King's Birthday honours for University staff

The King's Birthday Honours was revealed last week for 2023, with University academics once again featuring in the prestigious list. Congratulations to all our staff!

Diane Coyle, a Professor of economics here at Manchester from 2014 to 2018, has been awarded a DBE. A former advisor to the UK Treasury, vice-chairman of the BBC Trust and member of the UK Competition Commission, Diane is now Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, co-directing the Bennett Institute. 

Ian Greer, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medical and Health until 2018, has received the honour of Knight Bachelor. Ian, now President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, has extensive experience of university innovation driving regional economic growth, including cross-sector developments such as the Northern Health Science Alliance, a collaboration of eight Universities and NHS partners, and is the cofounder of the Health Innovation Research Alliance for NI.

Andy Haldane, Honorary Professor at our Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), has been awarded an OBE. A former Chief Economist at the Bank of England, he’s now chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts and sits on the UK's government's Economic Advisory Council. 

Chris Oglesby, Executive Chair of Bruntwood SciTech, our partner in the £1.7bn innovation district ID Manchester, has been awarded an OBE. 

Helen Marshall, President and Vice-Chancellor of Salford University and University partner on projects such as the IntoUniversity widening participation project at The Beacon Centre, has been awarded an OBE. 

Epidemiologist Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England Honorary Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at Manchester was honoured with an OBE.

Nairn Wilson, former Pro Vice-Chancellor at VUM and Honorary Founding President (now President Emeritus) of the College of General Dentistry, has been appointed Knight Bachelor.

And finally, Martin Amis, the Univeristy's former Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, who died last month at the age of 73, has been honoured with a posthumous knighthood.

Also in the birthday honours were the following alumni: 

Professor Nairn Wilson CBE (MSc Dental Surgery 1979; PhD 1985), Honorary Founding President, College of General Dentistry, receives a knighthood for his services to dentistry. 

Mr Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive of Bruntwood, is made an OBE for services to charity and to regeneration in the North West of England. The Oglesby Charitable Trust, of which Chris is a trustee, has been a long-standing philanthropic donor to the University for many years. 

Mr Graham Quinn (MEd Educational Studies 1991), CEO, New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, Oldham, is made an OBE for services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Mrs Vanita Brookes (MSc Dental Public Health 1998), who recently retired as a consultant in special care dentistry at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has received an MBE for services to oral health of people with disabilities. 

Ms Zoe Holland (BA(Hons) Politics and Modern History 1994) receives an MBE for her charitable Service, particularly during Covid-19. Zoe is the Chair of the Silk Elephant charity, which was established at the onset of the pandemic to carry out simple acts of kindness to those in need. Zoe is the Chief Commercial Officer of Fletchers Group, the personal injury and medical negligence law firm. She is also Vice-Chair of the SBA, the solicitors’ charity. 

Prof Bob Pearson (MBChB 1978; MD 1989), former Medical Director and consultant surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary, and former Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, is made an MBE for his services to medicine, medical education and health research and innovation.