Honorary Degree Recipients

GCU’s Honorary Professors, Honorary Graduates and Award Winners bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge and experience to the University’s programs. They include:

  • Professor Kenneth Cole
    Designer and founder of US fashion house Kenneth Cole Productions Inc.

  • Dr Lily Cole
    Model, actress and social entrepreneur

  • Professor Hannah Coffin
    Co-founder of Needle and Thread

  • Professor Brian Duffy
    Former President Ralph Lauren Europe

  • Professor Belinda Earl
    Style Director, Marks and Spencer

  • Professor Vanessa Friedman
    Fashion Director, the New York Times (formerly Fashion Editor of The Financial Times)

  • Ian Grabiner
    Chief Executive, Arcadia Group (Topshop, Topman)
  • Professor Eileen Gallagher
    Co-founder and CEO of Shed-Warner Productions
  • Professor Patrick Grant
    CEO of Norton & Sons of Savile Row

  • Professor Eva Haller
    Philanthropist and GCU Honorary Professor and Magnusson Fellow

  • Professor Henry Holland
    Founder of House of Holland

  • Professor Paul Kelly
    CEO of The Selfridges Group

  • Professor Ray Kelvin CBE
    Founder and Managing Director of Ted Baker PLC

  • Annie Lennox
    Singer, songwriter and GCU Humanitarian Award winner

  • Professor Nick Robertson
    Chief Executive of ASOS, Britain’s largest e-tailer

  • Professor Caroline Rush
    Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council

  • Dr Jimmy Wales
    Co-founder of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia