A business guru, a healthcare champion and a BBC Breakfast anchor have all been honoured by the University of Chester.
John Timpson received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the British retail industry and business theory and enterprise; Avril Devaney received a Master of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare, including her work at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and in Uganda; and Louise Minchin received a Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the British journalism and broadcasting industries.
John Timpson is owner of Timpson shoe repairs, with more than 800 branches nationwide.
He has been a governor at Delamere Primary School, now Delamere CE Academy.
In 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector.
Avril Devaney is Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.
She has received national recognition for her work and founded the Jamie Devaney Memorial Fund in 2011 to support mental health services in Uganda, to create a lasting legacy for her son Jamie Devaney, who died aged four following a short illness during a family holiday and fundraising trip to Uganda in 2011.
Louise Minchin presents Breakfast on BBC One, the UK’s most watched breakfast programme. She is also a guest presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live and a reporter on The One Show on BBC One.
Before joining Breakfast full time in April 2012, Louise was one of the BBC News channel’s main presenters and also regularly presented the BBC One O'Clock News.
In 2009 Louise was one of 12 celebrities who took part in the BBC’s Around the World in 80 Days.
Other charities Louise supports include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Sense and AfriKids.
At the ceremony, at Chester Cathedral, on Friday, March 15, 550 students received their degrees from the institution’s Chancellor, His Grace the Duke of Westminster KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL and Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Wheeler.
Professor Wheeler said: “Graduation is a proud day for our students, their families and their friends. It’s a chance to celebrate all that they have achieved throughout their university career and to look back at the years they have spent with the University of Chester.”