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Royal Holloway announces new fellows

Posted on 26/05/2010

The six new honorary fellows

Royal Holloway, University of London has appointed six new honorary fellows at this year’s award ceremony.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded in recognition of eminence and outstanding contributions to the life and work of the College, or to the cause of business and education generally.

The Rt Hon Sir David Latham, Professor Moreton Moore, Jane Ross, Joby Talbot, Tim Williams, and Peter Worth all became Honorary Fellows at this year’s special occasion.

After studying at Queen′s College, Cambridge The Rt Hon Sir David Latham, was called to the Bar in 1964 and was appointed QC in 1985. He was a member of the Bar Council from 1987 to 1992 and Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee from 1990 to 1992. He was Vice Chairman of the Council of Legal Education from 1992 to 1995. David was appointed a High Court Judge in 1992 and Presiding Judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit from 1994 to 1999. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2000, and the Vice-Chairman of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in 2005. He retired as a full time judge in 2009 and is currently Chairman of the Parole Board.

Professor Moreton Moore has been lecturing in the Physics Department for 40 years. Appointed by Samuel Tolansky in 1969 to set up an X-ray crystallographic laboratory, his first job was to examine moon-dust from the Apollo 11 Mission. He has studied imperfections in crystals and the roles which defects play In modifying the useful properties of industrial materials, especially diamonds. Professor Moreton was awarded the Higher Doctorate, DSc (London) in 2002. He is the founding editor of the international journal Crystallography Reviews. He was the first Warden of Williamson House and later of Kingswood Hall. He was Mayor of Runnymede In 2006-07 and he continues to serve as an Independent Councillor representing Egham Town on Runnymede Borough Council.

Jane Ross joined Royal Holloway in 1990 and, as Director of Finance, navigated the finances of the College through the difficult years following the merger. As the College′s growth plans began to take effect, Jane took over the lead for the Administration as Director of Resources from 2000 and added College Secretary to her portfolio in 2003. She has led the development of an administrative structure to support the growing size and reputation of the College as a destination of choice in the 21st century for staff and students alike. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Jane′s contribution to that growth has been considerable.

Joby Talbot is a composer, arranger, performer and alumnus of Royal Holloway. During 2004, he was Classic FM′s first resident composer, writing a new piece of music each month for the year of his residence, later released on CD ‘Once Around the Sun’. In 1996 he was a finalist of the BBC Young Composer of the Year and commissioned to write ‘Luminescence’, which was premiered by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since judged the Guardian/BBC Proms annual competition for young composers. Joby wrote the original music for the film version of ‘The Hitchhiker′s Guide to the Galaxy’, as well as music for the film ‘The League of Gentlemen′s Apocalypse.’ Other screen credits include two silent films for the British Film Institute: Alfred Hitchcock′s ‘The Lodger’ and Evgeny Bauer′s ‘The Dying Swan’. He was originally Musical Director/arranger with the cult chart-topping band The Divine Comedy. Evelyn Glennie and the London Sinfonietta have played his percussion concerto, ‘Incandescence’.

Tim Williams was appointed Chief Executive at Runnymede Borough Council In 1980 and ex officio Honorary Secretary of the Magna Carta Trust. He pursued a major programme of change, including efficiencies and cost savings, ensuring a proper customer focus for services and outcome-based performance culture. He achieved and sustained one of the highest levels in external inspections and residents′ satisfaction in the country. He developed a successful inward investment strategy with very large business and commercial sectors established with the resultant wealth and job creation. Tim also supported major urban renewal and capital schemes and encouraged development of major sites in the borough, including former Holloway Sanatorium, now Virginia Park. Since the 1990s, Tim has acted as an Ambassador for the College in the Borough.

Peter Worth came to Royal Holloway in 1981 to read Physics and became the last holder of the post of the President of the Students′ Union. He ensured that the views of the students formed part of the RHBNC structures and processes, whilst at the same time representing the interests of the Egham-based students during the middle of what was then the biggest university building programme since the 1960s. Peter served on the College Council and its committees, including the Students Disciplinary Committee, from 1998 until 2008. Outside the College, Peter′s career has been in Management Consultancy, in the field of organisational and strategic development and change management.


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