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Honorary Fellows

Each year UCLan bestows a number of Honorary Fellowships to a wide range of people as part of the university’s prestigious degree and award ceremonies at Preston’s Guild Hall.

Nazir Afzal OBE

He receives his award in recognition of the Chief Crown Prosecutor raising public awareness of domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour’ based crimes. During a 22 year career Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West he leads approximately 700 lawyers, paralegal staff and administrators. He also acts as legal adviser to successful BBC and ITV shows.

Worawi Makudi

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to developing sporting, educational and cultural links between Thailand and the UK. For more than 40 years Worawi has been involved in Thailand’s football community and in 2007 he was named the President of the Thai Football Association. During his career he has played a major role in introducing education through sport and has devoted his time and effort to build lasting links with the UK.

His Honour Judge Anthony Russell QC

His Honour Judge Anthony Russell QC

He receives his award in recognition of his endeavours to widen access to the judiciary and the legal profession. With 40 years’ experience of working in the legal profession he is now the senior judge in Preston. During his distinguished career he has been a barrister, QC and held a number of judicial roles. He has judged a number of high profile Crown Court murder trials and he is influential in settling and implementing sentencing guideline and protocols.

John Mellor-Clark

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his substantial contribution to the development of practice-based evidence for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. The UCLan alumnus has spent 25 years evaluating the quality of psychological therapies and has been central to the development and implementation of CORE; the first standardised quality evaluation system for psychological therapies. Noted as a global keynote speaker, he has established his own specialist software business.

Trevor Mather

He receives his award in recognition of the strong partnership he has sustained between the University and the global software company ThoughtWorks which provides many opportunities to our students both in the UK and overseas. The Leyland born businessman has spent more than 20 years working in top positions for internationally renowned companies. He has developed close links to LaunchPad, UCLan’s pioneering business programme, and had delivered a host of keynote lectures.

Ranvir Singh

She receives her award to acknowledge her contribution to broadcasting. The Prestonian studied on UCLan’s postgraduate broadcast journalism course before landing a position in local radio. She soon became a drive-time presenter before moving into local television news. In 2007 she was appointed co-presenter of North West Tonight and combined this with regular shows on BBC Radio Five Live. Last year the mother-of-one made her debut on ITV’s Daybreak and she is a regular contributor to ITV’s This Morning.

Helen Clitheroe

She receives her award in recognition of her contribution to British middle and long-distance running. The UCLan alumna joined Preston Harriers Running Club after discovering a love of running as a child. The proud Prestonian turned professional in 2000 and is the current European Indoor Champion for the 3000m. The British Athletics captain is also the British record holder at the 3000m steeplechase; she won the 1500m bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has competed in two Olympics for Team GB.

Adrian Conboy

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to paramedic practice. The proud Lancastrian’s career has spanned 39 years in the health care industry with 34 of those spent in the NHS Ambulance Service. The pioneering paramedic was hugely instrumental in the creation of the service and the training of its people. He worked with UCLan in 2004 to develop the first ever BSc paramedic degree programme and later became an associate paramedic lecturer practitioner.

Professor Mary Kellet 

She receives her award to acknowledge her significant contribution as a pioneer of children’s active participation in social research. The Lancastrian worked as a social worker and a primary school teacher before embarking on her career in children’s research. She established the Open University’s internationally renowned Children’s Research Centre and has been a huge contributor to UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation in Research.

Stella Hall

She receives her award to acknowledge her support for activities in the Preston area as Festival Director of the highly successful Preston Guild 2012. Over the past 25 years she has contributed enormously to the cultural life of the UK as a Director of major festivals in London, Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle and Coventry. She put Preston on the map as a place of international culture and diversity with the Guild Festival and became heavily involved with the University during the process.

Professor Sir Harry Kroto

Professor Sir Harry Kroto

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the development and history of nanotechnology. The eminent professor has been heavily involved in academia and research throughout his long career. He has worked at universities in the UK and America and was knighted for his contribution to chemistry in 1996. Later that year was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering the existence of C60 Buckministerfullerene, the third well characterised form of carbon.

Ivan Day

He receives his award to acknowledge the way in which he has applied individual enterprise through modern technology to bring history alive. The food historian has an international reputation for his research on British and European culinary history. As well as a being a scholar, broadcaster and writer, he is also a gifted professional cook and confectioner. He is noted particularly for his re-creations of meals and table setting and his work has been exhibited in museums across the globe.

Stephen Hodder MBE 

He receives his award in acknowledgement of the major contributions he has made to the field of architecture. After graduating from university he joined the Preston-based firm Building Design Partnership. Then in 1992 he formed his own practice, the award-winning Hodder Associates and went on to become the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Region Chairman. Stephen, who was awarded an MBE in 1998, is currently the President of the RIBA.

Alan Roff

Alan Roff

He receives his award in acknowledgement of his dedication, commitment and significant contribution to the development and success of the University during his UCLan career. In 1983 he was appointed as Head of Computing Services before becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1995, a role he held until his retirement in 2011. During his time at UCLan he played a key role in developing higher education in East Lancashire and took on leadership roles for many influential regional bodies.

Professor June Thoburn CBE

Professor June Thoburn CBE

She receives her award in recognition of her significant contribution to the field of child welfare through research, teaching and practice. She qualified as a social worker in 1963 and progressed to teaching at the University of East Anglia in 1979. Born in Lancashire, she has now become one of the world’s most eminent social work academics. She has held various chairman, board member and trustee positions for national protection committees and charities.

Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the area of British cycling. The Prestonian started competitive cycling at the age of 14 and had regional and national success. He went on to spend more than 40 years in the recycling business but during this time he remained a keen leisure cyclist. The businessman became Vice-Chairman of British Cycling and his family business went on to sponsor the number one professional racing team in the United Kingdom.

Terry Spall

Terry Spall

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the field of automotive and mechanical engineering. The UCLan alumni started his career with Leyland DAF and worked up to Vehicle Testing Manager before he moved to Nissan. The Lancastrian then progressed to LDV before moving to MIRA in 1995. He has been integral to the company’s international development and in his current position of Commercial Director he has a leading role in the delivery of MIRA’s £300million technology park project.


Professor Shahram Tabibi

Professor Shahram Tabibi

He receives his award in recognition of his contribution to the field of dentistry and also his contribution to the development of dentistry at UCLan. Since qualifying in 1974 he has progressed from a long-spanning career in general and cosmetic dentistry to undertaking specialist practice in the areas of oral surgery and implantology. He helped introduced the first clinical dental course at UCLan and then in 2006 assisted in establishing the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

He receives his award to acknowledge his significant contribution to the North West business and publishing industry. In 1988 the Lancastrian embarked on a career as a magazine journalist and worked in Australia and London before becoming editor of Insider, a Manchester-based business magazine. The award-winner has been a guest lecturer at UCLan and has provided work placements to students. He has recently left the magazine to create his own start-up events business.

Duncan Birrell

Duncan Birrell

He receives his award for his significant contribution in both law and court practice. He has risen from prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, where he prosecuted on the Morecambe Bay cockle picking trial, to Deputy District Judge. In more than 25 years he has been the advocacy assessor for Lancashire and Cumbria and was appointed to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He has also given his time to support UCLan’s law students.

Professor Xu Xiaowei

Receives her award for her outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration and exchange on joint programmes between Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) and UCLan. The Honorary Fellowship was conferred at the UCLan/SIFT Awards Ceremony held in Shanghai.


Professor Thomasine Kushner

Professor Thomasine Kushner

She is acknowledged for her significant contribution to the area of bioethics. During her distinguished academic and research career she has lectured at the University of Miami and University of California. The American philosopher, who has a special interest in international bioethics, has also published more than 40 articles, written numerous books and founded the leading Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics journal. She has also offered her support as a mentor to UCLan students.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines

Receives her award in acknowledgement of her support for activities in the Preston area and at the University through her links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the University would like to acknowledge her contribution to developments made in relation to international cookery. The Czech evacuee has opened cookery schools, organised cooking events and written several books during her career. She has been a long-time supporter of the Orchestra and spent six years as a board member.

Peter Hook

Peter Hook

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to the development of popular music as a musician, author and record producer. The bassist is highly respected as a founder member of Joy Division and New Order. He was also co-owner of the legendary Hacienda Club which became the epicentre of the ‘Madchester’ music scene. He published a book based on his Hacienda experiences and has toured the world with his new band The Light.

Dr Otto Lok-To Poon

Dr Otto Lok-To Poon

Receives his award for his outstanding contribution to the field of engineering, the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration and exchange joint programmes between SCOPE, the Institution of Fire Engineers and UCLan. Dr Poon is a chartered engineer with over 50 years’ experience in engineering. He is actively engaged in public services and is well known in the engineering profession in Hong Kong.

Simon Howison

Is recognised for his contribution to the aerospace industry and his work in raising industrial awareness concerning sustainable development and energy management. The Director of Engineering at BAE Systems has been described as one of the UK’s most eminent aerospace engineers. He has been responsible for the design, development and manufacture of aircraft including the Eurofighter Typhoon, Harrier, Tornado, Hawk and Nimrod.

Steve Jackson

Is recognised for his contribution to tackling national issues such as homelessness, unemployment, educational disadvantage and welfare dependency through Recycling Lives. The entrepreneur’s career has seen him working in scrap metal, internet businesses, personalised number plates and Preston North End before starting Recycling Lives. The social welfare charity helps homeless people or people at risk to work their way back to independent living.

Dr Dafna Feinholz Kilp

Is recognised for her contribution to the study and research of bioethics. The Mexican is a world authority on international research ethics and gender issues in health. Dr Feinholz Klip joined UNESCO in Paris in 2009 and is Chief of the Bioethics section in the Sector for Social and Human Sciences.

Mike Farrar CBE

Is acknowledged for his services for sport and health. He has worked in the NHS for 26 years and is the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. During his time as Head of Primary Care at the Department of Health, Mike was responsible for establishing primary care trusts. The former semi-professional footballer is also a Board Member of Sport England.

Professor Zhong Weihe

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration on joint programmes, between Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and UCLan. He has published extensively in interpreting and translation studies and higher education management.

Sir Kevin Smith CBE

Receives his award for his services to the UK manufacturing industry. The UCLan alumnus rose from Contracts Manager to Group Managing Director – New Businesses in his 19 year career at BAE Systems. He then joined the Board of GKN Aerospace in 1999 as Managing Director and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2003. He was knighted in 2007 having already received a CBE.

Sally O’Sullivan

Receives her award for her services to the publishing industry and founding of August Media. The award-winner has been described as the finest magazine editor of her generation. She started her career in 1972 as a freelance journalist and worked her way to editing a variety of world-renowned magazines. Sally built the publishing house August Media in 2005 and she currently chairs the company.

Kevin Taylor

Receives his award for his services to the aerospace industry. Kevin, who was educated in Leyland, has held various roles within BAE Systems and was recently appointed as the company’s Group Strategy Director. In this position he is responsible for the management of BAE Systems’ mergers and acquisitions process and the development of the company’s strategy.

Will Hutton

He receives his award in recognition of the key role he has played in promoting higher education in a knowledge-based economy. Will is the Executive Vice-Chairman of The Work Foundation, the most influential voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK. He has also worked for the BBC, been Editor-in-Chief of The Observer and is a published author.

Professor Sun Haiming

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to the development and internationalisation of higher education and collaboration between Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) and UCLan. During his career at SIFT he has undertaken numerous research projects, and has numerous excellent publications to his name.

Peter Pike

Is acknowledged for his significant contribution to the Burnley community through voluntary and charity work. He spent more than 20 years serving the town as its Member of Parliament. Peter has made a difference to the lives of many people by taking on roles as a community activist, trade union leader, school governor as well as helping charities for the unemployed and the homeless.

District Judge Gordon Ashton OBE

Is recognised for his significant contribution in both law and court practice. During his 50 years in the profession he has published extensively on the law for the elderly and disabled. He became a District Judge in 1992 and also became a Nominate Judge of the Court of Protection. Judge Ashton was very influential in developing the electronic court submissions process.

Deepak Lalwani OBE

Is acknowledged for his contribution to the financial services industry. He is widely recognised in the sector for his efforts to forge closer business ties, understanding and goodwill between the UK and India. He is seen as an authority and pre-eminent contributor on the Indian economy and investments and was one of only two people from India to be elected as a member of the London Stock Exchange over 20 years ago.

Jerome Lynch

Is recognised for his achievements in the field of law. Jerome, an alumnus of UCLan, is a highly acclaimed defence barrister in the UK and abroad. He has worked on high profile cases covering murders, fraud and blackmail and spends time offering his help to newly qualified barristers to improve their mooting and debating skills.


Dr Anil Kumar Sharma

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to acute stroke care, developing research and practice excellence within the field of clinical expertise. Dr Sharma spent his early years working overseas before arriving in Liverpool. It was here he progressed up the career ladder while developing stroke services.

Brian Thompson

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the academic study and teaching of optical engineering in the UK and abroad. Brian, who was educated in Preston, spent his career lecturing and researching physics, in particular, the fields of theoretical and experimental optics both in England and America.

Owen McLaughlin

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to business and entrepreneurship in the North West. The committed Prestonian is a very successful entrepreneur and is chairman of local company Enterprise plc. He is also a strong supporter of UCLan.

Wendy Walker QPM

She receives her award as recognition for her support of the University's partnership arrangements with Lancashire Constabulary. The Lancastrian joined the county’s police force in 1981 and has successfully worked her way up to Assistant Chief Constable.

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE

She receives her award to acknowledge her work in connection with the Princes' Charities, in encouraging businesses to become more involved in helping to resolve society's problems and for her work for the town of Burnley. Dame Cleverdon has been particularly active in trying to improve the profile and economic issues of the Pennine Lancashire town.

Richard Willis

He receives his award for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry in Hong Kong and for his support and contribution to education in these areas. The Honorary Fellowship was conferred at the Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT) Awards Ceremony in Hong Kong. Mr Willis is currently Managing Director of Diethelm Travel, Hong Kong and he is one of the industrial supporters of the BA (Hons) Marketing franchised to HKCT.


Lynn Booth

She receives her award as recognition for the contribution she has made to the world of sport physiotherapy and the advancement of her profession. Lynn has worked with major sporting stars at the summer Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens in her role as Team GB’s Chief Physiotherapist.

Jim Gamble

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to child protection in his role as Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. Jim, who spent more than 25 years in the police force, now heads the UK’s specialist unit focussed on child protection.

Richard Frediani

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the world of television and for his involvement with the activities of the University over the past 20 years. The Lancastrian has covered many major stories during his journalistic career and is now Head of News at ITV Granada.

Terry Burns MBE

He receives his award to acknowledge his contribution to promoting community cohesion and internationalisation within the communities of Burnley & Pendle. He has played a major civic role throughout the county and is now heavily engaged with charitable works that promotes community cohesion and internationalisation.

Nigel Haworth

He receives his award to acknowledge his commitment to catering in Lancashire and the North West. The celebrity chef, who is a supporter of using regional produce, has an array of restaurants throughout the county, including the impressive Northcote Manor. He has recently appeared on cookery shows including The Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

Allan Leighton

He receives his award to acknowledge the contribution he has made to the world of business. This includes his work as Chairman of Business in the Community and in creating the Burnley Enterprise Development Programme.

Peter Llewellyn-Jones

He receives his award as recognition for his contribution to the field of sign language interpreting. For more than 40 years Peter has worked at the heart of developing sign language interpreting and has headed numerous national deaf associations.

Professor Mukhtiar Zaman

He receives his award to acknowledge the humanitarian contribution he has made to the development of healthcare and education in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The pulmonologist works together with UCLan academics to help the Abaseen Foundation, a charity which he co-founded.

Dr David Britt

He receives his award as recognition for his commitment to furthering the patient and public involvement agenda within the NHS in clinical practice, the education of health professionals and in health and social care research. Dr Britt has been instrumental in lending his expertise to teaching and research projects at UCLan.

Adèle Geras

She receives her award as recognition for her contribution to literature for young people and supporting writers and writing for children at the University. The award-winning author has been writing for over 40 years. During that time she’s created more than 40 children’s books and is now lending her expertise to UCLan’s writing and publishing students.


Brigadier (Dr) Sulaiman Mohammad
Jie Chen
Brian Cookson OBE
Liz Dawn MBE
Suzana Edwards
Sir Vincent Fean KCVO
Sourav Ganguly
Peter Holland CBE OStJ QFSM FIFireE
Albert H. S. Li
Gregory C. H. Lo
Musheke Kakuwa
Jackie Kay MBE
Terry Mansfield CBE
Lucy Meacock
Peter Mileham DL
John Smith OBE
Geoff Thompson MBE
Mark Thompson
Rosemary Trustam
Conrad Wong


John Moverley
Sally Naden
Waqar Azmi
Eric Robinson
Nigel Whitehead
John Culshaw
Ian Robson
Colonel Ahmed Hassan Al-Zedjali


Brigadier Alexander Birtwistle CBE
Tom Bloxham MBE
Edwin Booth DL
Terry Eagleton
Dame Jane Goodall DBE
Seamus Heaney
Dr H Peter Jost CBE
Mark Lawrenson
William Lowther CBE
Alison Norman
Eric Robson


Anna Ford
Dame Thora Hird
Lord Thomas of Macclesfield
Dame Ruth Runciman
David Singleton
Sir Richard Sykes
Geoffrey Thompson


Peter Bell
Professor David Bellamy OBE
Lionel Gorick MBE
The Right Revd. Jack Nicholls
Meena Pathak OBE
Libor Pesek KBE
Joan Roscow MBE


Pauline Clare
Paul Heathcote
Michael Hynes
John Wainwright


Mohammed Al Barwani
Dame Yve Buckland
Martin Carthy MBE
Hi Han Chen
Charles Chu
Barry Cockcroft CBE
Thomas Croft DL
Faruk Desai MBE
Gregory C H Lo
Professor Louis FS Lock
Ian McPherson
Braham Murray
Yakub Patel
Jason Queally
Simon Reynolds


His Excellency Mohammad Al Zubair
Len Collinson DL
Susan Daniels
John Fox
Felicity Goodey CBE DL
Peter Holland
Dame Sue Ion
Jim Kenyon
Professor Fu Lang
Pauline Quinn OBE
Keith Scott CBE
Ishwer Tailor MBE
Professor Wang Xingsun


Kate Adie
Dora Bryan
Sir Kenneth Jackson
Sir Francis Kennedy
Gordon Lishman OBE
Phil Robson
Marla Runyan
Ross Shimmon
Lee Westwood
Sir Norman Wisdom
His Excellency Ma Zhengang


Sir Colin Berry
David Crossland
Sir Martin Harris CBE DL
Jane Horrocks
James Keay
Simon Kelner
Eric Knowles
Tahir Mohsan
Felicity Stockwell


Lora Fairclough
Sir Ernest Hall
Trevor Hemmings
Dr. Hugh Howorth, OBE
Lord Shuttleworth
Michael Toulmin
Anthony Wilson


Lord Chorley
Sir Richard Evans CBE DL
Lord Lewis of Newnham FRS
Doreen Lofthouse OBE



Lord Adebowale CBE
His Excellency Salem Nasser Al-Maskri
Professor Zhang Bigong
President Chan Cheuk-hay
Sir Anthony Cleaver
Malcolm Faulkner
Kwok Jing-Keung
Charlie Mayfield
Lindsey McAlister OBE
Ng Kam Ming
Neil Pakey
Kailash Parekh MBE
Don Parker
Ajeenkya Patil
Leah Pattison
Sir Paul Stephenson QPM
Dr Wang Xinkui
Professor Xu Zhenhua
Madam Jiang Zhong


Nick Butler
Dr Alan Chapman
Steve Cram
Bryan Gray
Anthony Ir Lam Chun-Man
Dr Yu Jiapei
Jenny Lu Wen Yun
Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen
Tom McKillop
Zhang Tailing
Lord Trefgarne
Robert Woof


Rt Rev'D Alan D Chesters
James Graham OBE
Professor Christine King DL
Professor Michael Orme
Lord Patel of Blackburn
Malcolm Rae OBE RMN RGN
John Tsang
Anne Weinstock CBE
His Grace the Duke of Westminster KG CB OBE TD CD DL


Brian Booth
Paul Gregg
Sir John Guinness CB
Bernard Harris
Graham Kelly
Chris Oakley
Barbara Robotham
Maude Storey CBE
Eric Sykes
Stephen Tompkinson


Douglas Alker
Eric Armitage OBE
Jimmy Armfield CBE DL
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton
Andy Goldsworthy OBE
David Taylor
Ernest Tomlinson


Fiona Armstrong
Betty Jackson
Rt Hon Lord Porter of Luddenham
Nick Park
Amanda Roocroft
Phillipa Russell
Roy Watson