Maggie is CEO of the Royal Air Force Museum, one of the UK’s national museums with public sites in north London and the West Midlands. In 2018, the London site launched its major transformation to mark the Centenary of the RAF with a new emphasis on storytelling and engagement.
"Our visitors to the RAF Museum have benefited hugely from our relationship with Middlesex University. Learning and education are the keys to a civilised society and to lifting people from poverty and it is an absolute privilege and delight to be part of the Middlesex University family."
With over 25 years’ experience in the cultural sector, Maggie is passionate about the difference that museums can make to people’s lives. Previous roles include Chief Executive of Luton Culture, the charity which comprises the museums, arts, libraries and community centres in the town, and museum roles in Luton, Stevenage and at the Royal Armouries.
Maggie has served in public roles as a Committee Member for the Heritage Lottery Fund and as Co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network. She is currently President of the UK’s Museums Association and a member of the judging panel for the annual Museums and Heritage Awards.
In 2012 Maggie was awarded the MBE for her services to Museums and Heritage and, in the same year, was included in the Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’, its annual celebration of 100 people who make Britain a better and a happier place to live.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann is responsible for overseeing all WorldSkills UK’s activities, working closely with our board of trustees and our stakeholders across the UK and internationally.
“It is a real honour to receive this award from Middlesex University. Over many years I have been impressed by the University’s commitment to the advancement of science and technology and its place at the forefront of combining academic teaching and technical education. I am therefore very proud that through WorldSkills UK’s long-standing partnership with the University we are working together to ensure that all students, irrespective of their background, are able to develop the confidence and world-class skills needed to help them succeed in work and life.”
Neil has been at WorldSkills UK since November 2015. Before joining WorldSkills UK, he was Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI, the UK’s premier business organisation. He worked for 12 years at the highest level of the business and government interface nationally and internationally on issues such as trade and investment, diversity, skills and employment, public service reform and energy, climate change and infrastructure development.
Prior to his time at the CBI, he worked at global IT services provider EDS (now part of HP) advising on the employee relations implications of outsourcing, trade union relations, training and diversity across EMEA.
Neil was also the former CE of OUTstanding, a business network for LGBT leaders and their allies, and deputy chair of Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity. He holds a PhD in race equality in the workplace and was awarded his OBE for services to equality in business in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.
Judge Eboe-Osuji has been President of the Court since March 2018. He previously served in Trial Division from March 2012 to March 2018.
"I am immensely humbled and very grateful to Middlesex University for conferring this honour on me. I can only promise to maintain it by sustaining the aptitude that made you think me worthy of consideration for such a high honour."
Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Eboe-Osuji was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he anchored the High Commissioner’s interventions in cases involving human rights questions. In that capacity, he led the writing of amicus curiae submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court. He served as principal appeals counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel.
He practiced law as a barrister before trial courts in Nigeria and Canada; and conducted appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada) and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Judge Eboe-Osuji taught international criminal law as adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications, including the books titled International Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, and Protecting Humanity (ed). He is the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law. He served as legal expert to Nigeria’s delegation to the ICC-ASP Special Working Group on the Definition of the Crime of Aggression.
He was called to the Bar in Nigeria (1986); Ontario, Canada (1992); and British Columbia, Canada (1982). He served as a pupil barrister and articled student-at-law under Chief Mike Ahamba SAN (of Ahamba & Associates, Owerri, Nigeria); Mr David W Scott QC (of Scott & Aylen, now Borden Lardner Gervais LLP, Ottawa, Canada); and, Dr Christopher Harvey QC (of Russell & DuMoulin, now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, Canada).
Judge Eboe-Osuji received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (with thesis in international criminal law). He received his LLM degree from McGill University, Canada; and also did his Canadian law accreditation studies at McGill. He received the LLB degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Rachel is an executive leadership coach, working with CEOs and emerging talent across the commercial, public and third sectors. From retail to refugee camps, logistics, electronics and diplomacy, to prisons, healthcare and non-governmental aid organisations, Rachel supports leaders wanting to dip beneath the surface to grow themselves and develop their teams.
"I feel deeply honoured to be recognised by Middlesex University – an institution which values informal, real-life learning as well as academic rigour. My advice to students, graduates and people wondering which path to take in the workplace or in study, is to listen to your energy. Follow the ideas, job or project which gives you most energy, rather than doing what you feel you ought to do, or what would look good to others. Be genuine, creative and innovative. Seek to collaborate and help others. I didn’t know I was going to write a book, nor become a contributor to my professional field of work. But this is what has emerged through hard work, the courage to be different and from the kindness of strangers who are now friends."
Rachel specialises in global organisations, including emerging economies and post-conflict zones such as Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, Myanmar (Burma) and Kenya. Clients include HSBC, Samsung, M&S, Boots, the Foreign Office, the Ministry for International Trade, the NHS, UK Sport, UNICEF.
A former BBC television news reporter and international development aid project director, Rachel has worked across more than 40 different cultures. Aged 36, she was awarded an MBE ‘for the promotion of human rights and the self-empowerment of women in Afghanistan’. Her team won BBC Team of the Year.
Rachel champions greater diversity and sustainability at both an individual and systemic level. Her first book Global Leadership & Coaching – Flourishing under intense pressure at work [Routledge 2019] calls for higher ethics in leadership, for greater productivity, profit and joy in coming to work.
Rachel read Psychology BSc. (Hons) at the University of Birmingham. She gained a Masters degree in Professional Executive Leadership Coaching with i-coach academy and Middlesex University.
She is seen as a thought leader in the field of coaching and leadership. She is an international conference speaker and guest lecturer at Birkbeck University of London. She offers some of her time and expertise pro bono to charities including Whittington Babies, TAG International Development and Street Child.
Betsy Gregory has worked in dance for more than 40 years, as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, programmer, producer, mentor and artistic director.
“I am honoured to have been awarded this degree by Middlesex University. As a working dance professional, it never dawned on me that my contribution might be recognised in this way, especially by a university with a dance department as highly regarded as Middlesex’s. I hope this example will be proof positive, for all the dancers who follow in future, that our hard work over many years is truly valued.”
Trained at London Contemporary Dance School in the 70s, Betsy was one of the first generation of independent, contemporary dance artists in Britain, performing and teaching for many choreographers and companies, most notably as a founder member of Second Stride.
In 1988, she was offered an Arts Council bursary to build her arts management skills and went on to work with John Ashford at The Place Theatre, first as Programme Manager and later, Associate Director. In 1997, she joined Dance Umbrella and in January 2007, succeeded Val Bourne as Artistic Director, a post she held until November 2013.
Since then, she has continued to work on projects that interest and inspire her. These have included a return to the stage in 2014, performing at Sadler’s Wells in Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion’s Olivier Award nominated The Elders Project and subsequently, in 2017, in Annie-B Parson’s The Road Awaits Us. From 2015-17, she served as mentor to five dance artists as part of the EU-funded project Dancing Museums and, more recently, has facilitated meetings, workshops and panel discussions for European Dancehouse Network in Lemesos, Prague, Dresden, Bassano del Grappa and Budapest.
In 2005 she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for services to dance. Currently, she is a member of the board of Aerowaves, Chair of the Nottingham-based organisation, Dance4 and recently began work on the second iteration of Dancing Museums.
Dido became Chair of NHS Improvement on 30 October 2017. She is Deputy Chair of The Court of The Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee.
She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco PLC where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse. She is a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board, a trustee of MyAgro an African social enterprise and a Steward of the Jockey Club.
In August 2014, Dido was offered a Peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017. Dido is married to politician John Penrose, has two children and in what spare time she has left is a jockey and racehorse owner.
Claire has been the Chief Executive of Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust since January 2007 and is also a registered Nurse.
“I am very honoured to be recognised by the University in this way. I received a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the University in the early 90s, having studied four years part-time, whilst being a ward sister and matron, so this is a particular pleasure for me. Having spent 35 years in nursing, the importance of education along with compassion, skill and dedication are as important to the profession as ever.”
Claire has been the Chief Executive of Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust since January 2007 and is also a registered Nurse.
Over the past 35 plus years she has held a series of positions working in community and mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities services. Claire joined CNWL as Director of Nursing and Operations in 1999. She has a keen interest in social policy and holds a first class honours degree in this area. In June 2016 she was appointed as National Mental Health Director at NHS England (NHSE) and has been working with the NHSE Mental Health Policy and Programme Team to deliver the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health and more recently NHS England’s Long Term Plan.
In July 2019 she took on responsibility as the Director with oversight of NHS England’s Learning disability programme. She was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year Honours list for Services to the NHS.
Lyn Romeo is the Chief Social Worker for Adults at the Department of Health and Social Care and has been in that role since September 2013.
“I am honoured to receive this doctorate from Middlesex, which has a long tradition of educating social workers, especially in health related areas of social work practice including mental health social work. I am impressed that the university is taking the opportunity to ensure that social work practice is at the heart of working alongside people and communities to promote human rights, social justice and wellbeing for individuals and communities.”
Previously, Lyn worked as the Assistant Director for Adult Social Care in the London Borough of Camden. She has also worked as an inspector with the Social Services Inspectorate, as well as working in Yorkshire for over 20 years as both a field social worker and in a variety of management roles across children and adults.
Lyn qualified as a social worker after completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales in Australia. After working as a hospital social worker, she came to the UK to travel and work and has worked in many different areas of social work over the last 40 years. She is committed to sustaining university based graduate social work qualifications and improving post qualification knowledge and professional development for social workers including strengthening research approaches in social work practice and growing the research capacity and evidence base in social work with adults especially in health and social care integrated approaches to supporting people to achieve the best possible lives.
She is promoting a return to strengths based social work practice in working with individuals and communities and is keen to promote the role that social workers can play in utilizing community development and group work approaches alongside working with individuals and families, especially in addressing social isolation, loneliness and working with the complexity of people’s lives in the 21 century.
As Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn works collaboratively with the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families. Together they work from the Office of the Chief Social Worker to:
Hayley Tatum started her retail career on the checkouts at Tesco. What was supposed to be a part-time job before University, turned into a career that has led her to the Board Room. She is now is responsible for the well-being and development of 146,000 colleagues at Asda as SVP - People.
"My relationship with Middlesex University began as a student and over the years has developed into a trusted learning partnership. I’m so proud that many of the current and future leaders I work with have also had the benefit with the Middlesex team."
Hayley moved from the checkouts into a variety of supervisory and management roles at Tesco, before becoming HR Director for UK and Ireland. She made the swap from blue to green in 2011, when she joined Asda.
Although Hayley’s ‘temp job’ at Tesco delayed her start at University by a few years, she now holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a qualified NLP practitioner.
Passionate about skills and education she has been a member of the Ambassadors Apprenticeship Network since 2007 and is a member and former chair of Business in the Community Employment & Skills Leadership team. She was appointed Non-Executive Director to the Cabinet Office and advisor to Department of Work and Pensions in November 2017, she Chairs the Asda LGBT group and is a trustee for charity Tommy’s.
Hayley lives in Buckinghamshire, with her husband and two children.
Gerard Woodward is a novelist, poet and short story writer. He is best known for his trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels concerning the troubled Jones family; the second of which, I’ll Go To Bed at Noon, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004 and was recently included in The Sunday Times list of the 100 best novels of the 21st Century.
"[The honorary award] is a source of great pleasure that the institution I left as an unknown but hopeful apprentice artist forty years ago has welcomed me back and given me this honour. The training I received on the foundation course opened my eyes to the world in a way that has been invaluable to me as a writer."
Gerard studied Art and Design foundation course at Middlesex Polytechnic before going on to study for a BA Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art. A radical change of direction lead him to abandon this course and study social anthropology at London School of Economics instead.
He has since published six novels, five collections of poetry and two collections of short stories. His poetry has earned him a Gregory Award, a Somerset Maugham award and two T.S.Eliot Prize shortlistings. Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘one of our finest writers’, his work often centres on the ironies and absurdities of everyday life, sometimes applying darkly surrealistic twists to otherwise ordinary situations.
Gerard has won widespread acclaim for a body of work that now spans nearly thirty years. He is currently professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University.
Caroline graduated as a nurse in 1987 from Edinburgh University (BSc/RGN) and has an MSc in Nursing Studies from South Bank University (2001). Caroline took up her current role of Chief Nurse for Barts Health in March 2016. From 1987 to 1993, she specialised in nursing older people in Edinburgh and then London at Guy’s Hospital as a ward sister. Caroline then worked for the Foundation of Nursing Studies for three years supporting nurses to use research in practice.
David Blunkett was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield.
He also in that year took up a post as Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield Department of Politics and became Chair of the board of the University of Law (formerly the College of Law) based in London.
Anne Boden is a most unusual banker. After a distinguished 30–year career in traditional banking, including as Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Banks, she set out to build her own mobile–only bank from scratch in 2014. Starling Bank launched its personal current account in May 2017 and less than a year later was named Best British Bank in the Smart Money People awards.
Andy is a leading practitioner in the field of Human Resources. He has been the Group Human Resources Director of ITV plc and most recently has been the Chief Human Resources Officer of Worldpay Group plc until January 2018. Andy has specialised in business transformation through people, by creating the conditions for people to achieve their best performance. transformations.
Self–produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing four solo albums, Imogen has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following both on and offline in recognised, pioneering ways. Her graceful tunes such as signature track Hide & Seek populate movies and TV shows, accompany dance and theatre performances. A respected ‘artist’s artist’, Imogen has penned songs with Taylor Swift, Mika, Josh Groban and Deadmau5 among others.
A graduate of London University, Penny’s first career was in the Royal Navy with appointments in intelligence, nuclear war planning, public relations, university units and personnel policy. With further academic qualifications, she became the first woman barrister in the navy and was promoted to commander but blindness ended her career early and she is now a war pensioner. Undaunted, she has run Disability Dynamics for nearly 20 years, helping other disabled people to get back to work particularly through self–employment and was awarded an OBE.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was born and raised in South Africa and he studied and received his Semicha (Rabbinic ordination) in Israel. He has served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and Rabbi of the Marble Arch and Finchley Synagogues in London.
Now in his fifth year as Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, he has developed a reputation as a principled spiritual leader who has broken new ground in the areas of interfaith social and responsibility. He has prioritised the development and strengthening of Jewish communities under his aegis, from Hull to Hong Kong and from Cardiff to Cochin.
Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site–specific installations as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with leading global manufacturers including Vitra, Knoll, B&B Italia and Flos. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Art Institute of Chicago.
Joy Warmington is CEO of brap, a charity transforming the way we think and do equality. Under Joy’s leadership, brap has established itself at the cutting edge of equalities practice, supporting organisations including NHS England, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Department of Education. In the last two years alone, brap has worked with over 60 NHS trusts, helping to reduce inequality and deliver more inclusive patient care. Joy’s career spans the community sector, local government and further education.