Honorary fellowships were conferred on the following people in the July and November ceremonies of 2013.

July ceremonies

Anne Attwood

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. Anne retired from Furness College in 2015 but still loves living in Cumbria.

 

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 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 1991, he proposed the Supplementary Vote a new electoral system subsequently adopted by government in 1999.  In 1993, he proposed the introduction of a national cattle identity scheme which was subsequently established in Workington under British Cattle Movement Service in 1998. 

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.

 

Nigel Couzens

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 Ltd, Cumbria Training and Enterprise Council, Cumbria Learning and Skills Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Energus, where he was the Executive Director.  In partnership with the University of Cumbria, GENII, Lakes College, Sellafield Ltd and the University of Manchester, Energus became a Centre of Excellence with a focus on training, education and research capacity and capability for the energy sector. 

Having recently spent a period of time with Babcock International Group as their Head of Nuclear Skills and Learning he led the operation and development of training within a number of major Nuclear sector employers across the UK and abroad. He returned to Cumbria at the end of 2018 to join the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) within the Human Resources team.  Based in West Cumbria Nigel supports the Northern Division of the CNC and is working with the University of Cumbria to develop employer led armed policing initiatives and programmes.

 

Jeff Cowton MBE

In recognition of his lifelong service to the Wordsworth Trust and his outstanding contribution to the wider museum sector. (awarded July 2013)

Jeff Cowton was born in Alnwick in 1959 and graduated with a degree in Modern History from University of Leeds, taking up a temporary post as a guide at the Wordsworths’ Dove Cottage, Grasmere, 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 (Associate Museums Association), 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 Jeff oversaw the bringing of the collections together under one roof in a new library and research centre, the Jerwood Centre. More recently, he led the re-interpretation of Dove Cottage and the new Museum at Wordsworth Grasmere. The Volunteer/Internship Programme he developed has inspired hundreds of young people to follow in his footsteps.

https://www.wordsworth.org.uk 

 

Malcolm Wilson OBE

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the motorsport industry and business in the Cumbrian community. (awarded July 2013)

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, the WRC Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles in 2017 and the WRC Drivers’ Championship trophy again in 2018. 

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! 

http://www.m-sport.co.uk/

November ceremonies

Euan Cartwright

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of arts and culture and for service to higher education in Cumbria (awarded November 2013).

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 was Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Cumbria from August 2014 – July 2018.  Euan is a trustee of New Light (https://newlight-art.org.uk/) helping to deliver exhibitions of the finest northern visual arts to galleries across the north and in London.

 

Pam Eland

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the campaigning and advocacy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights and responsibilities (awarded November 2013).

Pam Eland was born in 1968 in the village of Mealsgate near Wigton in Cumbria and after training as a hairdresser, and realising that it wasn't for her, she took up her first youth work job at Wigton YES centre which later became Wigton Youth Station. 

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 trustee 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. 

Pam has developed and established the Rainbow Stripes Awards for businesses, organisations and groups to demonstrate their support of LGBTQ+ people in and outside of the workplace and aims to make this a national scheme.  Pam is also planning on opening a further three LGBT cafes across Cumbria.

 

Steve Holdup

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. (awarded November 2013)

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. She captains a Cumbria County Senior Ladies tennis team, and the Heversham Tennis Club First team.

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 member of the Grants Panel for Cumbria Community Foundation and a Trustee of The Sir John Fisher Foundation.  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.  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 (awarded November 2013).

Juliet a farmer’s wife, mother and grandmother. She trained as a Cordon bleu cook and a florist in London before coming north in 1981. She has had a long career of voluntary fundraising, organising charity events, and helping to run local Charities. Among these were Barnardos, The Maternity hospital (the Mum appeal), the NSPCC, for which she spearheaded the Full Stop campaign, she is now a Divisional Vice President and has run an annual fundraising event for them for over 20 years raising well over two hundred thousand pounds. She is a Patron and a fundraiser for The Hospice at Home over many years. Also a keen supporter of the Riding for the Disabled Association Carlisle Group (Chair for 25 years, and now is their President). 

Juliet established a ‘Women of the Year’ event in Cumbria and organised this for 20 years and has remained as Patron of the event. Juliet was part of the Fundraising Committee raising funds that restored and modernised the Carlisle Cathedral Fratry. She is an active member of the PCC of her local Church, Kirk Andrews on Esk and helped to set up their Friends committee. She is currently helping to run an appeal to raise £60,000 for urgent organ renovation work. 

Juliet is a Patron of Cumbrian Deaf Association. She herself suffered from a slight hearing impediment for 20 years but lost all that remained of her hearing suddenly in 2018, in 2020 she had a cochlear fitted which has been a huge benefit. 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 sat on the High Sheriff Association Council in London until she stepped down in 2018.

Juliet has spent most of the time during the Covid pandemic helping to care for two of her young grandchildren. She also helped boost the Carlisle hospital ICU’s morale at the height of the outbreak by making them cakes for their much-needed breaks.

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