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New Year Honours

Congratulations to the King’s New Year Honours recipients from our Warwick community.

You may recognise from among the list Robb Johnston, who has worked at Warwick for 39 years. As Technical Services Manager for the Physics Department, he oversees the management of technical support staff and the building's critical services, infrastructure, and maintenance. He receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Physics.

Former chair of the Investment Association and CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen Sir Keith Skeoch (MA Economics, 1979) has been knighted for services to finance. Sir Keith is a longstanding friend of the University and his philanthropic support for Warwick includes PhD scholarships in pandemic planning.

Honorary graduate Professor Robert Alan Dover (DSc, 2002) is Chairman of the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK and has a close relationship with WMG. He receives the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal for services to the Automotive Industry.

Former Director of the Centre for Professional Education at Warwick and Chief Executive of the National Association for Special Educational Needs Professor Adam Boddison receives the Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs. He has undertaken four degrees at Warwick: his BSc Mathematics 2003, a PGCE (Secondary) Mathematics (2004), an MA Educational Research Methods (2006), and a PhD in Mathematics (2010).

Six of our alumni also received Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Broadcaster and comedian Frank Skinner (MA English Literature, 1985) has been recognised for his services to entertainment. He’s currently a host at Absolute Radio and of Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast, where he delves into discussion of verse.

CEO of Dignity Kate Davidson (MBA, 2019) has been recognised for her work with bereaved people during Covid-19 for her role as Commercial Director of the Westerleigh Group in February 2020. During that time, she was overseeing 50,000 funerals a year.

Civil Servant Dr Vivienne Connell-Hall (PhD Ethnic Relation, 2008) is recognised for her services to Diversity and Inclusion. She is currently Diversity Engagement & Stakeholder Manager in the Defence Diversity & Inclusion Programme at the Ministry of Defence.

Fellow Civil Servant Nicholas Cady (BA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, 1994) is recognised for his work as Deputy Head of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Team, Ceremonials, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Charity founder William Fletcher (BSc MORSE, 2001) has been recognised for his services to disadvantaged communities with his work setting up charity and social enterprise, Recycling Lives.

Patron of and volunteer fundraiser for Hope and Homes for Children Claire Wright (BA European Studies, 2012) is recognised for services to young people and charity.

Chief Executive, Guy Horridge (BSc Management Sciences, 1979) has been recognised for his services to Further Education through UK charity, CVQO.

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If you've been named on the King's Honours List and weren't mentioned here, please get in touch