Revealed: honorary graduates for 2016

Linvoy Primus

Linvoy Primus

A former Premier League footballer, an inspirational aviator and the head of research at the Mary Rose Trust are to receive honorary degrees from the University of Portsmouth.

The President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a thought leader with a passion for gender equality will also be honoured during the week of ceremonies, which begin on Wednesday.

Linvoy Primus MBE is a former Premier League defender with Portsmouth FC. Since retiring from professional football after 20 years, he has worked with Christians In Sport, supporting athletes in their development physically, mentally and spiritually, and digital educational company Guided Knowledge.

Linvoy is co-founder of the Faith and Football charity, which aims to release the potential in young people. He is also on the board of trustees for SCUK, among various other charity commitments.

In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for his services to football and charity.

He will receive a Doctor of the University this Friday, July 15.

HON GRADS Alex Hildred - WEB

Alex Hildred

Alexzandra Hildred BA, MCIFA, FSA, is Head of Research and Curator of Ordnance and Human Remains at the Mary Rose Trust. One of three curators responsible for the 2013 Mary Rose Museum, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, she joined the project in 1979 as a graduate archaeologist.

An archaeological supervisor during the 1979-1982 excavations, she has since directed the site, monitoring, survey and excavations, which culminated in recovering the ship’s stem in 2005.

She has researched and published the weapons of the ship, producing one of the five volumes comprising the archaeology of the Mary Rose, and has worked with the Royal Armouries, manufacturing and firing full-scale copies of recovered guns.

Alex has taught both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and within the Nautical Archaeological Society training scheme, and is involved with several research projects within Portsmouth University.

She has extensive experience on other underwater sites and has directed multi-season projects in Malta and Holland. She was chair of the Institute of Field Archaeologists Maritime Affairs Group and a member of the Government Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites.

She will receive a Doctor of Science this Friday, July 15.

Ashok Soni

Ash Soni

Ashok Soni OBE studied pharmacy at Portsmouth School of Pharmacy and graduated in 1983. He began his pharmacy career with Underwoods in Central London and opened his own pharmacy, Copes Pharmacy, in 1986.

In early 2004, Ash was one of the first pharmacists to qualify as a supplementary prescriber from Kings College, London. He qualified as an independent prescriber in June 2007.

Ash was appointed as a Board member of Health Education South London in March 2013 and a member of the National Association of Primary Care Council in October 2013.

In 2014, Ash was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list and elected President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in July of that year.

Earlier this year he attended the launch of the Healthy Living Pharmacy Live initiative at the University of Portsmouth, which is designed to put academic theory into practice through work experience sessions for every student in every year of their course.

Ash will receive a Doctor of Science on Monday, July 18.

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens is a global executive and a thought leader on gender balance and inclusion.

In 2015 she received the prestigious Global Inspiring Woman Award at the Women’s International Networking (WIN) Leadership Conference in Rome.

Throughout her international business career with Rio Tinto, IBM and CSC, Anne has been recognised for her unique approach to the development and advancement of women, both in and out of the workplace. She has been on the International Advisory Board of WIN since 2004.

She is a board trustee for Over The Wall, part of Hollywood actor Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Network, a board trustee for Portsmouth Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and the council director for The Conference Board’s Global Women, Global Leaders.

She will receive a Doctor of the University on Tuesday, July 19.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Tracey Curtis-Taylor is an aviator, adventurer and inspirational speaker who honours the pioneering days of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s. Thirty years of flying classic planes led her to fly a restored 1942 Boeing Stearman 10,000 miles from Cape Town to Goodwood in 2013 to commemorate the achievement of Lady Mary Heath in 1928, who was the first person to fly the route solo.

She then decided to pay homage the life of Amy Johnson by retracing her 1930 flight from Great Britain to Australia. Tracey departed Farnborough in October 2015 and arrived in Sydney three months later after flying 14,600 miles through 23 countries.

This year has seen Tracey fly the historic air mail routes across the USA, from Seattle to Boston, to celebrate the Centenary of Boeing. She wants her flights to inspire young women around the world and ultimately enhance the role of women in aviation and engineering.

She will receive a Doctor of the University on Wednesday, July 20.


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