Academic Year 2005/06
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Doctors in the academic year 2005/06:
Dr John Bragg OBE
Dr Bragg was born in Torquay and educated at the local grammar school. He went on to study at Chelsea School of Pharmacy (part of Kings College – London University) and qualified as a pharmacist in 1950. He became a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by examination in 1951 then had two years of National Service, during which time he obtained a Diploma of Biochemical Analysis (1952). He joined Glaxo Laboratories in 1953. In 1955 he joined Pfizer Ltd to start up Pharmaceutical Development Laboratories, the first Research and Development operation for Pfizer outside of the USA. By 1962 he was Director of Pfizer Ltd and in 1963 General Manager of Pfizer Chemicals Europe. In 1970 he became Director of Calor Group and Managing Director of the UK subsidiary Calor Gas Ltd. From 1975-1986 he was Director of the Imperial Continental Gas Association (Calor’s parent company). He was Managing Director of Calor Group in 1978 and Deputy Chairman in 1985. He retired in 1986.
From 1986 – 1993 he was a non executive Director of Advance Petroleum Technology Ltd. From 1986 – 1994 he was Chairman of the Canterbury and Thanet Health Authority and Chairman of East Kent Health Authority 1994 – 1996. He has been co-opted to the governing body since 1990 when he was also appointed trustee for the Kent Community Housing Trust. He has been a member of Sandwich Town Council since 1985 and a member of Dover District Council since 1989. He has been a trustee and Deputy Chairman of Sandwich United Charities since 1989 and was Mayor of Sandwich from 1989 – 1992. He was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Kent in 1996.
Dr John Bragg served the Governing Body of the University as Chairman since April 1999 until his retirement in July 2005.
Mr Nicholas Cleobury
Nicholas Cleobury was born in Bromley in 1950 and educated at King's School Worcester and as Organ Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, winning the Limpus Prize in his FRCO. Early in his career he was Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Oxford and Director of the Schola Cantorum, then Chorus Master at Glyndebourne and Assistant Director of the BBC Singers.
Subsequently his conducting career developed more widely and he has conducted all the major orchestras and opera companies in the UK, notably for the BBC and many times at the Proms. He has conducted extensively abroad, particularly in all parts of Europe (extensively at Zurich Opera) and Scandinavia, but also in Australia, South Africa, Singapore and the USA. He is a fervent champion of New Music and education in music, broadcasts regularly on BBC and Classic fm and has an extensive discography, most recently with the Britten Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic.
In the 1980s he was Principal Opera Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music (where he is an Hon RAM) and Founder Director of Aquarius. He founded the Britten Sinfonia in the early 90s when he was also Music Director of Broomhill Opera.
At present he is Associate Director of the Orchestra of the Swan, Principal Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir and Artistic director of the Canterbury based Sounds New (which is the leading contemporary music organisation in Kent and beyond) and for the 2006 Mozart Now.
Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes. She has won Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medals, and added the ultimate sporting trophy to her cabinet at the Athens Olympic Games – Double Olympic Gold.
Kelly, however is not only known for her medals and records, but is known for her gutsy, committed approach to her athletics and her ability to overcome injury and illness and still stay at the top of her discipline. Her strength and courage has won her many fans both within the sport and outside of it.
She started her athletics career as a promising athlete when a junior and won the 1,500m at the English Schools Championships, but chose to give up her early athletics career in favour of a career in the army. She signed up a few months before her 18th Birthday and over the next 9 ½ years worked her way quickly up the ranks until she was a Sergeant. She joined with the aim of making Officer rank, but once she started to run again, initially for the forces, and started to win major titles she faced a really tough decision – army or running. In 1997 she took the massive step and left the army and made athletics her focus and career.
Her desire to be the best demands that she gives 100%, something she does in everything she takes on. She has the fundamental element for success - the ability to be focused.
She was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to the British Army and was honoured by the Queen in the 2005 New Year’s honours with a Damehood.
The Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally
The Revd Dame Sarah Mullally works as an Assistant Curate in a Church of England Parish in Battersea. She started work in Battersea in October 2004 when she left her position as Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. She was the youngest Chief Nursing Officer ever appointed in November 1999 and as the Government's most senior nursing adviser, she had responsibility for delivering the Government's strategy for nursing and midwifery and led over 420,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors. During her time as Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah oversaw the return of the Matron, a substantial increase in the numbers of nurses and midwives in the NHS and an increase in the opportunities for users to be involved in healthcare.
Sarah started her nursing career at the South Bank Polytechnic in 1980 and became a Registered General Nurse with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies. She return again to the South Bank in 1990 and obtained an MSc in Interprofessional Health and Welfare Studies including a distinction in research. Sarah became a Deacon in the Church of England 2001 and a Priest in 2002. She is presently studying for a MA in Pastoral Theology.
She became an Independent Governor for the London South Bank University in August 2005 and a non executive director of The Royal Mardsen NHS Foundation Trust in November 2005. Sarah Mullally is married to Eamonn and has two children, Grace 14 and Liam 10 and became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery.