2007 Honorary Fellowships


Five honorary fellowships were awarded during 2007.

For contributions to UHI Millennium Institute fellowships were awarded to Professor Andrew Hamnett, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde; Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC, patron of the University of the Highlands and Islands Development Trust; Henry Angest, chairman of Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc and former LifeScan Scotland managing director Michael Crowe. Dr Anne Lorne Gillies was also awarded a honorary fellowship for her contributions to Gaelic language and culture.

The Rt Hon the Lord Mackay of Clashfern, KT, PC content Lord Mackay of Clashfern

The Rt Hon the Lord Mackay of Clashfern, KT, PC

Born in Edinburgh, Lord Mackay of Clashfern was educated at the University of Edinburgh and Trinity College, Cambridge where he undertook degrees in mathematics and went on to read law.   In 1979, he was appointed Lord Advocate, the senior law officer in Scotland and in the same year was created a life peer as Baron Mackay of Clashfern.  In 1987 he was made Lord Chancellor by Margaret Thatcher.  He is patron of the University of the Highlands and Islands Development Trust.

Henry Angest content Henry Angest

Henry Angest

Henry Angest, banker and entrepreneur, was born in Switzerland.   After reading law, he became an international executive with The Dow Chemical Corporation in Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia.   He is presently chairman and chief executive officer of Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc and chairman of Arbuthnot Latham and Co., Arbuthnot Securities and Secure Trust Bank.  Mr Angest is particularly involved with Perth College UHI’s Centre for Mountain Studies and the support of education in farming and dendrology and has a deep commitment to a university for the Highlands and Islands.

Professor Andrew Hamnett content Professor Andrew Hamnett

Professor Andrew Hamnett

Andrew Hamnett graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA (chemistry) in 1970 and a DPhil (chemistry) in 1973.   He has held research and academic positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada and at Oxford and Newcastle Universities before his appointment as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde.   He has a keen interest in the development of strong links between universities and industry, particularly with regard to economic regeneration.   He is also committed to entrepreneurial education in Scotland.

Dr Anne Lorne Gillies content Anne Lorne Gillies

Dr Anne Lorne Gillies

Anne Lorne Gillies was raised in Argyll and educated at the Universities of Edinburgh (English, Celtic and Music) and Glasgow (PhD: Education). She has an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. She began singing as a child, winning the Gold Medal at the National Mòd when only 17, which led on to a high-profile television career throughout the UK. An impassioned campaigner for the continued development of Gaelic language and culture, she was in the forefront of the campaign to establish Gaelic-medium education – as parent / activist, Patron of the Gaelic Playgroup Association, National Education Officer of Comann na Gàidhlig and Gaelic Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. She has also written and produced TV programmes for both BBC and Scottish Television (including the multi-media learning programme “Speaking our language”) and published many books and articles, including twelve Gaelic children’s novels. Her most recent work is “Songs of Gaelic Scotland”.

Michael Crowe content Michael Crowe

Michael Crowe

Michael Crowe was until recently managing director for LifeScan Scotland Ltd (LFSS) which is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.   He is now worldwide vice-president of cost improvements for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics division.   He holds an MBA from Duke University and a BSc in electrical engineering from University of Louisville and has published articles in American Society for Quality (ASQ) journals.