Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England. Previously, he served as Chair of English National Opera and The Crossness Engines Trust, as well as Deputy Chair of The National Film and Television School.
Born in 1953 Sir Peter began his career in the media following a degree in Law, joining the BBC News Training Scheme before, in 1977, being picked by Esther Rantzen as a researcher on That's Life! From there, he became a reporter at the BBC for Man Alive, and then joined Eric Parsloe's video production company Epic. Sir Peter was put in charge of producing the programme Food and Drink, in which Antony Worrall-Thompson came to fame.
Despite the opportunities with the BBC, it was after forming his own production company Bazal that Sir Peter began to create the programmes Britain loves. Ready Steady Cook; Changing Rooms; Ground Force – all became platforms for national treasures like Ainsley Harriott, Alan Titchmarsh and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen.
In 1990, Bazal was acquired by Broadcast Communications, which itself was absorbed by Dutch production house GMG Endemol Entertainment in 1998. Sir Peter became the Creative Director of Endemol in 1998, and in 2000 brought what would perhaps become his most successful show, Big Brother, across the sea from Holland.
Sir Peter’s career continued on an upward trajectory and he became Chairman of Endemol UK and Creative Director of Endemol Group worldwide. During his time on the global board, Endemol grew and in 2005 it was launched on the Dutch stock exchange. Over the next eighteen months its value trebled: in 2007 it was sold for €3.2 billion. In September of that year, Sir Peter stood down as Chairman and assumed the role of Advisor at Endemol.
After stepping down from Endemol, Sir Peter served as a non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He has also sat on various boards, including those of ITV, YouGov and Channel 4, and served as Deputy Chairman of the National Film & Television School, where one of his great successes was putting up an £8 million new teaching building.
Sir Peter has a number of media interests. He is the president of The Royal Television Society and writes a food column for the Financial Times.
Erika is the National Clinical Director for Diagnostics at NHS England with responsibility for clinical leadership, advice and guidance across the NHS and covering all diagnostic services. Diagnostic services utilise 10% of NHS spending and over 1 billion tests are done every year in England.
Between 2005 and 2013, Erika was National Clinical Lead, and subsequently National Clinical Director for Imaging at DH, leading a complex programme of work across all aspects of imaging. This delivered considerable additional capacity for imaging services and a marked reduction in waiting times. Her work has included cancer, paediatric, interventional, cardiac and forensic imaging. In her roles in Connecting for Health she has led deployment of PACS systems across the NHS and is now leading the process to move PACS to local NHS ownership working with The Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Erika was previously Divisional Clinical Director for support services, Director of Breast Screening and Head of Radiology Training in Norwich. She continues to practice clinically 2 days a week and to publish in breast imaging and health care policy.
Best known as the founder and frontman of indie rock band The Courteeners, Liam was born in nearby Middleton in 1985. Inspired by iconic Manchester bands Oasis and The Smiths, Liam decided to form a band with four school friends in 2006 and since then, The Courteeners have become an award-winning band, earning high praise from some of the biggest names in the industry.
Morrissey, whose band was one of the reasons that Liam was inspired to form The Courteeners, applauded them for producing ‘very good, strong songs’. They later joined Morrissey on his American tour. U2 frontman Bono called them ‘the best band of the last ten years’ after the release of their debut album.
When it came to university, Liam opted to study Economics at Salford before moving on to Creative Writing – a logical step for a soon-to-be lyricist and songwriter! When the fortunes of the band started to take off, Liam was in his second year of university. Understandably, he put his studies on hold to focus on his career as a musician.
All the music and lyrics for The Courteeners’ songs are written by Liam – and he claims they're autobiographical. Rumour has it that Liam wrote Not Nineteen Forever and Cavorting during his time here at Salford. Johnny Marr, guitar icon and former member of The Smiths – who is also an honorary graduate of the University – once called Liam ‘an underrated lyricist’.
In 2014, The Courteeners unveiled their fourth album, Concrete Love. It reached number three in the UK Album chart and the growth in their live shows has been astonishing. In June 2015, The Courteeners played what has been described as ‘the gig of their lives’ at Heaton Park in Manchester. They sold more than 20,000 tickets in less than an hour. It was a homecoming with a difference. Their performance was reviewed in The Guardian, along with the rumour that Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham MP had been tweeting Liam’s lyrics – specifically the one-liner ‘I’m only a paperboy from the north-west, but I can scrub up well in my Sunday best’.
The band’s management describe Liam as ‘a riot of contradictions – romantic, sensitive, brash yet self-doubting – it’s his songwriting, an acute observation of how life is mostly lived, that has fuelled the band’s longevity, striking a resounding chord with an increasing large bandwidth of people across the country.’
Born in Guilford, Martin is a British-South African academic and educationalist who has written extensively on South African history, culture and higher education policy.
Martin studied at Chichester High School for Boys, one of two state schools in the United Kingdom at the time that prepared students for Oxbridge admission. He was the first in his family to complete university, gaining his bachelor's degree in archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University in 1974.
He worked firstly in Lesotho in the area of archaeological excavation and then in London for the Southwark Archaeological Rescue Unit. He moved to South Africa in 1975 where he worked for five years as anethnoarchaeologist in the Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg. Martin then completed his doctoral studies at Cambridge in 1980 before moving to Cape Town in the same year. He then became Chief Professional Officer for the Department of Archaeology at the South African Museum.
Martin joined the University of Cape Town’s Department of Archaeology in 1983 and was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Historical Archaeology, becoming in due course the head of department. In 1983 he became Director of the Centre for African Studies.
In 1998 Martin was appointed as a Fellow of the University of Cape Town and the following year became inaugural Dean of the Higher Education Development Unit, charged with coordinating support for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
In 1999 he was appointed as President of the World Archaeological Congress and also served as General Secretary of the South African Archaeological Society.
In 2002 he was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor and held this position for six years with responsibilities for strategic, academic and budget planning. He stepped down from this position at the end of August 2008 to take up a position at the Graduate School of Business.
Martin arrived at Salford in April 2009 as Vice-Chancellor Designate and officially took up the post on 1 August 2009. During his 5 years as Vice-Chancellor, Martin led the University through the commissioning of the MediaCityUK campus and in the renewal of the Peel Park campus.
Working closely with council bosses and colleges across the north-west, Martin helped thousands more people access higher education.
His contribution to learning, teaching and the development of education policy and practice saw him recognised with the award of a Principal Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.
Upon his retirement from the University, Martin said, ‘It had been a privilege to work and live in Salford and to have been able to contribute to the University’s continuing success. Our students and staff are an inspiration to all who believe in universities and their role in society.’
Martin has returned to South Africa and to the University of Cape Town where he is an Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Business. He is also a partner with Artefact Transformation and Facilitation Services. In this capacity he advices on digital learning solutions, Higher Education leadership and management, and on organizational transformation and conflict resolution.
Alan was an international aid volunteer who was killed while providing humanitarian relief in Syria. He was a former taxi driver and was a proud son of Eccles and Salford. He had travelled to Syria to act as an ambulance driver for ‘Rochdale Aid 4 Syria’, a group which raised money on behalf of Al-Fatiha Global, a British-based organisation which provides humanitarian aid to those caught up in warzones. In December 2013, Alan was captured and later killed during Daesh’s occupation of the Syrian city of Al-Dana. The demand that he be released came from all sectors of the community and all were outraged by this act of inhumanity.
Those who knew Alan describe him as a kind, caring and selfless man. Following his death, a public outpouring led to salfordonline.com and Salford City Council collaborating to set up a memorial fund in Alan’s honour. All funds from this have gone towards providing financial support for Alan and Barbara’s children.
In recognition of the selfless relief work that he dedicated himself to, Alan was honoured with a posthumous Doctorate of the University.
Alan’s wife, Barbara, said: ‘on behalf of the family I would like to thank the University of Salford for honouring Alan in this way. We are extremely proud of him and hope that he will always be remembered as the kind, caring person he was, who made a decision to go and help those less fortunate, and whose life was taken because of that decision. We would also like to express our gratitude to the staff and students at the University. Their compassion and support at the time of Alan’s death was a great comfort to the family.’
Professor Helen Marshall, Vice Chancellor of the University, added: ‘The values that Alan stood for, and lived by in his contribution to others, are the values of Salford and of our University. Today celebrate Alan’s work, he will be remembered with pride by all Salfordians.’
David gained his medical degree from Manchester University and in 1992 gained his FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England to become a Consultant Surgeon.
He has been a Consultant Surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for 20 years where he specialises in general surgery. Mr Nott also performs vascular and trauma surgery at St Mary’s Hospital and cancer surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Mr Nott is an authority in laparoscopic surgery and was the first surgeon to combine laparoscopic and vascular surgery.
For the past couple of decades, Mr Nott has taken unpaid leave each year to work for aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the British Red Cross and Syria Relief. He has provided surgical treatment to the victims of conflict and catastrophe in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Darfur, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Central African Republic, Gaza and Nepal.
As well as treating victims of conflict and catastrophe and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes, Mr Nott teaches advanced surgical skills to local medics and surgeons when he is abroad. In London, he teaches the Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS) and Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE) courses at the Royal College of Surgeons.
In 2015 Mr Nott established the David Nott Foundation which will support surgeons to train and develop their operating skills for warzones and austere environments.