The University of Gloucestershire has announced the names of outstanding individuals connected to Gloucestershire who will receive honorary awards at this year’s annual graduation ceremonies.

Honorary doctorates will be given to:
• Lord Michael Bichard, former Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, former Rector of the University of the Arts, London, and Chair of the Design Council;
• Lord Peter Hennessy, Gloucestershire resident and Attlee Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London.
• Lawrence Montagu OBE, Headteacher of St Peter’s High School, Gloucester;
• Chris Oldershaw, Chief Executive of the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company and Marketing Gloucester;
• Sir Jimmy Young CBE, Gloucestershire resident and veteran broadcaster.

An honorary fellowship will be conferred upon:
• Canon Mark Bailey, lead pastor of Trinity Church, Cheltenham;

The University confers honorary awards each year on a small number of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution locally, nationally or internationally. The recipients have achieved great distinction in their particular field. But in addition we look for people who have links with Gloucestershire and the University.

The honorary doctors and fellows will receive their awards at our annual graduation ceremonies alongside around 2,000 University of Gloucestershire graduates who have completed undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire said: “I am delighted that the University will be conferring honorary doctorates on such an eminent group of individuals. Each has achieved great distinction in his or her chosen field. And all have some connection with the county of Gloucestershire, illustrating the extraordinary wealth of talented people who are brought up here or choose to make their home here. The University is proud to be able honour and celebrate their achievements through these awards.”

Additional award recipients will be announced in September.

The graduation ceremonies will take place at Gloucester Cathedral and The Centaur at Cheltenham racecourse in the autumn term.

Canon Mark Bailey
As a former student of the University of Gloucestershire, and with a background in finance and sport, Mark has gone on to be the Lead Pastor of Trinity Cheltenham since 1994. During that time he has overseen the growth of the church so it has become the largest church in Gloucestershire and one of the largest Anglican churches in the UK. The church serves people way beyond its own boundaries, with a series of large congregations in Cheltenham and a commitment to multiplication around the country. It has a strong emphasis on connection with young people, and has a significant programme of outreach into the community among the vulnerable, disadvantaged and needy, with the whole church community mobilised to play a significant role in annual transformational projects. Mark has also led the church into significant partnerships delivering aid, education and development in Kenya.

Mark has been on the national and international leadership team of New Wine for the last 12 years, and its Central and South West Regional Director for the last 6 years. This is a movement that seeks to see local churches bringing transformation to nations. Mark is also a member of the College of Evangelists.

Mark is a Foundation Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire, reflecting the University’s close and long-standing links with the Church. He is an Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He is also a season ticket holder at the Kingsholm rugby ground.

Lord Michael Bichard
Lord Michael Bichard served as Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council in the 1980s and was appointed as Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency in 1990.
In 1995 Lord Bichard was made Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education and Employment where he oversaw major changes to the education policy landscape such as the introduction of the Learning and Skills Council to fund further education and apprenticeships.
In May 2001 he retired from the Civil Service and was appointed Rector of The University of the Arts, London until 2008. In 2004, he was appointed by David Blunkett to chair an inquiry into the Soham murders, which became known as the ‘Bichard Inquiry’.
Lord Bichard has served as Chair of the Design Council and Director of the Institute for Government. He is now a Chair of the Board of Filmclub, a nationwide after-school scheme. Lord Bichard became a life peer in 2010, as Baron Bichard of Nailsworth in the County of Gloucestershire, and sits on the crossbenches.

Lord Peter Hennessy
Lord Hennessy attended Marling School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, when his father’s job moved the family to the Cotswolds. He went on to attend St John’s College, Cambridge where he was awarded a BA in 1969 and a PhD in 1990. Lord Hennessy was a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard University from 1971-72.
Lord Hennessy was a journalist for the Times Higher Education Supplement from 1972 to 1974. He wrote leaders for The Times from 1974-82, for which he was also the Whitehall Correspondent. He was The Financial Times’ Lobby Correspondent at Westminster in 1976 and he wrote for The Economist in 1982. He co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History in 1986. He was a regular presenter of Analysis on BBC Radio 4 from 1987 to 1992. From 1994 to 1997, he gave public lectures as professor of rhetoric at Gresham College, London. From 1992-2000 he was Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. From 2001, he has been Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary. Lord Hennessy helps lead the Mile End Group – a lively forum for postgraduate research and political debate at Queen Mary, University of London that attracts high-profile guest speakers from the worlds of Westminister and Whitehall.
Lord Hennessy was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010 as Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield in the County of Gloucestershire.

Lawrence Montagu
Larry Montague has been head teacher of St Peter’s High School since 1984 and is a Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. Larry was one of the instigators of school-based initial teacher training when it was introduced in the early 1990s. He worked with the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers to set up the joint partnership to trained secondary school teachers, which is still operating successfully. He has been a member of Gloucestershire’s Education Committee serving as the secondary schools representative.
Larry is a National Leader in Education and a Consultant Leader of the National College for School Leadership. He has been the South of England’s Director of Programmes for the Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers as well as serving on national committees such as the Dearing Enquiry into Higher Education, the Secondary Heads Reference Group, the National Funding Formula committee and was involved in establishing a tariff for Initial Teacher Training courses.
Larry received the OBE in 2000 for his services to education.

Chris Oldershaw
Chris is Chief Executive of the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company and Marketing Gloucester. He is a qualified town planner with 30 years experience in urban regeneration and economic development, directing major projects in areas such as Merseyside, Teesside and Tyne and Wear. Major successes have included the internationally acclaimed Grainger Town project in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Since 2005, Chris has led the regeneration of the City of Gloucester, where over £500 million of investment has been attracted in the last five years. Chris has presented evidence on heritage-led regeneration to the House of Commons Select Committee and was invited by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to join the Steering Group for the Leaders Network on Sustainable Communities. He was elected to the UK’s Academy of Urbanism in 2009 and has presented lectures on urban regeneration to UK universities, including Bath, Newcastle and Oxford.
Locally, Chris is a board member of Creating Excellence and a special adviser to the Cinderford Regeneration Partnership. He is also on the new board of the Cotswold Water Park Trust.

Sir Jimmy Young CBE
Sir Jimmy Young was born in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, in 1921 and educated at East Dean Grammar School. He was inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame this year to honour his 90th birthday and his services to radio.
Sir Jimmy began his career as a singer, signed to Polygon Records in 1950 and later Decca. In 1955 he was the first British singer to have two successive number one hits. However Sir Jimmy is best known as a radio presenter where his popularity led him to be known as ‘Housewives’ Choice’.
After a time with Radio Luxemburg, he joined BBC Radio 1 as one of the first disc jockeys and presented the weekday mid-morning show from 1967 to 1973. In 1973 he introduced current affairs to BBC Radio 2 – including the first live broadcast from Moscow – where he presented a regular programme until 2002. Sir Jimmy has been honoured with an OBE in 1979, a CBE in 1993 and in 2002 he was knighted for his services to broadcasting. He continues to write a weekly column for the Sunday Express newspaper.

“As a baker’s boy from Cinderford I am proud and delighted to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire”.

Source: University of Gloucestershire