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Professor Sir Cary L Cooper CBE FAcSS

Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of social science.

Sir Cary L Cooper CBE, FAcSS is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is the author/editor of over 120 books, has written over 400 scholarly articles, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.  

He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Public Health, The British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is President of the British Academy of Management, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of the first UK based Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management.

In 2001, Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his contribution to occupational health, then a Knighthood in 2014 for services to the social sciences. In November 2010, he was awarded the Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award by the Times Higher Education for his distinguished contribution to higher education.

Professor Cooper is the Editor-in-Chief of the international scholarly Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, the Editor of Who’s Who in the Management Sciences. He is also the President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the President of the Institute of Welfare, Immediate Past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE, former national Ambassador of The Samaritans, and a Patron of the Anxiety UK. He was elected President of the British Academy of Management, January 2015. 

Lieutenant General Professor Sir Edmund Burton KBE

Lieutenant General Professor Sir Edmund Burton KBE

Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his outstanding contribution as Chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council.

Sir Edmund Burton KBE, MA retired from a 38-year military career in 2000. On retirement from the Army, he was tasked to undertake a review of GCHQ’s New Accommodation Programme, followed by a review of the UK’s Information Security capability, leading to the establishment of the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance. He was appointed by the Home Secretary as Executive Chairman of the UK Police IT Organisation in 2001, with responsibility for reforming the approach of the Police Service to defining, procuring and supporting ICT capabilities. In 2004 he established the Telecommunications Industry Security Advisory Council (TISAC).

With his wife and two family members, Sir Edmund has been running The Philip Barker Charity, which has over the past 25 years made grants of over £1.5M to local charities. For the past five years, the Charity has funded the involvement of the University’s Faculty of Education and Children’s Services with Manchester Camerata Orchestra’s Outreach Education Team on a wide range of projects.

The Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning is a new development, funded entirely by the generosity of the Philip Barker Charity and established to further the engagement of the University of Chester and its Faculty of Education and Children’s Services in the arts and cultural life of the city and beyond. The new Centre will complement the activity of the Faculty’s Centre for Research into Education Creativity and Arts through Practice, which has developed an international reputation for research into creative pedagogy.

Vicki Bulgin

Vicki Bulgin

Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of her outstanding contribution as Chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council.

Vicki Bulgin is a talented musician and choral singer. She began her teaching career at the Cambridgeshire High School for Girls and then at both Long Road and Hills Road Sixth Form Colleges in Cambridge. For a number of years she sang with the Cambridge University Music Society. From Cambridge Vicki moved to a Head of Music position in Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire, moving to Rhyl in North Wales as the Head of the Creative Arts Faculty in 1990.

She retired from teaching in 2008. It was while teaching in North Wales that Vicki also began work as the Director of Music at the then Chester College. As part of this role she was able to take the choir to represent Chester to the annual Choirs Festivals up and down the country. She conducted the massed choirs of over 200 singers, with orchestra, in Chester Cathedral in 2005, 2012 and then in 2015 as part of the celebrations of Chester’s 175th anniversary. Vicki retired from this position in 2015 after 15 years but still thoroughly enjoys conducting the Chester Deo Gratias Choir which she formed in 2009.

Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts

Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts

Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for his outstanding contribution to higher education in his role as former Minister of State for Universities and Science.

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Former Minister for Universities and Science, Chair of British Science Association, Chair of Eight Great Technologies Fund; a specialist technology venture capital fund focussing on the eight technologies identified by the UK government for support and development, where Britain has real scientific strength and there are global market opportunities.

He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit. Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation.

The Right Reverend Michael Baughen

The Right Reverend Michael Baughen

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv) for his outstanding contribution to Ministry in this country, in particular recognition of his role as Bishop of Chester and past Chair of the Governing Body.

The Right Reverend Michael Baughen worked in banking and served in the Forces before he was called to ordained ministry at the age of 21 and studied for a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the University of London. He was ordained at Southwell Minster in May 1956. He became the Bishop of Chester from 1982 to 1996. He followed this with roles as Assistant Bishop in London and Assistant Bishop in Guildford.

Across the years he has served on the General Synod of the Church of England and was an Area Dean, a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral; a member of the House of Lords for nine years, chaired the Central Readers’ Council; chaired the Committee for State Aid to Churches in Use; chaired various Evangelical bodies and Conferences; in retirement chaired the Langham Trust and saw through its reconstruction as the Langham Foundation. For many years he was Chairman of Jubilate Hymns. He has authored many songs and hymns and has composed music for many more.

In November 1994 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Liverpool in recognition of his Episcopal leadership and for his contribution to education in the Diocese especially as chairman of Chester College Governors and chairing its progress towards becoming a University College – and now the University of Chester.

The Very Reverend Gordon McPhate, BA, MB, ChB, MA, MTh, MSc, MD, FRCP

The Very Reverend Gordon McPhate, BA, MB, ChB, MA, MTh, MSc, MD, FRCP

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv) for his contribution to the Diocese of Chester and the University.

The Very Reverend Gordon F McPhate BA, MB, ChB, MA, MTh, MSc, MD, FRCP is a Visiting Professor of Theology and Medicine and is Dean of Chester. He qualified in Medicine at Aberdeen in 1974, with a prize for research in the pharmacology of asthma.

Appointed Lecturer in Physiology at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in the University of London, he began research which led to a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry from Surrey, and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Cambridge. At the Guildford hospitals, Gordon was Registrar and trained as a pathologist. In 1999, he additionally was appointed to the General Medical Council.

His preparation for ordination in the Church of England was at Westcott House and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Biblical Languages and Theology and patristics. On appointment to St. Andrews, he also became Anglican Chaplain and remained there for 16 years. While there, Gordon took a Master’s degree in Ethics at New College, Edinburgh, specialising in philosophical aspects of medical ethics and the moral theologies of Karl Barth and Stanley Hauerwas. In 2002, he was appointed Dean of Chester by the Crown.

As a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists for many years, Gordon sought to promote high-quality science/religion dialogue and debate at all levels, particularly in sixth forms and universities.

Dame Sue Ion

Dame Sue Ion

Doctor of Engineering (DEng) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the nuclear industry and the wider world of engineering.

Dame Sue Ion is Hon-President of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. She was Chairman of the UK Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) until April this year. She represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector including the Euratom Science and Technology Committee which she chairs. She is the only non US member of the US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee on which she has served since 2005.

She was a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive from 2006-2014. She has been a member of the ONR Technical Advisory Panel since September 2014. She spent 27 years with BNFL rising to the position of Chief Technology Officer in 1992, a post she held until the Company was wound up in 2006. Sue served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology from 2006-2012.

She has been a Member of the Board of the University of Manchester since 2004 and holds a visiting Professorship at Imperial College.

Sir David Suchet, CBE

Sir David Suchet, CBE

Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to drama and the arts.

David went to boarding school aged eight and then to Wellington Public School, Somerset. He played Macbeth in a school production, before joining the National Youth Theatre. He went on to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, leaving as a prize-winning student. He then spent four years around the repertory theatres in England followed by 13 years playing leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and London.

In 1989, David took the title role of Hercule Poirot in the long-running television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society for his 25-year role as the fictional TV detective in 2014. David’s long and illustrious acting career also includes roles in theatre, film, and radio plays, as well as audiobooks and voice-over narrations. In 2013 David made a recording of the whole Bible (unabridged) which now has a worldwide outreach.

His many awards include; an Olivier Award for the Best Revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night, a What’s on Stage award for his role as Joe Keller in All My Sons, and an International EMMY Award for Best Actor when he played Robert Maxwell. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2002 and a CBE in 2011 for Services to Drama.

John Greaves

John Greaves

Master of Business Administration (MBA) for his outstanding contribution to external and internal communications at MBNA and more recently, as a board member at Marketing Cheshire.

John Greaves joined HomeServe UK as Director of Public Relations and then became Brand Director. John reports to the UK Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for internal and external communication, Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility and community engagement, content marketing, social media, public affairs and the HomeServe brand globally. At HomeServe, John has created and led a number of award-winning communications campaigns and has helped the company to become a Glassdoor top-three place to work in the UK.

Before joining HomeServe, John worked in Chester at MBNA/Bank of America for 13 years as UK Communications Director and, before that, at Bank of Scotland in a senior corporate affairs role. John's jobs at both MBNA and Bank of Scotland involved supporting the Chester community through a range of activities and investments.

Jonathan Slater

Jonathan Slater

Master of Business Administration (MBA) for his outstanding contribution to the City of Chester as the former Managing Director of the Grosvenor Hotel, and board member at Marketing Cheshire.

Jonathan Slater was appointed The Chester Grosvenor’s Managing Director by the age of 30 and with the support of the Westminster family, spent the next 30 years building the legacy of one of the country’s finest independent five red star hotels. Jonathan retired from The Chester Grosvenor in 2015, but continued to act as a consultant for Grosvenor. He also created Oddfellows Management Company to provide a new breed to the region’s current boutique hotel offering in the form of Oddfellows Hotels. Jonathan has had a major involvement in the global marketing consortium Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). He was an international board director for 21 years, nine of which he stood as Chairman.

He is a true ambassador of the North West and Chester, visiting Asia and America sometimes thrice yearly, often in conjunction with Marketing Cheshire, of which he is a Director, to promote the region. He also stands as a director of the Chester BID company.

Jonathan has created strong human resources initiatives that have led to strengthen the standard of the North West hospitality scene through his own personal mentoring and training. He also created the Simon Radley Kitchen Academy in 2013 to attract young chefs with talent to the North West and keep the talent in the area. He continues this at Oddfellows where he has recently launched the Oddfellows Academy for apprentices.

In his spare time, Jonathan is an accomplished sailor. In November 2015, he sailed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic on a 50-foot Beneteau raising over £5,000 for The Innholders Charitable Foundation.

Sir Algernon Herber-Percy KCVO

Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution in his role as Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire.

Sir Algernon Heber-Percy has been the Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire since 1996. During his army career, he held the positions of Lieutenant Grenadier Guards from 1962-1966 (in England and in British Guiana South America); Hon Col 5 Bn Shropshire and Herefordshire Light Infantry 1998-1999 and Hon Col West Midlands Regiment 1999-2005.

Since leaving the Army, his career has primarily been taken up by Farming Estate activities at his home in North Shropshire and the administration of Hodnet Hall Gardens which are regularly open to the public. From these interests he has become: an executive member for the Council of the National Trust and Chairman of the Mercia region, which included Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire and one of the three Trustees of the National Garden Scheme, raising funds for charities through encouraging private owners to open their gardens for the charity.

He is interested in raising awareness and opportunities for those with disabilities within the county, and was for many years Chairman of The Lyneal Trust which organises canal holidays. He is President of the Severn Hospice and has been a Fellow of Woodward Schools and a Governor of Shrewsbury School from 2004-2014.

His official appointments have included High Sheriff of Shropshire (1987), The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire in 1990 and from 1996 Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for The county. This role has included the promotion of the county in many forms, but particularly in promoting Voluntary Service, The Armed Forces stationed within the county, the appointment of Magistrates and the encouragement and attraction of new businesses.

John Evans

John Evans

Doctor of Science (DSc) for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as past President, and to the University as a member of the University Council.

Born in Chelford, Cheshire, John attended Bilton Grange Preparatory School and Charterhouse School College of Estate Management. He began his career as a Management Trainee in 1959 with J & N Phillips Textile Wholesalers Manchester. He joined Beresford Adams and Sons in Chester in 1964 and was made a Partner in 1969 after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. He became Regional Director following the acquisition of Beresford Adams by the Nationwide Building Society. He was Senior Partner and Consultant at Beresford Adams Commercial from 1994 to 2015.

Other appointments include: Chairman Chester Association of Estate Agents Surveyors and Valuers from 1977-1978; Chairman Merseyside and Isle of Man Branch of RICS 1981; President General Practice Division RICS from 1998-1999; Governor Nuffield Hospitals (Nuffield Health) 1989-2011 and Deputy Chairman 2001-2011; Hon Life President Nuffield Health 2012-present; Governor at the University of Chester 1997-2017; Governor at Moreton Hall School 2017-present; President of Chester City Club 2001-2002 and Chairman Chester City Club 2010 2013.

Jeff Turnbull

Jeff Turnbull

Doctor of Education (DEd) for his outstanding contribution to education with the diocese of Chester and the University as a member of the University Council.

Following 18 years in teaching, culminating in a headship and a short period in a local education authority office, Jeff had the privilege of serving as Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester for over 26 years. During this time of considerable educational change, the support of the 110 Primary Schools and six Secondary Schools (rising from one when he first took office) in the Diocese has been vital to providing appropriate educational opportunities to the children and young people within them and the communities they serve. For most of his period in office Jeff also headed the team responsible for supporting youth and children’s work in the churches of the Diocese. He serves as a Reader in the Church and is a Lay Canon of Chester Cathedral.

Jeff served on the Board of the National Society and the Church of England’s Board of Education and was the first chair of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education. He continues to serve on ten local educational charities and has the honour of being Vice-President of the University Council, a body on which he has served (with its predecessor) since 1991.

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Master of Business Administration (MBA) for his outstanding contribution to the City of Chester as Chief Executive of the Chester Race Company Ltd.

Richard Thomas is Chief Executive of Chester Race Company, having taken up the helm in August 2000. Richard joined the Royal Marines straight from school and after five years as a military man, began his career in the racing industry, having worked at four separate racecourses over his career to date. After short stints at Aintree and Huntingdon Racecourses, he became Managing Director of Haydock Racecourse where he improved profitability from £200,000 to £1.2M in just seven years.

Over the years Thomas has encouraged and pioneered new and exciting events and brought new leisure attractions to the city, such as the mini music festival Chester Rocks and the children’s Christmas experience Winter Wonderland. Chester Racecourse also hosts two polo tournaments annually and has had the privilege of hosting International Polo Tournaments. Since joining the Race Company in 2000, Thomas has more than doubled the number of race meetings held each season, whilst maintaining and developing facilities which keep Chester and Bangor Racecourses at the forefront of leisure offerings.

Based on the forward thinking and innovative approach taken by Thomas’ team, the Racecourse was recognised as a Showcase Champion at the industry’s annual awards in 2013, where excellent and innovation across British Racing is celebrated. More recently Chester has been recognised within the industry for its Owners’ and Trainers’ Experience, having been awarded the top prize by both the Racecourse Association and Racehorse Owners Association in 2016.

The Rt Reverend Bishop Libby Lane

The Rt Reverend Bishop Libby Lane

Doctor of Divinity (DDiv) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Ministry in this country, in particular recognition of her roles as Dean of Women in Ministry and Bishop of Stockport.

The Rt Revd Libby Lane became the Church of England’s first woman bishop in January 2015. She serves as the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. In the Diocese, Bishop Libby currently serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and as Chair of Foxhill House and Woodlands. She is Vice-Chair of The Children’s Society and the Chair of Cranmer Hall Theological College, Durham. She is an elected Suffragan Bishop in the House of Bishops and General Synod and serves on the national oversight committees for Vocations and Senior Leadership.

Before being made Bishop, Libby served as a parish priest in diverse communities. She has also worked in the Church as Social Responsibility Officer, as Director of Ordinands, as hospital and college Chaplain and was Dean of Women in Ministry. Bishop Libby’s interests have included being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives and learning to play the saxophone.