An impressive number of academics across King’s College London and King’s Health Partners have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.
Professor Robert Lechler, Vice Principal (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners, has received a Knighthood for services to academic medicine. He is joined by Professors John Ellis, Alison Wolf, Tak Lee, Hilary McCallion and Andy Adam who have each received a CBE. Melinda Edwards also received an MBE.
Professor Lechler became Dean of King’s College School of Medicine in 2004, and the following year became Vice-Principal (Health) in charge of the five Health Schools of King’s. He was appointed as Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre in June 2009, a partnership which has flourished under his leadership. He also continues to direct a research group in transplantation immunology.
Professor Lechler said: ‘It is an honour to be recognised in this way and I thank all my colleagues across King’s Health Partners for their hard work and dedication to pioneering better healthcare across south London. It is fantastic to see that so many healthcare professionals have received Honours in this year’s List and I would like to congratulate all those who have been recognised.’
John Ellis, Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King’s, has received a CBE for services to science and technology.
Professor Ellis is considered one of the UK’s most influential and eminent particle physicists of the modern era. He has been hugely influential in setting CERN’s strategic direction over recent decades and, as an advocate and supporter of new-generation accelerators, including the Large Hadron Collider, he has provided an important bridge between the experimental and theoretical domains.
Professor Ellis said: ‘This is an honour for UK particle physics and a recognition of the country’s ongoing effort, at CERN and elsewhere, to understand the fundamental physics of the Universe.’
Professor Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s has received a CBE for services to Education. She recently led a high-profile review of vocational education, which made important recommendations for the future of vocational courses and apprenticeships. Following these ground-breaking review findings, Education Secretary Michael Gove pledged to reform the system.