Sheffield Hallam University reveals its latest honours list

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LEADING businessmen, city visionaries and a restauranteur are among those set to be awarded honorary degrees by a Sheffield university.

Bosses at Sheffield Hallam University have announced the latest wave of notable names to be given honorary doctrates this year. The all-male list comprises of recently-knighted Sir George Buckley, who made the 2011 Honour’s List for his services to industry. The Sheffield-born 65-year-old retired from 3M, a fortune 500 company where he had been chairman and president earlier this year.

James Newman, head of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, will also receive the honour from the university where he once served as deputy chairman. He is currently chairman of Finance Yorkshire and has been a director of a number of Yorkshire-based public companies, while also leading a national charity which runs care homes for the elderly.

Mr Newman said: “To be honoured in this way by the university, where I was a governor, is a special moment for me. The Sheffield city region and Yorkshire is a fantastic place to be educated and be in business and I am proud to have played a small part in both the city’s and the wider region’s development over the years.”

Well-known restaurant boss David Baldwin, founder of Sheffield eatery and function venue Baldwins Omega is another recipient. Engineering entrepreneur Mark Ridgeway OBE and Maurice Marks, founder of OpinionPanel, a leading source of market information and research for UK universities, also appear on Sheffield Hallam’s list.

A spokeswoman for Sheffield Hallam University said: “Mr Baldwin has developed a reputation for the development of young chefs, using his contacts to give them experience of working in prestigious establishments in London.

“He is being recognised for his commitment to high standards in catering, his support for training and charitable work.

“Mr Ridgeway will be honoured for his business and enterprise services to Yorkshire and Mr Marks will be recognised for his dedication to business, entrepreneurship and his commitment to learning.