Northumbria University to honour top names

SOME of the region’s leading names in business, health care and the arts will be honoured by a North East university this summer.

SOME of the region’s leading names in business, health care and the arts will be honoured by a North East university this summer.

Northumbria University will present honorary doctorates to Sir Len Fenwick, Sir Michael Darrington, Trevor Mann, Peter Millican, Marshall Hall, Lord Shipley and Bibiana Aido Almagro.

They will receive their honorary degrees during graduation ceremonies which will be held at the university’s new £30m Sport Central venue in July.

Professor Andrew Wathey, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Northumbria University, said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the excellent achievements of so many people from the region and look forward to celebrating their successes with those of our own graduates this summer.”

As chief executive of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sir Len manages more than 9,000 staff and controls an annual budget worth more than £500m. In addition, he is also chairman of the Holy Jesus and Mary Magdalene Trust, which provides sheltered accommodation.

Sir Michael joined bakery Greggs as group managing director in 1983. During his 25-year leadership the company became one of the largest in the North East. Now retired, he is involved with the Confederation of British Industry, Business in the Community and The Prince’s Trust.

Lord Shipley has played a significant role in the region’s public, political and educational sectors. He spent almost 35 years serving as a local councillor and was Liberal Democrat leader of Newcastle City Council from 2006 until last year. He was regional director for the Open University and is currently a member of the board for Newcastle Science City, One North East and the Newcastle/Gateshead City Development Company 1NG.

Northumbria University graduate Bibiana Aido Almagro is the Spanish Government Minister for Equality and is one of the youngest ministerial appointments in Spain’s political history.

After joining Nissan’s Sunderland plant as a team leader in 1985, Trevor Mann has enjoyed a high profile career with the car manufacturer and is now Nissan Europe’s senior vice-president.

Property developer, designer and entrepreneur Peter Millican is responsible for the development of the Central Square site behind Newcastle Central Station. He recently opened the £100m Kings Place art gallery, concert hall and conference centre in London.

Meanwhile, Marshall Hall has been a leading expert in all aspects of North East art for almost 40 years. His dictionary, The Artists of Northumbria, which was first published in 1973, is considered the definitive work on regional art and artists.


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