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Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Posted on 19/06/2017
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A number of staff from across King’s College London have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

Professor Graham Thornicroft has received a Knighthood for services to Mental Health. Professor of Community Psychiatry in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Professor Thornicroft is a Consultant Psychiatrist in a community mental health team in Lambeth for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009. 

Professor Thronicroft also chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff in low income settings to help treat people with mental health problems, now used in over 90 countries worldwide. Professor Thornicroft specialises in ways to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness - he has led the evaluation of Time to Change, the national programme to reduce mental health stigma in England.

Professor George Benjamin, CBE received a Knighthood for his services to Music. A composer, conductor and performer, Professor Benjamin succeeded Sir Harrison Birtwistle as Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King's  in January 2001 since when he has accepted post-graduate students from the UK, Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Jordan, USA, Israel, Portugal, Germany and Australia. Professor Benjamin started to play the piano at the age of seven, and began composing almost immediately. In 1976 he entered the Paris Conservatoire to work with Olivier Messiaen (composition) and Yvonne Loriod (piano), after which he completed his studies at King's College Cambridge under Alexander Goehr. Since his first orchestral piece, Ringed by the Flat Horizon, was performed at the BBC Proms in 1980 his works have continued to be performed across the world. In recent years there have been retrospectives of his work in Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, Paris and Lucerne. 

As a conductor Professor Benjamin regularly appears with leading ensembles and orchestras, amongst them the the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, the Cleveland and Concertgebouw orchestras and the Berlin Philharmonic. He has conducted numerous world premieres, including important works by Rihm, Chin, Grisey and Ligeti. He was made a Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996, was elected to the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Guildhall School, the Royal Academy, and the Royal College of Music.

Professor Lucilla Poston has been awarded a CBE for her services to Women’s Health. Head of the King’s Division of Women’s Health, and the Tommy’s Charity Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Professor Poston leads a large multidisciplinary research team which investigates complications in pregnancy including premature birth, pre-eclampsia and the complications arising from maternal obesity. She is particularly interested in the developmental origins of disease, and her own research focusses on the life-long impact of pregnancy complications on the developing child.

Professor Poston is Site Dean for the King’s Campus at St. Thomas’ Hospital, and is recognised for her national role in Women’s Health research, working with, among others, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the UK Research Councils and the national charity, Tommy’s.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and NIHR Senior Investigator (Emeritus) and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Professor Clive Page received an OBE for his services to Pharmacology. Director of the Sackler Institute of Pulmonary Pharmacology Professor Page's main research interests are in the pharmacology of inflammation and respiratory disease and he has published over 250 scientific papers. Professor Page started his early career in the Pharmaceutical Industry at Sandoz Ltd, Basel, Switzerland and regularly consults to both the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Verona Pharma plc, an AIM listed Company developing new drugs for the treatment of Respiratory Diseases.

Professor Page is also a Non Executive Director of Helperby Therapeutics plc, a spin out Company from St. George’s Hospital Medical School developing novel anti-infective drugs and of Babraham Biotechnology Ltd, as well as being a Trustee of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. Professor Page is the Chairman of the Animal Science Group of the Society of Biology and a Council Member of Understanding Animal Research and has contributed widely to the public debate about the use of animals in Research. He was awarded the Society of Biology President’s Medal at its 2012 Annual General Meeting. The Medal is awarded annually to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life sciences over the previous year.

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Jones, Military Senior Lecturer in King’s Centre for Military Health Research at the IoPPN, was also recognised with an MBE in the Military Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

King’s alumni who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours include:

  • Professor Simon Lovestone, Knighthood for services to Neuroscience research.
  • Professor Pamela Taylor, CBE for services to Forensic Psychology.

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