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New Year's Honours

Posted on 02/01/2013

King’s staff and alumni have been recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Simon Wessely (pictured) from King’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) was awarded Knight Bachelor for services to Military Healthcare and to Psychological Medicine. Professor Wessely is cited as having ‘dramatically improved mental health services for the Armed Forces. His academic work led to a better understanding of Gulf War Illness and to more effective psychological support for the armed services. His work has spread beyond the UK to the US and Australia and he works closely with a number of charities in support of ex-servicemen and women.’

Professor Sir Simon said: ‘I am surprised and delighted with this honour. It may be a cliché but in truth this is not just for me, it is for all the amazingly talented people I have been fortunate to work with at the IoP, King's College London and the Maudsley.  I have spent a large part of my career trying to improve the health of service men and women and I want to thank them for their fortitude, their inspiration and most of all their patience with our research.’

Professor Janet Treasure, Director of the Eating Disorder Unit at the IoP, received an OBE for services to people with eating disorders. Professor Treasure is a consultant psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 20 years. She is chief medical advisor of the eating disorders charity beat and is director of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Professor David Clark, Visiting Professor at the IoP, was awarded a CBE for services to Mental Health. Professor Clark’s research focuses on cognitive approaches to the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders and has led to the development of new and effective cognitive therapy programmes.

Sarah Cowley, Visiting Professor of Community Practice Development at the National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) at King’s, received a DBE for services to Health Visiting. Professor Cowley previously held positions as senior lecturer and professor within the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. While she retired in 2012 she continues to work with the NNRU to lead research into health visiting, and has recently been supporting the Department of Health’s Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011 – 2015.

King’s PhD student, Katherine Grainger, received a CBE for services to Rowing. Grainger is GB’s most successful Olympic female rower, her London 2012 gold medal the crowning glory to three successive silver medals earned at previous Games (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). In addition, she holds six world titles and was recognised in 2006 with an MBE for her services to Rowing, making her Britain's most decorated female rower. Alongside training Grainger has pursued an academic career and is currently a doctoral student at King’s in the Dickson Poon School of Law, researching homicide.

King’s alumnus and Fellow Professor Peter Higgs (BSc Physics, 1950, MSc Phsyics, 1952, PhD in 1954) received a Companion of Honour for services to Physics. In 1964 Peter Higgs predicted the existence of the scalar particle that is crucial for our understanding of three of the four forces of nature, making a fundamental contribution to physics with major consequences for our understanding of the origins of the universe. Known as the Higgs boson or ‘God particle’, compelling evidence for its existence was discovered by scientists at CERN in Geneva last year.

Dr Lisa Appignanesi, Visiting Professor in the Department of English, was awarded an OBE for services to Literature. Dr Appignanesi is a writer, novelist and cultural commentator, with a long-time interest in the orders and disorders of the mind.  She is currently working on a project relating to these topics called the 'Brain and the Mind' with partner Dr Lara Feigel, which includes a programme of workshops and discussions held at King’s through to May 2013.

Colleagues from the College’s partner NHS trusts were also recognised in this year’s Honours. Dr Keith Ison, Head of Medical Physics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust was awarded an OBE for Leadership and Development in Healthcare Science, Medical Physics, Engineering and Technology. Dr David Fenton, Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guy's was awarded an MBE for services to the treatment of skin and hair disorders.

Michael Billington, Fellow of the College and theatre critic for the Guardian was awarded an OBE for services to the Theatre. 

The following King's alumni were also featured in this year's New Year's Honours:


  • Air Vice-Marshal Julian Alexander YOUNG OBE, (International Studies, 2007), for Military Service


  • Mr Alexander Charles Beard, (Classics, 1984), for services to the Arts
  • Professor John Richard Britton, (Medicine, 1978), for services to Respiratory Medicine
  • Professor Gary Ashley Ford, (Medicine, 1982), for services to research in Stroke Medicine
  • Professor Jaqueline Hayden, (Medicine, 1974), for services to Medical Education
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Porter, (Defence Studies, 2002), for services to the Royal Navy
  • Miss Elerin Catherine Wones, (Law, 1994) for legal services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Committee
  • Nigel Philip Beet, (Defence Studies 1998), for Military Service
  • Dominic Anthony Stamp, (Defence Studies, 2005), for Military Service.


  • Commander Timothy Hulme, (Defence Studies, 2005), for services to the Royal Navy
  • Mrs Margaret Nowell, (MSc Health Education, 1984), for services to Education
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Michael Little, the Royal Regiment Of Scotland, (Defence Studies, 2004), for services as a Military Officer
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neil Unsworth, the Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment, (Defence Studies, 2005), for services as a Military Officer
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neil Unsworth, the Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment, (Defence, Studies 2004) for Military Service
  • Squadron Leader Glynis Mary Dean, (Defence Studies, 1995), for Military Service
  • Professor James Prosser, (Microbiology, 1972), for services to environmental science.


  • Professor Stuart Friend, (Medicine, 1969), for services to the NHS
  • Jenny Ramsden, (Education, 1984), for services to Further Education and Mathematics education through the UK Mathematics Trust
  • Hannah Seakins, (War Studies, 2004), for services to Military Operations
  • Gill Timmis, (Law, 1994), for Charitable Services to Children in the UK and Abroad.


  • Dr Arnold Lionel Phelops, (Dentistry, 1954), for Charitable Services.


  • Miss Elizabeth Gomez , (Mathematics, 1983), for meritorious service in the Royal Gibraltar Police.

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