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Comedian Jo Brand receives Honorary Fellowship of King's

Posted on 23/07/2014
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Comedian Jo Brand has received an Honorary Fellowship of King’s College London, in recognition of her work as an advocate for people with mental health problems; her support of mental health research, and her long-standing association with the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). 

Jo Brand’s Honorary Fellowship was presented to her by the Chairman of King’s College Council, Lord Douro, and the Principal of King’s, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, on Thursday 3 July at a graduation ceremony for the King’s School of Medicine at Southwark Cathedral.

More than 6,000 graduates have attended King’s ceremonies this year, including some 3,000 who received their degrees at four ceremonies at the Barbican Centre in January and February, and more than 3,100 who attended the nine degree ceremonies held at Southwark Cathedral and the Barbican in July. 

Professor Trainor, who was officiating at his last degree ceremonies at King’s before moving to become Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, commented: ‘Those celebrating at these ceremonies are graduating from one of the world’s top universities, a major centre of research, teaching and innovation. We are delighted to welcome these, our most recent alumni, and hope they will always retain their links with the College and with the friends they have made here.’

The following people have received a fellowship or honorary fellowship of King’s College London this year.


Professor Catherine Boyle: Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies and Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at King’s.

Professor John Ellis CBE FRS: one of the UK’s most influential and eminent particle physicists who has held the Clerk Maxwell Chair of Theoretical Physics at King’s since 2010.

Susan Gilchrist: a highly-regarded alumna of King’s who is a leading international authority on corporate communications, with extensive experience in advising clients across the globe.

Sean Hagan: General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who has made exceptional contributions to King’s student and alumni communities.

Professor Shitij Kapur FRCPC FMedSci: a distinguished academic psychiatrist, who is Dean & Head of School of the Institute of Psychiatry, and Deputy Vice-Principal (Health) of King’s College London.

Professor Martin Knapp AcSS: Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s and one of the world’s leading health economists.

The late Khushwant Singh, famous Indian author, editor and journalist, who was awarded his Fellowship by the Principal of King’s in January 2014, at the age of 98.

Dr Peter Sowerby: doctor, businessman and philanthropist who has endowed the Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy & Medicine at King’s as the first of its kind in the world.

Professor Jack Spence OBE: who has had a distinguished academic career in politics and war studies, including at King’s, and played a critical role in shaping the professional military education of the senior officer corps in the UK and overseas.

Veena Lady Williams of Mostyn: a barrister and legal director who has made many distinguished contributions to the governance of King’s as a member and Vice-Chairman of the College Council.

Professor Alison Wolf CBE: the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s, whose achievements exemplify the College’s mission of advancing knowledge ‘in the service of society’.

Mark Seok Kah Yeoh: a director of YTL Corporation Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest companies, and an exceptional alumni leader and benefactor for King’s and the College’s Dickson Poon School of Law.

Honorary Fellowships:

Professor David Latchman CBE FRCPath FRSA: a distinguished geneticist who is Master of Birkbeck College and a leader in the philanthropic world.

Marie Christine Lee: an accomplished businesswoman and visionary philanthropist who has made an exceptionally generous gift to the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital.

Peter Mather: BP’s Group Regional Vice President for Europe, who provides leadership for BP’s outstanding programme of support for arts, cultural and educational organisations, including at King’s.

Dr Dickson Poon CBE SBS: a distinguished businessman and philanthropist who supports education and healthcare worldwide, including a  remarkable gift of £20 million to the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s.

Professor Gary Pugh OBE: Director of Forensic Services for the Metropolitan Police Service, whose support of King’s has helped to establish the College’s leadership in forensic science.

General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL: an exemplary military leader who was Chief of the Defence Staff from 2010 to 2013.

Professor Deborah Swallow: a distinguished expert in Indian art who is Märit Rausing Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Dr Anthony R Volpe: former Vice President of Clinical Dental Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Technology Center, USA, and a tireless advocate for dental research.

The Hon Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton: a seminal figure in the arts. Through her Chairmanship of the Wolfson Foundation since 2010, she has embraced the Wolfson family’s philanthropic heritage and propelled it into the 21st century.

The Hon Mrs Laura Wolfson Townsley: Chair of the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust and a trustee of the Wolfson Foundation, who has been instrumental in perpetuating the Wolfson family’s renowned philanthropic name.

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