstone The Right Reverend Dr J W Gladstone

Dr John Gladstone is Bishop of the Church of South India and was born on 25th December 1945 at Neyyattinkara near Trivandrum.

John was educated in different villages according to where his father, Reverend J Wilson, was currently serving. He graduated from the University College in Trivandrum in 1968 with a Master degree. In 1969 he joined the United Theological College Bangalore for theological studies and completed his bachelors degree in 1972 and Masters in 1975. Meanwhile John served the diocese as a youth pastor and in 1975 was appointed by his diocese to teach in the Kerala United Theological Seminary. In 1978 he joined the University of Hamburg for his doctoral studies and completed in 1983 with Magna–cum–laude.

John returned to India and continued the teaching ministry, in 1991 becoming the principal of the Seminary and in 1997 consecrated Bishop of the South Kerala Diocese.

John has served many national and international Christian bodies and was also President of the Senate of Serampore College (University), the only theological University in India.

As Bishop he started many professional institutions in the diocese, a Medical College and educational institutions. Using his connection with Professor Wright, Vice Chancellor of the University, he initiated exchange programmes in the teaching of English and Nursing.

John is married to Hepzi who is an educationist and they have two children.

The Very Reverend John Hall The Very Reverend John Hall

John Hall was brought up in South London. Following a gap year in Kenya, he read theology at the University of Durham and, after two years teaching at a comprehensive high school in Hull, trained for the ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College. He was ordained in 1975 and served successively in parishes in Kennington, Wimbledon and Streatham in the Diocese of Southwark. He was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1984 until 1992 and was also an examining chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark.

In 1992 he became Diocesan Director of Education in Blackburn and also, in 1994, a Canon Residentiary of Blackburn Cathedral. He became the Church of England's Chief Education Officer in 1998, with overall responsibility for the Church’s strategy, policy and practice in relation to schools, including 5,000 Church of England schools and universities and for the informal education and nurture of children, young people and adults in and through the Church.

He has written widely and debated publicly on educational matters and was instrumental in the production of the Dearing Report in 2001 and its follow-up, which led to a significant expansion in the number of Church of England secondary schools.

Mr Cecil Humphery-Smith OBE Mr Cecil Humphery-Smith OBE

Cecil Raymond Humphery-Smith (born in 1928), was educated at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex. On sound advice, he completed postgraduate studies in Biochemistry in London and at the Parma-Piacenza Department of Agronomy. He became consultant to DeRica SpA. His interest in heraldry and genealogy led to an invitation to join the College of Arms.

His Godfather, the late Ven K.J.F. (Julian) Bickersteth, persuaded Cecil to establish a school for the study of the history and structure of the family. In 1961 Cecil purchased premises in Northgate, Canterbury and founded The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of which he is Principal. He has also edited its journal “Family History” since 1962. The author of many articles and several essential research books, he has lectured widely at home and abroad and contributed to encyclopaedias, DNB, as well as many broadcasts on both television and radio.

A leading member of national and international societies he served as President of La Confederation International de Science Genealogiue et Heraldique from 1986 to 1990. He has also won numerous awards, and in 2004 he was awarded an OBE by HM The Queen for services to education in genealogy and heraldry.

Mrs Thelma Schoonmaker Powell

Thelma Schoonmaker Powell was born in Algiers, Algeria. She grew up on the island of Aruba and after returning to the United States, attended Cornell University where she studied political science and Russian, intending to become a diplomat. While doing graduate work at Columbia University, she answered a New York Times ad that offered on-the-job training as an assistant film editor. The exposure to the field sparked a desire to learn more about film editing, and her career was set.

During a six-week summer course at New York University’s film school she met Martin Scorsese and Michael Wadleigh. Within a few years she was editing Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s that Knocking at My Door.”. She then edited a series of films and commercials, before supervising the editing of Wadleigh’s 1971 film “Woodstock”, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

In 1981 she won the Academy Award, the American Cinema Editors Eddie and the BAFTA Award for her editing of Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”. Since then, she has worked on all of Scorsese’s feature films, which have earned her numerous industry accolades including 3 Academy Awards, 2 BAFTA Awards and 3 American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards. She is currently working on Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the British cinema.

In addition to editing, she works tirelessly to promote the films and writings of her late husband, the film director Michael Powell, who was born in Canterbury. She has participated in several of the events honouring Michael Powell organised by the late Nicholas Burton of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Professor John Todd Professor John Todd

John Todd was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and gained his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry at Leeds University. He was appointed to the University of Kent as an Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry in 1965, following two years post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Research Scholar at Yale University, USA. He has devoted most of his research career to the design and development of instrumentation for chemical analysis. He was a member of the team that pioneered the Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer, and is participating in the 'Rosetta' space mission to analyse a comet, scheduled to arrive at its target in 2014. He was promoted to Professor of Mass Spectroscopy at the University of Kent in 1991 and his research has been recognised through numerous awards. He has co-authored and edited over 100 scientific papers, books and journals on the subject.

John has also been involved with outside authorities and served on many boards and trusts, including various University and Government bodies. He has enjoyed a working connection with Canterbury Christ Church continuously since 1977. He has served on the Academic Board and on the Governing Body (including 10 years as Chairman of the Audit Committee), and has been directly involved with all the evolutionary stages of the institution.

John Todd has been married to his wife Mavis for 44 years, and they have three sons and several grandchildren.


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