NTU Awards Sporting Stars

Nottingham Trent University has announced the latest recipients of honorary degrees and awards which will be presented during graduation ceremonies at University Hall from 11-26 July 2022.

Those collecting honorary degrees this year includes Olympic athlete Emily Campbell and the FA’s Debbie Hewitt MBE.

Debbie is the Non-Executive Chairman of The Football Association as well as having roles at Visa Europe Limited, ComparetheMarket.com and fashion retailer White Stuff Limited.

Having grown up in Nottinghamshire, she is the first female Chair of the Football Association in its 157-year history. In 2021, she was included in the Vogue 25, British Vogue’s annual list of the UK’s most influential women.

Emily Campbell is a silver medal winning Olympic weightlifter from Nottinghamshire. She won the first medal in this sport for a British athlete since 1984.

Emily is determined to drive participation within her sport regardless of colour, gender and ethnicity. Emily works in the community inspiring the next generation of lifters and dreams of opening her own performance gym that is accessible to all.

The University’s Awards for Outstanding Alumni will be given to Charlie Martin who is a British racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist. She has raced successfully in multiple disciplines including single seaters, prototypes and GT cars.

In 2020 she made LGBTQ+ history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24hr Nürburgring-Rennen, where she finished 4th in class racing a BMW M240i.

Charlie has featured in Vogue Magazine and was listed in the Vogue 25, a celebration of inspiring women shaping the World in 2021 and beyond. She was also included in the Pride Power list, OUT Magazine 100 and Attitude 101.

Charlie graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2004, with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.

winners also include Daniel Parker who is Performance Analyst for The Football Association, supporting the analysts and coaches for the Men’s Senior Team for over 65 matches including the World Cup, Nations League, and Euros.

Daniel began his sports career after graduating with a BSc in Coaching and Sports Science from NTU, where he took on a placement with the first team staff at Notts County FC.

Also awarded the Outstanding Alumni is Barrie Pierpoint who is Managing Partner and founder owner of bp Management and Marketing Services, a business and management consultancy. His 30 years’ Boardroom level experience has led to a continuous track record of performance improvements and achievements, turning around loss-making businesses and building revenue streams.

He is also a Director and part owner of Morgan Lawrence Publishing Services Ltd, which specialises in producing former professional football player and manager autobiographies. He himself has written a book about his success story at Leicester City FC transforming it from a bankrupt business to a profitable organisation, ‘Minding My Own Football Business’. He has also recently been appointed as the part time Chief Executive of Kings Lynn Town FC.

Barrie graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1974 with a degree in Business.

*Main image @GoCharlieM Race driver Charlie Martin graduated from NTU in 2004.

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