Oxford Brookes awards honorary doctorates to leading figures

Monday, 17 June 2013

sir terence english kbe

Six leading figures from the worlds of medicine, motorsport, healthcare and business, as well as others with strong links to Oxford Brookes University, are being awarded honorary doctorates by the institution.

The six receiving the awards during the University’s June graduation ceremonies this week are:

  • Sir Terence English KBE (pictured) who led the team that conducted Britain’s first successful heart transplant in 1979. In 2009 Sir Terence worked with Oxford Brookes to bring a Post Graduate student from Gaza to Brookes on a donor-supported scholarship. The scholarship scheme is ongoing. (Honorary Doctor of Science)
  • Adrian Newey OBE, Chief Technical Officer with Red Bull Racing. (Honorary Doctor of Engineering)
  • Margaret Evison whose son Mark studied at Oxford Brookes before joining 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. Mark died of wounds sustained whilst leading a patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2009. Margaret Evison set up the Mark Evison Foundation to support young people in adventurous challenges. (Honorary Doctor of the University)
  • Dr Zipporah Ali, Executive Director of the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association and a leader of the Oxford Brookes-Nairobi Hospice Higher Diploma programme. (Honorary Doctor of the University)
  • Dr Sarah Kagan, Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. (Honorary Doctor of Science)
  • Andrew Hynard, UK Deputy Chairman of global real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle and a Brookes alumnus. (Honorary Doctor of Science).
  • Speaking about his award, Adrian Newey commented: "I'm delighted to receive this Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. My university education has proved to be invaluable throughout my career and I have worked with a number of highly skilled graduates from Oxford Brookes. The university offers some excellent engineering courses which are taken up by students from around the world. I am honoured to be recognised in this way and to be associated with the university."

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, said of the recipients:

All the honorary graduates are outstanding in their respective fields: committed to building new knowledge in crucial areas and forging a better world – as are the staff and students at Oxford Brookes.

We are delighted that these fantastic role models have accepted honorary doctorates.

You can find more information about the recipients below:

Dr Zipporah Ali

Dr Zipporah Ali is Executive Director of the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association. She holds a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes. She makes a major contribution to the education and training of health care professionals in East Africa, and is part of the team that runs the Oxford Brookes-Nairobi Hospice Higher Diploma programme.

Sir Terence English KBE

As consultant cardiothoracic surgeon to Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals in Cambridge for 23 years to 1995, Sir Terence English led the team that carried out Britain’s first successful heart transplant in 1979. The hospital achieved an international reputation for heart and lung transplantation with Sir Terence as Director of its British Heart Foundation Research Group. He is active in a wide range of professional bodies, including the General Medical Council. He was awarded a KBE in 1991 and is a former President of the Royal College of Surgeons. Sir Terence was born in South Africa, where he studied Mining Engineering, before moving to London, training in medicine at Guy’s Hospital.

Margaret Evison

Margaret Evison’s award-winning book Death of a Soldier, a Mother’s Story was published last year. In 2009 her son Lieutenant Mark Evison of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died of wounds sustained whilst leading a patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. A Brookes alumnus, he had graduated from Sandhurst 15 months earlier and had been in action for only a month when he was shot. Margaret Evison works as a consultant clinical psychologist, and until recently led a team supporting cancer patients in a large London hospital trust. Along with family and friends, she set up the Mark Evison Foundation to support young people taking on personal challenges.

Andrew Hynard

Andrew Hynard has held various leadership roles in a 29 year career with Jones Lang LaSalle and is currently UK Deputy Chairman of the global real estate services firm, having specialised in commercial property management. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a Brookes alumnus, describing his time studying Estate Management as ‘the most fulfilling of his educational career’. He is a keen supporter of the University’s Real Estate Management Society, and an active charity fundraiser.

Dr Sarah H. Kagan

Dr Sarah H. Kagan is the Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Abramson Cancer Center. Since arriving at Penn in 1994, she has specialised in working with older adults with cancer. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Kagan has held numerous visiting professorships at many notable institutions nationally and internationally. She has a Master’s degree in Gerontological Nursing and a PhD from the University of California.

Adrian Newey OBE

Adrian Newey is Chief Technical Officer with Red Bull Racing, only the fourth team in the history of Formula 1 to record three consecutive World Constructors’ Championships wins. After studying aeronautics at Southampton University and early stints with Fittipaldi and March F1, he first tasted success with his March sports car design in America in the 1980s. His IndyCar project won the Championship and Indy 500 titles four times. He won F1 titles with Williams and with McLaren, including two drivers’ crowns for Mika Hakkinen. He joined newcomers Red Bull in 2006; three years later his revolutionary RB5 car won its first grand prix with the team subsequently winning the 2010, 2011 and 2012 championships.