Academic Year 2009/10
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows and Doctors in the academic year 2009/10:
The Very Reverend Adrian Newman
Adrian worked as an economist before ordination in 1985. He served parish communities in East London, Sheffield, and central Birmingham (the Bullring) before taking up his present post as Dean of Rochester in 2005.
He is responsible for leading the Cathedral in its mission and ministry, representing the Cathedral in its engagement with the wider community, and has a variety of responsibilities across the diocese.
He describes himself as a social entrepreneur, committed to human flourishing and the re-enchantment of society. He was once introduced as 'the most un-Dean-like Dean in the Church of England' - a description he quite likes.
Sir Graeme Odgers DL
Sir Graeme Odgers DL was born and raised in South Africa. He gained a degree in Engineering from Cambridge in 1955 and an MBA from Harvard in 1959.
His early career was with the World Bank, and then the Dept. of Industry and later Tarmac Plc. and then as Managing Director of BT Plc. From 1990-93 he was the Chief Executive at Alfred McAlpine Plc. and was Chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission 1993-98.
He served as a Non Exec. Director of Scottish and Southern Plc., 1998-2005, and also Chairman of Locate in Kent, 1998-2005 and Chairman of the Kent Economic Board, 2001-2009.
He was knighted in 1997 for services to industry, and made Deputy Lieutenant, Kent in 2002. He gained the Kent Invicta Award in 2009. Graeme is married with three children.
Mrs Caroline Spencer
Caroline was brought up in East Kent and taught History until her three children were born (they are all grown up and flown). She is passionately committed to engendering and developing community life at local, institutional and national level. This she has done through three decades of service in the third sector - most notably in the Church of England, and as a long-serving Governor of Canterbury Christ Church University - and through the mentoring, encouragement and support of many individuals.
The Right Reverend Stephen Venner
Stephen has been Bishop to her Majesty's Forces since 2009, when he officially retired. He and his wife Judy (a Senior Education Advisor for Kent County Council) live in Rochester.
Stephen was a parish priest for 25 years, serving in inner city South London, on a large housing estate in Wilshire, and in an established 'civic' church in Dorset. In 1994 Stephen was ordained Bishop of Middleton, responsible for the Metropolitan Boroughs of Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside in the Diocese of Manchester. For ten years until retirement, he was Bishop of Dover, which meant in practice that he was the Diocesan Bishop for Canterbury, exercising that ministry on behalf of the Archbishop.
Education is very much in the blood, and Stephen is a trained teacher. He has been Vice-Chairman of the Church of England's Board of Education, served on a range of national educational committees, chaired three diocesan Boards of Education, and was the first Pro-Chancellor (Chairman of Governors) of Canterbury Christ Church University.
Whilst living in Kent, Bishop Stephen served on the Kent Strategic Partnership and Kent's Children's Trust Board, which he chaired for a while. He was chaplain to the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and patron of a number of local charities.
He remains engaged in Church and civic life in Kent.