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New Year's Honours

King's College London is delighted to announce that a number of King's staff and alumni have been recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Til Wykes, Vice-Dean of Psychology and Systems Science and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, has been awarded a damehood for services to Clinical Psychology.

Professor Dame Til Wykes has been an international leader in understanding and advancing the rehabilitation and recovery for people with severe mental illness. She founded, and is Co-Director of, the King’s Service User Research Enterprise (SURE), which is the first unit in the UK to focus on including the service user perspective by employing people who have experience of using mental health services. She was the founding director of the Mental Health Research Network, which delivered a dramatic increase in opportunities for service users to participate in mental health research.

Professor David Cowan, Professor of Pharmaceutical Toxicology and Director of the Drug Control Centre at King's, has received an OBE for his services to anti-doping science.

Professor Cowan co-founded the Drug Control Centre in 1978, and became its Director in 1990. He has served on a number of national and international committees including the Council of Europe Working Party investigating Drug Abuse in Sport that led to the first World Anti-Doping Convention. Professor Cowan was a founding member of the World Association of Anti-Doping Scientists and became its first President serving on its executive board between 2001 and 2004. In 2013, he received the Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for his outstanding contribution to pharmaceutical science in leading the anti-doping project for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Professor Kim Wolff, Professor of Addiction Science in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, has received a MBE for public service to road safety.

During 2006, in initial research on behalf of the Department for Transport, Professor Wolff led investigations to explore different biomarkers of continuous alcohol consumption, for use in drink-driving cases.   This work led the Driving and Licensing Agency (DVLA) for the United Kingdom, to introduce Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (%CDT) as the sole biomarker, to be used alongside medical examination in those on the High-Risk Offender scheme seeking relicensing.

Professor Wolff, an advisor for the government drug drive policy, led the independent panel which produced the Department for Transport Expert Drug-Driving Report in 2013. The report outlined a series of recommendations on which drugs listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) should be included in regulations for the new drug-driving offence.

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


  • Dr Timothy J G Books CBE MB BChir (Medicine, 1980) for services to Public Health.
  • Air Commodore Martin T Doel CBE (War Studies, 1998) for services to Higher Education.


  • Mr Edward P J Davis OBE (Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, 1994) for services to the Ebola Crisis Response in West Africa.
  • Mr Leslie C East OBE (Music, 1970) for services to musicians and music education.
  • Mr Andrew Haines AKC OBE (History 1985) for services to transport.
  • Mr Richard Ladd-Jones OBE MA (Defence Studies, 2004) for services in support of Defence Policy.
  • Dr Patricia J Mucavele OBE (Nutrition and Dietics, 1992 ) for services to children, families and charity.
  • Mr Daniel Peltz OBE FKC (History, 1982) for philanthropic and charitable services.
  • Dr Oliver J Shanley OBE (Mental Health Studies, 1999) for services to mental health nursing.


  • Dr Nisreen H Booya MBE (1979) for services to Mental Health.
  • Mr Gregory Cook MBE AKC (History , 1984) for political service.
  • Mr Peter V Sunderland MBE (Physiology, 1977) for voluntary service to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The New Year Honours lists recognise the achievements of a wide range of people from across the UK. More information and the full New Year's Honours list for 2016 can be found here.

Notes to editors

For more information please contact Jenny Gimpel in the King’s College London press office on +44 (0)207 848 4334,