Honorary Graduates

Every year City University recognises a number of distinguished individuals and leaders of their professions through the award of an honorary degree. Brief biographical details of the honorary graduands for 2008/9 are set out below.

Wednesday 13th May 2009


Thursday March 18th 2009


Monday January 26th 2009


Tuesday January 13th 2009


Monday 12th January 2009


Friday 21st November 2008

   Wednesday May 13th 2009

Denis Protti

Professor Denis Protti, FACMI, is Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Victoria, Canada and currently Visiting Chair of Health Informatics at City University  London. He was the founding Director of the University of Victoria’s School of Health Information Science in 1981, a position he relinquished in 1994. Prior to joining the University, Professor Protti held senior information systems executive positions in Manitoba and British Columbia hospitals. He was commissioned by the Her Majesty’s Treasury to review the proposed 1998 National Health Service (NHS) Information Strategy for England prior to its release and later developed the evaluation methodology that was used to monitor the local implementation of the national strategy – a process referred to as the Protti scores. Professor Protti was a founding member of COACH - Canada’s Health Informatics organisation, as well as the American Medical Informatics Association. In 1989 he was one of the first non- Americans elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He has chaired and served on numerous international, federal and provincial committees and councils over the past 40+ years. Professor Protti has received a number of awards, including the COACH leadership award and the new Canadian Health Leadership Network’s MacNaught-Taillon Award. He has also written numerous publications in books and journals as well as given presentations to a wide range of audiences around the world. His research and areas of expertise include: National Health Information Management & Technology Strategies, Electronic Health Records, Primary Care Computing, and Evaluating Clinical Information Systems.


Doctor of Science


Alex GrahamMr Alex Graham is CEO of Wall to Wall as well as the largest shareholders and a board member of Shed Media. Over 20 years, Alex has been involved in creating and executive producing a wide range of hit television programmes including The 1900 House, A Rather English Marriage, Who Do You Think You Are? and New Tricks. Educated at Hamilton Academy, and Glasgow University he graduated with a Diploma in Journalism from City University London in 1978. After working at the Bradford Telegraph and Argus and the Sunday Times, he joined London Weekend Television. He subsequently left to work for Diverse Productions, where he became editor of Channel 4’s flagship current affairs series Diverse Reports. In 1987, Mr Graham set up Wall to Wall, which has consistently been voted one of the most admired production companies in the UK and was recently voted one of the top seven independent producers in the world by Real Screen magazine. In November 2007, Wall to Wall became part of the Shed Media Group of companies. The company has won a string of awards on both sides of the Atlantic including several BAFTA, Emmy, Royal Television Society and Peabody awards. In 2009, Wall to Wall won an Oscar for its first feature documentary Man on Wire. Alex Graham is also a board member of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and Chair of the Media Literacy Task Force. He is a former Chair of the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television and now sits on their Patrons’ Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, the Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Bournemouth's Media School.


Doctor of Arts

   Thursday March 18th 2009

Scott Dobbie

Mr Scott Dobbie, CBE, is Chairman of The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc, the Standard Life European Private Equity Trust, the Securities & Investment Institute, the Pre-Emption Group and the City of London Corporation. He is an Assessor for the Irish Regulatory Authority and Director of the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority. Following his graduation from the University of Edinburgh he worked a number of
years in marketing and market planning for Unilever and ICI. He joined Wood Mackenzie & Co in 1972 and eventually became Managing Director in 1984. After the acquisition of Wood Mackenzie by the National Westminster Bank in 1988, Scott Dobbie was made Chairman of NatWest Securities Ltd, the pan-European institutional equity arm of NatWest Group; as well as Chairman of NCB Group (Dublin), Director (and Chairman, Audit Committee) of NatWest Markets Inc. (USA), and other NatWest Group companies in Europe and Asia. In 1998, the equities business of NatWest was sold to Bankers Trust International and Mr Dobbie was appointed Vice Chairman. When, upon his retirement in 1999, Bankers Trust was acquired by Deutsche Bank he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Deutsche Bank AG London. Since then Mr Dobbie has held the following posts, Commissioner for the Jersey Financial Services Commission; Director of Premier Oil plc, Financial Services NTO, FRESCO SICAV, Murray VCT4 plc and Securities & Futures; Chairman of CRESTCo Ltd.; and Member, Regulatory Decisions Committee, of the Financial Services Authority. Mr Dobbie was awarded CBE for his services to financial regulation and is a Fellow (honoris causa) of both the Securities & Investment Institute and the UK Society of Investment Professionals (now CFA UK).

Doctor of Science

   Monday January 26 2009

Patrick FarrellProfessor Patrick Farrell has been the Chief Operating Officer (Provost) and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2006. Professor Farrell has been a long serving member of staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 25-year history of teaching, research and leadership in the College of Engineering, having initially joined the University as a member of the mechanical engineering faculty in 1982. He teaches courses in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Optical Society of America and the Society of Automotive Engineers. An active researcher, Professor Farrell’s major research areas include fluid mechanics, combustion and optical methods. He is also a registered engineer in the State of Wisconsin and a professional member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Combustion Institute and the Board of Visitors for the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Recipient of a number of honors and awards throughout his career, some of Professor Farrell’s more recent awards include the Society of Automotive Engineers Myers Best Student Paper Award in 2002 for which he was co-author and the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Teaching Award in 2001 from the College of Engineering, University of Madison-Wisconsin.


Doctor of Science for services to Engineering

Dr Hugh St John Dr Hugh St. John is a Director of Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG) a leading group of highly qualified engineers who provide a specialist consulting service in geotechnics. Having joined the company in 1985 Hugh brings to the group expertise in soil properties, field studies, foundations, deep basements and slopes and acts as a geotechnical advisor to structural consultants and contractors on a large number of projects. Some of his more recent work has included the redevelopment of the Wimbledon tennis club for which he developed the design concept. Prior to and during his time with GCG Dr St John’s work has seen him working in a number of places across the globe including the UK, the North Sea, Norway, Poland, Hong Kong, China, Pakistan and India. An experienced expert witness Dr St John has had much involvement in aspects of litigation, particularly with regards to foundation problems. He has served on the Geotechniqiue Advisory Panel, various national and international committees and was recently Chairman of the British Geotechnical Society. Dr St John is also a visiting Professor in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Centre at City University London.


Doctor of Science for services to Civil Engineering

   Tuesday January 13th 2009 

Samuel AlderMr Samuel Alder is Senior Partner of Alder Dodsworth & Co, Chartered Accountants and runs the family estate which includes a dairy farm. After graduating from the University of Durham, Mr Alder qualified as a Chartered Accountant and started his career at Whinney Murray, now Ernst & Young. He ran the E.G. Group of music companies in partnership for twenty five years and was a founder investor of several commercial radio stations as well as the music industry’s main international charity Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. For a number of years Mr Alder was the charity’s Hon. Treasurer and Chairman, as well as a Trustee of the BRIT Trust, and the Hon. Treasurer and later Vice Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Special Projects Group. He holds the positions of Chairman of the Isle of Man Creamery, Chairman of the Isle of Man Arts Council, Chairman of the Board of Governors of King William’s College, Chairman of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools and is a member of the board of the Independent Schools Council and also of the Independent Schools Inspectorate.


Doctor of Arts for services to philanthropy and music


Terence EthertonSir Terence Etherton was sworn into office as Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008. As a graduand from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn and remained in practice until being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. After his appointment as a High Court Judge in 2001 he was assigned to the Chancery Division. He has been a Member of the Bar Council; Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee of Bar Council; Member of the Lord Rawlinson’s Committee on the Constitution of the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar; Vice Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association; Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal; Chairman of Broadmoor Hospital Authority and West London Mental Health NHS Trust; and Director (non-exec.) of Riverside Mental Health NHS Trust. He is Chairman of the Law Commission, an Hon. Fellow of Royal Holloway College, University of London and an Hon. Fellow of his former college, Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Sir Etherton was in the British Sabre team from 1977 to 1980 and qualified for the Moscow Olympics. He has also published articles in various legal journals.


Doctor of Laws for services to Law

   Monday January 12th 2009

Christine BeasleyDame Christine Beasley was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in October 2004 and is the Director General within the Department of Health for Professional Leadership (including Allied Health Professions) and for Children, Families and Maternity. She is also the lead director for Reducing Health Associated Infections and the Cleaner Hospitals Programme. Before taking up the CNO post, Christine was Director of Partnership Development at the Modernisation Agency. She has held a range of senior posts with a broad experience of policy development, leadership and general management including Director of Nursing, Human Resources & Organisational Development with the NHS Executive (London). She was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Nursing by Thames Valley University in 1997 and is the Pro Chancellor at the University. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Northumbria and Sheffield Hallam. She is also a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Christine was awarded a CBE in 2002 and a DBE in June 2008.


Doctor of Science for services to Nursing


Derek CrampProfessor Derek Cramp is a Visiting Professor in Health Care Management in the School of Management at the University of Surrey. After completing a MPhil and a PhD, he was involved for many years as senior lecturer in Chemical Pathology and Human Metabolism at Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine London. In 1981-2 he spent a year as British Council Visiting Professor at the Medical College University of Benin, Nigeria. Professor Cramp's first association with City University London in 1971 when seeking advice, on a measurement problem, from Professor Ludwik Finkelstein of the then Department of Systems Science, lead to a collaboration with Professor Ewart Carson which still continues. He officially joined City University London as Visiting Research Fellow in 1973 and stayed on as Visiting Professor in Medical Systems in the Centre for Health Informatics until 2006. He is a co-founder and first Chairman of the British Medical Informatics Society and has published nearly 200 papers as well as book chapters and edited seven books on aspects of chemical pathology and physiology, the modelling of complex systems and decision making.


Doctor of Science for services to Health Informatics and Management

   Friday 21st November 2008

Commissioner Mike BowronCommissioner Mike Bowron took up the post of Commissioner of Police for the City of London in July 2006 having previously served as Assistant Commissioner for 4 years. He rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent in Sussex before transferring to Kent as Assistant Chief Constable in 1997, where he served for 5 years. He has served on two overseas postings, firstly in the Czech Republic following the “Velvet Revolution” and in 2000 in Indonesia where he was tasked with separating the National Police from the Indonesian Army.  He also enjoyed an attachment to New Scotland yard where he was the ACPO advisor in the European Policy Analysis Unit. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in the Queens Birthday Honour list in 2007.

Doctor of Science for services to Police and Education


Professor Elizabeth Miller

Professor Elizabeth Miller is the Head of the Immunisation Department at the Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections in Colindale North West London. She joined the Epidemiological Research Laboratory in 1978 to work on the large post-licensure safety and efficacy studies of pertussis vaccines that were being conducted following the collapse of the UK whooping cough immunisation programme in the mid 1970s. This experience prompted her continuing interest in the risks and benefits of vaccination programmes and organising trials of new vaccines. She has been involved with trials of acellular pertussis, MMR, Hib, meningococcal C vaccines and more recently the new pneumococcal vaccines. Her other interests include seroepidemiology and mathematical modelling, vaccine safety studies and viral infections in pregnancy. Professor Miller also has wide experience of committee membership, covering bodies such as the UK and European licensing authorities, the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, various Data Safety Monitoring Boards, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) subgroups and scientific organisations such as the Medical Research Council. She has also led or acted as an external expert on various European projects combined with her work for the European Medicines Evaluation Agency.

Doctor of Science for services to Public Health