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New Year Honours at Leeds Beckett


Former students and staff at Leeds Beckett University have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Claire o'Hara kayaking

Gold medal winning kayaker Claire O’Hara in action. (photo credit: Jez)

Volleyball coach Thomas Dowens, who completed his MSc in Sports Coaching in 2010, has been awarded an MBE for services to volleyball.

Thomas is a former Director of Coaching at the Scottish Volleyball Association and was Head Coach for the Senior Men’s National Volleyball Team. He retired last September after 18 years of service to the Scottish Volleyball Association.

Multiple world gold medal winning kayaker Alumna Claire O’Hara (pictured above) has also been made an MBE. Described by The World Paddle Awards as “the most successful female freestyle paddler of all time”, Claire graduated with a BA (Hons) Sport & Recreation Development in 2004.

Former Dean of Leeds Business School Professor David Green has been awarded a CBE. David, who was appointed Dean in 1998, led the school to a perfect score of 24 out of 24 for Business and Economics education, with the school rated Britain’s best new University Business School. Now the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Worcester University, David has been honoured for services to Higher Education.

Alby James, Head of Screenwriting and Head of External Relations from 1999 to 2006, has been made an OBE. Alby, who was also Academic Leader for Media and Performance from 2006 to 2007, has been honoured for services to film, theatre and broadcasting.

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