Michael’s early career in the 1960s saw him as a science teacher in the UK, Nigeria and Mauritius, before turning to teacher-training, curriculum development and text-book writing as an Associate Professor at the Mauritius Institute of Education from 1974 to 1985. He trained at the Universities of Calcutta and London, at Chelsea College of Science and Technology, before earning higher degrees (MSc in 1972, PhD in 1977) from Salford.
Michael became a member of the International Union of Biological Scientists in 1975 and became the first scientist from a developing country to become the International President of the Union’s Education Commission.
He joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 1986 as Chief (Environmental Education) and was promoted to Programme Director responsible for the ‘International Environmental Education Programme’ of UNESCO/UNEP, active in over 100 countries. Michael is a specialist in Education for Sustainable Development, which he is credited to have launched in 1993 and which was the theme of an UNESCO Decade for ESD between 2004 and 2014.
Upon retirement from the UN, Michael became a Director of Education in Mauritius for 7 years (1997-2004) and then a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education and occasionally an external examiner for a doctoral candidate at Salford.
He is a Founding Fellow of the Mauritian Academy of Science and Technology, a founder member and current animator of Democracy Watch Mauritius. In 2004, Michael helped found the Association of former UN staff from Mauritius and the neighbouring islands. A regular press commentator and presenter of educational TV programmes, he received in 1990 the Tree of Learning Award of the International Union for Conservation of Nature for services to environmental education.
Professor Brandon has a long history of successful research in the construction industry. His major contribution has been to establish the built environment as a subject for academic study and research.
In 1990, he set up the internationally-renowned School of the Built Environment (then known as the Department of Surveying) at the University of Salford, which achieved the highest research grade possible within five years - an achievement which has not been repeated in any subject at any university.
Following his appointment to the new post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Graduate Studies in 1993, the University achieved the highest rise in the UK Research Assessment Exercise in 1996, maintaining its new position until his retirement as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2001.
During his spell as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Peter also initiated and developed six major specialist research centres which are still active today. One of the centres, Construct IT, was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.
In recent years, he established the University’s ‘Thinklab’ to explore how information technology is leading to a new age of enlightenment which is affecting the way we think and behave.
Peter’s research has covered the fields of construction management and economics, information technology applied to design and construction and, more recently, sustainable development. He has written, co-authored or edited over thirty books and provided keynote addresses all over the world.
In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for his significant contribution to research. He holds the title of Emeritus Professor - an honour awarded only exceptionally and in recognition of his outstanding service to the academic community.
Fred was born in Salford in 1943 and has lived here all his life. He attended Trafford Road School, leaving at the age of 15. He began his career working for Ernie Peters, a local bookmaker, working for him for 9 years before setting up his own bookmaking business.
Fred purchased his first betting shop in Pendleton, Salford for the sum of £4,000. Within 2 years, he was opening a second and expansion continued steadily with the 100th shop opening in 1997. The betting shop business quickly expanded further still, with his 500th shop opening 8 years later. Betfred shops numbered 840 before it was announced that he was the successful bidder in the purchase of the Tote, the then government-owned bookmaker. This purchase was completed in July 2011 for the sum of £265 million and today, the estate numbers over 1,350 shops throughout the UK, employing 10,000 people.
In addition to being a bookmaker, Fred owns companies specialising in Bridge Finance, employment law, sports travel, and property.
Johnny was born in Ardwick in 1963. He taught himself the guitar at 11 and as a teenager started writing songs and playing in various bands in Manchester. At 17, he decided to form a band and approached Steven Morrissey from Stretford, a singer four years his senior and a well-known figure around the Manchester punk scene. The pair christened their new band The Smiths and a new chapter in pop music history began.
From 1982 to 1987, The Smiths embarked on a career of legendary shows and record releases and through Marr's original and dazzling musicality and Morrissey's unique outsider world view they redefined British guitar pop.
After disbanding the Smiths, Marr started a prolific career as a co-writer and collaborator with a number of hugely influential groups and musicians such as Talking Heads, The The, Bryan Ferry, Beck and Electronic, as well as discovering new local talent Oasis. He has been cited as an influence by bands such as Blur, Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers.
In 2005, Johnny joined Modest Mouse and achieved his first US number one album with We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, before moving back to the UK in 2010 to join The Cribs for their first UK top ten LP, Ignore The Ignorant.
In 2011, Johnny scored his first film soundtrack called The Big Bang, and then recorded the soundtrack to the film Inception with legendary composer Hans Zimmer.
Johnny joined the University of Salford in 2007 as a Visiting Professor in popular music. His regular masterclasses have helped to inspire a new generation of musicians joining a long line of successful bands to have studied at the University.
Dame Jenni is one of radio and television's most respected broadcasters. Her wide-ranging expertise in politics, business and the arts has led commentators to write admiringly of her "well-stocked mind". Her interviews with the powerful are described as ‘probing’, ‘steely’ and ‘no-nonsense’, and her knowledge of the arts is matchless. Jenni was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2011, in recognition of her contributions to broadcasting for over 40 years.
Her voice, which the veteran broadcaster and journalist Charles Wheeler described as ‘the most beautiful voice on radio, ever’ has often helped to temper the often difficult and controversial issues she has addressed and presented to her audience on an almost daily basis.
Born and educated in Barnsley, Dame Jenni has a degree in French and Drama from the University of Hull. She also has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Bradford and the Open University.
As the regular presenter of Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987, she has daily demonstrated an incredible range and depth and a unique ability to understand the feelings and complexities of those she interviews, talents she has also brought to BBC TV's Newsnight and Everyman and BBC Radio's Today and Tuesday Call. She has also appeared on Granada TV's Loose Women - Live Talk and This Sunday and in 2006 she presented a personal essay on assisted dying for Five TV's Don't Get Me Started.
Jenni is a patron of the Breast Cancer Campaign, Family Planning Association and Vice President of the Parkinson Disease Society, and also supports organisations for carers.
Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. He joined Balfour Beatty in Scotland in 1970, where he worked on civil engineering projects before transferring to the fledgling building business, where he rose to become the General Manager in Scotland.
Since then, Mike has held the posts of Managing Director of Balfour Kilpatrick, now Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Managing Director of Mansell, which Balfour Beatty acquired in 2003 and was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty until July 2013, after which he turned towards consultancy. He was also Chair of The Prince’s Trust Construction & Business Services Leadership Group between 2009 and 2012 and a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Contractors Group.
Mike has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Building since 1994 and was appointed a Fellow in 1998.
Mark was Director-General of the BBC between 2004 and 2012, responsible for the Corporation’s services across television, radio and online and for a global workforce of 20,000 that provides over 400,000 hours of content annually.
Mark joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He was an output editor on Newsnight, and appointed Editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990. He was Controller of BBC2 from 1996 to 1998 and Director of National and Regional Broadcasting from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he became the Director of Television. Mark was also the Chief Executive of Channel 4 from 2002 to 2004.
Mark re-shaped the BBC to meet the challenge of the digital age, while at the same time leading the Corporation’s biggest ever efficiencies programme. He led a major review of the BBC's strategy, committed to spreading the benefits of the BBC across the whole of the UK.
He oversaw the successful BBC-ITV joint launch of Freesat, as well as the BBC’s involvement in YouView. In October 2010, he agreed a new licence fee settlement that delivered stable funding until 2016/17.
Since November 2012, Mark has been the CEO of The New York Times Company.
Chris left school at the age of sixteen and worked for a local firm of office equipment supplies before embarking on a career in the police service, aged nineteen. Over the next thirty-six years this involved working in a wide range of disciplines and specialisms and resulted in his becoming Chief Superintendent, Divisional Commander at Bury, Greater Manchester in 1995.
Chris served three times with the Salford Division of Greater Manchester Police and took up the role of Divisional Commander in the city in 1997. An outstanding and abiding memory of Chris’ is the time he spent in South Africa as part of the EU delegation involved with the first free elections in that country in 1994, following the ending of apartheid.
On retirement from the police service in 2001, his continued involvement with a number of voluntary activities including membership of the Salford University Council, Chair of Seedley & Langworthy Regeneration Partnership and Board Member of Salix Homes.
In January 2012 Chris took up new roles as a Trustee with the Salford University Students’ Union and the locally-based Booth Charities.