The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows in the academic year 2002/03:
- The Right Honourable The Baroness
Emerton DBE DL
- The Right Honourable Frank Field MP
- Sir John Grugeon DL
- Mr Noel Vallely
- Mr Allan Willett CMG
(Please click the names to find out more information about the Honorary Fellow)
Audrey Emerton began her nursing career in 1953 at St George’s Hospital in London. After working in nursing practice, teaching and management, in 1973 she became Regional Nursing Officer for South East Thames Regional Health Authority. In 1985 she was appointed Regional Director of Nursing, a post she held until retirement in 1991.
A member of the St John Ambulance since 1946, Baroness Emerton’s contribution was recognised in 1978 when she received the Award of Commander of the Order of St John Ambulance. A number of senior positions and awards followed, culminating in the post of Chief Commander which she held from 1998 to 2002.
Audrey Emerton was awarded the honour Dame Order of
the British Empire in 1989 for services to nursing. In
1997, she was created Baroness Emerton of Tunbridge
Wells and Clerkenwell for services to nursing and St
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The Rt Hon Frank Field MP has been the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead since 1979. He was Director of the Child Poverty Action Group for ten years and of the Low Pay Unit for six years. He was appointed Privy Councillor in 1997 and served as Minister for Welfare Reform in the Labour Government from 1997 to 1998.
Throughout his career he has campaigned for the reformation of welfare provision and a move away from impersonal approaches towards forms of mutual aid and social assistance that preserve human dignity and encourage independence and self-improvement. He has published a series of books challenging the political orthodoxies of welfare and pensions, the most recent being “Making Welfare Work: Reconstructing Welfare for the Millennium” (2001).
Frank Field is a practising member of the Church of
England and serves as Chairman of the Church
Conservation Trust and a member of the Prayer Book
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John Grugeon was born in 1928 and educated at Epsom Grammar School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, joining the County regiment, The Buffs, in 1948. Entering the 1st Battalion in Hong Kong, Sir John served in the Far and Near East, Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. He has also been the Adjutant of the Regimental Depot and the 5th Battalion.
In 1960, John Grugeon joined the Save and Prosper Group Limited. He later stood for election to Kent County Council in 1967. During his term of office, the Local Government.
Act of 1972 brought about many changes, including new structures and political leadership. Sir John was elected Leader of Kent County Council in 1973 and remained so until 1982.
During his time on KCC, Sir John was Leader of the Association of County Councils, from 1984 to 1987, Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Health Authority, from 1984 to 1992 and Chairman of Kent Police Authority, from 1992 to 1998.
John Grugeon was knighted for Services to Local Government in 1980 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1986. He is currently Chairman of Brett Environment Trust Limited.
In his leisure time, Sir John is a keen follower of
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After graduating, Noel Vallely began his career with Standard Telephones and Cables PLC and in 1985, joined the National Council of YMCAs as Director of Personnel and Training.
Having risen to become Assistant National Secretary, Noel Vallely served on the YMCA College Council, during which time the organisation emerged as one of the foremost trainers of Qualified Youth and Community Workers in the country. He was instrumental in bringing about the association between YMCA George Williams College in East London and Canterbury Christ Church University College.
In 1995, Noel Vallely became Chief Executive of the now renamed Federation of London Youth Clubs. This London-wide organisation has 500 affiliated youth clubs and over 70,000 members.
Married with three children he is involved in church
related activities. In addition, Noel Vallely counts
among his leisure interests reading, music, cycling,
keeping fish and trying to grow Bonsai trees.
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Allan Willett started his first business when he was 26, importing packaging and plastics machinery into the UK. Today, Willett International is a world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of systems for industries’ coding and labelling needs.
In the early 1990s, Allan Willett increased his involvement in the public sector, becoming the Founding Chairman of the Government’s Industrial Development Board for London and the South East. In 1999, he became the first Chairman of the South East England Development Agency. His three year tenure until the end of 2002 has seen benefits for the businesses, communities and environment of the region.
Allan Willett was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1997, and Lord Lieutenant for Kent in 2002. He lives with his wife Anne in Chilham near Canterbury. Back to the Top