Buxton Honorands - November 2016


Trevor Clay - Honorary Doctor of Education (HonDEd)

Trevor Clay has over 25 years’ experience in Further Education having previously worked at Arnold and Carlton College and New College Nottingham. In his role as Principal and Chief Executive of Chesterfield College, Trevor led the remodelling of the campus to create a modern and attractive space for students. Under his leadership, the College received Beacon of Excellence in Further Education status in 2004. Trevor created Learning Unlimited in 2008, focussing on the delivery of apprenticeships through effective partnerships in the region. Learning Unlimited Apprenticeship Academies subsequently opened in Manchester, Nottingham, Matlock and Derby. This led to the College being praised by Ofsted for its best practice in employer engagement and curriculum planning.

After 15 successful years at Chesterfield College, Trevor retired in 2014. Trevor still keeps ties with Further Education and serves as a board member at New College Nottingham.

The University wishes to recognise Trevor’s commitment to the provision of high quality Further Education through his contribution to the success of Chesterfield College and its impact on the local community.

James Berresford - Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

James was born in Derbyshire where he took his first tentative steps into the world of tourism as an ice cream van driver.  After an early career in theatre management he began to specialise in the world of tourism.  He played significant roles in the East Midlands region running Sherwood Forest and taking the position of Regional Director for the Heart of England Tourist Board before joining the Northwest Development Agency as Director of Tourism.  In 2010, James brought his wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role as Chief Executive of Visit England.

In the run-up to the 2012 Olympics in London, James used his expertise and commitment to partnerships to effectively position Visit England as a critical player, raising England’s profile worldwide, increasing the volume and value of tourism exports and developing England’s visitor economy.

James led the development and delivery of the first ever national tourism strategy for England and the establishment of a new national tourism body, delivering major cultural programmes, multi-million pound business development and marketing initiatives.

The University wishes to recognise James’s significant contribution to English Tourism, whilst remaining a visible presence within Derbyshire tourism organisations.