Honorary Fellows - 2005

Marianne Elliott

Marianne's association with Brunel goes back to 1963 when she joined Brunel College of Advanced Technology in Acton. When the University received its Charter in 1966 she transferred to Uxbridge, initially within the Academic Registrar's Office and later transferring to the newly established Accommodation Office.

Marianne helped to increase the University's rented housing stock, often visiting hundreds of houses in the area, making important contacts within the local community, allocating rooms to students and organising the landladies' tea party. Her role as Housing Officer was not always an easy one, student accommodation was a high priority, and her diplomatic skills were well honed as she spent many an hour placating landlords and students

Always supportive to the needs of staff, students and the University, whilst at Brunel she was active in the trade unions becoming Chair of both NALGO and Unison branches and worked on joint committees within the University on personnel issues.

Marianne retired in 1998 after 35 years service to Brunel University.


Barbara Fisher

Barbara is the Community Reporter for the Uxbridge Gazette and has spent most of her working and personal life surrounded by education. Her husband works for the Department for Education and Skills, her daughter is a teacher and her father-in-law was a headteacher. So it is no surprise that she has a passion for education.

She began her career as a primary school teacher in the London Borough of Ealing before leaving to have her daughter. After a five-year spell at home she returned to teaching part-time, specialising in Drama and English. During this time she also taught English as a Second Language to Asian women at Hayes Job Centre, wrote a column for Hayes News and was a school Governor. She also wrote the schools page in the Gazette on a freelance basis until she went into journalism full- time in 1989 as a district reporter.

As the Gazette's Community Reporter Barbara co-ordinates the annual Local Heroes competition, forges links with local businesses and organisations and edits the popular School Talk column.


Lyn Gray

Lyn is a Trustee of the Thomas Gerald Gray Charitable Trust. Thomas Gray was a partner in Numerically Controlled Machine Tools, a highly successful Windsor-based engineering Company, and believed passionately in the importance of the engineering profession, education and the pursuit of excellence.

The Trust was registered in 1997 and within two years had forged a partnership with the Faculty of Technology at Brunel to promote Thomas' ideals through the sponsorship and encouragement of students.

As Thomas Gray's widow, Lyn has been an ardent supporter of the University and many students have benefited from the Trust. Lyn has been personally responsible for arranging funding for bursaries to high achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds and to PhD students to visit Centres of Excellence overseas. She gives freely of her time and it gives her great pleasure to visit the University and meet the students the Trust supports.


Joe Hardman

After graduating with an English degree in 1993, Joe began his career with the Department of the Environment working in Property Holdings and the Government Office for London on a range of housing and regeneration programmes. In 1997 he joined the Hayes and West Drayton Partnership as Programme Co-ordinator a role which involved drawing together partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors including Brunel and the London Borough of Hillingdon. During his time with the Partnership he played a key role in delivering a f 2 1 m seven year regeneration programme in the Heathrow area. As a direct result of that investment over 50 projects were established including the redevelopment of Uxbridge College's Hayes campus, the creation of Minet Country Park and Key House, a resource centre for voluntary organisations.

In 2002 Joe joined BAA Heathrow as Economic Development Manager and has again been involved with many successful strategies. The creation of new apprenticeship schemes for young people throughout the Heathrow area, the establishment of vocational training centres for 14 to 16 year olds and the T5 Bursary Scheme, which provides financial support and work experience for university students, are just a few of the projects which have benefited from his commitment and support. A long term resident of West London, Joe maintains strong links with Brunel through the West Focus and Heathrow City programmes.


Edwin John Knight

Ted Knight - his 'university name' - he is John at home - retired from his post as lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 after 43 years service. Renowned for being one of the last of the broadly experienced engineers able to teach, not merely lecture, Ted has taught across a wide range of the curriculum. Fluid power, drawing, mechanics, thermodynamics, tribology, lubrication, space mechanics, living in space, ....you name it, Ted taught it with patience, good humour and commendable success.

Ted is a man of wide interests and has followed a second career in the theatre with similar enthusiasm. Between 1972 and 1982 he founded Opera at Brunel, the Brunel Theatre Arts and the Student Theatre Workshop and organised countless productions recitals, concerts and lectures. Ted was initiator, motivator, producer, director, set builder, publicity manager, as with his teaching - you name it, Ted did it. He has also produced and directed professional operas by composers including Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and Britten and in 1973 was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in the Art of Theatre. Since 2001, Ted has been a cruise ship lecturer mainly working for American companies. He has completed seven cruises visiting four continents.


Stephen Roberts

Stephen is currently Vice-Principal of St Michael's College Llandaff, Cardiff. He obtained his Bachelor of Divinity degree from King's College London in 1989 and then trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

After graduating he became Assistant Curate at St James' West Hampstead and St. Mary's Kilburn. In 1994 he joined the Uxbridge Team Ministry as Team Vicar of St Andrew's Church before joining Brunel in 1998 as Anglican Chaplain. During his six years at Brunel Stephen's ministry to the staff and students brought not only a sense of caring and support to those from the Christian religion but also to those from other faiths who sought spiritual understanding. Always available to listen to any student or member of staff who needed support Stephen also welcomed members of non-Christian faiths to the University to talk about their religions to promote better understanding and respect.

A man of many talents, Stephen is currently researching towards a PhD to develop a theological approach to religious diversity in the public sphere and continues to wow audiences with his superb saxophone playing.


Ellen Williams

Ellen joined the West London Institute of Higher Education in 1984 as a part-time secretarial assistant and was appointed Departmental Administrator in 1989, a post she held until her retirement in 2003.

In 1995 when the University merged with the West London Institute, Ellen continued to act as administrator in the West London Business School on the Osterley campus and was responsible for student administration for the School, entering results and preparing Exam Board papers and issuing results and transcripts. The School always had a large number of UG students and Ellen worked extremely hard to keep records up-to-date, she always gave freely of her time, including many evenings and weekends, to ensure the smooth running of the administrative processes.

One of her final tasks was to oversee the relocation of the Business School from Osterley to Uxbridge, a task not to be envied. Throughout the process Ellen demonstrated loyalty, efficiency and commitment. She was the first point of contact for staff and students and her contribution ensured the move was successful.

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