Gill Walton, CBE

Honorary Doctor of Education (2022)

Gill Walton, CBEGill Walton, CBE

Gill Walton is Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), one of the world’s oldest and largest midwifery organisations, representing 50,000 members. Gill initially trained as a nurse in London before completing her midwifery training in Southampton. She went on to lead maternity services across London and the south of England, before joining the RCM as Chief Executive in 2017. Gill is a passionate advocate for the difference that midwives make to women and families during maternity care. Earlier this year she was appointed a CBE for services to midwifery.

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Ann Abraham

Doctor of Business Administration (2018)

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Ann Abraham has built a 40-year career in the public sector, during which she has fought to ensure that individuals get the services they deserve, and that organisations are challenged to improve.

She was instrumental in renewing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Trust and Bournemouth University in 2015. Ann continues to champion the provision of high-quality healthcare as a trustee of the Dorset Mental Health Forum and the Picker Institute Europe.

Her work as Health Service Ombudsman has been credited with helping organisations to define and strive for good administration, rather than simply avoiding bad or mismanagement.

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Sue Sutherland OBE

Doctor of Education (2017)

Sue Sutherland’s desire to improve lives led to a career in the health sector, which was celebrated in 2006 when she was awarded an OBE for services to organ transplantation.  Her career highlights include leading an NHS special health authority and two hospital trusts.

In 2006, Sue transferred her passion for improving lives to the education sector, when she joined the Board at Bournemouth University.  As Chair of the Board for six years, Sue worked closely with the University Executive Team to improve the quality of the student experience and continues to be a powerful advocate for the university’s work.

Sue became a university Pro-Chancellor in 2017.

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Gail Adams OBE

Doctor of Education (2017)

Gail Adams is an activist who represents the rights of healthcare professionals at the highest level and campaigns to ensure a fair deal for nurses and NHS staff. 

Having served as Head of Nursing at Unison for 14 years, she was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and public healthcare in 2017.

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Dame Yvonne Moores DBE

Doctor of Education (2014)

Dame Yvonne Moores is a world leader in the nursing profession.

She was England Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing at the Department of Health in 1992–99, and previously CNO for Scotland (1988-92) and for Wales (1982-88).

She played a key role as an adviser to governments on policy and quality issues.

Dame Yvonne was a Pro-Chancellor at BU from 2006 to 2013.

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Muriel Chalkley

Doctor of Education (2014)

Muriel Chalkley is an inspirational leader in the nursing and midwifery professions.

After a successful career in the UK, where she headed a large maternity unit in Derby, Muriel spent over 30 years as a missionary nurse in Kenya, pioneering midwifery and nursing services, training local women as midwives, and dramatically reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

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Dr Kenneth Vall

Doctor of Education (2013)

Dr Ken Vall, an international leader in chiropractic, was Principal of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic from 2004 to 2012.

Since 1977 he has served the College as consultant, lecturer, vice-principal, board member and Chairman of the Board.

During his principalship, the AECC consolidated its position as one of Europe's leading chiropractic educational institutions.

Roger Browning

Doctor of Education (2011)

Roger Browning was Chief Executive of Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust from 1992 until 2012.

The Trust won numerous awards for high-quality healthcare provision under his leadership.

He fostered close academic and professional collaborations with BU, culminating in the achievement of University Trust status in 2010.

Brigadier Jane Arigho CBE RRC

Doctor of Science (2009)

Brigadier Jane Arigho is a perioperative nurse who has served with great distinction at the head of the British Army’s medical services.

After a series of increasingly senior posts in Army hospitals in the UK and overseas she became Director of Army Nursing Services in 1995. Later, as Director Defence Nursing Services, she established the unified military nursing organisation which is celebrated for its life-saving work in many conflicts including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

After retirement, Jane was Colonel Commandant of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps from 2005 until 2008.

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Dr Gwyneth Lewis

Doctor of Science (2008)

Dr Gwyneth Lewis, an eminent member of the medical profession, was formerly the Government's National Clinical Director for Maternal Health and Maternity Services.

She took a leading part in Lord Darzi's recent review of NHS services and wrote Maternity Matters, the national strategy for the future development of maternal care.

Dr Lewis has also directed the UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, a research project which has saved the lives of many mothers, and she leads international campaigns to improve maternity care.