Several sporting names, professors, an accountant and an engineer were amongst the eminent individuals to be honoured by Cardiff Metropolitan University at its annual degree ceremonies last week.
Aimee Bateman is a successful speaker and launched her own consultancy and careers website, Careercake.com in 2011, after gaining experience working for some of the largest international recruitment companies.
Ms Bateman is winner of the Talent and Innovation award at the 2013 Institute of Directors Awards and the Chartered institute of Marketing’s New Marketer for the Year 2013. She said: “I have never felt more love and pride in one room as I did today. To share a day with such wonderful, talented graduates was a true honour. This recognition means more to me than anything I have experienced so far.”
In 1973 Mr Rudi Plaut CBE founded bedroom equipment design company Northmace & Hendon, which designs and sells specialist bedroom equipment to hotels in over 100 countries. He is a regular client of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, which assists in the development of innovative products.
He was appointed CBE for services to Welsh industry in 1993 and again for services to Welsh education in 1998, and said: “It was a great honour to be recognised by one of Cardiff's important universities, particularly together with the graduation of so many of the teachers of tomorrow who will have such a great influence on the future citizens of Wales.
“Their enthusiasm was clear to see and it makes one optimistic for the country's educational success in the years to come.”
An Honorary Fellowship is one of the highest honours that the university can bestow, and is awarded to those who have brought great distinction to the University or to the region.
David Anderson OBE has been Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales since 2010 and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship. He has served on many Government working groups and professional committees and has published extensively on museums, cultural policy and arts education. Since 2010 he David has guided the National Museum’s plans for the development of the St Fagan’s Museum as a National History Museum for Wales.
Athletics coach Sean Power was also among those honoured. Mr Power is synonymous with athletics at the University’s Cardiff School of Sport, having worked for four decades as lecturer, coach, Director of Athletics and Head of Department.
He was an instigator and prime mover in building the National Indoor Athletics Centre at the University’s Cyncoed campus and built the University’s reputation for excellence in athletics.
Mr Power said: “I found it to be a truly humbling experience to be considered worthy of joining such an esteemed group of existing recipients of this award. It was also very emotional to be on the stage where my daughter was seated, along with some other staff who I was involved in appointing to Cardiff School of Sport, some of whom I taught as students; and facing he audience which included my wife, family, and a number of graduates who I still coach as athletes. It was a really wonderful experience.
Mr Power was still competing in the Triple Jump for Cardiff AAA in the British League when over 60 years of age.
Saleem Kidwai OBE, a leading accountant, businessman and Secretary General of the Muslim Council for Wales, was among those honoured and Professor Laura McAllister, Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management and Chair of Sport Wales, was also delighted to accept her degree. The Trustee of Stonewall UK and the Institute of Welsh Affairs said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to receive this award. I have close connections with sport and with public policy and management, two areas where Cardiff Metropolitan University excels. I am absolutely thrilled to receive the honorary fellowship in recognition of my work in sport, and in research around politics and devolution in Wales.”
Debbie Jevans CBE, Director of Sport for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, was the first woman in Olympic history to be appointed Director of Sport for an organising committee and managed 20,000 staff and a budget in excess of £160m at the Games.
She is currently, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, tasked with leading the Rugby World Cup 2015 Tournament Organising Committee to deliver the third largest global sporting event.
Professor Hossam Badrawi, a well-known political figure and leading higher education academic across the Middle East, was among those honoured by Cardiff Metropolitan University at its annual degree ceremony last week.
Professor Badrawi has been a member of both houses of the Egyptian Parliament and founded and chairs the Badrawi Foundation for Education and Development, a philanthropic family-run foundation working for social and educational development.
He started the first healthcare management organisations company in Egypt and is also a board member and strategic shareholder in Nile Badrawi Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Cairo. He is considered to be the primary sponsor of education reform throughout Egypt.
Professor Ergüder, who was President of the Council of Magna Charta Observatory of Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy in Bologna for ten years from 2003, said: “It was a great honour for me to receive the Honorary Fellowship and I was really excited about it. I will now do my best to be helpful and useful to Cardiff Metropolitan University in terms of its leading internationalisation programme.”
Professor Ergüder chairs the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV). He is also a member of the Executive Board of Vehbi Koç Foundation and of the Board of Trustees of Özyeğin University.
Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Jon Horne was also one of those honoured by the University and joined TBI Plc as Managing Director of Cardiff Airport in 2001 and in a period of six years he oversaw 40% growth in passengers to 2.1 million.
After establishing his own consultancy, he was recruited back to Cardiff Airport in April 2013 after its acquisition by the Welsh Government.
Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, said: “The University awards Honorary Fellowships as an indication of respect to persons who have given outstanding and distinguished service to the University or the community at large. The University is delighted to be conferring Honorary Fellowships this July on another ten illustrious recipients.”