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Honorary graduates 2018


Lord Anthony William Hall of Birkenhead has been given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa.

Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22nd November 2012 and took up the post in April 2013. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC.

Prior to this, Lord Hall was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from 2001 to 2013 and Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC from 1993 to 2001. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 between February 2012 and November 2012.

In 2009, he was asked by the Government and the Mayor of London to establish and chair the Cultural Olympiad Board and also joined the board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-giving organisations; a Board Member of the Creative Industries Federation; and a Board Member of 14-18 Now, a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War.

He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and was made a life peer in 2010. He sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Charles Bowman has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Alderman Charles Bowman took office as the 690th Lord Mayor of the City of London on the 10th November 2017.

Charles Bowman is a senior partner with PwC. He is Alderman of the Lime Street Ward and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2015/16.

Charles was born in Essex in 1961, educated at Uppingham School (where he is a Member of the school’s Foundation Board) and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Architecture.

He joined Price Waterhouse in September 1983, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. His main area of specialism has been delivering audit and capital market transaction services to large listed and multi-national companies, acting as Lead Partner and Global Relationship Partner for a number of PwC’s key clients. Partnership roles have included setting up and leading PwC’s audit and assurance practice looking after the firm’s FTSE 100 and larger listed clients. Other leadership roles have included Non-Executive Director of PwC’s tax practice, leading the firm’s Building Public Trust programme and acting as the partner responsible for the firm’s Senior Networking Programme.

He has worked internationally, learning Spanish following a secondment to Barcelona and, through his various client relationships and leadership roles, is well connected with PwC’s network of international offices (the firm is located in 158 countries).

Charles has served on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, is a former Chairman of their Audit and Assurance Faculty and also their Assurance Panel. He is the current Chairman of the Audit Quality Forum and sits on the Advisory Panel of The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project.

Elected as the Alderman of the Ward of Lime Street in May 2013, Charles became the Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London in September 2015. He has served on a number of the committees of the City of London Corporation including Policy & Resources, Finance, Audit & Risk and Markets. He was also Co-Chair of The City’s Business, a City of London guide that focused on youth employability.

Charles is a Member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He is a magistrate, a governor of the Park Side Primary School Academy, Hackney (part of Mossbourne Federation), Ambassador for the Samaritans, Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Advisor to the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme.

His mayoral theme will focus on the ‘business of trust’.

Mr Thomas Llube has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Tom Ilube is a technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist. He is Founder and Chief Executive of cybersecurity company, Crossword Cybersecurity plc.

Previously he was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity-backed UK credit reference agency, which was sold to Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR in 2014.

Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was Chief Executive of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the pioneering FTSE 250 UK internet bank. His career has included Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.

Tom is Chair of Governors of Ada College, the UK's National College for Digital Skills. He is Chair of the African Gifted Foundation and in 2016 launched the African Science Academy in Ghana, the leading girls’ science and technology school in Africa.

Tom was founding Chair of Hammersmith Academy and is a Trustee of the Aldridge Foundation which supports 12 schools. Tom was named as the most influential person of African and Caribbean heritage in the Powerlist 2017. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the BBC in April 2017.

Captain Panagiotis N Tsakos has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

A descendant of a family with deep maritime roots, Panagiotis N Tsakos was born in Kardamyla on the Greek Island of Chios. Following graduation from the Livanos Marine Academy in his home town, he embarked on a seafaring career climbing the ranks of the deck/bridge department. Having obtained his master’s degree, he spent time as an Operations Manager with major Greek-owned shipping companies.

A strong believer in entrepreneurship, he established Tsakos Shipping and Trading in the 1970s, the flagship company of what later become Tsakos Group.

Today, through its private arm and its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN), the Tsakos Group controls a fully diversified fleet of tankers, bulk carriers, container ships and liquefied natural gas vessels; in excess of ninety ships with a total capacity nearing 9.5 million deadweight tonnes.

Further to its shipping activities, Tsakos Group owns and operates a shipyard facility in Montevideo, Uruguay, while also being involved in banking, renewable energy, agroforestry, livestock and agriculture.

Being committed to the protection of the environment, which he considers a personal moral responsibility and strategic priority, Captain Tsakos became one of the co-founders of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (founded in 1982) and its affiliates in Uruguay and the Philippines.

He believes that the most valuable asset and the basic driving force of the Group’s development and success is its people, both ashore and on board. He promotes human potential by directing the design and implementation of a wide range of support schemes. At the same time, he sponsors several polytechnic colleges in Greece and Philippines, which supply skilled seafarers and junior officers.

Captain Tsakos is the founder and sole provider of three foundations (in Greece, Uruguay and Ghana) dedicated to the memory of his mother and daughter, which promote the spirit of Hellenism among Latin American and African countries, along with various shipping objectives such as education and training, research, seafarers’ welfare and maritime tradition.

He proudly retains his Captain title and supports vigorously all aspects of seamanship. He loves spending time on the fleet’s ships and fraternizing with the company’s seafarers and their families.

Captain Tsakos is married to Dr Irene Saroglou-Tsakos, a medical doctor, who has dedicated a large part of her professional life to lecturing shore and seaboard personnel and publishing books (medical and historical).

Their son, Nikolas P Tsakos, established the NYSE-listed TEN, of which he is President and Chief Executive. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. He was also awarded an Honorary DSc by City, University of London in 2011.

Captain Tsakos has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award (2015); the Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, from the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Karolos Papoulias (2014); and the Life Achievement Award by Lloyd’s List (2005). He was also inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame, in New York during 2006.

Mrs Tessa Green CBE has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Tessa Green is Chair of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Her career started in communications as Head of Corporate Affairs for FTSE 100-listed Carlton Communications plc. Following a second degree in Law, she qualified as a barrister, developing an interest in clinical governance and healthcare.

She was Chair of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust from 1998 to 2010, where she also founded a new charity, the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and was a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research.

Tessa is a Member of the advisory boards of BUPA and Healthcare UK, a Trustee of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and a Non-Executive Director of the retailer, Pets at Home plc.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein is a former Head of the Department of Computer Science at City, University of London. He is a son of the late Professor Ludwik Finkelstein (a former Pro Vice-Chancellor of City) and brother of Lord Daniel Finkelstein, both of whom were awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University.

Anthony is a graduate in Systems Engineering, holding a BEng, MSc and PhD. He is Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL) and is currently Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to the UK Government.

He has been awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to computer science and engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of City and Guilds of London Institute.

Anthony is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College; the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan; and University of South Australia (UniSA). He is on the Council (Governing Board) of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK science funding body.

At UCL, he was previously Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Head of the Department of Computer Science.