UCL alumni recognised in New Year Honours
17 January 2024
Congratulations to the eight UCL alumni who were recognised for their achievements in the King’s 2024 New Year Honours.
The diverse talents of UCL’s alumni community were recognised in the King’s latest New Year Honours, which this year awarded eight UCL alumni.
Among the recipients are leaders in the fields of politics, education and healthcare.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Dr Vanessa Ogden (PGCE Religious Education 1993; MA Religious Education 1998; EdD Education 2012) was awarded a CBE for services to education. Dr Ogden is the founding CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust, a multi-academy trust in London. The trust includes Mulberry School for Girls, where she previously served as headteacher, along with six other schools. Under her leadership, Mulberry School for Girls was twice judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
Dr Ogden is also a Visiting Fellow at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning (MBBS Medicine 1990) was awarded an OBE for services to the field of interventional cardiology.
Professor Ossei-Gerning has over 30 years of experience as a general and interventional cardiologist. He is a world-leading expert in vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) and pioneered pudendal stenting to help ED patients. He has spoken nationally and internationally on various aspects of general and interventional cardiology, as well as men’s health
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Six former UCL students were made Members of the Order of the British Empire:
Dr Olurotimi Adesanya (MSc Restorative Dental Practice 2009) received an MBE for services to oral health.
June Nicol-Dundas (NPQH National Professional Qualification for Headship) received an MBE for services to education and young people.
Spencer Drury (PGCE Economics 1996) received an MBE for political and public service.
Dr Benjamin Ellis (MBBS Medicine 2002) received an MBE for services to healthcare, equality and the Jewish community.
Susan Francis (PG Dip Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy 2019) received an MBE for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Dr Yvonne Perrie (PhD, School of Pharmacy, 1999) received an MBE for services to pharmaceutical innovation and regulation.
Angharad Milenkovic, UCL’s Vice-President (Advancement), said: “UCL is lucky to have exceptionally talented alumni, which is reflected by the inclusion of so many alumni in the King’s New Year Honours 2024 list. Congratulations to the recipients – we’re so proud of your achievements and look forward to seeing what you will go on to do next.”
Image: Dr Vanessa Ogden (left) and Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning (right)
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