2009 Honorary Fellows

An Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the University can bestow. Such honours are considered by the University as an opportunity to recognise a distinguished contribution made by individuals in various walks of life. These individuals normally have a connection with the University or with North Wales.

Those who received Honorary Fellowships in 2009 were:

David Brailsford, CBE, Coach of the highly successful GB Olympic Cycling team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He was subsequently voted 'Coach of the Year' in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in 2008 and was appointed CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2009. David Brailsford was brought up in Deiniolen (Clwt y Bont) near Caernarfon, Gwynedd. He will receive an Honorary Fellowship for his services to sport.

Bangor graduate Christina Coker, OBE, Chief Executive of 'Youth Music', the UK's largest children's music charity. Christina Coker OBE began her career as a Music teacher, but subsequently moved into the fields of policy and administration. She has extensive experience of schools and community projects in the field of Music. She will receive an Honorary Fellowship for her services to Music and disadvantaged children.

Co-founder of the London Marathon, and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, John Disley, CBE, who has had a distinguished career in sport. He was a bronze medallist in the 1952 Olympic Games and was voted UK Athlete of the Year in 1955. He was also the first Director of Plas y Brenin National Mountaineering Centre in Capel Curig. He is to receive an Honorary Fellowship for his services to outdoor pursuits.

Former coalminer and colliery manager, Tom Ellis became a Member of Parliament for Wrexham from 1979 and represented the constituency until 1983. He represented the Labour Party, but in 1981 joined the newly established SDP. He was also a Member of the European Parliament from 1975 to 1979. He has also written several books. He receives an Honorary Fellowship for his services to politics.

Dyfrig John retired in March 2009 as Chief Executive of HSBC following a distinguished career in Banking. A native of West Wales, he had been Chief Executive since 2006, and prior to that had served as Deputy Chief Executive and in a number of other international banking roles. He is to receive an Honorary Fellowship for his services to Banking.

Bangor PhD graduate Sandra Shumway, Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut, is one of the world's leading authorities on shellfish biology. She pioneered research on the effects of harmful algae on shellfish. A newly identified species of aquatic animal has recently been named after her. She is to receive her Honorary Fellowship for her services to Marine Science.

His Honour Eifion Roberts QC, who was born and educated in Beaumaris, Anglesey, and Oxford, is a distinguished former Circuit Judge (from 1977 to 1998). He served on the Council of Bangor University for over 20 years and is the former Chair of the University Council. He is to be made a Fellow in recognition of his services to the Law and Higher Education.