Meet our 2018 award winners

Overall winner 

Brian Heppenstall, BSc (Hons) Environmental Protection, 2003, Senior Ranger at Hengisbury Head

Brian received three separate nominations, each of which highlighted his passion for environmental protection, educating others and encouraging and inspiring young people.

Brian Heppenstall, BU graduate

“It’s a great honour to win the first BU Alumni of the Year Award. BU graduates seem to be making a name for themselves and for the university itself. So to even be considered for this award, let alone win it, is an incredible milestone in my career and I’m very grateful to those who have nominated me and to the judges who felt that I deserved to win the award.”

Outstanding Achievement Award winners

Eleanor McDowell, MA Radio Production, 2008, Senior Producer at Falling Tree Productions

Eleanor is part of the team at one of the world’s leading radio production companies, crafting award-winning radio features, documentaries, audio tours and podcasts. Alongside her work she continues to return to BU to mentor students.

Eleanor McDowell, BU graduate

“I was surprised, delighted and incredibly grateful for the nomination. It’s a real privilege to come back to the university to talk with new students. It’s always a pure pleasure to listen to their work and the inventive, playful ways they’re telling stories.”

Richard Fogg, BA (Hons) Public Relations, 2001, Chief Executive Officer at CCgroup

Richard has gone on to lead the company he first worked for on placement while at BU. He maintains strong links with BU by contributing to guest lectures, workshops and student recruitment events.

Richard Fogg, BU graduate

“I’ve always said that my time at BU gave me an unfair advantage in my career. I got so much out of my degree and from staying in touch with my school and my lecturers, but to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in the first BU Alumni of the Year Awards is something else. I’m simultaneously astounded and honoured.”

Tony Lorman, BSc (Hons) Food Production Development & Retailing, 2002, UK Commercial Director at Danone

As UK Commercial Director for Danone, Tony leads a business worth over £500m. He uses his own experiences to develop future graduates by offering placements and returning to give guest lectures.

Tony Lorman, BU graduate

“BU was the first chapter in building a career that I thoroughly enjoy and using my experience to help benefit others gives me great energy, so I am delighted to be recognised for my achievements.” 

Special posthumous award

In 2018 the judges also made a posthumous award to Alan Brown, who passed away in 2017 after working as a demonstrator within BU’s Faculty of Media & Communication. Alan, who completed an MA Radio Production in 2009, was nominated for his passion for radio broadcast and his supportive approach to working with students.