Goldsmiths Fellowships for stars who inform, engage, and entertain
Written byPete Wilton
Prominent figures from the worlds of entertainment, journalism, art, and technology have been honoured as part of graduation celebrations at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Over 1,100 Goldsmiths students attended the six December graduation ceremonies on 18, 19, and 20 December where they celebrated their achievements with around 1,900 family members, friends, and supporters.
Each year Goldsmiths also bestows Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Degrees on a number of distinguished individuals in recognition of their achievements and contributions to the university, community, or wider world.
The following received Honorary Fellowships of Goldsmiths, University of London:
Sir Lenworth George Henry
Lenny Henry has risen from being a children’s television star to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer and award-winning actor. In recent years he has starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and has recently made his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. As a co-founder of Comic Relief he was delighted to announce this year that the British public has donated over £1bn to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. He has been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016.
Journalist and author Gillian Tett is US Managing Editor of The Financial Times (FT). Her previous roles at the FT have included assistant editor, capital markets editor, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. She is the author of Fool’s Gold (2009), an analysis of the 2007-8 financial crisis, and The Silo Effect (2015), which examines the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.
Goldsmiths alumnus Keir Simmons is a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News in America. He appears regularly on internationally known news programmes including the TODAY show and NBC Nightly News. In 25 years of journalism Keir moved from radio to local television, ultimately becoming the UK Editor of ITV News. He has a track record of exclusives, and has interviewed world leaders and some of the most recognised figures in Hollywood. In recent years Keir has covered almost every major world story including Europe’s wave of terror attacks, the Trump Russia scandal, the selection of Pope Francis and the 2016 Olympic games.
Gillian Moore MBE
Gillian Moore was born in Glasgow, and has worked to bring music and the arts to the London community for over 35 years. Gillian was Education Officer at the London Sinfonietta for ten years before becoming Head of Education at the Southbank Centre, where she developed an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. Gillian was awarded an MBE for her services to British music in 1994, and returned as Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta in 1998. Gillian is now Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, having been Head of Contemporary Culture and Head of Classical Music at the organisation. She also writes and broadcasts regularly about music.
Influential musician and record producer Dennis Bovell was born in Saint Peter, Barbados, and moved to south London at the age of 12. Dennis was a member of prominent 1970s British reggae band Matumbi, and has produced albums under his own name as well as the pseudonym ‘Blackbeard’. As a producer, songwriter and sound engineer Dennis revolutionised the sound of reggae and dub music in Britain. Dennis innovated sub-genres including Lovers Rock, which took its name from a record label founded in Brockley. He has collaborated extensively with poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, as well as artists from Janet Kay to Joss Stone.
Hugo Manassei is a British designer who applies innovative design thinking and digital technologies to build new types of services. After founding a number of digital agencies he was invited to become involved in NESTA, and founded the Creative Pioneer Programme, a seed fund for new business models in the Creative Industries. In 2006 he moved into the public sector as a Founding Partner of Participle, a consultancy focused on redesigning public services. The last 12 years he has focused on transforming healthcare, developing ground-breaking tech-enabled services that radically change people’s lives. He is currently Global Head of Service Design at Publicis Health.