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Honorary Fellowships 2017

14 July 2017

Chris Coleman

A football manager, an equality campaigner, a managing director for a world-leading jet engine provider and the founder of are among those who will be honoured by Cardiff University at its annual degree ceremonies next week (17 - 21 July 2017).

Professional footballer and Wales Manager Chris Coleman will join disabled businesswoman and equality campaigner Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE, Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales La-Chun Lindsay, and founder/Chair of Martin Lewis OBE to receive the honours, which are awarded to individuals who achieved outstanding recognition in their field.

Eleven other eminent figures from fields including educational outreach, physiotherapy, counter terrorism and journalism will receive Honorary Fellowships. These include Dr Martin Faulkes; Cerys Furlong; Dr Phil George; The Rev Roy Jenkins; Philip J. Jennings; Sir Derek Jones KCB; Dr Alan J Lewis; Gary Younge; Dr Drew Nelson OBE; Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE; and Rob Wainwright.

Chris Coleman OBE enjoyed a career as a professional footballer before becoming Wales Manager in January 2012. He led Wales to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, the first major football tournament for the nation since 1958, and to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking position.

Dr Martin Faulkes

Dr Martin Faulkes founded his educational Trust in 1998, which aims to inspire young people in science and maths. He established the Faulkes Telescope Project at Cardiff University, a major international science programme. He is Chairman of VolitionRx Limited, which is developing simple blood-based tests to diagnose a range of cancers.

Cerys Furlong

Cerys Furlong BSc MSc is Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg the gender equality charity. A passionate campaigner for equality and social justice Cerys has advocated for better representation of women in public life, in business and across all parts of Welsh society.

Dr Phil George

Dr Phil George is Chair of the Arts Council of Wales. Previously he was Creative Director and co-founder of Green Bay Media, and Head of Arts, Music and Features at BBC Wales. Phil was the Founding Chair of National Theatre Wales, and served on the UK Government’s Dowling Review.

The Rev Roy Jenkins

The Rev Roy Jenkins is a journalist and Baptist minister, and has been a BBC broadcaster for more than 40 years. He presents the BBC Radio Wales programme All Things Considered, and has campaigned against torture and other human rights abuses since his student days in Cardiff.

Philip Jennings

Philip J. Jennings is General Secretary of UNI Global Union. A global union pioneer, his work has led to a transformation of global union work from supply-chain justice, notably the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, through global agreements with multinationals, to union solidarity.

Sir Derek Jones KCB

Sir Derek Jones KCB was a central figure in the operation of devolved government in Wales. Currently Chair of the Prince's Trust in Wales, his previous roles include Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government and member of the UK Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee.

Dr Alan J Lewis

Dr Alan J Lewis, BSc, PhD was involved in the development of Venlafaxine, a fast acting antidepressant and Rapamycin, a novel immune suppressant. Currently he is CEO at DiaVacs, focusing on trying to cure Type 1 Diabetes.

Martin Lewis OBE

Martin Lewis OBE, is founder and Chair of, and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. He has spearheaded major financial justice campaigns including bank charges and PPI reclaiming and a successful campaign to get financial education on the national curriculum.

La-Chun Lindsay

La-Chun Lindsay is Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales. She previously led the assembly, test and overhaul plant at GE Aviation's Lynn site in Massachusetts. Before joining GE Aviation, she held the role of Vice President, Field Services Group in GE Capital and a variety of global roles within GE's Corporate Audit Staff. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in Ceramic Engineering.

Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds

Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds OBE BSc. (Hons)is a disabled businesswoman and equality campaigner. A forthright and passionate speaker, Rosie has worked at the highest level in both the public and private sector to make significant changes in attitudes to disability.

Drew Nelson - Square

Dr Drew Nelson, OBE, DSc, FREng, FLSW is CEO of IQE Plc, the largest global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers. He has been actively involved in government and industry advisory groups, and in 2001 was awarded an OBE for services to the Electronics Industry.

Bhanu Ramaswamy

Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant specialising in elder rehabilitation and neurology. She was one of the first physiotherapists to gain a non-medical prescribing qualification and received a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Rob Wainwright

Rob Wainwright is Director of Europol. Having overseen Europol’s transition from intergovernmental organisation to EU agency status in 2010, Rob secured the establishment at Europol of the European Cybercrime Centre, the European Counter Terrorism Centre, and the European Migrant Smuggling Centre.

Gary Younge

Gary Younge is editor-at-large for The Guardian. An award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, he reported from America for 12 years before returning to Britain in 2015. A campaigner for social justice and anti-racism he has reported from Europe, Africa, The US and the Caribbean and writes a monthly column for the Nation magazine in New York.

More than 6,000 students will graduate in this year's ceremonies, becoming part of a 145,000-strong alumni network in over 180 countries and gaining access to a whole host of alumni benefits.

Approximately 30,000 people will be welcomed to Cardiff for the celebrations, supporting the outstanding achievements and major accomplishments of the graduates throughout their studies.

The event is one of the biggest in the University's calendar and will be streamed on the University's website.

Honorary Fellow ceremony allocations detailed below:

  • Chris Coleman: Wednesday 19 July, 10:00
  • Dr Martin Faulkes:  Friday 21 July, 13:15
  • Cerys Furlong: Thursday 20 July, 14:45
  • Dr Phil George: Tuesday 18 July, 12:00
  • The Rev Roy Jenkins: Tuesday 18 July, 17:30
  • Philip J. Jennings: Thursday 20 July, 9:15
  • Sir Derek Jones: Monday 17 July, 13:15
  • Dr Alan J Lewis, BSc, PhD: Tuesday 18 July, 14:45
  • Martin Lewis OBE: Monday 17 July, 16:30
  • La-Chun Lindsay: Monday 17 July, 10:00
  • Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds: Friday 21 July, 10:00
  • Dr Drew Nelson: Monday 17 July, 10:00
  • Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy: Friday 21 July, 16:30
  • Rob Wainwright: Monday 17 July, 16:30
  • Gary Younge: Wednesday 19 July, 13:15

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We award Honorary Fellowships to those who have achieved international distinction in their field.