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Admiral Sir Philip Jones, GCB, DL

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, GCB, DL

Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy.

Philip completed a 41-year career in the Royal Navy in June 2019, which culminated in his three-year appointment as Chief of Naval Staff and First Sea Lord, the Royal Navy’s professional Head and Chairman of the Navy Board. In that role he was responsible to the Secretary of State for Defence for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Naval Service. He also advised the Chief of the Defence Staff on maritime aspects of all operations. Prior to that, as a Vice Admiral, he had served as Fleet Commander, responsible for the provision of ships, submarines, maritime aircraft and Royal Marines units as required to support mandated maritime operations.

Born in Cheshire and educated at Birkenhead School, he read Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford. Earlier in his career he saw active service in the Falklands Conflict in 1982, served in HM Yacht BRITANNIA, commanded the frigates HM Ships BEAVER and COVENTRY, the Amphibious Task Group (as a Commodore) and UK Maritime Forces (as a Rear Admiral). He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Freeman of the cities of London and Glasgow. Having stepped down as First Sea Lord he is now a Trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of the White Ensign Association, a Distinguished Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies and a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire.

Lord Hall of Birkenhead

Lord Hall of Birkenhead, CBE

Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Royal Opera House and the BBC.

As Director-General, Tony Hall is the BBC’s creative, editorial and operational leader. He oversees all the BBC’s services across the UK and around the world, both public service and commercial. Tony is also President of the European Broadcasting Union, championing public service media across the world. He became the BBC's 16th Director-General in 2013 and announced in January 2020 that he would step down from the role in the summer to take up the position of Chair of the National Gallery. Tony first joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and, as Director of News and Current Affairs, launched many of the BBC's most popular digital services - including BBC News Online, the rolling news channel, BBC Parliament and Radio 5 Live.  

In 2001 he became Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, bringing financial stability, supporting new artists, and developing new audiences. He introduced the first live cinema screenings around the UK, low-price ticket schemes and a thriving new production park in Thurrock. In 2004 Tony was appointed inaugural Chair of the industry-led Creative and Cultural skills, introducing the first formal creative apprenticeships as well as new online careers guidance for emerging talent. In 2009 he joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and became Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board. He is currently a Trustee of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and was made a life peer in 2010. He sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.