University community honoured by the Queen



Several members of The University of Manchester community have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours list.

Professor Graeme Black, Honorary Consultant at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Professor in Genetics and Ophthalmology at The University of Manchester has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Professor Black’s strategic leadership has been integral to developing Manchester’s infrastructure and research investment, including The Greater Manchester NHS Genomic Medicine Centre and numerous successful grants from NIHR, Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and national eye charities to fund further research.

Throughout his career, Professor Black has sought to improve the diagnosis, management and treatment of rare genetic disorders associated with visual disability. Most recently, he has overseen a scientific team that provides genetic testing for inherited ophthalmic disease. Having introduced genetic testing for these conditions over the last decade, this can now produce a diagnosis in around 80% of children with retinal dystrophies.

Also recognised is Dr Angela Strank, a Vice-President of BP who is also an alumna of the University and serves on the Board of Governors. Dr Strank has been made a dame for services to the oil and gas industry and for encouraging women into STEM careers.

Honorary professor, Sir Mark Elder, has been made Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. Sir Mark is the musical director of the Hallé Orchestra and receives his honour for services to music.



John Timpson CBE was knighted for services to business and fostering. Timpson Limited generously funds the ‘Alex Timpson Clinical Studentship’, pioneering cancer research at the University.

Engineering Manufacture and Management alumnus Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson became a Commander of the British Empire for services to secure low-carbon electricity. Mr Cadoux-Hudson supports Foundation Scholarships at The University, offering a ‘Year 0’ for students from diverse educational backgrounds or those without the appropriate qualifications for their chosen degree. Having completed the one-year foundation programme, students are able to progress onto their chosen undergraduate course.

Trevor Pears of the Pears Foundation received a knighthood for services to philanthropy. The generous support of The Pears Foundation has funded a number of academic posts at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the Centre for Jewish Studies.

Alumni of the University recognised include:


Kathryn Oldham (MBChB 1988). Head of Resilience, Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. For services to Local Government.

Fiona Rayment (MBA 2000). Director for Fuel Cycle Solutions, National Nuclear Laboratory, Warrington. For services to UK nuclear research and innovation.


Emma Sheldon (MBA 2016). Group Marketing Director, Vernacare, medical hygiene products manufacturer; board member, UK India Business Council. For services to exports.


Pamela Berry (Cert Ed 1965). For services to the community in Delph, Oldham.

Sohail Munshi (MBChB 1991). GP, Five Oaks Family Practice, North Manchester. For services to primary care.

Glenda Brocklehurst (PG Study Leading for Results 2011). Manager, Early Years Projects, Stockport Metropolitan Council. For services to children and families.

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