Academic Year 2017/18
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows and Doctors in the academic year 2017/18:
Dina Asher Smith
Rising star of British Athletics Dina Asher-Smith was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. The Olympic, World and European medallist became the first ever British woman to run the 100m in under 11 seconds at the London Anniversary Games in 2015, and holds the British records for both 100m and 200m.
Dina also won a gold medal for the 200m in 2016 at the European Championship and is part of the quartet who hold the British 4 x 100m record, resulting in a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
Stephen Clarke TD
Former Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University’s Governing Body, Stephen Clark TD, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his significant personal contribution to the University. He spent 14 years on the University’s Governing Body, having become a governor in 2003 and served two terms as Pro-Chancellor and Chair. He stepped down after the completion of his second term in July 2017.
Stephen’s journey of 27 years in Higher Education began in 1990, when he led a review of the Urban Learning Foundation, which trained teachers for the London inner boroughs. A retired investment banker, with over 40 years’ experience in Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Stockbroking and Fund Management, Stephen is also Chairman of Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a Freeman of the City of London and a supporter of military soldiers’ charities.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE FTS MTMI
Sandra Matthews-Marsh has a 25 year career in the tourism industry. She has been Chief Executive for Visit Kent for the last 12 years, prior to which she was a senior Director at Leeds Castle and has held senior roles in local government.
In 2012 Sandra was inducted into the Top 100 Club for the most influential women in the tourism and hospitality industry. She was invested with the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 in recognition of her services to Tourism.
Kate Blewett is a multi Emmy and BAFTA award winning journalist and documentary director focusing on child exploitation, abuse and neglect. She has filmed in over seventycountries including China, Philippines, Thailand, Africa, USA, India, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the UK.
Amongst her 125 awards are the BAFTA for Best Documentary, 6 US Emmys forOutstanding Achievement, the Monte Carlo UNESCO Special Jury Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Films include: The Dying Rooms, China’s Stolen Children, Slavery, Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children and Children of the Cybersex Dens. Kate is an alumnus of Canterbury Christ Church University.
Phil Gallagher is a BAFTA nominated performer, best known for his role as CBeebies’ Mister Maker. He proudly attended Canterbury Christ Church College from 1995 to 1998, studying Radio, Film and Television and English.
Since its first transmission in 2007, Mister Maker has become a worldwide hit and has played in over 100 countries around the globe.
Since 2014, Phil has also taken Mister Maker on several Live UK and International theatre tours - including 18 sold out shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Jane Carter is an alumna of Christ Church, graduating in 1991, with a First Class BA (Hons) in Music and Business Education.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the music industry and is known internationally for her expertise in publishing, recording and live performance.
Jane represents Oscar and BAFTA winning film and TV composers and has masterminded and produced the BBC Natural History concerts The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet which continue to tour globally. She also created and produced the War Horse BBC Prom with the National Theatre and the Wallace and Gromit Musical Marvels BBC Prom with Aardman Animations.