Queen honours University Pro-Chancellor Kathryn Riddle for service to health and education

The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Chair of NHS North of England Mrs Kathryn Riddle has been awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year's honours in recognition of her exemplary public service in higher education and health.

Pro-Chancellor Kathryn RiddleKathryn Riddle is a lawyer by training – a magistrate on the Sheffield Bench, a past High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. She is also something of a Sheffield institution, having undertaken decades of dedicated and exemplary service in both education and health, where she has been valued for her outstanding combination of good sense, judgement and enduring values of public service.

Kathryn served as the Chairman of Community Health Sheffield and from 2002 as the Chair of the Sheffield Health Authority. Her success in this vital work led her to be appointed Chair of the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority, and this role has now expanded to her appointment in 2010-11 as the Chair of NHS North of England (comprising the Strategic Health Authorities of Yorkshire and the Humber, NHS North East and NHS North West.)

Her crucial role within the NHS impacts on the health and well-being of some 15 million people across the North of England, and she has brought to them a commitment to the medical and nursing profession, high standards and ambition, whilst never forgetting the needs and dignity of patients for whom she is a powerful advocate.

Kathryn Riddle was the non-executive representative on the Delivering Healthy Ambitions Maternity and Newborn Pathway Leadership Board and chaired the Health Authority’s Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee, but also offered her personal support to initiatives such as Your Voice which provides a network for patients, carers and supporters relating to mental health.

Kathryn has also had over twenty years association with the University of Sheffield, of which she is herself a graduate. She became its first female Chair of Council and is a Pro-Chancellor who has won the respect of academic and lay colleagues alike for her fair-minded approach based on a personal commitment to the values embodied by the University.

University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett said: "Kathryn exemplifies the spirit of intelligent public service and an enormous capacity to steer significant institutions in the same spirit. She is a powerful advocate of the value and importance of the work of education, but through her thoughtful approach to governance she brings warm good sense and interest which have sustained support throughout times of significant change.

"It is no coincidence that during her period of service in health and higher education in Sheffield its teaching hospitals have been rated outstanding and the research carried out by the University of Sheffield has been noted by government at a national and regional level for its particular focus on its impact on the city and communities she has personally done so much to serve."

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The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK's leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen's Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University's research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


Ruth Arnold
Head of Corporate Communications
The University of Sheffield
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