Annual Report 2007
Our Honorary Graduates 2007
1. Sarah Brown
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of her charitable roles supporting women’s health, and the health, wellbeing and educational opportunity of children and young people. Sarah Brown is married to the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and is President of the children's charity PiggyBankKids, which she founded in 2002. PiggyBankKids creates opportunities for children and young people in Great Britain and also administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, set up to help solve lifethreatening pregnancy problems and save newborn lives.
2. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
An Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science was conferred upon Dr Kalam in recognition of his eminence in the international community as a scientist, educationalist and statesman. Dr Kalam, a highly-respected aeronautical engineer, was a driving force in the Indian Space Research Organisation. His route to statesman was achieved through his reputation as a scientist and researcher. He was appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India before being selected and elected as President of India in 2002-2007.
3. Professor Christine Beasley CBE
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science. Professor Beasley was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in October 2004 and is the Director General within the Department of Health for Professional Leadership.
4. Anita Bhalla
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Anita is currently Head of Political and Community Affairs for the BBC English Regions based in Birmingham. Throughout her life Anita Bhalla has maintained a strong commitment to issues of justice.
5. Lucy Blakstad
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts. Lucy Blakstad is one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed documentary and commercial film makers. Her documentary work has merited awards from BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.
6. Frank Bowling RA
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts. Guyana-born, British-trained artist Frank Bowling became the first black artist elected to the Royal Academy in 2005. He maintains two studios, in New York and London, and has work exhibited in over 30 public and corporate collections.
7. Alison Brimelow CBE
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws. In 1999 Alison Brimelow was appointed Chief Executive and Comptroller General of the UK Patent Office, a position she held until December 2003. Alison Brimelow was elected President of the European Patent Office in July 2007.
8. Roger Foster FCA
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology. Roger Foster served as a Governor of the University between 2000-2004 before starting his latest venture 'Third Financial'. Third Financial was founded in 2007 as a highly focused venture capital company, investing in software and service companies in the UK.
9. The Rt Hon Baroness Hayman CBE
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws. Baroness Helene Hayman became the first elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in July 2006.
10. Tony Lanaway
Honorary Fellowship presented to Tony Lanaway in appreciation for 29 years of service to the University and in recognition for his excellence in rugby coaching.
11. Norman Price OBE
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration. Formerly deputy chair of the Regional Development Agency, Norman Price is currently chair of the Regional Enterprise Board, Finance Forum, and Birmingham Science City.
12. John Rice
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration. In a career spanning 30 years, John Rice has held senior management positions with Chambers of Commerce in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Leeds and Wolverhampton. This Honorary Degree was conferred in recognition of his commitment and considerable contribution to the voluntary sector within the region, and in particular, his involvement with the University, notably serving as Deputy Chairman on the Board of Governors.
13. Ranjit Sondhi CBE
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Ranjit Sondhi is Chairman of the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community and Youth studies at the University of Birmingham, and a Trustee of the National Gallery and a Civil Service Commissioner.
14. Paul Strothers
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology. Paul Strothers has held various positions including Managing Director of Dowty Boulton Paul Ltd, Divisional Managing Director for the Actuation Group of companies following the takeover by Smith Industries, and Divisional Chief Executive for the Power Systems Division.
15. Andrew Sutton
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education. Andrew Sutton taught in primary and secondary schools and then trained as an educational psychologist. In the 1980s he 'discovered' Conductive Education in Hungary. He created a national charity, the Foundation of Conductive Education, and continues to advise on new conductive projects worldwide.
16. Dr Galina Telegina
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration. In her role as Vice-Rector for International Relations at Tyumen State University (Russia), Galina Telegina has made an outstanding contribution to the educational links between Tyumen State University and the University of Wolverhampton.