Academic Year 2004/05
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows in the academic year 2004/05:
Mrs Sylvia Denton OBE FRCN
Sylvia Denton has been an active member of the RCN for many years and helped found the RCN Breast Care Nursing Society. She served on RCN Council from 1998 to 2002 as Deputy President, before being elected RCN President in 2002. She is now serving a second two year term ending in October 2006.
Sylvia began her nursing career with a qualification in general nursing from the Royal London Hospital. She practised in the area of thoracic medicine, becoming a research sister and clinical nurse specialist. She also qualified and practised as a specialist health visitor for homeless families.
Since 1980 Sylvia has worked in cancer nursing, specialising in the care of people with breast cancer. Sylvia has a Master of Science degree in advanced clinical practice in cancer nursing. Her current doctoral research is on clinical decision making in cancer nursing.
For her pioneering and innovatory work in the new field of breast care nursing, Sylvia was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 1990. In 1996 she received an OBE for services to nursing. In 1998 she won the Nursing Standard Nurse 98 Cancer Nursing award. Today she is Lead Nurse/Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in breast care at Barts and the London NHS Trust. Sylvia also chairs the editorial board of the journal Cancer Nursing Practice.
As well as her RCN presidential role, Sylvia serves on the RCN finance and national forum co-ordinating committees. She chairs the RCN Faculty Steering Group and is a member of the Board of Governors of the RCN Institute. Sylvia is the immediate past president of Europa Donna UK and serves on its board. In 2003 she was elected as a member of the Steering Group of the European Forum for Nursing and Midwifery Associations. Sylvia has been a member of the Department of Health’s Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee since 1998.
Professor Sir William Taylor OBE
Sir William Taylor is currently the Interim Head of the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). He is also the Chair of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Area Review of sixteen-plus education and training. For the last three years Sir William has served as special adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills, as well as being an adviser on post-graduate awards to the States of Jersey.
Sir William retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull in 1991, having previously served as Principal of the University of London. He was also Director for ten years of the University of London Institute of Education, as well as Professor of Education in the University of Bristol, as well as numerous other roles within Education.
Since retirement Sir William has served as interim Vice-Chancellor of Huddersfield and Thames Valley Universities, He has undertaken more than a dozen institutional reviews both in this country and abroad. He has also served as a Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Sir William has served as President or Chair of many national and international bodies. He was a main board member of an international engineering company and for eleven years Chairman of the board of a publishing company.
In recognition of his services Sir William was honoured with a CBE in 1982 and knighted in 1990.
Mr Peter Williams
Peter Williams has forged a career in journalism, both in newspapers and television.
Starting as an office boy at the Bristol Evening Post, he worked in Fleet Street before becoming a producer and reporter for Southern Television, progressing to work for Thames Television’s “This Week” and the BBC’s “Panorama”. In a documentary career spanning 30 years, he has recorded a number of world scoops, including the birth of the first ‘test tube’ baby, the discovery of the wreck of the Titanic, and the revelation of Japanese biological warfare. experiments on POWs during World War II. He was a Board Member and Controller of Factual Programmes for TVS, and is Chief Executive of Peter Williams Television.
Though proud of his Welsh roots, Peter Williams has lived in Kent for more than 40 years. He was Chairman and founder-member of the Canterbury Conservation Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Oaten Hill Society, President of the Optimists Cancer Care Club, and is a life member of Kent County Cricket Club.
He is in his 19th year as Chairman of the Canterbury Festival and is a Freeman of the City. He was awarded an honorary MA by the University of Kent in 1992 and a Lifetime Achievement award by the Royal Television Society in 2002.
The Very Reverend Robert Willis
Robert Willis has been Dean of Canterbury Cathedral since July 2001.
Born in 1947, he was educated at Warwick University, Worcester College, Oxford and Cuddesdon College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1972 and served in Shrewsbury, Salisbury Cathedral, the Wiltshire village of Tisbury and Sherborne Abbey where he was also made a non-residentiary canon of Salisbury Cathedral. In 1992 he was made Dean of Hereford where he was involved in the organisation of the Three Choirs Festival.
He is Chairman of the Conference of the Deans of the English Cathedrals and also a member of the Cathedrals’ Fabric Commission for England, the body which regulates the conservation of Cathedrals and encourages creative works of art within them. As well as being Dean of Canterbury, he is Chairman of Governors, King’s School, Canterbury.
He has written many Hymns, several of which have found their way into such Hymn Books as “Hymns Ancient and Modern” and “Common Praise”. His verses have also been set and published as Anthems. He is sub-Dean of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, the body which is responsible for St John Ambulance.