The honorands for our November 2018 ceremonies are:
Ceremony 1: Kay Fawcett OBE – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)
Kay has had a long and distinguished career in nursing in the Midlands. Qualifying through the Warwickshire School of Nursing in 1980, she rose from front-line nursing into education and management during her 37-year career, latterly as Chief Nurse in Derby and Birmingham. On retirement from the NHS, Kay took up a portfolio career and has contributed to significant transformation of the support worker workforce. She led the development of the national Care Certificate in 2014 for Health Education England, an agreed set of standards for specific roles in the health and social care sectors. She has also made a significant contribution to the development of apprenticeship standards for healthcare support workers and the development of the nursing degree apprenticeship, working closely with the University in this area. In 2014 Kay was awarded an OBE for services to nursing. The University wishes to recognise Kay’s achievements in the provision of health and social care education and her impact on the healthcare workforce.
Ceremony 2: Steve Perez – Honorary Master of Business Administration (HonMBA)
Steve Perez is chairman of Global Brands, a leading independent drinks business, and owner of Casa Hotel and Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield. Steve grew up in Chesterfield and founded the Global Beer Company in 1986, initially selling imported beer to local pubs and clubs from the back of a van. In 1997 he spotted a gap in the market and launched VK, now one of the best-selling vodka-based drinks in the UK. In 2002 Global Brands was the UK’s fourth fastest growing company and Steve was voted CBI Entrepreneur of the Year. Since then Steve has expanded into property, farming and hotels. When he is not working, Steve can be found at track racing days where he is a four-time British rally champion. The University wishes to recognise Steve’s achievements as a local entrepreneur and his impact on the local economy.
Ceremony 3: Colin Treadaway-Hoare - Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)
Colin has dedicated his life to exploring the world and discovering butterflies. He has studied and identified hundreds of new species and is one of the world’s leading experts on butterflies of the Philippines. Colin enjoyed a long career with Procter & Gamble, being appointed Director of the company’s German operations in 1978, and pursued his interest in entomology in his spare time. In 1978 he began publishing work with the help of scholars in the field and has produced more than 100 publications to date. After his retirement from Procter & Gamble in 1987, he made research trips almost every year to the Philippines, camping for weeks in jungles where he encountered pirates, guerrilla groups and giant snakes. Since his move to Derby, Colin has been a friend to the University and has shared his great knowledge and experience of working on butterfly taxonomy with staff and students. The University wishes to recognise Colin’s significant contribution to butterfly research.