Academic Year 2014/15
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows and Doctors in the academic year 2014/15:
Mr Edmund de Waal OBE
Edmund de Waal (b.1964) is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums around the world. He has written widely on art and ceramics, and his prize winning family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) has been translated into nearly 30 languages. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to art.
Mr Peter Firmin
Peter studied art at Colchester and after serving in the Navy, married Joan in 1952. They have six daughters. Until 1958 Peter worked in Stained Glass & Publicity, when Oliver Postgate needed an artist for his live TV series, Alexander the Mouse. After a move to Blean in 1959 they worked on TV films & books including, Ivor the Engine, Noggin, Pogles' Wood Clangers & Bagpuss, until Oliver's death in 2008. Peter served on Blean Parish Council and was involved with Rights of Way, launching the Blean Footpath Group in 1970.
Ms Lizzy Yarnold
Lizzy Yarnold is the current World Cup Skeleton champion and captivated the nation when winning Olympic Gold in Sochi. From Kent, Lizzy was a talented junior athlete in a range of sports and was identified as a potential skeleton athlete through the Girls4Gold talent programme. Most recently, Lizzy has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Ms Gillian Wolfe CBE
Gillian Wolfe has received 28 Awards and commendations in 30 years for showing how the arts can change lives of even the most challenging sections of the public. Her radical programmes have become a benchmark for excellence in making bridges between the arts, education, heritage, well being and community.
Rt Hon Sir John Mummery DL
John Mummery graduated with a BA and the further degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from Pembroke College Oxford in 1963, taught law at the Queen’s College, Oxford till 1971 and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College.
From 1964 to 1989 he practised at the Chancery Bar when he was appointed a Justice of the High Court and was knighted.
Over the years his roles have included, Counsel to the Attorney General in Charity Matters, President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, President of the investigatory Powers Tribunal, Chairman of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice and in 1996 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and sworn as a Privy Counsellor. John sat in the Court of Appeal for 17 years until retiring in 2013. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Dame Ruth Carnall DBE
As Chief Executive of NHS London, Ruth oversaw an extensive programme of performance improvement and strategic change and this work has been widely recognised in the UK and internationally. Prior to this, Ruth worked as an independent consultant in both the public and private sectors; some of her clients including the Department of Health, Glaxo, the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and the Home Office amongst others. Ruth has a strong reputation in leadership development and the creation of high performing teams and is frequently asked to speak about her experience both here and abroad.