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Queen honours Royal Holloway Fellow and Alumni

Posted on 07/01/2011

Sir Alec Reed

Honorary Fellow, former Visiting Professor and College Council member Professor Alec Reed CBE has been made a Knight Bachelor by the Queen in her New Year Honours.

Sir Alec Reed is also the founding patron of Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs and received the prestigious honour for his services to business and charity. He founded The Big Give, an online donations site supporting 7,681 charities, in October 2007 to help proactive philanthropists donate intelligently.

A generous philanthropist and entrepreneur, Sir Alec previously founded the Reed Foundation which funds The Big Give, making it free to all users.

Sir Alec is also the Founder of Reed Specialist Recruitment, one of the largest recruitment solution providers in the country with over 400 branches and reed.co.uk, Europe’s largest commercial job website.

Bedford College alumna and science journalist and broadcaster Vivienne Parry (BSc Zoology, 1978) has been awarded an OBE for services for the public understanding of science. Vivienne is one of the best known writers and broadcasters on science in the UK. She is passionate about engaging the public with science and her journalism, writing and broadcasting have reached huge audiences.

Royal Holloway alumnus, Ashok Rabheru (MPhil Mathematics, 1975) has been awarded a CVO (Commander of the Victorian Order) in recognition of his work for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He served as a Trustee of the group from 2000 until December 2010 and was a prominent member of the steering group for planning and raising funds for the 50th anniversary of the DofE in 2006.


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