Honorary fellowships were conferred on the following people in the July and November ceremonies of 2013.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to further and higher education in Cumbria.
Anne trained as a primary school teacher, but worked for twelve years in secondary schools in Widnes and Middlesbrough. With a passion for promoting drama in the classroom and theatre on stage, she moved to the North East in 1980 to be head of drama in an 11-16 secondary school followed by a move to Stockton & Billingham Technical College.
Her leadership skills quickly developed and she became Executive Director at Furness College in 2001 and then Principal in 2003, helping to improve the Colleges OFSTED results, acquire funding for a new campus and academy, and to develop partnerships with the University of Cumbria, dramatically enhancing the FE provision in Barrow and the surrounding area.
Lord Dale Campbell-Savours
In recognition of his support to higher education in Cumbria and his outstanding contribution to the economy of West Cumbria. (awarded July 2013)
Born in 1943, Dale Campbell-Savours was educated at the Keswick Grammar School in Cumbria and at The Sorbonne in Paris, spending his formative years hitchhiking through Europe and the Middle East. On his return he joined the Labour Party in 1965, and set up a manufacturing company in Lancashire alongside involvement as an elected councillor.
In 1976 he sold his manufacturing company, moved to Workington and was elected MP for the town in 1979, holding the seat for 21 years until his retirement following a long period of ill health, becoming Baron Campbell-Savours of Allerdale in 2001. In 1995 he proposed a “University of the Lakes” leading to a government working party and the eventual establishment of the University of Cumbria in 2007.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Energy Coast Campus. (awarded July 2013)
Nigel was born in Bristol and joined the Royal Navy, completing a Commission as an Officer in the Submarine Service. Whilst on duty, he met his wife in Workington, and moved to the town and started his family. Since residing in the county, he has worked at Sellafield, Cumbria Training and Enterprise Council, Cumbria Learning and Skills Council and latterly the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Energus, where he was the Executive Director. In partnership with the University of Cumbria, GENII, Lakes College, NMP Ltd and the University of Manchester, Energus is now a Centre of Excellence with a focus on training, education and research capacity and capability for the energy sector.
More recently he joined Babcock International Group as their Head of Nuclear within Skills and Learning and leads the operation and development of training within a number of major Nuclear sector employers across the UK and abroad. Nigel continues to work from Cumbria and maintains his relationships with local training providers, educational institutes and others supporting the energy sector developments within the County
Jeff Cowton MBE
In recognition of his lifelong service to the Wordsworth Trust and his outstanding contribution to the wider museum sector.
Jeff Cowton was born in Alnwick in 1959 and graduated with a degree in Modern History from Leeds, taking up a temporary post as a guide at Dove Cottage a year later. In 1983 he became the Librarian, hosted several of the world’s greatest scholars and accompanied 80 of the Trust’s treasures on a tour of America. After completing his professional qualification, he was appointed Curator, and alongside this work, led the way for the museum to become the first to offer a modern apprenticeship in cultural heritage. In the early 2000s the new library and research centre – the Jerwood Centre - brought all the collections together under one roof.
Jeff is currently overseeing the interpretation of the new site development at Dove Cottage ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ due to open to celebrate the anniversary of the poet’s 250th birthday in 2020. The Volunteer/Internship Programme he developed has inspired hundreds of young people to follow in his footsteps.
Malcolm Wilson OBE
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the motorsport industry and business in the Cumbrian community.
Malcolm Wilson was born in 1956 and attended Cockermouth School before joining the family business selling motor vehicle parts. Inspired by the British rally driver, the late Roger Clark, Malcolm pursued a career in the motorsport industry from an early age and has almost 40 years’ experience of rallying at World Championship level. As a driver, he won two British national titles in the late 1970’s and achieved a long-held ambition by winning the British International crown in 1994. Malcolm Wilson Motorsport Limited was founded in 1979 and changed its name to M-Sport in 1996 when the company was awarded the Ford contract for rallying and for research and development.
The team under Malcolm’s leadership has enjoyed much success, including lifting the WRC Manufacturers’ trophy two years in succession in 2006 and 2007. Aside from rallying, through the reputation that M-Sport holds, Malcolm was approached by Bentley Motors Ltd in 2012 to build the Bentley GT3 racing cars for competing in the international Blancpain series. Months of hard work paid dividends as the efforts of the team were rewarded with a victory for the Bentley GT3 on only their second outing which was the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in May 2014 at Silverstone. An incredible achievement for a new team with a new car, the victory was the first victory for Bentley in a UK race in over 80 years!
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of arts and culture and for service to higher education in Cumbria.
Euan was brought up and educated in Yorkshire where his father was a welder and Methodist lay preacher. He worked in youth and community work for several years, first in Birmingham, then in the Ardeche and in London. In 1977, he took responsibility for the community and recreation programmes at Ashford Borough Council, becoming Deputy Chief Officer.
In 1983, Euan moved to Carlisle as Director of Leisure, leading the development of the Sands Centre and Tullie House. Euan joined the board of the Cumbria College of Art and Design in 1991 and became chair in 2005, chairing the shadow board which lead to the formation of the University of Cumbria in 2007. In August 2014 Euan Cartwright became Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Cumbria.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the campaigning and advocacy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights and responsibilities.
Pam Eland was born in 1968 in the village of Mealsgate near Wigton in Cumbria and after training as a hairdresser, took up her first job at the Youth Station in Wigton. In 2003 she completed a Diploma in Community and Youth Studies at St Martin’s College and several years later, joined Pride in North Cumbria; a support group for under 25’s who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who are questioning their sexuality.
Pam is also the founder and chair of Cumbria Pride, a highly successful one-day festival which brings people together in a celebration of diversity and was involved in the creation of Carlisle’s first dedicated LGBT venue; providing people with space where they can feel safe and have access to services and support.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and the development of teachers. (awarded November 2013)
Steve Holdup was headteacher of Dallam School in Milnthorpe for 11 years. Under his leadership, Dallam developed outstanding boarding facilities, worldwide ranking students and an adventurous approach to the curriculum, securing £13m of capital investment at its Milnthorpe and Heversham sites. Uniquely, he established Dallam as an International Baccalaureate World School in 2007, becoming the first British Academy winner for the most innovative teaching of modern languages in the UK.
Steve was a National Leader of Education for the National College for School Leadership and developed links for the area’s schools with partners in continental Europe and beyond and established a formal relationship with the Spanish Government to promote languages through bilingual learning. Under his leadership Dallam became the first Adventure Learning School in the country. He now grows olives in the South of Spain
Cedric Robinson MBE
In recognition of his outstanding service to the community and significant contribution to supporting charitable causes, both locally and globally.
Cedric Robinson is The Queen’s Guide to the Sands, a position which he has held since 1963. The Sands are at Morecambe Bay are renowned for their dangerous sea currents and quick sand, and Cedric has guided over half a million walkers across the Bay for which he receives no money (apart from small tips). He conducts them for the pleasure it gives him and others and has enabled many charities to earn millions of pounds through the sponsorship of walkers.
The only people he is ‘contracted’ to guide across the Bay, when asked, is the Queen and people nominated by the Queen. One of his most memorable moments was in 1985 when he led a number of horse-drawn carriages across the Bay seated alongside HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
Chris Tomlinson OBE
In recognition of her outstanding service to tourism and business in Cumbria and for her charitable work in support of Cumbrian initiatives.
Chris Tomlinson lives near Windermere and has a love of travel and the great outdoors including walking the Lakeland Fells, skiing, tennis, cycling and sailing. Prior to taking early retirement, Chris was Chief Executive of Cumbria's regeneration company, Cumbria Vision, and had previously spent nine years as Chief Executive of Cumbria Tourist Board. Chris is a Trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation, a Trustee of The Sir John Fisher Foundation and a Community 1st Responder. She is active in her local church, leads the management team of the Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year Awards and is involved in a number of other charitable ventures.
In 2007 she spent time in Kazakhstan as a volunteer for Voluntary Services Overseas and is now a volunteer selector for the VSO International Citizen Service, a government funded development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2002 Chris was awarded the OBE for services to UK tourism. She is also a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow, a former National Tourism Personality of the Year and winner of the Sir John Hunt Award.
Juliet Westoll MBE DL
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to service in Cumbria and her charitable work in supporting Cumbrian initiatives.
Juliet is foremost a Cumbrian farmer’s wife, mother of two and grandmother. She trained as a Cordon bleu cook and a florist in London before coming north in 1981. Following the sudden death of her eldest son she started a long career of voluntary fundraising, organising charity events, and helping to run local Charities. Among these are Barnards’s, The Maternity hospital, The Dalemain Marmalade festival, the NSPCC (which she spearheaded the Full Stop campaign and now serves as a Divisional Vice President). She also helped The Hospice at Home (now Patron) and the Riding for the Disabled Association Carlisle Group (Chair for 25 years, now their President).
Juliet established a ‘Women of the Year’ event in Cumbria, and organised this for 20 years. She has remained as Patron of the event. In 2010 she received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Cumbria. Juliet was invited to become a Deputy Lieutenant for the County in 2011 and served as the High Sheriff of Cumbria in 2012. She now sits on the High Sheriff Association Council in London. Juliet sits on the Fundraising Committee raising funds to restore and modernize the Carlisle Cathedral Fratry and is an active member of her local Church PCC helping to set up their Friends committee. Juliet is a Patron of Cumbrian Deaf Association. Juliet became profoundly deaf suddenly last year, and now hopes to help improve services for the hard of hearing in Cumbria in the future.