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Royal Holloway announces Honorary Fellows 2022

Royal Holloway announces Honorary Fellows 2022

  • Date09 June 2022

Royal Holloway, University of London, has awarded four new Honorary Fellowships.


Honorary Fellows 2022

Caroline Willbourne, Jeremy McIlroy, Julia Desbruslais MBE and Dr Mark Nesbitt were conferred at this year’s ceremony held at the university on 8 June 2022.

Honorary Fellowships recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals to the life and work of the university or to education in general.

Caroline Willbourne has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her distinguished career in family law and her longstanding support for the university as a member of the Bedford Society Committee, as well as a role-model to the university’s students.

Jeremy McIlroy has been awarded in recognition of his extensive involvement in the life of the university in his capacity as a member of the Royal Holloway Council – the governing body of Royal Holloway, and Chair of the Finance Committee, and his significant contribution to the success of the university. 

Jeremy spent 35 years in accountancy practice and was a partner at Ernst and Young in London for 20 years.

Julia Desbruslais MBE has been recognised for her longstanding partnership with Royal Holloway in her capacity as Executive Director of the London Mozart Players – which has greatly benefitted many of the university’s orchestral scholars. Julia has recently been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022 for her services to music.

Dr Mark Nesbitt has been honoured in recognition of his distinguished career as a leading ethnobotanist, Senior Research Leader for Interdisciplinary Research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

His contribution to Royal Holloway through collaboration with colleagues from the School of Life Sciences and the Environment, and his role as a co-supervisor and advisor to our PhD students, has been of significant value to the university’s community.

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