Derby Honorands - Derby Award Ceremonies - University of Derby

Derby Honorands - November 2016


These are the honorands for our November 2016 ceremonies.

Ceremony 1: Sir Stephen Moss – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

Stephen Moss is a nurse who has devoted his career to healthcare.  He held senior NHS positions in nursing and general management, including Director of Nursing at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The Secretary of State appointed him a Commissioner on the original NHS quality regulator where he helped to develop the first reviews of clinical quality across England and Wales.

For five years he was Chairman of the Nurse Directors Association, and provided advice on nursing and health policy to the Secretary of State.

Sir Stephen was asked to undertake the role of Chairman at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the Healthcare Commission's highly critical report. Those events were a defining moment for health and social care in the United Kingdom and a most challenging time in NHS history.

He currently holds Non-Executive Director posts at Derby Teaching Hospitals and Health Education England, where he chaired the Steering Group for a pre-degree work experience pilot. The scheme, recommended in the Francis Report, provides prospective nursing students with ‘a year to care’.

The University wishes to recognise Sir Stephen's services to health and social care as an outstanding nurse leader and role model.

Ceremony 1: Charles W Haycock – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

The firm of William Haycock is one of the oldest clock making businesses in the United Kingdom, still controlled by the original family. The business has been run under the Haycock name since circa 1826 but its roots can be traced back to 1740. Charles took over the business from his father in 1977, and only recently handed the reins to his son Neil.

Born in 1934, Charles left school at 14 to join the family’s clock making business which was over 100 years old at that time. Apart from a stint in the RAF doing National Service in this country and Kenya he has been a clockmaker ever since.

Over the years Charles has been involved in numerous interesting ventures, including a large project in conjunction with the Arkwright Society to provide working replica machinery for a museum in Germany, where no plans or drawings for the clock works existed.

He was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and is also a Fellow of the British Horological Institute.

The University confers this award in recognition of Charles’s unique expertise, his services to horology and outstanding contribution to Derbyshire’s heritage.

Photo courtesy of Mark Hall, University of Derby

Ceremony 2: The Reverend Canon Professor David Thomas, MA MA PhD - Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt)

David Thomas is an internationally regarded scholar and writer on the history and theology of Christian-Muslim Relations. He specialises in the history of religious thought in Islam, and in encounters between Christians and Muslims, particularly in the Arab world.  With degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and Lancaster, he has experience of the Islamic world and of involvement in interreligious relations within the United Kingdom.

He is chief editor of the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and leader of a project to compose an encyclopaedia of all works written by Christians and Muslims through 1400 years of history.

Professor Thomas is engaged in promoting interfaith dialogue in the region.  As Honorary Canon Theologian of Derby Cathedral, he has regularly given addresses on Christian-Muslim relations in the Diocese of Derby, he was a co-founder of the Derby Dialogue Group, and he has served as a Governor in one of the city’s church schools with a Muslim majority.  He also works to bring ‘enlightened Islam’ to Muslim school children abroad.

The University wishes to recognise Professor Thomas’s services to scholarship and his legacy in the field of Christian-Muslim relations.


Ceremony 2: Adam Peaty – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Adam Peaty is a swimmer who won Team GB’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. His time of 57.13 seconds in the men’s 100m breaststroke final set a new world record and brought Britain its first men’s swimming gold in 28 years.

Adam grew up in Uttoxeter and, as a young child, was terrified of water. However, a school swimming gala led him to join Dove Valley Swimming Club at the age of 10. He then trialled for the City of Derby at 14.

In 2014, he won gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 100m and 200m at the British Championships. This was followed by success in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where Adam won two gold medals and one silver.

In the 2015 World Championships he became the first British swimmer to win three gold medals at a single event and the first man in World Championship history to clinch the 50m and 100m breaststroke double.

The University of Derby is delighted to offer him an Honorary Masters of the University in recognition of his achievements in sport.

Photo courtesy of LaPresse Gianmattia D'Alberto 

Ceremony 3: David Coleman QPM, DL, BA - Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

David served the Derbyshire and Leicestershire constabularies during his 32 year career and was Derbyshire’s Chief Constable for 7 years before retiring in 2007.  During his time as Chief Constable David served as a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee.

Following his retirement he became the Chairman of the Derbyshire Association for the Blind, having been a member of their board of Directors before that and in 2007 he raised money for five local and national charities.  David is also a trustee and the Chair of Foundation Derbyshire Grants Committee and since his retirement he has also been President of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.

David received the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2004, was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire in 2007 and most recently was sworn in as Derbyshire’s High Sheriff for the year 2014 – 15.   

Ceremony 3: Hollie Webb – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Hollie Webb is a British women’s hockey player and Olympic gold medallist. She scored the winning goal against the Netherlands in the finals match at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She grew up in Belper, just outside Derby, and was educated at the Ecclesbourne School. She studied at the University of Sheffield and graduated with a degree in Economics in 2013.

She started playing for her local hockey club in Belper after they advertised their Sunday morning junior sessions at the local primary schools. She now plays for Premier League side, Surbiton, as a defender.

Her international debut came against South Africa in Cape Town in 2013, while she was still at university. Since then, Hollie has gone on to win a number of medals at international level, including a silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and a gold at the EuroHockey Championships in 2015.

The University of Derby is delighted to offer her an Honorary Masters of the University in recognition of her achievements in sport.

Photo courtesy of Great Britain Hockey