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Written by:
Paul Holland
31 Dec 2023

Members of the College have been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours list.

Honorary Fellow and alumna Janet Legrand KC (Hon) has been awarded an OBE for services to young people from her time as Chair of The Children’s Society.

Alumnus Christopher (Kit) Hunter Gordon has been awarded an MBE for services to people with autism and their families in his role as Chair of the charity, Resources for Autism.

Dr Edward Day (alumnus, 1989) was also recognised with the honours list; he was awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable people in Birmingham. And there was also an MBE for Dr Alasdair Cunningham Bruce (alumnus, 1976), manager of the Boston Spa Renewed programme, for services to libraries.

Janet Legrand (Trinity Hall, 1977) is the former Senior Partner and Chair of the Board of DLA Piper, a global law firm and is Senior Lay Member of Court at the University of Edinburgh and Chair of the RNLI.

Former roles include Chair of The Children’s Society, Deputy Chair of Council at City, University of London, Deputy Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and Audit Committee member at the University of Cambridge.

Kit Hunter Gordon (Trinity Hall, 1976) is Chair of the Board Seraphim Capital and Chair of Resources for Autism, a charity that provides practical services for children and adults with a diagnosis of autism and for those who love and care for them.

Dr Day, a University of Birmingham psychiatrist and leading addictions expert, is the UK’s National Recovery Champion, and combines his clinical work in the NHS with research and teaching in the University’s School of Psychology. He played a key role in the largest review of the country’s drug treatment services for 20 years, led by Dame Carol Black, which informed the Government’s ten-year drug strategy, published in 2021.

Dr Bruce is manager of the Boston Spa Renewed programme, a project involving the British Library and Leeds City Council that aims to “improve and expand” the libraries long-standing presence in Yorkshire.

Read about more University of Cambridge members mentioned in the King’s New Year Honours List.