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Honorary graduates 2017


The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley was born in Manchester and grew up in Lancashire. He was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, at Manchester and London universities and at Jesus College, Cambridge. Dr Parmley has had a career in the business end of the education sector. He is the City Champion for the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board (which will create three million apprenticeships over the next five years) and is the Principal of Senior School of the Harrodian School in West London.

He has interests in educational technology, particularly the creation of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), in financial technology

(fintech) and in cybercrime, having spoken at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. Dr Parmley is the London Symphony Orchestra’s International Ambassador and a Visiting Professor of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde

University in recognition of his work for the City of London and the financial contribution of the arts. He has served as the Chairman of the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music, both leading UK academic institutions.

He was, until recently, the national Chairman of Montessori in the UK, representing some 700 schools. At the Harrodian School, Andrew has been instrumental in developing a multi-million pound business and recently opened two new schools, with a further three planned in the near future. He has worked closely with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) in Delhi and the Transcontinental Schools Innovation Alliance (TSIA).

Professor Paul Embrechts has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Professor Paul Embrechts is Professor of Mathematics at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, specialising in actuarial mathematics and quantitative risk management. His previous academic career includes positions at University of Leuven, University of Limburg and Imperial College London.

Professor Embrechts has held visiting professorships at numerous universities including the Scuola Normale in Pisa (Cattedra Galileiana), the London School of Economics (Centennial Professor of Finance), the University of Oxford (Visiting Man Chair) and Hong Kong University (Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor) and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and the Université Catholique de Louvain.

He is an Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association, Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK), Honorary Member of the Institut des Actuaires (France) and Member Honoris Causa of the Belgian Institute of Actuaries. Besides having published over 200 scientific publications, he co-authored the influential books, Modelling of Extremal Events for Insurance and Finance and Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques and Tools.

Air Vice-Marshal Lindsay John Irvine CB RAF has been given an Award of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Air Vice-Marshal Lindsay John Irvine has been the Director of Legal Services for the Royal Air Force and Head of the RAF Legal Branch since 2009. In those roles he is principal legal adviser to the Chief of the Air Staff and general counsel to the Air Force Board, the body which commands the RAF.

An Oxford Classics graduate, he completed the Diploma in Law at City, University of London in 1982 and was called to the Bar in 1983. After a brief period in private practice he joined the RAF, graduating from the RAF College Cranwell in 1986.

He has served in various advisory, policy and operational legal appointments in the UK and overseas, pioneering the role of the legal adviser in air operations at the Permanent Joint HQ and Joint Force HQ staffs and as a member of the Bill team. He has also assisted in the development of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which governs the three British Armed Forces.

He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2003, acquiring an MA in International Relations from Kings College London. As Director, he has lead the transformation of his Branch from a largely discipline role to one with an operational and public law focus. He was made a CB in 2014.

While law is his chosen vocation, he has always been passionate about aviation, flying light aircraft (particularly vintage) throughout his career. As a Scot, he is delighted to be the Senior Mentor to the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron.

Ms Caroline Alexander has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Caroline graduated as a nurse in 1987 from Edinburgh University (BSc/RGN) and has an MSc in Nursing Studies from South Bank University (2001). From 1987 to 1993 she specialised in nursing older people in Edinburgh and then in London at Guy’s Hospital as a ward sister. Caroline then worked for the Foundation of Nursing Studies for three years, supporting nurses to use research in practice.

In 1998 Caroline returned to the NHS and worked in Tower Hamlets in a range of roles within older people’s services. In 2005, she took up her first Director post, as Director of Nursing and Therapies within Tower Hamlets PCT. With the clustering of PCTs in London in 2011, she took on the role of Director of Nursing and Quality within NHS East London and the City initially and then within NHS North East London when the clusters merged in 2012.

Caroline was the Chief Nurse for NHS London for six months until she joined NHS England as Regional Chief Nurse for London in April 2013. She took up her current role of Chief Nurse for Barts Health in March 2016. She is delighted to have returned to the East End and to work at the Trust at this important time.

Caroline was a 2008 Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar. She was a Visiting Professor at City, University of London until 2012 and is now a Visiting Professor at Bucks New University.

Mr Luis Juste OBE has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Born in 1962 in Avila, Spain, Luis is an economist who studied at the Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid) and subsequently the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He later completed an MA in Economics at University College Dublin.

His professional career started at the Santander Group in 1989. He has since held several management positions in different areas of the Group and has been based in various countries. In 1995, Luis’s career took him to Lisbon, Portugal, where for five years he worked in the Group’s Corporate Banking department and started the Small-and-Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) department.

In 2000 his professional career again changed direction as he was made responsible for the implementation of Santander Universities in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Portugal. For seven years, alongside his team, he created the foundations of what is today the cornerstone of Santander Group's social responsibility drive, growing over several years to 500 university agreements with over 700 people working in the Group’s Universities department worldwide.

In 2007, as the Group expanded, Luis moved to the UK, where he implemented Santander Universities in the country; encouraging international mobility to and from Spanish-speaking countries, as well as cultural exchange between the Ibero-American countries and the UK.

From April 2014 he returned to Madrid, where he currently resides, becoming responsible for the commercial and business management of the Group’s commitment to higher education in countries where they were already active (especially Ibero-America, Spain and Portugal) as well as the implementation of Santander Universities in new countries for the Group such as Poland, Germany and the United States. In all of them, his motivation lies in international mobility, the promotion of entrepreneurship, social contributions of young people and the promotion of Ibero-American culture.

Luis left the Santander Group in February 2017 and is now working on new projects in education, finance and consulting for several companies. He is also a member of the advisory board of FHB (British Hispanic Foundation).

Professor Wilson Sibbett CBE has been given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Professor Wilson Sibbett is the Emeritus Wardlaw Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.

Following BSc degree studies in Physics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) he undertook research in laser physics at QUB and Imperial College London, leading to the award of his PhD degree in 1974. He held the posts of Lecturer and Reader in Physics at Imperial prior to taking up the Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in 1985.

Professor Sibbett’s primary areas of research relate to the development, assessment and application of lasers that produce very short pulses of light. Applications for his research have been wide-ranging, from ultrafast photographic techniques through to fundamental time-resolved studies in biology and medicine.

His research awards include the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (then known as the Boys Medal and Prize), the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society, the Quantum Electronics Prize of the European Physical Society, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America.

Wilson is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Optical Society of America, the European Optical Society and has been awarded honorary degrees by Trinity College Dublin and by the Universities of Dundee, Glasgow and Strathclyde. He has recently received Honorary Fellowship status from the Institute of Physics.

In the five-year period spanning 2002 to 2006 he was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish government and, by way of contrast, in the world of golf he served as Chairman of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews from 2012 to 2015.

Ms Caroline Wyatt has been given an Award of Doctor of Arts honoris causa.

Caroline Wyatt is a BBC presenter and journalist. She has worked as BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent, BBC Defence Correspondent and prior to that as the BBC’s correspondent in Paris, Moscow, Bonn and Berlin. She spent many years covering conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Kosovo.

She is now an occasional presenter for Saturday PM and The World Tonight on Radio 4 and The World This Week on World Service Radio, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015.

Caroline joined the BBC as a news and current affairs trainee in 1991 after gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Periodical Journalism at City in 1990. She has contributed to books including The Oxford Handbook on War and More From Our Own Correspondent.