New Year’s Honour for Alleyn's alumnus

New Year’s Honour for Alleyn's alumnus

Knighthood recognises distinguished public, voluntary and medical service of alumnus.

Alleyn’s Fellow, former Chair of Governors and alumnus the Right Honourable Professor the Lord Kakkar PC (Roper’s 1982) has been made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to Healthcare and Public Service in the recently-announced New Years Honours list. His citation in the 2022 List states:

Lord Kakkar has distinguished himself in public and voluntary service through his membership and chairmanship of a range of public and charitable bodies, as well as through his services to the medical field. He was appointed as an independent crossbench peer in 2010 and from 2013-18, he served as Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, taking charge of the recommendation of new crossbench life peers. He was appointed Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2016, leading a group of 14 other lay and judicial commissioners. An outstanding and valuable advocate for public health and clinical research, he has served on the Science and Technology Select Committee and an ad hoc Committee on the future of the NHS.”

Rt. Hon. Professor the Lord Kakkar KBE PC is Professor of Surgery at University College London, Chairman of UCL Partners Academic Health Science Partnership, and Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute, London. He completed his medical degree from King’s College London and received his PhD from Imperial College London. He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons since 1992. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of venous and arterial thromboembolic disease, and cancer-associated thrombosis. 

President of the Edward Alleyn Club in 2019, the School's 400th anniversary year, Lord Kakkar served as a School Governor from 2000 to 2015, chairing the Board for the final seven years. It was wonderful to welcome him back to the School at the end of last year for the Board of Governors Christmas Lunch and we extend our congratulations for this latest recognition of his many contributions and achievements.