Her Majesty the Queen has recognised the achievements of some of our Southampton alumni in her Birthday Honours List this year; join us in congratulating them.
Rodney Brazier, MVO (LLB, 1968; LLD, 2008)
Professor of constitutional law, University of Manchester and Barrister and Emeritus Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for services to constitutional law.
Rodney’s main research interests are in the practical application of constitutional law, particularly as it affects central government, Parliament and the judiciary, and in constitutional reform. A special interest is the British monarchy. He was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee for its inquiry into ministerial powers. He is chairman of consumer credit appeal tribunals and is an informal constitutional adviser to the Queen’s Private Secretary.
Professor Peter Dobson, OBE (BSc Physics, 1965; PhD Physics, 1969)
Director, Oxford University, Begbroke Business and Science Park, awarded an OBE for services to Science and Engineering.
Professor Peter Dobson has been the Director of Begbroke Science Park, University of Oxford, since 2002. He has the responsibility of setting up new research institutes that combine University activities with company research and development and leading a team that facilitates the rapid transfer of technology and knowledge. He consults widely and advises several corporate and national organisations on nanotechnology. His research interests cover most aspects of nanotechnology, and embracing biotechnology, environmental technology, energy, materials science, especially the applications to medicine.
Professor Sir Andrew Hall (PhD Epidemiology, 1986)
Chair of the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, awarded a Knighthood for services to Public Health.
Andrew's contribution to public health has been considerable leading the Gambian trial of hepatitis B vaccine. He has also contributed to public health policy relating to infectious disease control, serving on the Board of Health Protection Agency during 2002-09 and on the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation which had a significant role in the UK's national vaccination policy. He also served on the WHO committee reviewing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and was on the independent review committee of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation.
Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw (Medicine, 1980)
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Professor, Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL, London awarded a Knighthood for services to Ophthalmology.
Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw is Professor of Glaucoma and Ocular Healing and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Professor Khaw’s long track record of innovative research includes developing new therapies, particularly for scarring. He has developed surgical techniques which have markedly improved the safety and outcome of glaucoma surgery, and developed new anti-scarring regimens based on laboratory research, leading to large international clinical trials and use.
Alongside this, Professor Khaw is Director of the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London. He is also Director of Research & Development at Moorfields Eye Hospital; Director of the Eyes and Vision Theme of UCL Partners; and until May 2013, he was President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the world’s largest eye and vision research organisation.
Kiki Maurey, OBE (BSc Politics & Sociology, 1989)
Kiki Maurey Consultancy Ltd, awarded an OBE for services to Women and Minority Groups in Business.
Kiki runs Kiki Maurey Consultancy Ltd providing executive coaching and keynote speaker services. She has over 23 years management and policy consultancy experience with a wide range of organisations, significant board experience in the education, the contemporary arts, community, housing, health, learning & skills, and business sectors, and has worked at the highest levels in the British Government. She's also held a number of senior part-time roles as well as running business growth programmes for over 7,000 small business owners.
In 2011-12 she helped establish the prestigious Goldman Sachs ‘10,000 Small Businesses’ programme at Aston Business School. She is an occasional leadership facilitator at Warwick Business school where she obtained her MBA in 1991 and has also served as a public appointee/non exec director to the Southampton & South West Hampshire Health Authority, the Learning & Skills Development Agency, the South Central Connexions Partnership (Chairman of the Board), and the national Ethnic Minority Business Task Force reporting to the BIS Secretary of State.
Kiki now uses her wide expertise to support business owners to fast grow their companies, as well as corporate leaders to hone their strategic communications, presentational, and authentic leadership performance.
Professor Mary Ratcliffe, MBE (PhD Research Education, 1996)
Professor Mary Ratcliffe is the retired Associate Director of the National Science Learning Centre and currently works as a visiting Professor at the University of York. She was awarded an MBE for services to Chemistry.
Professor Ratcliffe was an integral part of the network of Science Learning Centres from its formation in 2004, firstly as Director of Science Learning Centre South East and then as an Associate Director of the National Science Learning Centre, where she had overall responsibility for all of the educational and research aspects of the network of Science Learning Centres.
In addition to this, Professor Ratcliffe was also a Professor of Science Education at the University of Southampton, Chair of the Association for Science Education from 1996-97 and has been part of the Evidence-based Practice in Science Education network. Her research and development interests have been in pupils' and teachers' reactions to socio-scientific issues and the development of effective learning and assessment practice.
Professor Sir Eric Jackson Thomas (Honorary graduate, 2006)
Professor Eric Thomas Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol and President, Universities UK awarded a Knighthood for services to Higher Education.
Professor Sir Eric Thomas has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol since September 2001. He is also Chair of the Board of CASE Europe and a Member of the Board of CASE and has been appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.
In August 2011, Sir Eric became President of Universities UK. He was previously Vice-President of UUK, Chair of its England and Northern Ireland Council and Chair of the Research Policy Committee. He was also Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) from 2003 to 2007.
Sir Eric graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976 and obtained his MD by thesis in research into endometriosis in 1987. In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton and then became Head of the School of Medicine there in 1995, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences in 1998. He was a Consultant Gynaecologist from 1987 to 2001.
Adrian Tinniswood, OBE (BA English, 1977)
English writer and historian, awarded an OBE for services to Heritage.
Adrian’s career has combined work with heritage institutions such as the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund with lecturing for English and American universities, including Bristol, Oxford, Nebraska-Lincoln and UC Berkeley. He is the author of twelve books on architectural and social history and is well-known as an author, lecturer and broadcaster in Britain and America.
Adrian is an elected member of the National Trust Council, a member of the Trust’s Learning Panel and South West Regional Advisory Board, and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage at Bath Spa University. He serves on the boards of the Bath Preservation Trust, the Holburne Museum and the Bishop’s Palace Wells.
Peter Waghorn, MBE (BSc Chemistry, 1957)
Peter Waghorn is a cyclist volunteer, organising the Welwyn Track League event and others. He was awarded an MBE for services to Cycling and Sailing in the South East.
Peter is Chair of Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club, the British Cycling Go-Ride club that nurtured multiple world and Olympic champion Laura Trott OBE. Alongside cycling, he is also an ex Commodore, Life Member and long-time activist in Grafham Water Sailing Club and the Royal Yachting Association. In 2007 he was awarded a RYA Lifetime Commitment Award.