April Ashley MBE was a successful fashion model and actress but her route to these achievements was not straightforward. In 1960, at 25, she had undergone one of the first gender reassignment surgeries in Morocco, leaving her male life behind her to come one of the world’s first visible LGBT icons. Ashley was finally legally recognised as female in 2005 and issued with a new birth certificate. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to transgender equality, had an exhibition in Museum of Liverpool about her life which led her to become an honorary citizen of Liverpool. Ashley was awarded a lifetime achievement honour at the European Diversity Awards in 2014. Ms Ashley was awarded a Doctor of Literature honoris causa.
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE is a leading international figure in the development of health and social care policy, who has given a lifetime of service to the vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people of the world. He has chaired successive government committees focussed on the support of voluntary carers in our society, and authored the highly acclaimed Independent Review of Social Work Education. A recipient of many national awards and an academic polymath, he holds numerous professorships in more than seven academic disciplines spanning medicine, science, social science and humanities. He currently chairs the Royal College of Physicians and Dementia UK. Professor Croisdale-Appleby was awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa.
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, LG, DCB became chair of the Wellcome Trust in 2015, having previously been a Governor. She spent a long career in MI5, heading it from 2002-2007. She joined the House of Lords in 2008 where she sits on the Science and Technology Committee. She chaired Imperial College Council from 2011-2015, and is one of the Presidents of Chatham House. She was a Reith lecturer in 2011. Baroness Manningham-Buller was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa.