Honorary Fellows 2007

Councillor Josephine Barrett

The London Borough of Hillingdon has a lot to thank Jospehine for, she was the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for 35 years, Mayor between 2002-2003 and has been a Councillor since 1998.

For over 25 years Josephine has been a member of the European Union of Women, a political organisation started after the war with the principal aim of encouraging European women to study and resolve common problems. The EUW organises exchange visits with most European countries, the last one in July 2007 in Denmark focused on the employment of women and their equal remuneration and opportunities in large organisations.

Josephine freely gives her time to help others in the community and is a member of Uxbridge Old People's Welfare Association, the Hoenigsberg Trust and The Inner Wheel Club of Ruislip and Northwood, an organisation that fundraises for local, national and international charities.

She has also supported the Dyspraxia Foundation and the Shooting Star Hospice Fund, a charity that provides respite care for terminally ill young children. In 2002 she was invited to join The Rotary Club of Uxbridge where she serves on the Community and Vocations Committee.

Peter Borrows

After graduating from Cambridge University Peter completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at King's College, University of London.

Science was his passion and he began his career in 1964 as a teacher of chemistry, maths and physics at the John Lyon School in Harrow. From 1968-74 Peter was Head of Chemistry at Battersea Grammar School and in 1975 became Head of Science at Pimlico School. The London Borough of Waltham Forest also benefited from his expertise, firstly as an Adviser for Science and later an OFSTED Inspector.

In 1995 Peter became Director of CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Social Services). Established in 1963 and based on Brunel University's Uxbridge campus since 1967, CLEAPSS is an advisory service providing support in the teaching of practical science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools. Members include 2000.

Peter Bradbrook

Peter joined Brunel in 1969 as a Senior Technician in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. He became the Chief Technician in Building Technolog in 1976 and later moved to Metallurgy as its Laboratory Superintendent.

Following the merger of Metallurgy with Polymer Science, Peter became the Laboratory Superintendent in the new Department of Materials. In 1996 Peter was persuaded to move to manage Site Services at Twickenham and Osterley. His success in this role led to him being asked to take on responsibility for maintenance at both sites. When the Head of Facilities at Uxbridge left, Peter was asked to fill the breach and returned to his many friends at Uxbridge to hold the fort until his retirement.

Having spent over 30 years at Brunel Peter retired in 2003 and moved to Dorset with his beloved wife Joyce. Together they planned to travel but sadly Joyce passed away just six weeks after Peter retired. Family and friends have supported Peter through this difficult time and he now leads a fulfilling retirement - he recently spent a month in New Zealand and is an established green bowler at both club and county level.

Carol Gregg 

Carol retired from Brunel in October 2006 after 31 years of dedicated service to the University. An indispensable member of the Registry, Carol was Secretary and PA to all three Secretary and Registrars: Brian Winstanley, David Neave and Juliet Weale; and two Academic Registrars: Dr Ted Chandler and John Alexander. Carol worked at Brunel during the appointment of five Vice-Chancellors and two University Chancellors, so it's little wonder that colleagues soon realised what a mine of information she was - you could often hear "Carol will know, go and ask her". Many people throughout the University benefited from the knowledge that she acquired over the years.

During her time at Brunel, Carol showed an outstanding commitment to the University but she was also known for her kindness and generosity. In addition her warm personality and sense of fun ensured she made many friends. Carol has been married to John for 39 years and has two sons, Simon and Matthew. She is also a very proud grandmother to Emily and Harry.

Roger Howarth 

Roger has worked in education for over 30 years as a school teacher, senior lecturer in higher education, as an OFSTED schools inspector and as an external examiner at both Brunel University and the University of Birmingham. He has held posts within the field of religious education and religious studies at institutions which have been at the forefront of initiative and developments.

His association with Brunel began in the early 1980s when the DES, as it was then, established two national resource centres for religious education - the British and Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) at the West London Institute, now Brunel University, and the other at Westhill College in Birmingham. From 2000 - 2006 Roger was Chair of the steering group for the Religious Education and School Effectiveness Project, a national project funded by the BFSS and Brunel University. He was a staunch supporter of the RE Centre at Osterley and was instrumental in helping to gain financial support from the BFSS.

Religious education continues to be a huge part of his life and he is involved in voluntary organisations including the European Association for World Religions in Education, the Shap Working Party of World Religions in Education (a national organisation supporting the teaching of world religions in schools, colleges and universities) and Chair of the BFSS Council. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of the governing body of Langney Primary School in Eastbourne. Roger continues to work, but now in the charity sector with Age Concern England.

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy studied Law at Brunel University. Her international athletics career spanned 13 years (1993- 2006) during which time she won six national titles over 200 metres and 400 metres. She is the only British athlete to have ever won national indoor titles at 200 metres and 400 metres in the same year. She has competed at World and European Championships as well as Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Her best individual achievement was 4th place in the 400 metres in the World Indoor Championships in 2003 and the highlight of her career was finishing in 4th place in the final of the 4 x 400 metres relay in the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Now retired from athletics, Catherine works for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in the Technology Department.

John Newby

There can't be many people who have worked at Brunel who haven't encountered John. He has been a huge presence throughout the University since he joined the School of Mathematical Studies in 1970.

During his time at Brunel he was Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Service Teaching, Head of Department and Senior Tutor. He was repeatedly nominated for, and elected to, both Senate and Council and was a member for the majority of time he was at Brunel. Not the silent type, John also ruffled a few feathers along the way and was warned off more than once! He Chaired the Procedures Working Party, the Ethics and Welfare Committee, the University Appeals Committee and was a University Anti-Harassment Adviser.

John has given enormous support to countless students over the years often dealing with the darker side of human experience. He attended a wide range of counselling style courses on self harm, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and assault. Twenty years on he is still in contact with many of these students and is regularly invited to weddings and often has to decline invitations to be a Godfather.

John has had a lifelong interest in photography and his work has been exhibited on several occasions.

Councillor Jill Rhodes 

Born in London to the sound of Bow Bells Jill is, as she often refers to herself, a true Cockney. Her father was in the RAF so she was very used to life on the move. Through his work they lived in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Lancashire, Sussex, Wales and Middlesex. She attended ten different primary schools before settling at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Willesden.

Jill completed her nurse training and became a State Registered Nurse in 1961, a State Certified Midwife in 1963 and a Queen's District Nurse in 1965. She was night sister at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital and Brunel University and a district nurse / midwife in Hatfield New Town. The American Community School has also benefited from her expertise where she was a school nurse, as has Harefield Hospital where she was outpatient staff nurse for 15 years. She has also ran a haberdashery shop, a post office, a grocery shop, worked in a bakery and has been a store detective. Life has certainly been interesting!

In 1958 Jill joined the Liberal Party and has been the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hillingdon since 1998, she is also Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Chief Whip. During 2005-06 she was Mayor of Hillingdon. Jill has many other interests and is a Trustee of Harlington Hospice, a member of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge and a Governor of two Hillingdon schools.

David Varley 

David trained as a graphic designer at Harrow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London where he gained a degree in graphic design.

As a passionate advocate of design, David has spent his career in graphics and exhibition design. He has worked for national and international organisations promoting British industry worldwide including the Central Office of Information, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Confederation of British Industry and the Railway Industry Association.

Recent projects include illustrated building name panels printed on steel for Brunel University and the Heritage Builds Bridges Project, a two-year partnership between the London Borough of Hillingdon, Brunel University and the British and Foreign School Society (BFSS). This project, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will archive photographs, maps, costumes, toys and official documents to give local people the opportunity to discover the history of Hillingdon.

His many interests include printmaking, photography, typography and local history. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, the Greenway Uxbridge Conservation Area Advisory Panel and the London Borough of Hillingdon Conservation, Archaeology and Urban Design Forum.

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