Honorary degree is awarded to head of county council

Joanna Simons, chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council

Joanna Simons, chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council

First published in News

THE chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council has been given an honorary degree by Oxford Brookes.

Joanna Simons received the award at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences ceremony yesterday.

She is one of a number of people to get the honorary degrees, which include Stephen Lawrence’s mother Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel.

Miss Simons, who has been chief executive of the authority since 2005, said: “I feel absolutely honoured and thrilled to be recognised by the university. It means a lot to me, as chairman of governors in a day-to-day capacity with Brookes.

“Brookes is such a great resource of teachers, social workers, occupational therapists and the like and it contributes so much to the local economy and to Oxfordshire. To be here as well with the new building is really special.

“It was a big financial commitment but it is wonderful.”

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10:40am Thu 19 Jun 14

Fruit_Bat says...

Hmm, she Chairs the Governing Body of Brookes so she effectively awarded an honorary degree to herself. Nice work if you can get it!
Hmm, she Chairs the Governing Body of Brookes so she effectively awarded an honorary degree to herself. Nice work if you can get it! Fruit_Bat
  • Score: 22

11:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

And what has she done to merit the award?
And what has she done to merit the award? Dilligaf2010
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11:42am Sun 22 Jun 14

hokuspokus says...

She's got a cheek accepting an honorary degree in social care given her failure to support the children looked after by her social services department in the horrific Bullfinch paedophile grooming case.
She's got a cheek accepting an honorary degree in social care given her failure to support the children looked after by her social services department in the horrific Bullfinch paedophile grooming case. hokuspokus
  • Score: 13

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