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Honorary Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and in support of a variety of causes linked to the work of the university.

July 2017

Roger Francis Adrian Cooke MA MBA

For his lifelong and outstanding contribution to business and management, and to the arts and charitable work in Cumbria.

Roger Cooke was born in Hereford and read Modern History at New College Oxford. After graduating, Roger worked briefly as a teacher in London and then as a management trainee in a large industrial company. After four years he was awarded a Thouron Fellowship to study for an MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Returning to the UK in 1970, Roger joined the management consulting side of the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand (later Price Waterhouse Coopers) where he stayed for over 30 years, including nearly eighteen years as a partner. After retiring from PwC, Roger was asked to become Managing Director and Chief Executive of Oxford Policy Management Ltd, an international development consultancy that had been spun-out from the University of Oxford. Roger’s work as a consultant has taken him many parts of the world: sub-Saharan Africa; Egypt, the Palestine Occupied Territories and other parts of the middle east; Pakistan, Afghanistan and other parts of south, east and south-east Asia; the eastern Caribbean; western and eastern Europe; north America, and Australia. Roger’s Cumbria-based activities include Trustee and Chair of the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust, trustee of Lake District Calvert Trust, and a board director of Solway Communications and leads a volunteer group interested in raising the profile of Carlisle’s railway heritage. Outside Cumbria, Roger is a founder trustee of the London Transport Museum.

Val Corbett

For her lifelong and outstanding contribution to photography.

Val Corbett was born and raised in Herefordshire, moving north in 1969 to complete a BA (Hons) degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University. Val has long held a keen interest in photography and over the last 30 years has worked as a self-taught freelance photographer being well-known for her striking images of the Lake District and Cumbria. Val’s local photography has featured extensively in the Cumbria Life magazine for whom she wrote a monthly Masterclass column. She is now principally recognised for her garden photography, which is frequently published in national magazines including Country Life . Living on the Eastern fringes of the Lake District, her summers are normally taken up with photographing gardens around the British Isles. At other times she concentrates on her landscape photography, working for a number of authors and a variety of commissions. Val’s images have adorned the Friends of the Lake District calendar and have been used extensively for The National Garden Schemes directory of Open Gardens. She has produced a record of the restoration work for the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust and built up the photographic libraries for the Lake District National Park, Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council. In March 2016 Val exhibited at the Keswick Museum which included material about the changes wrought along the river as a result of the storm ‘Desmond’ in late 2015. Most recently her images were used in the prospectus and submission by the Lake District to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Karen Darke MBE

For her lifelong and outstanding contribution to sport.

Karen Darke is a British Paralympic cyclist, para-triathlete, adventurer and author. A keen athlete from a young age, Karen’s first love was climbing. However, in 1993, at the age of 21, a climbing accident left her paralysed from the chest down. Her positive attitude and determination to live a life where all things are possible prompted Karen to gain her PhD Geology from the University of Aberdeen, a mere three years after her accident. During this time, whilst becoming accustomed to life in a wheelchair, she completed a number of expeditions including handbiking the length of Japan. The success of these expeditions encouraged Karen to start racing on the handbike and in 2010 she joined the Great Britain Para-Cycling Team. Karen enjoyed immediate success in 2011 winning bronze medals in the time trial and the road race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Denmark as well as picking up three silver medals in world cup events. From 2012 to 2016 she dominated the world Para-cycling stage picking up bronze, silver and gold medals in the World Championships, World Cup and enjoyed her greatest success at the Rio Olympics in 2016 dominating the time-trial event and winning the first Paralympic gold medal of her career. Karen’s quest for personal development through her sporting career and continuing education reveals her commitment to self-fulfilment and life-long learning. In 2009, Karen gained an MA in Development Training from the University of Cumbria and holds Diplomas in performance coaching and traditional Chinese medicine. In between Karen’s training and expeditions, she is an experienced coach and speaks to audiences around the world about overcoming challenge and change. 

John M W Grainger MA FCMI

For his lifelong and outstanding contribution to economic development and business growth in Cumbria.

For his lifelong and outstanding contribution to economic development and business growth in Cumbria.
John Grainger’s early career was spent running retail travel companies in the North East and also as a Professional Tournament Director with the Lawn Tennis Association. In 1990 he moved to Cumbria to the newly created West Cumbria Development Agency . This spawned the start of nearly three decades of Johns pecialising in foreign direct investment activity in the region, many of who are in the nuclear sector and have settled in West Cumbria. In 1994 John furthered his own professional development to gain a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Northumbria, at its campus in Carlisle. In 1998 Cumbria Inward Investment Agency was created and John moved into the post of Director of Operations before becoming Managing Director of Invest In Cumbria. He continued in that role until the absorbing of the company activity into the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership in 2016. Since that time John has run his own management consultancy and works primarily as the Stakeholder Relations Director of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster. A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute since 1998, John has been associated with most of the large inward investment projects in Cumbria over the past twenty years. A sporting enthusiast he has recently spent three years as a Director of Cumbria Cricket. John is currently Chair of Governors at Cockermouth School Academy.

Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE

For their lifelong and outstanding contribution to design and creativity.

In 1982 Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway started selling a range of second-hand clothes on Camden Market in London. The following year they opened a store in Kensington selling Gerardine’s d e s i g n e d a n d s e l f -made c l o t he s . T heir debut ‘Red or Dead’ collection was an immediate success, receiving global acclaim. This success culminated in Wayne and Gerardine winning the British Fashion Council’s Streetstyle Designer of the Year Award from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, they sold ‘Red or Dead’ and set up the multi-disciplinary ‘Hemingway Design’ specialising in affordable and social design. Their mission statement “ Design is approving things that matter in life ” takes them through major regeneration projects, affordable housing, student accommodation, product and brand design. In 2010 the first HemingwayDesign Festival opened and over the years their annual events including The National Festival of Making, The Urban Village Fete, The Classic Car Boot Sale, The Festival of Thrift and the Vintage Festivals have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. They have won numerous internationally significant awards over the years for their projects. In 2015 their newly designed London Transport uniform was rolled out across the network. In 2016 they launched their second Royal Doulton collection, and their first products from their collaboration with The Imperial War Museum hit the shops. Wayne spent a decade on the Trustee Board of the Design Council and is a writer for architectural and housing publications. Wayne and Gerardine are involved in charity work for Shelter, the Princes Trust and Oxfam. Wayne is a Patron of the Unite Foundation – a charity providing university accommodation for young people in the UK who hail from challenging backgrounds. 

Professor Paul Workman FRS FMedSci

For his lifelong and outstanding contribution to cancer research and drug discovery.

Paul Workman was born in Workington, Cumbria. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, followed by a PhD in Cancer Pharmacology at the University of Leeds. The early part of his career was spent establishing and leading the Pharmacology and New Drug Development Laboratory at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Oncology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Following a sabbatical at Stanford University and SRI International, USA he worked at the CRUK Beatson Laboratories at Glasgow University before being recruited to Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) where he oversaw many organizational and scientific initiatives and led the biology of the team that developed one of the first targeted cancer medicines widely used for use in patients with lung cancer. In 1997 he joined The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and, over the next 20 years built, the world’s largest and most successful non-profit cancer drug discovery group – the CRUK Cancer Therapeutics Unit. Professor Workman was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the ICR in 2011 and became its Chief Executive and President in November 2014, a role in which he now oversees strategic developments in the field of basic, translational and clinical cancer research. In addition, he talks, writes and blogs about cancer research and treatment and the drug discovery ecosystem. Professor Workman has dedicated his life and career to cancer research and drug development; has published over 560 research articles; and been instrumental in discovering more than 20 drug candidates. Professor Workman is a CRUK Life Fellow, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society – the highest accolade in UK science – and named in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list of the most influential people in London.

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