The honorands for our July 2018 ceremonies were:
Ceremony 1: Mr Alan Gifford CEng, FWeld Inst – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)
Alan Gifford’s career in welding and quality management spanned over 40 years at International Combustion Ltd (ICL) in Derby. Responsible for engineering thousands of welds for numerous power station boilers and nuclear installations throughout the world, Alan introduced innovative welding techniques and formal quality standards to ICL. He played a key role at the Welding Institute as they introduced formal quality systems into international welding operations. Alan was also a founder member in 1996 of the Heage Windmill Society, a charitable trust. Built in 1797 and restored in 2002, Heage Windmill is the only working, stone towered, multi-sailed windmill in England – a real Derbyshire gem. The University wishes to recognise Alan’s achievements in the field of welding and quality, his impact on manufacturing and his voluntary work in the region.
Ceremony 2: Mr Jonathan Joseph – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)
Jonathan Joseph was born in Derby and began playing rugby at Derby RFC when he was ten years old. He currently plays for Bath Rugby and represents England on the international stage. In 2015 Jonathan won the Rugby Players’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year and England Player of the Year for his outstanding performances for both club and country during the 2014/15 season. He toured with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand last year and took his place in the England squad for this year’s Six Nations. The University wishes to recognise Jonathan’s services to sport and his outstanding success as an international professional rugby player.
Ceremony 3: Mr Daniel Hanson - Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)
Daniel Hanson is a clothing and textiles designer and professional design consultant. In 1989 he established his company ‘Daniel Hanson’ in Nottingham, which is now an international brand with a reputation for producing the best nightwear in the world. The company, cited by the Independent as being the ‘Sistine Chapel ceiling of dressing-gown luxury’, unusually maintains its own manufacturing base in the UK. Daniel’s garments can be found in high end retailers such as Harrods in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and his client list includes high profile individuals from all around the globe. Daniel studied at Derby College of Art & Technology and later lectured at the Royal College of Art and then Nottingham Trent University before setting up his own practice. The University wishes to recognise Daniel’s contribution to fashion and his international success as a textile designer.
Ceremony 4: Mr 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 his achievements as a local entrepreneur and his impact on the local economy.
Update: Mr Perez will not be able to attend the ceremonies on 19 July, due to a recent motor racing accident. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to him receiving his award at a future ceremony.
Ceremony 5: The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern- Honorary Doctor of Laws (HonLLD)
Alastair Redfern has held the position of Bishop of Derby since 2005. During this time he has led the Diocese of Derby through significant changes and has established a range of key partnerships between the Church and the local community. He is a member of the House of Lords and is the Church of England’s spokesman for International Development, speaking extensively on women and girls’ rights in developing countries. He is committed to the fight against modern slavery, having sat on the joint Parliamentary Select Committee for the draft Modern Slavery Bill and supported the legislation through Parliament until the Royal Assent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The University wishes to recognise his fight against modern slavery and his commitment to the University and the wider local community.
Ceremony 6: Ms Kathryn Stone – Honorary Doctor of Laws (HonLLD)
Born in Derby and raised in Belper, Kathryn has enjoyed a 40-year career in public service. She recently became Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, an independent officer of the House of Commons overseeing the code of conduct and rules for MPs. During her career she spent 11 years as Chief Executive of the charity Voice UK, representing the rights of people with learning disabilities who were victims of abuse and crime. She was awarded an OBE in 2007 for her services to people with learning disabilities. She has also held the challenging role of Commissioner for the Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland, was a Commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission and has held the role of Chief Legal Ombudsman of England and Wales. The University wishes to recognise her outstanding contribution to public service.