Honorary graduates

Honorary Graduates from Teesside University

Each year we confer honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field, their contribution to the region or society or service to the University.

Recipients come from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment and include former staff and students. Honorary graduates include Steve McClaren, Richard Griffiths, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ray Harryhausen.

The honorary awards are conferred at the final awards ceremony of Academic Awards week, in November each year.

2013 Honorary Graduates



Mark BentonMark Benton, Doctor of Letters

Mark Benton is an actor know for many roles including Early Doors, Northern Lights and Barbara. He has recently toured the UK with Hairspray the Musical and made his dancing debut on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Mark comes from Grangetown.

Graeme BurnettGraeme Burnett, Doctor of Business Administration

Graeme is an alumnus of the University, graduating with a BSc Chemical Engineering. He is Senior Vice-President Fuel Optimisation of Delta Air Lines with responsibility for Delta's global jet fuel supply as well as the integration of the Monroe Refinery into the Delta supply chain. He was previously Senior Vic-President of Total Petrochemicals. Graeme is one of the most influencial people in his field.

Baron  Crathorne KCVO KStJ JP MA FRSABaron Crathorne KCVO KStJ JP MA FRSA, Doctor of Laws

Baron Crathorne is Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and member of the House of Lords, where he is a member of the Works of Art Committee. Among many external roles he is the Chairman of Trustees of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and Chairman of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, North Yorkshire.

Professor Charles GreenoughProfessor Charles Greenough, Doctor in Professional Achievement

Professor Charles Greenough is Consultant in Orthopaedics at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is Chairman of the Education Committee of the Spine Society of Europe and Visiting Professor of Spinal Studies at Durham University. He is the first ever national clinical director for back disorders and is a national leader in his specialism.

Ken HomeKen Home OBE, Doctor of Business Administration

Ken Home is the Chairman and joint founder of K Home Engineering. He has led a major Tees Valley success story achieving awards such as the Queens Award for Export, Tees Valley Company of the Year (twice) and Tees Valley Exporter of the Year, as well as personal recognition as Tees Valley Executive of the Year.

Professor Graham HoneymanProfessor Graham Honeyman, Doctor of Business Administration

Professor Honeyman is an alumnus of the University, graduating with a PhD, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. He is Chief Executive of Sheffield Forgemasters. He worked previously at NEI Parsons. On re-joining Forgemasters he led a management buy out and led the company to great success in terms of both reputation and turnover.

Anna Kennedy OBEAnna Kennedy OBE, Doctor in Professional Achievement

Anna Kennedy is a prominent autism campaigner, drawing on her experience as a mother. She is a former Tesco Mum of the Year and founder of two ASD specialist schools in the UK. Anna originally comes from Middlesbrough.

Stephanie  McGovernStephanie McGovern, Doctor in Professional Achievement

Stephanie is a business journalist for the BBC and is currently the main presenter for BBC Breakfast. She grew up in Middlesbrough and won the Young Engineer for Britain award at the age of 19. Stephanie is also a former champion Irish dancer.

Richard MillwardRichard Milward, Doctor of Letters

Richard is the young highly-renowned authof of Apples, Ten Storey Love Song and, most recently, Kimberly's Capital Punishment. His writing appeared in numerous publications and his books have been translated into nine languages. Richard comes from Middlesbrough and is a leading cultural ambassador for our town.

David ParnabyDavid Parnaby, Doctor in Professional Achievement

David Parnaby is head of the Middlesbrough Football Club Academy. He was previously a teacher at Lingfield Comprehensive School in Darlington and coached England under-15 school boys before joining Middlesbrough FC. He is widely recognised as one of the most talented Academy leaders in English football.

Dr Joy ShiDr Joy Shi, Doctor of Business Administration

Dr Shi is the founding President of Hong Kong Institute of Technology, an important partner of Teesside University. She is a major public figure in Hong Kong and a distinguished educationalist.

Tony WaitesTony Waites, Doctor of Business Administration

Tony Waites is chair of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. He has previously held various Board level appointments in the international textitle industry for almost 40 years and several Board positions in the National Health Service. Tony comes from Darlington.