A host of leading figures with links to the University of Southampton, including many graduates, were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2012.
Professor Judith Petts‚ Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, has been awarded a CBE. Professor Petts was recognised for services to science‚ contributing particularly in recent years as a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. With a background as a human geographer, Professor Petts has made important research contributions in the broad area of environmental risk management over the last 30 years.
Adrian Newey received an OBE for services to Motorsport. As Chief Technical Officer at Red Bull, Newey has been the brains behind the Formula 1 world championship-winning Red Bull Racing team. The Southampton Aeronautics graduate has also worked for March, Williams and McLaren. In total, Newey-designed cars have won eight Constructors’ championships in F1 and CART.
Professor Judith Hill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for services to people receiving Palliative Care in Northern Ireland. The Southampton Geography graduate who is Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hospice has devoted her career to leading nurse developments. Earlier she held the role of Senior Nurse and Tutor at Countess Mountbatten House (Southampton) and was involved in the development of Palliative Care as a specialty.
David Flint, head of one of the UK’s leading high technology companies, was awarded a CBE for services to Business and Science. Flint, who holds an MBA from the University, has been Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments since April 2005. The company employs 1,400 staff globally with a turnover of £200million per annum.
Professor Philip Sutton, Director General for Science and Technology Strategy at the Ministry of Defence, was also awarded a CBE. Professor Sutton graduated with an honours degree in Physics from Southampton in 1975 and later obtained his PhD in Electronics under MoD sponsorship. His current role places special emphasis on defining MoD's Defence Technology Strategy and Defence Technology Plan.
Professor David Phillips, CBE, is a former lecturer and reader in Physical Chemistry at the University of Southampton (1967-80). He is currently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, Imperial College London, and was previously awarded the OBE by The Queen for services to science education.
Peter Bucks, OBE, has been honoured for services to regulation. Bucks graduated with a degree in Sociology and Law prior to a 30-year career as an investment banker involved in the privatisation of the UK’s utilities. He later became senior financial advisor at OFGEM (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) then corporate finance adviser at OFWAT (the Office of Water Services) and is currently a non-executive Board member of the Office of Rail Regulation.
Cllr Michael Chater, who graduated from Southampton with an MA in Education, received an OBE for services to local government. A parish councillor in Sussex for 17 years, Cllr Chater has had a UK-wide profile as Chair of the National Association of Local Councils since 2009. He has also served on the South East Regional Assembly and is currently a Vice President of the West Sussex Association of Local Councils.
Conductor and choral composer Rev Ronald Corp received an OBE for services to music. Rev Corp, who received a Diploma in Theology from Southampton, is director of the Highgate Choral Society, one of London’s oldest and most acclaimed choirs. In 1988, he founded the New London Orchestra which he serves as Artistic Director. Three years later he launched the New London Children’s Choir, one of the busiest and most successful children's choirs in the country.
Dr Martin Fowler, OBE, was honoured for his work at the Ministry of Defence. Dr Fowler, an expert on satellite imaging, achieved a Certificate in Heritage and Conservation. He is an Associate Fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society and a member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.
“Each of those honoured by the Queen is a leader in his or her field, and we are very proud of their connections with the University. I wish them many congratulations on their achievements,” comments Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.