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Congratulations, class of 2017!


Our Honorary Doctorates of 2017:

Sir Alec Edward Reed, CBE, FCMA, FCIPD

Sir Alec Edward Reed is the founder of Reed Executive Ltd, one of the UK’s largest private businesses. He has held several positions during his career at the Reed group of companies and is now Founder at Large. Sir Alec is also a high-profile charity donor and organiser. His first charity was set up in the 1970s and he has since set up a not‐for‐profit residential accountancy college, Reed Business School. In 1985, he established The Reed Foundation, a charitable foundation that serves as the main vehicle for his philanthropic activities. The Foundation has financed numerous charitable initiatives including Womankind Worldwide, Ethiopiaid, Reed Restart at Holloway Prison, Women at Risk and the Alec Reed Academy. His various charitable initiatives have given away over £60 million, mostly in support of women, addiction recovery, overseas development, education and the arts.

Gaia Trussardi

Gaia Trussardi was appointed the Creative Director of Trussardi Group in February 2013. In this role, she supervises all creative aspects for the renowned fashion house, from the conception and development of collections to style and advertising campaigns. Gaia joined in the family business at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked in all areas of the company’s creative and production process – from materials selection to stylistic decisions – gaining great entrepreneurial expertise and perfecting her trend‐setting approach. Gaia Trussardi is currently a member of the Board of Administration of the group. Gaia, who earned a degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Richmond, is a keen observer of lifestyles and trends in various cultural areas such as fashion, society, communications, and music. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Richmond University.

The Right Honourable Lord David Willetts, PC

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford, and graduated with a first class degree. This has allowed Lord Willetts to write extensively on economic and social policy. He is currently a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.