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Cass Visiting Professor recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Honorary Visiting Professor, Julia Hobsbawm among eight people affiliated with City set to receive awards this summer

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Julia Hobsbawm, Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking at Cass Business School, is among eight staff, Honorary Graduates and alumni of City to receive recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. The Queen’s Birthday Honours list pays tribute to the achievements and service of people who have made significant contributions to society and to improving the lives of others. Since 1891, the honours have been announced each year on the monarch’s official birthday. 

Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking, Julia Hobsbawm 

Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking at Cass Business School, Julia Hobsbawm has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Business.

"I feel genuinely thrilled and humbled to have received recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List,” Julia said. 

There are some tremendous figures whose work has been recognised and I’m pleased as punch to be numbered amongst some great people.
Julie Hobsbawm, Visiting Professor in Networking 

“I was taken totally by surprise when I found out I had received the honour. In fact, the innocuous looking letter from the Cabinet Office looked suspiciously like a bill when it came through the letterbox. Of course, it was very challenging not to tell anybody about it until now. I’m especially pleased that the field I specialise in and have been given a role exploring at Cass is the area I have accepted the honour in; that is the field of networking.”

Julia Hobsbawm is the Founder and CEO of acclaimed knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence. In 2011, she was made Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking at Cass Business School where she lectures on the importance of network-building and face-to-face connections to businesses and their employees. Julia has recently wrote and presented a five-part BBC Radio 4 series entitled ‘Networking Nation’, and is currently writing a book on networking and social health that is set to be published in 2017.

Julia Hobsbawn, Honorary Visiting Professor of Networking at Cass recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list
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Alumni and Honorary Graduates also received recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Dame Frances Cairncross, Rector at Exeter College, received an honorary doctorate of science from City in 2003. In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Frances was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to Higher Education and economics.

Knights Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire

Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, co-founder of The Independent was made Honorary Doctor of Letters at City in 1988. Andreas received a knighthood for public service, particularly to the Church of England.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Alexander Poots, CEO and Artistic Director of Culture Shed, graduated from City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music in 1992. Alexander was recommended for a CBE for services to the arts.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Perdita Hunt, Director of the Watts Gallery, studied Arts Administration at City, graduating in 1975. Perdita was recommended for an OBE for services to the Arts.

Gillian Kennedy, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist at University College London, graduated from City with a Masters of Science in Human Communication in 1989. Gillian received an OBE for services to speech and language. 

Claire Whitaker, Director of Serious, International Music Production, graduated from City in 2009 with a Masters in Cultural Leadership. Claire was recommended for an OBE for services to jazz.

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The Queen's Birthday honours are awarded for exceptional achievement or service. They are published in June each year on the Queen's official birthday.

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