HONORARY DEGREES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
The University of Derby’s November awards ceremonies are a highlight of the University’s calendar. Each year at the same time as thousands of graduating students, guests and VIPS attend the ceremonies, a number of Honorary Degrees are also awarded. The awards are made to notable people with a strong connection to the University, the city and the county in recognition of the valuable contributions they have made to the region in their fields.
This year’s recipients at the Derby Arena were Kay Fawcett OBE, Derby’s former Chief Nurse, world-leading butterfly expert, Colin Treadway-hoare, and local entrepreneur Steve Perez.
Kay Fawcett OBE, awarded Honorary Doctor of the University, has had a long and distinguished career in nursing in the Midlands, following a 37-year career with the NHS by making significant contributions to the transformation of the support worker workforce, and the development of both apprenticeship standards for healthcare support workers and the nursing degree apprenticeship. Steve Perez, Honorary Master of Business Administration, is chairman of Global Brands, a leading independent drinks business, and owner of Casa Hotel and Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield. Steve grew up in Chesterfield and founded the Global Beer Company in 1986. By 2002, Global Brands was the UK’S fourth fastestgrowing company and Steve was voted CBI Entrepreneur of the Year. Steve is also a four-time British rally champion. Colin Treadaway-hoare, Honorary Doctor of the University, has studied and identified hundreds of new species of butterflies. Following his retirement from a long and successful career
Lizzie Ball receiving her honorary degree with, l to r, Stephen Smith, Chair of Governing Council, Lord Burlington, Chancellor of the University and Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-chancellor of the University
Steve Perez (centre) with, l to r, Vice-chancellor of the University, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Stephen Smith, Chair of Governing Council, and Lord Burlington, Chancellor of the University
Kay Fawcett with Paula Holt, Pro ViceChancellor Dean – Health and Social Care
Max Fischer signing the University of Derby’sGreat Book, having received his honorary Master of Arts degree