June 2021

Leeds alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Roger Marsh (Metallurgy 1976), a Leeds alumnus and member of the University Council, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The honour marks his many years of distinguished service to the local and regional community, and his contribution to economic growth across the north of England.

In addition, Joanne Harvey (Management Studies and Operational Research 1991), Global Director, Corporate and Alumni Relations at the Mountbatten Program, has been awarded an MBE for services to Education, International Talent and Trade Development.

Katherine O’Sullivan (Mineral Engineering 1985), deputy chair of the Board of British Rowing, has been awarded a BEM for services to rowing.

Sir Roger Marsh

After his graduation in Metallurgy in 1976, Roger Marsh enjoyed a long and successful career in the private sector, latterly as a Senior Partner at PwC.

His impact on the regional community has been considerable, including as a member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Transport for the North Partnership Board and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

As Chair of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership he led a period of significant transformation, promoting the region on a national and international scale, helping businesses to thrive and creating a strong and successful economy for all who live and work here.

He was also the driving force behind the ‘Be the Spark’ campaign, which drew cross-party support from local authorities and the creative sector and resulted in Channel 4 choosing Leeds for their new national headquarters. As Chair of Halifax's Piece Hall Trust, he led the critical stages of its successful re-opening following a £19m regeneration.

Roger is a donor to the University, and brings his wisdom and experience to his role as a member of our governing body, Council. Congratulating him on his Knighthood, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk said: “This honour is richly deserved. Roger Marsh has given many years of selfless service to the University of Leeds, the city and the region."

And in this video, Roger Marsh explains why he chooses to give his support to the students of today.

Joanne Harvey MBE

Joanne Harvey, recognised for services to Education, International Talent and Trade Development, has worked at the Mountbatten Program New York for 27 years, providing international opportunities in business education, and personal and career development to recent graduates and young professionals.

As Global Director, Corporate and Alumni Relations, Joanne has had a profound impact on the development and success of Mountbatten through the selection and assignment of interns and trainees.

Jo said: “I am totally honoured and humbled to receive this award. My journey at Mountbatten so far has been filled with incredible people: colleagues, managers at host organizations and of course our amazing Mountbatten participants and alumni.

“Seeing what an impact the year abroad has on the lives and careers of these incredible graduates and young professionals is inspiring, and I consider myself lucky to be able to work with them. I am more than a little proud to say that our alumni include many Leeds graduates and I hope that will continue for many years to come.”

Katherine O'Sullivan BEM

Katherine O’Sullivan, recognised for services to rowing, is currently serving her second four-year term as Deputy Chair of British Rowing.

After starting her coaching career at Leeds, Katherine has been a member of Tees Rowing Club since 1985, and was the first female captain from 1988 to 1990. She remains a junior coach at Teeside University to date.

Katherine has contributed to British Rowing’s strategy and Whole Sport Plan, and volunteers with World Rowing as part of the Anita White Foundation Women’s Sport Leadership Academy where she carries out a mentoring scheme.

This range of activities has been carried out alongside a full-time career spanning engineering, research, organisational development and, more recently, as an executive coach and programme facilitator.

Katherine said: “I am honoured to receive the award; and I am hopeful that the award will enable me to do even more to ensure our sport is as accessible to as many people across the Tees Valley, North East and country as a whole.”