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Chairman knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

16 June 2008

Professor Christopher Edwards, Chairman of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list which was published on Saturday (June 14).

Professor Christopher Edwards, Chairman of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list which was published on Saturday (June 14).

He was knighted in recognition of his services to higher education, medical science, and regeneration in the North East of England.

Professor Edwards was appointed Chairman of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from November 1 2007. He was the first Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine from 1995 to 2000 before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he led a major restructuring to make it one of the top universities in the UK.

During a distinguished medical and academic career, Professor Edwards has held numerous senior positions including Professor of Clinical Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Edinburgh University, President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland and Chairman of the Council of Heads of Medical Schools. He was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust from 1994 to 2005.

Sir Christopher said: “I was obviously thrilled and delighted by this award. However, if I have achieved anything it has been for two reasons. First, I have been fortunate to work with some wonderfully talented and committed people. Second, I have had the unfailing support of my wife Sally.”

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