Leading figures in rowing and health care recognised as Honorary Graduates
Wednesday, 04 September 2013
Sir David Tanner and Elaine Strachan-Hall are to receive Honorary Doctorates from Oxford Brookes University.
Honorary Graduates will join students at graduation ceremonies being held this week
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
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.
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
are leaders in their fields and I am sure that their passion and commitment will
serve as role models for our students and staff.
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.”