Honorary Fellowships and Fellowships are awarded at the University’s graduation ceremonies to those who have achieved international distinction in their field.
Details of those distinguished individuals who have been conferred previously
The Honorary Fellows for 2010 are:
Keith Clarke is chief executive of Atkins, the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and one of the world’s largest design companies. A Chartered Architect with more than 30 years’ experience in construction and engineering, he is also currently serving as Chairman of the UK Construction Industry Council.
Rebecca Evans was born in South Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A Grammy Award-winning artist, she has recorded prolifically and has established a major operatic career for herself around the world. On television she has appeared on the BBC in Maestro and as host of her own series A Touch of Classics.
Stephen Fry hosts the BBC quiz show QI and has presented documentaries including The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and Stephen Fry in America. The Footlights Revue he wrote and performed with Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Tony Slattery won the first ever Perrier Award. He is a stage and film actor, has written four best-selling novels and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Professor Paul Harris
Professor Harris is a world-renowned developmental psychologist with interests in the development of cognition, emotion and imagination. In 1998, he was elected as Fellow of the British Academy. In 2001, he moved to Harvard University where he teaches developmental psychology in the Graduate School of Education.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon
Sir Nicholas Kenyon became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. He writes and lectures on the arts, publishing books on Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a board member of the English National Opera and Sage Gateshead, and a member of Arts Council England.
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller headed MI5 from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation through substantial change in the wake of 9/11. Under her leadership MI5 doubled in size, opened eight new offices in the UK and increased its intelligence capacity significantly. Since retirement she has become a member of the House of Lords, where she sits as a cross-bench peer.
Sir David McMurtry
Sir David McMurtry, CBE, RDI, FREng, CEng, FIMechE, Chairman and Chief Executive, was employed by Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, for 17 years, latterly holding the positions of Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design of all Rolls-Royce engines manufactured at Filton in Bristol. After inventing the original probe in the early 1970s, Sir David founded Renishaw in 1973.
Rhodri Morgan is awarded the University’s first Honorary Degree. He was leader of the Labour Party in Wales and First Minister for Wales from 2000 until 2009. Amongst his political interests are health, the environment, European affairs and regional development. He is the Assembly Member for Cardiff West, Chair of the European and External Affairs Committee and a member of the Constitutional Affairs and Legislation Committees in the Welsh Assembly.
Michael Moritz is a Managing Member of Sequoia Capital. He has served on the boards of a variety of companies from inception to their emergence as global, publicly traded companies. These include Google, PayPal and Yahoo! He is currently a Director of 24/7 Customer, GameFly, Green Dot, Kayak, and Sugar Inc.
Mr David Seligman OBE
Mr David Seligman OBE is a consultant in commercial law at Capital Law LLP. He is a former Cardiff City Councillor and in 2000 was awarded an OBE for his services to the community in Cardiff. In 2008 he was highly commended by the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust in recognition of his outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes.
Martyn Williams is one of the most decorated and successful British rugby union players of all time and is widely regarded as one of the best openside flankers in the world. To-date, he has won 95 caps for Wales, two Grand Slams and two Triple Crowns. As well as captaining Wales, he has represented his country at three World Cups and hopes to make a fourth in 2011.
Dr Ron Zimmern
Dr Ron Zimmern is Chairman of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, the successor to the Public Health Genetics Unit which he established in Cambridge in June 1997. His special interests and expertise include strategic planning, the relationship between clinical services and teaching and research, priority setting in the NHS, and the law and ethics of medicine.