Nine outstanding individuals and alumni received honorary degrees in December 2013.
Terry Morgan (MSc Engineering Production, 1978)
Terry’s numerous high-profile roles include Chairman of Crossrail and Non-Executive Chairman of the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering. He began his career in the automotive industry and is a former
MD of Land Rover vehicles.
Dame Julie Moore
A graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management, Dame Julie was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham in 2006.
Anne Wood CBE
Anne is the Founder of Ragdoll Productions, a television production company which has made more than 1,500 programmes aimed at very young viewers including double BAFTA-winning In the Night Garden.
Adrian joined British Rail as an Engineering Management Trainee in 1970, starting an illustrious career in the rail industry spanning more than 40 years, which led to him becoming MD of Chiltern Railways in 1993 and Chairman in 2002.
Adrian Lester OBE
Leading actor and director of stage and screen, Adrian played the title roles in Othello and Henry V at the National Theatre, and Hamlet, directed by Peter Brook. Hollywood movies include Primary Colours and The Day After Tomorrow. In Britain, Adrian is well known for playing Mickey Bricks in the successful BBC series Hustle.
Deborah is an Emmy award-winning journalist and historian who has also worked as a BBC producer for 30 years. She has written seven non-fiction books, including The Lost King of France; and a seven-part drama documentary series, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World , all of which have been critically acclaimed.
Guy Look (BCom Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1979)
Guy has more than 30 years’ experience in local and overseas financial and general management, and was named by Asiamoney as Best Executive in Hong Kong 2012. He is Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association.
Professor Peter Leslie Weissberg (MBChB Medicine, 1976; MD Medicine, 1985)
Peter is Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, where he oversees funding for more than half the cardiovascular research undertaken in UK universities.
Professor Sir Kenneth Murray FRS (BSc Chemistry, 1956; PhD, 1959; Hon DSc, 1995) and Professor Lady Noreen Murray CBS FRS (PhD Microbiology, 1959; Hon DSc, 1995)
Sir Kenneth’s research into DNA and Lady Noreen’s into fungal genetics led to them creating the first vaccine against viral hepatitis B, saving a countless number of lives around the world. The couple met at Birmingham and their support for scientific postgraduate scholarships at the University saw them posthumously inducted in 2013 into the Chancellor’s Guild of Benefactors, the greatest honour the University can bestow on a donor.