Keble College. Photo credit: Jason Sengel
Keble College. Photo credit: Jason Sengel

Keble College. Photo credit: Jason Sengel


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 2017 Awards were honoured at a ceremony at Keble College on 18 May.

For further information, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations at

2017 recipients

Mr David Boyle and Mr Colin Wyman (Balliol, 1959)

Mr Gus (Keble and Green Templeton, 1981) and Mrs Jenny Carey (LMH, 1981) 

Professor Virander Chauhan (St Catz, 1974)

Mr Stephen Dixon

Mr Gordon Orr (Brasenose, 1981)

Mr Orr has been a key alumni volunteer for the University. Being a member of the China Advisory Group and Vice-Chancellor's Circle, he has helped the University exponentially increase its reach within China. Together with other members of the China Advisory Group, he has actively provided insights and guidance. He also publishes online articles related to Oxford, which help to increase the University’s presence globally. As a trusted adviser to the Oxford China Office, Mr Orr has been generous with his time and unfailing in his support. Additionally, he has been a supporter of the Oxford China Centre since its opening day and has recently become an associate of the Centre.  As an influential leader in the business community in China and Hong Kong, as well as a trusted alumnus of Oxford, he has used his unique position to advance the University’s standing in China. He is also a keen supporter of Brasenose College, giving talks to the student community on China.

Sir David Tang KBE

Sir David has been the consummate volunteer for the University, helping increase its network immeasurably within China and Hong Kong. He was instrumental in developing the relationship with Dr Chung Hon Dak, who became a member of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors. Sir David has also been a frequent generous sponsor to Oxford alumni events in China and Hong Kong. As a trusted adviser and volunteer to the Oxford China Office, he has used his prominent position to advance the University’s outreach in Hong Kong. Sir David met the Chancellor and the former Vice-Chancellor when he hosted dinners and organised a tour of the Bodleian treasures with a group of his prominent friends. These occasions led to significant pledges to the Oxford Thinking Campaign made by his friends. He is a Campaign patron and a supporter of the Ashmolean Museum.

Mr Takashi Uyeno (Linacre, 1968)

DFO - Previous Recipients

Shahnaz Batmanghelidj
Michael G. McCaffery
Gabriel Moss QC
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