Leading figures in rowing and health care recognised as Honorary Graduates

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

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Sir David Tanner and Elaine Strachan-Hall are to receive Honorary Doctorates from Oxford Brookes University.

The Honorary Graduates will join students at graduation ceremonies being held this week (4-7 September).  

Sir David Tanner has been British Rowing’s Performance Director since 1996. He is the mastermind behind the UK’s world dominance of rowing which culminated at London 2012. 

Whilst he has been Performance Director, the Great Britain national team won three medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, four in Athens in 2004 and, in Beijing 2008, it topped the rowing medal table with six medals. 

At home for the London Olympics last year, the national team won nine medals, four of them gold.  Until then, no rowing nation in the modern era had won more than six medals at an Olympic Games. Sir David has contributed significant support to Oxford Brookes’ rowers for more than ten years.   

Elaine Strachan-Hall was until recently the Director of Nursing and Clinical Leadership and Chief Nurse at the Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust.  

She held this position for six years, providing professional leadership for health care professionals and management of a wide range of operations.  

She is currently nurse advisor to the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, providing a crucial advisory function to this very new part of the NHS. 

Elaine has a genuine passion for health care, particularly in promoting and improving the patient experience, and she is well known for carrying out her work with compassion and a high level of personal integrity.   

Elaine has always been a steadfast supporter of Oxford Brookes, and is an especially strong advocate of higher education for nurses and clinical professionals. 

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, said of the recipients: “We are delighted to be honouring Sir David Tanner and Elaine Strachan-Hall at our graduation ceremonies. 

“Both are leaders in their fields and I am sure that their passion and commitment will serve as role models for our students and staff.  

“Graduations mark the culmination of a huge amount of dedication and hard work for our students and we are very proud that have such inspiring Honorary Graduates to share in this.”