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New Year Honours for Fitzwilliam alumni

Sharon White was made a dame and Humphrey Burton and Francis Habgood were knighted as Fitzwilliam College alumni were awarded New Year Honours.

Dame Sharon White (Economics 1985) was honoured for a 30-year career in public service, ending when she stepped down as Ofcom chief executive in November. She has been appointed chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, beginning in February. 

Sir Humphrey Burton (Music 1951) has had an illustrious career as a television presenter, broadcaster and producer. He was the BBC’s first head of music and arts, has won two BAFTAs, four Emmies and a Sony Gold Award. 

Sir Francis Habgood (Applied Criminology & Police Management 2003) was knighted for services to policing. He was lately chief constable of Thames Valley Police.

Detailed profiles of the trio are among those of the high awards on the Government website

Gareth Wilson (Applied Criminology and Police Management 2012) was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal. He was chief constable of Suffolk Police until April 2019, and he was appointed Ministry of Defence deputy chief constable in May 2019.

Adam Ronald Hogg (MSt in Criminology 1998), commonly known as Ron Hogg, was posthumously given a CBE for charitable and political services. The Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington died on 17 December 2019, aged 68, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Brendan Threlfall (History 2004) was awarded a CBE for public service. He is director of the Northern Ireland Office.

Adrian Gault (Economics 1977) was awarded an OBE for services to the environment and tackling climate change. 

Adrian spent 10 years as chief economist at the Committee on Climate Change, where he is now working as chief assurance officer. Adrian spoke to us about the honour and his work

This story was updated on 27 January 2020, following new information.

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