Honorands - 2019

The honorands for our Derby July 2019 ceremonies are:

Ceremony 1

Brian Jones – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Brian Jones - Honorand

Brian has been Chief Executive Officer for the SENAD Group since 2006. Using his experience in special education with local authorities, the voluntary sector and independent sector, he has successfully led the group in designing and operating high quality education, therapy and care services for young people and adults with a variety of needs. The University wishes to recognise Brian’s work to promote and ensure equality of education provision for young people and adults.

Ceremony 2

Chris Hughes – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

Chris Hughes - Honorand

Chris has been associated with the University since 2001 when he became a Trustee. His 17 years’ service has been critical in steering the University to its position today. He understands the importance of leadership through challenge and putting the students at the heart of everything. The University wishes to recognise Chris’s contribution and impact on the institution, its students and its staff during his tenure as a governor and Chair of the Governing Council.

Ceremony 3

Andy Sneap – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Andy Sneap - Honorand

Born in Belper, Derbyshire, Andy is a musician, songwriter, guitar player and record producer with over 100 albums to his name. He started out as a rock musician and has performed with bands including Sabbat and Judas Priest. But it is his work as a heavy metal music producer, working principally from his local Backstage Recording Studios, that has won Andy international acclaim. The University wishes to recognise Andy’s contribution to the local and international rock music industry.

Ceremony 4

Chris Shrigley – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

Chris Shrigley - Honorand

Born in Derby, Chris has more than 50 published video games to his credit. He founded Core Design, best known for creating the Tomb Raider franchise, and Eurocom Entertainment Software. Both Derby companies have left a huge legacy in the city and have contributed to its international reputation for video games. The University wishes to recognise Chris’s international career and impact in the world of computer games in spite of a severe visual impairment.

Ceremony 5

Judy Leden MBE – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Judy Leden MBE - Honorand

Judy operates Airways Airsports, a flying school in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. She currently holds world records for both hang gliding and paragliding and was awarded an MBE in 1989 for her services to hang gliding. Judy has built a world-wide reputation for her skill, fearless determination and passion for free flight. The University wishes to recognise Judy’s achievements in the field of hang gliding and paragliding and her impact on the local flying community.

Ceremony 6

John Forkin – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

John Forkin - Honorand

John is Managing Director of Marketing Derby. He grew up in Normanton in the city and, since joining Marketing Derby in 2006, he has been instrumental in driving forward and supporting the city’s regeneration, attracting over 5,000 jobs. He passionately promotes the city to encourage and support investment, and invites everyone to ‘think Derby’. The University wishes to recognise John’s tireless work as an ambassador of the city of Derby and strong support for the University.

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