Honorary graduates of the University of Greenwich (by year graduated) University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich confers honorary degrees on persons of distinction who either have made major contributions to the work of the university or have earned distinction for activities associated more widely with: education, business, culture, creative work, public service or sport.

Browse honorary graduates of the University of Greenwich by year below, or browse by surname here.

Honorary graduates in July 2014

Sir Stuart Etherington, HonDUniv

Chief Executive, National Council of Voluntary Organisations

Sir Stuart Etherington has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations throughout his career. He is also deeply committed to higher education and was a member of the university's governing body between 2004 and 2013. He received a knighthood in 2010 in recognition of his work for the voluntary and community sectors.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Friday 18 July 2014

The Right Honourable the Baroness Jay of Paddington, HonDUniv


Baroness Jay has enjoyed a successful career in media and broadcasting as well as in politics and government, becoming Leader of the House of Lords in 1998. She has a strong interest in health issues, notably as a campaigner on HIV and Aids, and in child health research.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Monday 14 July 2014

Ian Livingstone CBE, HonDTech

Entrepreneur, author

Ian Livingstone is an entrepreneur, author and one of the co-founders of the Games Workshop company. He is also the co-founder of the popular and influential series of Fighting Fantasy role-playing gamebooks. His many honours include a BAFTA Special Award (2002) for outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Friday 18 July 2014

Mr Fred Mussawir-Key, HonDBA

Food scientist, chemist & entrepreneur

A University of Greenwich alumnus, Fred Mussawir-Key developed the first UK-produced soy sauce, helping to create the Blue Dragon food brand at the same time. Un=sing his expertise in chemistry,food science and technology, he established his own multi-million-pound company, MH Food Brands, where he was managing director between 1979 and 2011.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Tuesday 15 July 2014

The Lord Rees of Ludlow OM PRS, HonDSc

Cosmologist and astrophycist

Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal, is the author or co-author of more than 500 research papers on astrophysics and cosmology, as well as eight books on scientific subjects. His awards include the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and he even has an asteroid named after him -4587 Rees.

Graduated at Rochester Cathedral, Thursday 24 July 2014

Honorary graduates in October 2013

Jean Gaffin OBE, HonDSc

Chair, Patient Liaison Committee, British Pain Society

Jean was involved with producing national guidelines on the assessment and management of pain and worked tirelessly to promote their adoption. A former Chair of Brent Teaching Primary Care NHS Trust (2002-07), she is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Pain UK; a Hospital Manager for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey NHS Foundation Trust, and for Central and NW London NHS Trust; and a Trustee for St Luke's Harrow.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Thursday 31 October 2013

Sir Michael Wilshaw, HonDEd

Chief Inspector of Schools in England; Head of Ofsted

Sir Michael is renowned for his success in turning round failing inner city schools, and has been Director of Education for ARK, a charitable education trust in England. Sir Michael was knighted for services to education in 2000

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Monday 28 October 2013

Honorary graduates in July 2013

The Rt Hon the Baroness Amos of Brondesbury, HonDLitt

United Nations Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief

Baroness Amos was the third woman in history to lead the Upper House of Parliament. She was the Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission (1989-94), and Director of Amos Fraser Barnard (1995-98), advising the South African government on public service reform, human rights and employment equality. She was created a life peer in 1997, and appointed Leader of the House and Lord President of the Council in 2007.

Graduated at Rochester Cathedral, Tuesday 30 July 2013

Mr Jack Dangermond, HonDSc

President, Environmental Systems Research Institute

An entrepreneur, technologist and environmental scientist, Mr Dangerfield set up his company Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969, and today it is the world's largest geographic information systems software company

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Monday 22 July 2013

Michael Everard CBE, HonDBA

President, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Mr Everard was Chairman of F T Everard & Sons 1988-2006, and has served as President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Chairman of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Vice-Chairman of Council and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Mission to Seafarers

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Wednesday 24 July 2013


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