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Honorary graduates 2015


Mr Richard Gillingwater CBE has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Richard Gillingwater was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School before attending St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, where he studied for an MA in Law. He then trained as a solicitor before completing an MBA at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr Gillingwater worked for 10 years at Kleinwort Benson before being made Global Head of Corporate Finance of BZW, a division of Barclays Bank, in 1995. When BZW was taken over by Credit Suisse First Boston (CFSB), he served as Deputy Head and subsequently Chairman of CFSB European Investment Banking. In 2003, he was Chief Executive and later Chairman of the Shareholder Executive (the UK Government body responsible for managing financial interests in a range of state-owned businesses).

In 2007, Mr Gillingwater became Dean of Sir John Cass Business School. In five years at the helm he achieved financial turnaround and substantial fund raising, strengthened the faculty’s research standing and helped Cass move into the top five UK business schools. At the time of his appointment, the Financial Times described him as knowing the City of London “like the back of his hand”. From 2009 to 2013 Mr Gillingwater was Chairman of CDC Group (formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation), a UK Government institution that invests in African and South Asian businesses. Since 2013 he has served as Chairman of Henderson Global Investors, a major European investment manager with over $120 billion of funds under management and 900 employees worldwide. He is also Chairman-Elect of Scottish and Southern Energy, a FTSE 30 company and Chairman of the Council of the Open University.

Mr Gillingwater lives in Richmond and in 2008 was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to the financial services industry. In 2010, he was made Chevalier de l’Ordre de Palmes Académiques by the French Government for promoting Anglo-French collaboration in Higher Education.

Dr Anthony Papadimitriou has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

He is a lawyer and economist. He graduated from the Athens University Law School in 1977 and holds a postgraduate degree in Law (DESS) from the University Aix-en- Provence (France). Dr Papadimitriou obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a BSc Economics degree from the London School of Economics. A practicing Lawyer, in 1989 he was appointed a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Athens. He has been the Managing Partner of the legal firm of S & A Papadimitriou & Partners since 1992.

Since 1986 Dr Papadimitriou has served as Legal Advisor to the Onassis Group ship management company Olympic Shipping & Management SA. In 1988 he was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, on the recommendation of then president Christina Onassis. Since 1995 he has been the coordinator of the Executive Commitee of the Onassis Group’s commercial activities. In 2005 he was unanimously elected President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

In 2006, Dr Papadimitriou was awarded the St Mark’s Cross by the Patriarchate of Alexandria. In 2008, he was accepted as Honorary Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple. In 2010, he was decorated with the insignia of the Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur) by the French Government and in 2014 and he was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Mrs Penny Marshall has been given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa.

Penny Marshall was educated at St Helens School, Northwood and studied for a BA (Hons) in History at the London School of Economics. She joined ITN in 1985 as a production trainee and established herself as a television news Foreign Correspondent during the 1980s and 1990s, when she was based in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This work won several awards, including her television reports on Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia winning the International News Award at the Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards in 1992. She also won a prestigious Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism and a BAFTA.

Mrs Marshall was a Specialist Correspondent for ITN’s ITV News at Ten, for whom she continued to cover major stories as a freelance contributor, until January 2012, when she was appointed Social Affairs Editor. After a brief stint as Education Editor for BBC News, it was announced in November 2014 that she would be returning to her role at ITV News as Social Affairs Editor in early

2015. She is also Visiting Professor of Journalism at City University London. Having joined ITN in 1985, Mrs Marshall has previously held positions as Home/ Media Affairs Correspondent, Moscow Reporter, Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent, Special Correspondent for News at Ten. In her three decades as a TV journalist, she has covered hundreds of major stories from the release of Nelson Mandela to the Romanian Revolution, the inauguration of Bill Clinton and the end of the Soviet Union. She has also written and presented a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes and written news features for a range of broadsheet newspapers.

His Honour Judge Brian John Barker QC has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

His Honour Judge Brian John Barker CBE QC is the Recorder of London, the senior judge at the Old Bailey. Appointed to the position in February 2013, he is also the senior Circuit Judge in the country. As part of his role as Recorder of London, he has an advisory and ceremonial role with the Lord Mayor and City and Corporation of London. Judge Barker was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1969 and was a leading Criminal Barrister excelling as a prosecutor and defender. He served as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990 and was appointed a Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey in 2000.

Previously the Deputy Senior Judge for seven years and an Additional Judge in the Court of Appeal Division since 2004, Judge Barker was also Course Director for Criminal Continuation Seminars at the Judicial Studies Board for England and Wales from 2003 to 2007 and practiced as a QC for 10 years. He was Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales from 1998 to 2000. Judge Barker is a Governor of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, one of London’s oldest and largest education charities, founded in 1748 and which supports the Business School bearing its name at City University London.

He has been a Board Member of the Foundation since 2002 and was previously Treasurer (Chairman) from 2005 to 2007. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers. He is also a Trustee of MAC UK, the mental health charity for disadvantaged young people with psychiatric problems.

Mr Michael Smith OBE has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Michael Smith has been Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) since October 2007.

Previously Michael has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC); Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited; Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group; and Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. Michael has also worked as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Argentina Holdings SA and was subsequently appointed Chairman of HSBC in Argentina in 2000.

Michael joined the HSBC Group in 1978 and, during his 29-year career, has held a wide variety of posts in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East and South America, including appointments in commercial, institutional and investment banking, planning and strategy, operations and general management.

He graduated with honours in Economic Sciences in 1978 from City University London. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University, Melbourne. He is a Member of the Australian Bankers’ Association, the Business Council of Australia and the Asia Business Council.

Michael is a Director of the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Conference; Executive Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council; a Member of the Shanghai Mayor’s International Financial Advisory Council; and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association. He is also a Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and Financial Literacy Australia Ltd and is a Member of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Advisory Board.

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2007. He is married with three children and his interests include wine, tennis and classic cars.

Eur Ing David Kent has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to furthering the interests of City, University London.

David’s career began in London as an Apprentice Instrument Maker with meteorological instrument manufacturers Short & Mason, before he moved to the United States to take up a position as Measurement and Control Systems Engineer with the Taylor Instrument Company.

He later served the Taylor Instrument Company in the UK as a Director and has also had spells as President of Kent Consulting Engineers and Director of ABB Kent plc.

David has also worked as a Research Programme Coordinator for DTI on Industrial sensors and systems and served as President of the Institute of Measurement and Control in 1992, for whom he is now Honorary Secretary.

From 2012 to 2014 he was the Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, which pursues wide-ranging programmes to support the science and application of measurement and control instrumentation. The Company places particular emphasis on helping young people aspiring to careers in science, engineering, electronics and related disciplines.

Dame Jill Mcleod Clark has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

In 1990, Dame Jill became Professor of Nursing at King’s College London and was head of the Nightingale Institute and the integration of all nursing and midwifery education programmes from St Thomas’s, Guy’s and King’s College Hospital into the college. Over the next decade, her research programme developed in scale and scope and gained international recognition. Dame Jill moved to the University of Southampton in 1999 where, as Dean of Health Sciences, she led the development of a number of new academic initiatives.

More recently Dame Jill has established an ambitious new clinical academic career pathway for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This involves close partnership between the University of Southampton and local NHS trusts and is providing a framework for creating strong non-medical clinical leaders who combine clinical expertise with research skills.

Over the course of her career, Dame Jill has held a number of national and international leadership and advisory positions, contributing to key policy areas in healthcare and health professional education, in the pursuit of improving the quality of patient care. She has acted as Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health, led key Department of Health committees and reviews and been a member of successive UK research assessment panels, most recently in 2014.

She has been widely published and has Visiting Professorships at universities in Canada, Australia, USA and the UK. Throughout, she has maintained close links with nursing practice and continues to exert influence by campaigning and lobbying for policy and funding changes in order to enhance the evidence base for nursing care interventions and improve patient care and well-being.

Now an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, Dame Jill remains engaged in a range of national and global policy initiatives and advisory positions related to building research and leadership capacity in nursing and the health professions and increasing the nursing voice in health policy decisions. She is a member of Women on Boards and a Non-Executive Member of several charitable and campaigning organisations linked to disability and end-of-life care.