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Paul Lewis
  • Ceremony 4 - 9.30am

Paul Lewis will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to financial journalism and broadcasting.

Paul Lewis has been a freelance financial journalist since 1986.

He has presented Money Box on Radio 4 since 2000 and appears on many radio and television programmes. He writes for Saga Magazine, Radio Times, Financial Times, and Money Marketing.

He has won many awards since 1986. Most recently he was Headline Money Financial Broadcaster of the Year 2017 and voted Consumer Champion 2017 by the Chartered Insurance Institute. In 2018 he was the Kames Capital Broadcast Journalist of the Year.

He is an authority on the Victorian writer Wilkie Collins and edits his letters.

More information is available about Paul at, his blog and he has more than 117,000 Twitter followers at

Paul said: “I am honoured and flattered to be awarded this degree and grateful to the University for offering it to me. I am particularly pleased to receive this honour in my home county, Cheshire. I will continue to try to live up to the kind remarks in the citation.”

  • Ceremony 5 – 11.45am

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John Mahon
John Mahon

John Mahon will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and management, in particular as John M Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine.

John F Mahon was the first holder of the John M Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy/Professor of Management at the Maine Business School, University of Maine (2001 – 2019). He was the Founding Director of the School of Policy and International Affairs at UM and has served as Provost ad interim; and Dean, College of Business Public Policy and Health. Prior to Maine, Mahon was a Professor of Strategy and Policy/Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department at the School of Management, Boston University. He received his DBA from Boston University, his M.B.A. (with honors) from Bryant College, and his BSc in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author or co-author of over 300 cases, papers and book chapters published in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Business in the Contemporary World, Business and Society, Business Horizons, California Management Review, International Journal of Value Based Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Surgical Research, Global Focus, Management Science, and Medical Care Review. Mahon's research and teaching interests focus on: (1) how organisations shape/influence public policy; (2) how organisations use reputation; (3) how organisations plan and execute strategies; and (4) how organisations anticipate/ respond to organisational crises. Professor Mahon has won 12 national awards for his research and writing during the period 2008 - 2011. In June, 2009 his co-authored article “Corporate Social Performance and Corporate Financial Performance: Twenty-Five Years of Incomparable Research,” was recognized as the most cited paper in the 50-year history of the peer reviewed journal Business and Society. In May 2011 he was the recipient of the University of Maine’s Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award. In January 2012, he was appointed a Visiting Professor to the University of Chester by the Duke of Westminster. In 2014 he received an Aspen National Faculty Pioneer Award in New York City sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Society for course development related to Abrupt Climate Change, Business and Public Policy. In 2018, Professor Mahon was the recipient of the University of Maine Alumni Foundation Distinguished Maine Professor Award (only one faculty member is awarded this honor each year).

Professor Mahon has won numerous awards for his teaching excellence at local and national level. He was the first co-recipient of the General Electric Corporation Award for leadership in management curriculum reform and was recognised by Prentice-Hall for teaching excellence at the National Meetings of the Academy of Management in San Francisco. He has taught in executive and University programs in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Singapore. He has also led student field trips (graduate and undergraduate) to Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, South Africa and Russia.

Professor Mahon chaired the Social Issues in Management Division of the National Academy of Management and was President/Co-founder of the International Association for Business and Society. He was the Editor of Business and Society (2004 - 2007) and serves on the editorial boards of Business and Society, Case Research Journal, and the International Journal of Public Affairs. He is noted in Lexington's Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry; Who's Who Among America's Teachers; Who’s Who in America; International Who's Who of Professionals; Who's Who in the World; Who’s Who in Business and Finance and Who's Who in American Education.

He resides in Kingfield, Maine with his spouse of 49 years, Julie, Holly, the amazing cattle dog and Audrey the audacious cat.

Professor Mahon said: “The awarding of an Honorary Degree is a singular achievement and the University of Chester's recognition of me is both highly unexpected and amazing. I am grateful for all involved in the selection process.”

  • Ceremony 6 – 3.00pm

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Derek Griffiths
Derek Griffiths

Derek Griffiths will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to drama and the arts.

Derek Griffiths’ work in theatre includes Nude with Violin at the Royal Exchange (Manchester Evening News Best Actor Award); Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon; Sing a Rude Song, Two Gentleman of Verona, The Black Mikado, The Travelling Music Show, The Secret Life of Cartoons, Run for Your Wife, Dry Rot, Alladi, Snow White, Babes in the Wood, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off, Twelfth Night, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Exonerated in the West End.

TV includes Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Silent Witness and Coronation Street. As a composer he has written music for Heads and Tails, Bod, Two by Two, Mythical Magical Creatures and many TV jingles. He also wrote the music and lyrics for The Three Musketeers at the Royal Exchange.

In 2014 he was awarded the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors Gold Award for his music work in television.

Derek said: “I am stunned, shell-shocked and more than humbled, to receive this honorary doctorate.”

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