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Robert Mee DL
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition for his outstanding contribution to business in the region and in particular recognition of his role as Chair of Ellesmere Port Development Board.  

Robert Mee is the Chairman of Ellesmere Port Development Board. His Chester career started in 1981, at Capital Bank PLC where he ultimately became Managing Director, working in partnership with some of the UK’s largest businesses including Centrica, Sainsbury’s and the AA.


The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull
Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Ministry in this country, in particular in recognition of her roles as Dean of Leicester and Dean of York.  

Vivienne Frances Faull was educated at The Queen’s School, Chester and St Hilda’s College, Oxford. After teaching with the Church Mission Society in North India and youth work at Shrewsbury House, Everton, she trained for ministry at Saint John’s College, Nottingham and Nottingham University. She served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool from the early 1980’s, moving to become Chaplain, later Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge, being made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987. She has been at the forefront of the role of women in the church and was ordained in 1994. She has been the Dean of York since 2012.


The Singh Twins MBE
Doctor of Fine Arts in recognition of their outstanding contribution to British Art.  

The Singh Twins are contemporary British artists of international standing whose award-winning paintings have been acknowledged as constituting a unique genre in British Art and for initiating a new movement in the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practice - something which, in 2010, was officially recognized at the highest level of British Establishment when they each received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Singh Twins’ most recent projects include a portrait commissioned by the Museums of Scotland of Maharaja Duleep Singh (deposed Ruler of the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab and first resident Sikh in the UK) and a collaboration with top Indian Fashion Designer, Tarun Tahiliani, who’s 2015 Spring Summer Collection is inspired by their artwork.


Dr David Evans
Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University during his many years of loyal service, and to the City of Chester through his time as local Councillor and Lord Mayor.


Stanley France
Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University during his many years of loyal service and in particular to his role as Secretary to the University of Chester Alumni Association.  


David (DV) Hughes
Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University over his many years of loyal service, and in particular to the role as secretary to what was then the ‘Chester College’ Alumni.  


William (Bill) Hughes
Doctor of Letters degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University as a member of the English Department and as former Governor. The University also recognises his significant contribution to the cultural life of the city of Chester, particularly to its Literature and Music Festivals and his is current role as Vice-Chair of Chester Performs.  


Mike Potter CBE
Doctor of Science in recognition of his roles as Principal for both Wirral Metropolitan College and Guildford College.  

Mike Potter CBE was Principal of Wirral Metropolitan College from 2006-2012, during which time he oversaw its development as the largest provider of post-16 learning in Wirral, and had a particular interest in raising the profile of the College’s Higher Education activities, which he pursued with the University of Chester. Mike has been Principal and Chief Executive of the Guildford College Group since September 2012 and chairs a number of leading strategic groups nationally. Mike also spent 31 years in various roles within the Royal Navy, leaving as the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations of the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency. He was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to Training and Education in the January 2006 New Year’s Honours List, and from 2002 - 2006 was an Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty the Queen.


John Lea DL
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business in the county and in particular recognition of his role of High Sheriff of Cheshire.  

John Lea is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Morning Foods Limited Group of Companies, the UK’s only surviving independently owned major breakfast cereal manufacturer. He is also the Chairman of the Oakes Millers Group of Companies and these two firms represent one of the largest independent milling, food and feed production companies in the UK, employing in total around 750 people with factories in England, Scotland and Wales. They are both based in South Cheshire in Crewe and Nantwich. Included within the Group is a Transport and Logistics Company, which operates throughout the UK.


Nicola Horlick
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and entrepreneurship in this country.  

Nicola Horlick was born into a Cheshire family and spend most of her youth in the Wirral. Between 1982 and 1983, Nicola worked for her father in the family business, then joined S. G. Warburg & Co. as a graduate trainee in 1983, starting in the investment management business, which later became Mercury Asset Management. She was appointed a director in 1989. She joined Morgan Grenfell Asset Management in 1991 and was appointed Managing Director of the UK investment business in 1992 until 1997. During the period that she managed that business, assets under management rose from £4 billion to £18 billion. She set up SG Asset Management in 1997 and Bramdean Asset Management LLP in 2005. She is now CEO of Money&Co., a marketplace lending business focusing on business loans. She also has a film business called Derby Street Films and is Chairman of film finance fund Glentham Capital. She was a founding partner of Rockpool in 2011.


David Parr
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local government and in particular recognition of his role as Chief Executive for Halton Borough Council.  

David became the Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council in 2004. His background is in planning, environmental and transportation law. He has extensive experience in the areas of regeneration and urban renewal and has led numerous transformational regeneration projects in Nottinghamshire, Tameside, Macclesfield and most recently Halton (Widnes and Runcorn) and the Liverpool City Region, creating new employment sites, regenerating town centres and generating major new job opportunities. In particular, he has driven the £2billion Mersey Gateway Bridge Project from concept to construction and in November 2014 was appoint Chief Executive of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, a role he combines with his local authority duties. He represents Halton and the Liverpool City Region on a number of regional and national bodies and plays a major role in the Liverpool City Region, the Daresbury Enterprise Zone, the LCR Super-port Committee and science and innovation activities in the North West. He is also an Apprenticeship Ambassador.


Sir Philip Craven MBE
Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and accomplishments in the field of Paralympic sport particularly regarding his presiding over the International Paralympic Committee.  

Born in Bolton and now living in Crewe, Sir Philip Craven, MBE is the second and current President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). He is a five time Paralympian in Wheelchair Basketball (1972 – 1988) and Swimming (1972), and has received numerous awards for his work in sport from across the world including receiving the Officer in the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur - France (2014); Order of Honour – Russian Federation (2014); Humanitarian Award Global Sports Development (2012); Gold Medal of the City of Athens by Mayor Dora Bakoyiannis (2004); Gold Medal of the City of Turin by Mayor Camparino (2006) and Sport Industry Awards - Lifetime Achievement (2012). He was the Performance Director of the GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (1998-2002); CEO of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (1994-1998) and Company Secretary of the British Coal Corporation (1986-1991).


Diana Skillbeck MBE
Master of Arts for her outstanding contribution to education in the country, particularly in her role as President of the Boat Museum Society.  

Diana grew up on the Wirral. She studied at Furzedown College, London for a Teachers’ Certificate in Junior - Secondary education. She then returned to the Wirral and taught at primary and secondary schools. She became Head of The Queen’s School, Chester until retirement in 2001. Her interest in the Industrial Revolution led her to visit Ellesmere Port and see the buildings designed by Thomas Telford in a state of dilapidation. In 1974, she joined a group of volunteers (North West Museum of Inland Navigation) NWMIN and has been involved in the restoration of buildings and boats ever since. As the Museum has developed, the volunteer involvement has increased and the scope of the services offered has grown. She helps with the Education Department and is involved in running workshops for school groups. In 1995 Diana was made President of the Boat Museum Society (successors to NWMIN) and leads a dedicated group of volunteers. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE, presented by Prince Charles, patron of the Canal and River Trust which now runs The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.


Mark Cavendish MBE
Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and accomplishments in the field of professional road and track cycling.  

Mark Cavendish MBE was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man. The Manx road cyclist who currently rides for Team Dimension Data - joining in 2016 on a three year contract. Starting on the track, Mark competed for Great Britain winning Gold in the Madison at the 2005 and 2008 World Championships. Moving from the track to the road, Mark made a name for himself by winning 11 stages in his first year as a professional. He is the most successful sprinter of all time at the Tour de France, with 26 stage wins to his name winning the 2011 Green Jersey. He is also the only cyclist to have won the final stage on the Champs Elysées four years in a row. In September 2011 Mark became only the second British rider to become road race World Champion. Later that year he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to British Cycling. The Manx Missile took double figure stage wins in 2015 including Stage Seven at the Tour de France before injuring his shoulder at the Tour of Britain which ended his season.


David Barlow
Master of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local business in the electrical sector with Barlow’s Electrical.  

Born in Chester, David was educated at Chester Grammar School and later completed an MBA and an MSc at the University of Chester. In 2010 David was invited to join Summit Skills, the Government standards setting organisation for the Building Services Industry that works to develop and maintain standards, qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK. He is an Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, advising employers of the benefits of training and employing young people across the North West, and promoting the advantages of apprenticeships within a National Ambassador Network. As a Director of Barlows UK Ltd, a business that provides property maintenance solutions across the UK, David has spearheaded the growth of four academies, and as well as training the trainers, is currently personally involved in training over 120 apprentices. Barlows has won over 20 major accolades in the past five years and David has been received at Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, championing skills opportunities for young people. Barlows is a Top 100 Apprentice Employer and a three times winner of the National Apprenticeship Awards. David has recently received the Cheshire Business Person of the Year 2015 Award, to complement his Cheshire Business Leaders Award in 2013.


Clare Hayward DL
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and entrepreneurship in this country.  

Clare is a successful business woman and entrepreneur, focused on leadership and strategic engagement, who has coached, facilitated and chaired boards, senior management teams and leaders across the globe over the last 20 years, working in industry sectors including technology, banking, natural resources, retail and manufacturing. Her experience also includes investment funding and negotiating the sale/purchase of several businesses. Clare has been recognised by: the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards; the Executive Team of the Year Awards; the North West Women of Achievement Awards; and she won Cheshire Business Woman of the Year.


Finbarr Dowling
Doctor of Engineering in recognition for his outstanding contribution to engineering and electronics, including his position in Siemens, Congleton.  

Finbarr Dowling joined Siemens in May 1989. In July 2014 Finbarr was appointed Project Director for the development and construction of the harbour, blade manufacturing and service facility at Alexandra Dock, Hull. The overall project has a combined investment of £310 million and will create up to 1,000 new jobs for Siemens in the UK. Following construction, the facility at Green Port Hull will be operational in late 2016 with blade production from early 2017. Prior to this Finbarr has experience in leading and developing teams with a strong focus on productivity, innovation and manufacturing excellence having previously held senior roles in operations and general management within both manufacturing and service businesses for Siemens in the UK over the past 20 years. Most recently he was the Managing Director of the award winning Siemens Motion Control factory in Congleton from 2009 to 2014. That site employed 500 people and was responsible globally for the R&D, Manufacture and Customer Service of variable speed drives.


Ruth Lea CBE
Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of economics, both in the UK and internationally. 

Ruth Lea CBE has been an independent Non-Executive Director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC since 2005 and the Group’s Economic Adviser since 2007. She is also Chairman of Economists for Britain, a group aligned with Business for Britain. She co-founded Global Vision in 2007 and was Director until 2010, and was previously the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors, and Economics Editor at ITN Prior to ITN she was Chief UK Economist at Lehman Brothers, Chief Economist at Mitsubishi Bank, worked for 16 years in the Civil Service (the Treasury, the DTI, the Civil Service College and the Central Statistical Office) and was an Economics lecturer at Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich). She is the author of many papers and articles on economic issues and has been a Governor of the London School of Economics and Council Member of the University of London.