Honorary Fellow at Brunel Linda Haye has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Linda, who holds an MA in public and social administration from Brunel University London, has been at the helm of a number of public and voluntary sector organisations in her successful career.
Starting out as a youth officer for the London Borough of Brent, she later moved into the Higher Education sector, taking roles at Hertfordshire County Council Education Authority, West Hertfordshire College of Further and Higher Educations as a corporate governor and as a tutor and fieldwork supervisor for Brunel.
In 1993, Linda became the first black woman to be appointed full-time to the Police Complaints Authority.
Since her retirement from full-time employment Linda has continued to serve the public in a range of capacities, including as a former Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
Her outstanding commitment to her community was recognised when she was awarded the Lord Pitt Life Achievement Award.
Linda is a huge supporter of the university, particularly students in the College of Health and Life Sciences. She makes regular donations in support of student welfare and she recently pulled out all the stops to help an occupational therapy student who had hit financial difficulty to complete her degree, raising more than £7,000 for the cause.