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22 September 2009
University basks in the reflected glory of alumni achievements

Alumnus Roger Lewis has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2009 Alumni Laureate Awards at The University of Nottingham.

The Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and Millennium Stadium received his award at a black-tie event at the University attended by more than 100 guests and former students.

The awards ceremony is a chance for the University to honour the lives and work of former students, as nominated by the alumni community, staff and current students.

Roger, who graduated with a degree in Music at the University in 1976, has combined his passions of music and sport throughout his highly impressive career and the award recognized his significant achievements in both fields.

Alumni Award logo

Roger, who was the first generation of his family to go to University, said: “It’s a great honour to accept this award but I feel it’s me who should be presenting the University with an award because I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the institution and my tutors, themselves great practising musicians, for giving me confidence and for opening my eyes and ears.”

In the video presentation accompanying his award leading figures, including the First minister for Wales. Rhodri Morgan, praised Roger’s energy and enthusiasm and former tutor Professor of Music Robert Pascall, celebrated his musical triumph of conducting a performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony in the University’s Great Hall.

The University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway, said he was hugely proud of those who had received awards. He said he admired their leadership and humility and that the University basked in their reflected glory.

The evening began with a champagne reception in the Trent Quad, dinner in the University’s Senate Chamber then the awards ceremony itself followed by a casino night in the Great Hall with a cash bar. The compere for the evening was Mark Bullock (Economics 1989), Wheelchair Tennis Manager for the International Tennis Federation, who has just overseen the 2009 British Open Wheelchair Championships in Nottingham. 

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Blue arrow button View films of each of the award winners hereThese films were made by Rob Glass (Alumnus, Mechanical Engineering, 1988) www.coraclefilms.co.uk


Roger was just one of the winners on the night. The others were:

Three winners of the 2009 Recent Graduate Award:


Captain Nicholas Paul Barton, Army Air Corps (Mechanical Engineering 2000)

Nick Barton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Afganistan in July 2007. The medal is the third highest medal awarded for gallantry in the face of the enemy in the air. He wins his alumni award for serving with distinction in the armed forces.

Captain Nicholas Paul Barton receiving his award

Dr Peter Masibo Lumala receiving his awardDr Peter Masibo Lumala
(PhD awarded in 2007) School of English Studies

Masibo Lumala is an award winner in acknowledgement of the huge contribution he has made, and will continue to make, to the lives of the children in his village. After completing his PhD Masibo returned to his home in Kenya to find a community vastly changed through poverty and the impact of HIV/AIDS.
So he and his wife converted their home into a charitable junior school – the Upendo Junior School – and have fundraised and set up twinning arrangements with a Nottinghamshire school in a desperate attempt to keep his junior school running in the face of poverty, HIV/AIDS, political unrest and financial instability.


Miss Agatha Sangma (Geography - MA 2007)

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has placed a Nottingham graduate – Agatha Sangma – as the youngest minister in his government only two years after graduating. Agatha’s plunge into politics came only last year with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nominating her as the party candidate for the by-election to the Tura Lok Sabha seat in Garo hills in Meghalaya, a small state in north eastern India.
Miss Agatha Sangma receiving her award

Agatha Sangma took her place among the elite of India’s MPs as the first session of the 15th Lok Sabha (the Lower House of the Parliament of India) was convened and she was immediately given the role of Minister responsible for Rural Development. 


There are four winners of the Special Excellence Awards.

Special Excellence in Recognition of Sporting Achievement

Anne Panter receiving her award


Anne Panter (Maths and Economics 2009)


Anne Panter, or ‘Pants’, as she is affectionately known, has overcome incredible personal trauma and injury not only to complete her degree but also to compete at the highest sporting level in hockey. She lives for hockey, has 40 home country caps and 33 GB caps and was a goal-scoring member of the Team GB hockey team at the Beijing Olympics.


All this after an horrific car crash in 2003 which left her with a major ankle injury. Now she’s aiming to compete again in the 2012 Olympics in London. 



Special Excellence in Recognition of Contribution to the Local Community

Anne Weaver, Barts & The London NHS Trust, A&E Consultant (Medicine 1995)

Anne Weaver is the Lead Clinician for London’s Air Ambulance and a Consultant Emergency and Pre-Hospital Care Physician at Barts and the London NHS Trust. She heads up the Air Ambulance service, which saves lives on a daily basis, and was the lead co-ordinator in the reaction to the bomb attacks on London’s buses and tube on 7th July, 2005.
Anne Weaver receiving her award

She heads up a service that is on call for 11 million people living in London.


Special Excellence in Recognition of Conservation Work

Elizabeth Bennett receiving her award

Elizabeth Bennett, MBE, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society’s Hunting & Wildlife Trade Program, Wildlife Conservation Society Co-Chair 2005-2007 (Zoology 1977)

Elizabeth has dedicated her career to an evolving wide range of wildlife conservation projects.  The award is recognition for her courageous contribution to wildlife conservation, global hunting and wildlife-trading issues plus her academic work in Malaysia.


She has worked for the past 17 years in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, on an evolving wide range of wildlife conservation projects including conducting the first ever detailed ecological study of the proboscis monkey, surveys of its distribution and status, and preparing a strategy for its conservation in Sarawak.


Special Excellence in Recognition of Contribution to the Local Community

Ann Dudley, Co-founder TKL Uganda (Law 1973)

Ann has worked tirelessly to support her husband and his work in Uganda for the last 25 years.  Together they founded TKL Uganda and they have successfully combined sport with disaster relief. The Dudleys’ endeavours through The Kids League (TKL) Uganda have benefited more than 45,000 children since 2003, and given relief efforts often have limited resources, officials are always looking for ways to have maximum impact.

Ann Dudley receiving her award
Accordingly to Dudley, establishing, developing and executing a programme, which can involve providing training to 400 volunteers and improving the lives of 10,000 boys and girls over a whole year, can cost between 30,000- 60,000 Euros, depending on location and outreach spread.
TKL Uganda on YouTube.



2009 University of Nottingham Alumni Laureate Award Lifetime Achievement Award

Roger Lewis receiving his award

Roger Lewis, Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and the Millennium Stadium (Music 1976)

Roger has an impressive CV and is credited with turning around many businesses over 30 years in his role as Head of BBC Radio One, Managing Director of EMI Premier, President of the Decca Record Company, Board Director of the GWR Group and Managing Director of Classic FM. Now as the man at the helm of the WRFU and the Millennium Stadium he’s turned in record turnover, investment and a Grand Slam for the Welsh national side.

The son of a South Wales steel worker, Roger was born across the road from Cefn Cribwr rugby club, near Bridgend. He played rugby at school and at the University of Nottingham, and prior to becoming a student he played with the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh Jazz Orchestra. Following his graduation, Roger spent four years as a musician, composer and musical director. 


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