Bristol alumni celebrated in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours list


Each year, the King’s Birthday Honours list recognises the outstanding achievements and dedicated services of individuals committed to our society. This year, we are delighted to announce that 18 remarkable Bristol alumni and staff have been recognised for their contributions to health, community, education, the arts, and more.

We take great pride in celebrating their accomplishments and the incredible impact they have made.

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Damehood)

Dr Helen Mary Stephenson (PhD 2000), Chief Executive Officer, Charity Commission for England and Wales. For services to Charity and to Regulation.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Professor Peter Moir Guthrie (Hon LLD 1992), Vice President and Trustee, Royal Academy of Engineering. For services to Engineering.

Peter Carl Mucklow (BA 1983), lately Director for Apprenticeships, Department for Education. For services to Education.

Dr Paul Warwick Thompson (BA 1980), Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art. For services to the Arts.

Professor Ian Hugh White, former Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1996 – 2001), lately Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Bath. For services to Higher Education and to Engineering.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 

Darren Andrew Brown (BSc 2005), Honorary Clinical Academic Physiotherapist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS and to People Living with HIV and AIDS, and People with Long Covid.

Professor Anne Christine Davis (PhD 1975), Professor of Mathematical Physics, University of Cambridge. For services to Higher Education and to Scientific Research.

Sally Macdonald (BA 1980), Director, Science and Industry Museum. For services to the Arts and to Heritage.

Michael James Morrison (BA 1970, BArch 1973), lately Master, The Worshipful Company of Carpenters. For services to Heritage.

Professor Henry George Overman (BSc 1993), Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Director, What Works Centre. For services to Local Growth.

Professor Dudley Edmund Shallcross (MEd 2006), lately Chief Executive Officer, Primary Science Teaching Trust, Bristol, also Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Bristol. For services to Education.

Beate Wagner (MA 2014), lately Director of Children’s Services, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. For services to Education.

Alan Parfitt (BA 1988), Research Analyst, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. For services to British Foreign Policy.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) 

Graham James Orme (MSci 2005), in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Royal Air Force.

Kim Pamela Jane Roberts (BA 1980), Chief Executive, HENRY. For services to Childhood Obesity Prevention.

Helen Tonks (BSc 1991), Founder, Hydraulics Online. For Services to Business and to Exports.

Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) 

Dr Jonathan Paul James (BA 1996, PhD 2019), Conductor, Teacher and Music Educator. For services to Music.

Guilietta Galli-Atkinson (BA 1970) and George Kenneth Atkinson, Campaigners. For services to Road Safety.


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