Royal Society of Public Health CEO receives Honorary Doctorate

15 September 2015

Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Shirley Cramer CBE, and Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Professor Mark Hammond, have been awarded Honorary Doctorates at the University's graduation ceremonies.

Shirley Cramer has been the Chief Executive of the RSPH for over two years working nationally and internationally to improve the public’s health and wellbeing. Prior to this, Shirley was the Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action and led the National Centre for Learning Disabilities in New York.

Shirley is also the Chair of thinktank British Future and a board member of Alzheimer’s Research UK. She received her CBE in 2009 for her services to Education.

The University’s second Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Professor Mark Hammond, who has had an extensive career in local and central government.

From 1985, Mark held a wide range of posts in the Civil Service including Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of the Environment, before holding the post of Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council between 2004 and 2010.

Mark has been the Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission for over three years and has given a number of Public Lectures at the University since becoming Visiting Professor in 2011.

Honorary Fellowships will also be awarded this week to Managing Director of Barrett’s of Canterbury Ltd, Paul Barrett, and Headteacher of Ifield School in Gravesend, Pamela Jones.

Paul Barrett is the fourth generation of the Barrett family to be involved in the business, founded in 1902 by his great grandfather, which is now one of the largest motor retailers in Kent and employs over 350 people.

Paul is also the Chairman of Canterbury 4 Business, a member of the University’s Business School Advisory Board, a board member of Kent and Medway Economic Partnership and trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust. He was awarded the Freedom of City of Canterbury in January this year for a lifetime promoting Canterbury.

Headteacher of Ifield School since 2004, Pamela Jones has overseen the transformation of Ifield from a moderate learning needs school to one catering for profound, severe and complex learning needs and communication difficulties, including autism. Ifield were also the proud winners of the Guardian Teacher Network and Zurich Municipal “The School We’d Like” national competition in 2013. As a result Pamela was awarded an OBE for her services to Education in 2014.

The University works in partnership with Ifield to provide training for graduates on the School Direct Training Programme, in which some move on to become teachers at the school. Pamela is also a governor of the North West Kent College of Further Education and the Chair of Kent Association of Headteachers and Kent Association of Special Schools.

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to award Shirley Cramer and Mark Hammond with Honorary Doctorates, and Paul Barrett and Pamela Jones with Honorary Fellowships this September. All four individuals are deserving of recognition for their outstanding services and contributions.”

The graduation ceremonies were held in Canterbury Cathedral on the 15 and 16 September.

Notes to Editor

The University awards Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates to celebrate extraordinary achievement. Honorary Fellowsare awarded to individuals who have a substantial connection with the University, Kent or whose work is strongly associated with our University’s academic disciplines. Honorary Doctorates are recommended to those who have made an outstanding national or international contribution to public life.

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Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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