Date of release: Monday, July 17, 2017

Hon GradJez Frampton, a leading brand expert, and Jason Morgan, Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic Community Trust, are to receive honorary awards from the University of Greenwich today (Monday 17 July).

In graduation ceremonies taking place at the Greenwich Campus, they will receive their honorary degrees in recognition of the work they have undertaken within the local community and the contributions made to many philanthropic causes.

Greenwich alumnus Jez Frampton is a brand expert and the global Chief Executive Officer of Interband, a leading consultancy in this field. He joined in 1998 and within ten years became Global CEO. Interbrand are the agency responsible for the campaigns of thousands of household brands, from Microsoft and McDonalds to Cancer Research UK and the BBC. He believes that brands "have the power to change the world".

In 2014 Jez was honoured by the Arms Around the Child charity for his long-term dedication to corporate citizenship. This focuses on the idea that businesses have social responsibilities to meet legal, ethical and economic obligations, and he has authored many articles on this subject.

He becomes an Honorary Doctor of Business (HonDBus), an award which recognises his long-term altruistic work and the inspiration he gives to Greenwich students, as a graduate who has achieved outstanding success.

Jason Morgan will receive his honorary award in recognition of the importance of his community work around London.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the community scheme which Jason started in 1992 after Charlton Athletic returned to The Valley. Over the years this community initiative has developed into a professional operation, now employing over 150 full-time members of staff and engaging with over 10,000 young people on a weekly basis.

Under Jason's guidance, the Trust has led projects aimed at tackling street violence, social exclusion and physical inactivity. The 'Street Violence Ruins Lives' programme, which Jason started, is now the largest Crime Reduction programme operated by any football club Trust.

Jason has been honoured with many awards over the years. In the 2013/14 New Year's Honours List, he was awarded an MBE for services to football in the community. Other accolades to his name are three Business in the Community awards and a Jubilee Award for outstanding achievement over a ten-year period.

Jason will become Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (HonDBA) to celebrate his tireless work within the local community.

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Jason Morgan and Jez Frampton