The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2011

11 June 2011

Dianne Jeffrey CBE

Dianne Jeffrey CBE, DL

I was quite staggered when I first heard the news, but absolutely thrilled to receive this award. 

Congratulations to the University's Pro Chancellor and Chair of Governing Council Dianne Jeffrey who has been awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List published today.

The list recognises outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the United Kingdom.

The vast majority of these awards go not to stars of sport, stage and screen, but to extraordinary people who are making a real contribution to their community.

Dianne receives the CBE in recognition of her contribution to Public Service.

Dianne has helped to steer the University of Derby to its current position as a popular higher education institution. Derby has been recognised nationally in recent years with a string of awards in the sector while Dianne has been at the Governing Council's helm.

As well as her University responsibilities, Dianne is Chair of Age UK, the national charity which champions the cause for older people and was formed by Help the Aged and Age Concern England.

Dianne has an extensive understanding of the issues facing older people in the UK, developed when she was Chair of Anchor Trust, England's largest provider of housing care and support for older people.

Other responsibilities Dianne has led include chairing the not-for-profit company Digital Outreach, and she has also previously chaired two NHS Trusts, as well as the NHS Confederation.

Dianne will be invited to Buckingham Palace with three guests to receive her award at a ceremony later in the year with other award recipients.

She said: "I was quite staggered when I first heard the news, but absolutely thrilled to receive this award.

"It is also wonderful recognition for the work the University has done in recent years and its reputation has grown within the sector.

"I feel honoured to be associated with the University. I have been fortunate to work with some really talented leaders in many organisations and one of the greatest is the University's own Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne."

Elsewhere in the Honours List, education expert Dorothy Heathcote, who already has an Honorary Doctor of Education from the University of Derby for her work inspiring a generation of teachers, receives an MBE and actor, writer and comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, who is an Honorary Doctor of the University, receives an OBE for services to light entertainment.

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