Leading Human Rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti CBE and esteemed BBC broadcaster Jeremy Bowen are two of those being honoured by Cardiff Metropolitan University at its annual degree ceremonies this week.
Several sporting names, business leaders, legal experts and the Archbishop of Wales are amongst the eminent individuals to be honoured. They include influential businessman Robert John; Olympian and Cardiff Met alumnus Lynn Davies CBE; The Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales; former Wales fly half and Chair of the Welsh Rugby Union Board, Gareth Davies and Lord Chief Justice Lord John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd in the County of Powys.
BBC Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen, who will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship, has been named Best News Correspondent at the New York Television Festival twice and presented BBC One’s ‘Breakfast’ programme. He has also reported from more than 70 countries, predominately in the Middle East and the Balkans.
Shami Chakrabati CBE, Director of Liberty, is a highly regarded advocate of human rights and will be named Doctor of the University. After Call to the Bar in 1996 she worked as a lawyer in the Home Office until becoming In-House Counsel for Liberty in 2011. Shami has been called ‘the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years’ by The Times newspaper and was one of six Assessors who assisted with the recent Leveson Enquiry.
The Fellowships and Doctorates will be awarded during the University’s Summer Degree and Award ceremonies, beginning on July 14th. Approximately 2,900 students will graduate this year.
An Honorary Fellowship or Honorary Doctorate 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.
Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Antony J Chapman, said: “The University awards Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates 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 and Doctorates this July on another seven illustrious recipients.”
to be honoured include:
Gareth Davies – Doctor of Sport
A former Wales fly half who earned 21 caps, Gareth Davies captained Wales five times, winning the Triple Crown, and toured with the British and Irish Lions to South Africa in 1980 before retiring from the game in 1981. Gareth has held senior executive positions with CBI Wales, BBC Wales, Cardiff RFC, S4C, Sports Council for Wales, Royal Mail, the Welsh
Development Agency (heading the Sydney office) and Leeds Metropolitan University. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Welsh Rugby Union and of Millennium Stadium plc.
Lynn Davies CBE – Doctor of Sport
In 1964 this already successful track and field athlete won Gold in the long jump at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and thus became ‘Lynn the Leap’. Lynn went on to win Gold at the 1966 European Championships and won two more Golds at the Commonwealth Games, becoming the first male athlete to win the long jump title twice. Lynn Davies has been named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year twice, in 1992 became an Honorary Fellow of the University, in 2006 was awarded CBE and in 2012 was prominent among the athletes featured on the University’s Olympic Wall. Lynn was for many years a senior lecturer in the Cardiff School of Sport and is currently in his second term as President of UK Athletics
Robert John – Honorary Fellow
Robert John has had a career of over 40 years in investment banking and property and for seven years was Chair of Wales in London. Called to the Bar in 1972 he worked as an investment banker for 14 years before joining Olympia & York, developers of Canary Wharf, as Deputy Chief Executive and in 1992 joined KPMG as partner before returning to Canary Wharf as Senior Adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive. Though the main focus of his work is in London, Robert has involvement with property development in Africa through his advisory role with Actis and holds a similar role with Tidal Lagoon group which is developing the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. He is a former non-Executive Director of Wales Millennium Centre and is currently a Board member of Music Theatre Wales
The Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales – Doctor of Letters
The Archbishop of Wales was ordained as deacon in 1972 and as priest in 1973. Barry Morgan was elected Bishop of Bangor in 1993, translated to the See of Llandaff in 1999 and elected Archbishop of Wales in 2003. He has served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and has been vocal in key debates on such matters as Trident and Fundamentalist Atheism. Archbishop Morgan is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales and since April 2013 has been Patron of the Welsh Language Wikipedia.
Lord Chief Justice Lord John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd in the County of Powys - Doctor of Letters
Lord John Thomas has been the Lord Chief Justice since 2013, the culmination of a career in law lasting more than 45 years. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1984, Recorder in 1987, appointed to the High Court in 1996 and to the Court of Appeal in 2003. During his career Lord Thomas practised as a member of commercial chambers now known as Essex Court Chambers and was the Department of Trade and Industry inspector at Mirror Group Newspapers. Lord Thomas is one of the founding members of the European Law Institute, a non-profit organisation which aims to enhance European legal integration.