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Distinguished Friends of Oxford

The Distinguished Friend of Oxford (DFO) Award was initiated in 1997 to provide the University with a means of formally recognising individuals who have acted as exceptional volunteers for the benefit of the wider collegiate University. The first awards were presented in 1998.

The Award recognises those who have given of their time, contacts and influence in support of an initiative beyond that which can be recognised through traditional channels. Their impact will have been profound and the results would have been impossible to achieve using current available resources. Separate from any financial contributions, their legacy will have had a lasting impact on the collegiate University and they will be perceived as role models to other volunteer contributors.

Recipients of the 2018 Awards were honoured at the Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Oxford by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Louise Richardson.

The nominations period for 2019 Distinguished Friends has now passed. 2019 recipients of the Award will be announced in September. For further information, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations at

2018 recipients

Lorna Carter, OBE

Lorna Carter has been an external member of the Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) since 2011. Between 2006 and 2011 she was a member of the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee (OxTREC), of which she was Vice Chair between 2007 and 2011, representing the University on the UK University Research Ethics Committees Working Group.
Mrs Carter has demonstrated extraordinary, long-term and ongoing commitment to supporting the essential work of the University’s research ethics structure regarding research relating to human participants and personal data. While a member of OxTREC, this included the assessment of applications for ethical approval, discussing ethical concerns with other committee members, and supporting students and staff to conduct high quality ethical research.  As a member of CUREC, Mrs Carter has helped shape policy and practice relating to research undertaken across all four Divisions of the University.  
For over ten years Mrs Carter’s influence has consistently had a profound and lasting impact on the effective and efficient management mechanism and review of the University’s policy on the ethical conduct of research.  She has generously given her time, regularly attended committee meetings providing valuable and thorough insight and, between meetings, she has engaged fully in the respective committee’s needs. Her knowledge, vision, attention to detail and extensive experience in the field of research integrity and the teaching of the responsible conduct of research, have all contributed to her status as a valued expert and trusted colleague. Her wisdom, generosity of spirit and quiet authority have greatly assisted the University in tackling difficult and complex issues effectively and coherently.

Christopher Mack (Pembroke, 1983)

Christopher Mack’s unwavering and dedicated support of Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club (OUABC) has been an exemplary example of how alumni support of Sport Clubs and Sport at Oxford can be transformational. 
Mr Mack has not only supported his College but has also played an active role in Sport, working with both the Oxford Sport Development Committee and OUABC. Most notably, as an alumnus of the OUABC, Mr Mack combined his passion for the club with the redevelopment of the Iffley Road Sports Complex, by leading the fundraising efforts for the new Gallie-Lewis-Dean Gym, as well as being a lead donor himself. This multi-purpose training space (named after three iconic and much loved Boxing coaches) provides training facilities for the OUABC (serving both men and women), as well as a space for gym classes for staff, students and the local community. This space has been essential to accommodate the growing size and success of OUABC, as well as providing an appealing new multipurpose room where a range of classes can be held, inspiring more people to get active and supporting future generations of scholar-athletes.
He rallied more than 120 members of the OUABC, raising over £250,000 towards the new facility. Thanks to his efforts Mr Mack reconnected OUABC alumni from across the world, not to mention bringing together family members to celebrate the work of Percy Lewis and Henry Dean, and the memory of Alf Gallie: coaches with distinguished Boxing history, as well as working with local athletes and the OUABC. It is for this work we wish to recognise and thank Mr Mack for his dedication and commitment.

Howard Rosen (Exeter, 1974)

Mr Rosen has been a key influencer in the growth of Exeter’s European networks. Since 2006, he has generously hosted an annual alumni event in Zurich (in which Exeter's Rector participated in 2015) which has become a focal point for connecting the College’s European alumni. He regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the College community, most particularly at the first Leadership Weekend in January 2016 which he and his wife, Michelle, attended. His family’s connection to Exeter extends beyond his own student connections with his son, Joel, also an alumnus. Mr Rosen has been a committed donor to Exeter since 2000 and has been the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the Swiss Friends of Oxford University which was launched in 2017 and for which we nominate him for this Award.
The creation of the Swiss Friends of Oxford University reflects not only Mr Rosen’s own considerable expertise in Swiss and United Kingdom law but also underscores his commitment to the wider University as colleges, departments and other entities will no doubt benefit through the establishment of the Swiss Friends.
He has long been an advocate of tax-effective giving and has been keen to enable those based in Switzerland to enjoy similar opportunities as those in other parts of the world. In doing so, he has been a passionate advocate for the role of philanthropy in higher education which is reflected in his personal philanthropy at Exeter. We have no doubt that the creation of the Swiss Friends of Oxford University will become a catalyst for increased giving throughout the collegiate University.

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DFO - Previous Recipients

Mr David Boyle and Mr Colin Wyman
Mr Gus and Mrs Jenny Rose Carey
Professor Virander Chauhan
Mr Stephen Dixon
Mr Gordon Orr
Sir David Tang KBE
Mr Takashi Uyeno

Shahnaz Batmanghelidj
Michael G. McCaffery
Gabriel Moss QC
Sir Michael Pakenham
Dr Jin Park 
Professor Nicholas Steneck
Mrs Terry Wykowski  and Mrs Nancy Brown 
Dr Tan Yang 

Dr Paul Brankin OBE
Ms Sein Chew
Mr Victor Chu
Mrs Irene Chu
Dr Keith Lloyd
Mr Andrew Moore
Mr Ralph Smith II MStJ
Revd Canon David Stanton
Ms Anna Stuttard
Mr Trevor Yang
Mrs Dominica Yang

Dame Helen Alexander DBE
Mr Elliot Gerson
Dr Bettany Hughes
Mr Andrew Lo
Mr Dean Lush
Dr Noboru Maruyama
Mr Guy Monson
Mr Richard Salter QC

Mr John W Adams
Mr Timothy W Faithfull
Mrs Krzysia Gossage
Mr Alan Green
Ms Judith Hibbert
Mr André Hoffmann
Mr Robert Kay
Mr Julian Ogilvie Thompson
Professor Tim O’Riordan OBE
Mr Geoffrey Redman-Brown
Mr Ian Senior
Mr David Vaisey CBE
Mrs Linda Wachner
Mr Andrew Whitehouse

Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah
Mr Desmond Cecil CMG
Mr Paul Chellgren
Mr Francis Finlay OBE
Miss Rosalind Hedley-Miller
Mr Mark Loveday
Mr Nigel Lovett
Mr William R. Miller CBE
Mr Allan Myers AO, QC
Professor John Poynter AO, OBE
Mrs Nicola Ralston
Ms Catherine Roe
Mrs Joanna Rose
Ms Louisa Service OBE
Mr Stephen Stamas

Mr Derek Benham
Mr Thomas Böcking
Mr Christopher Drake
Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE, QC, FBA
Mr Francis William Johnston
Mr Alastair Lack
Professor John Ledingham FRCP
Mrs Lillian Martin
Mr Peter Paine Jr
Sir David Scholey CBE
Mr Michael Steiner
The Rt Hon Lord Waldegrave of North Hill PC
Mr Graham White

Sir David Akers-Jones KBE, CMG
Mr Sathi Alur
Mr Nicholas Barber CBE
Mr Michael Boyd
Mr Robert McKelvey
Mrs Anna McNair Scott
Mr Stewart Millman
Mr Jonathan Moynihan OBE
Mr Michael Warburg
Dr Jan Willisch

Mr Paul Dodyk Esq

Mr David Hopkinson CBE
Mr Michael Howarth
Professor John White

Professor Thelma M Holt CBE

Mr Michael S Malone

Mr David Sherriffs

Mr Vyvyan Harmsworth LVO
Mr Malcolm Mitchell
Mr John Prodger
Mrs Dinah Reynolds

Mr Lawrence Bachman
Sir David Goodall
The Lady Goodhart
Mr Dennis Greig
Dr Hamilton Hess

Professor David Alexander Jr CBE
Mr Arthur Scace
Mr Peter Thring TD

Mrs Rochelle Aschheim
Dr Joseph Aschheim
Mrs Anne Heseltine
The Hon Nicholas de Katzenbach
Mr John R Price Jr

Dr John Brademas