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Queen Mary academics receive honours from the Queen

Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2020.

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Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, an academic within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, General Practitioner in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Joint Honorary Secretary at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to General Practice.

Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Engineering.

Queen Mary also congratulates Matthew Hyde, Chief Executive of The Scout Association, who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Young People. Matthew has been a core partner in the development of Queen Mary’s degree apprenticeship in social change, the first of its kind in the UK.

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown

Victoria is a GP in Tower Hamlets. As a board member of the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group she leads on Integrated Care and is also the East London STP's research lead.

Victoria is the RCGP's joint Honorary Secretary with responsibility for governance, College consultations, endorsements and representation. She was the former Chair of RCGP London.

In her academic role at Queen Mary's Institute of Population Health Sciences, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities.

Victoria is a Council member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest in musculoskeletal medicine and education. She is also a trustee and board member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), a Senior Founding Fellow and Council member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and a member of the Professional Record Standards Body advisory board.

Dr Tzortziou Brown said: "According to Hippocrates 'Whenever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity'.

"It is a real privilege to be working in east London, an exciting and diverse area but also an area with high levels of deprivation, medical complexity and health inequalities. The NHS value of 'working together for patients' is hugely important to me. It is only through collaborative working within primary, secondary and community care, and between health and social care providers, the local authority, voluntary sector and local academic institutions that we can develop the required system-wide thinking which can truly transform care for patients.

"Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have worked with incredible, enthusiastic, dedicated and inspiring teams within general practice, Queen Mary, Barts Health, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG and the RCGP. I am very grateful for this and looking forward to continuing our efforts, learning and improving together."

Professor Colin Bailey

Colin Bailey, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Chartered Structural, Civil and Fire Engineer, has worked for Lovell Construction, Cameron Taylor Partners Consulting Engineers, Clarke Nicholls and Marcel Consulting Engineers, Steel Construction Institute, Building Research Establishment, University of Manchester, and Queen Mary University of London. 

He is author of over 130 journal papers, conference papers and design guides/books, and has been awarded nine prizes for his research work. This has included the publication of the ‘Bailey’ fire design method, which has been used in design software and distributed to 2,500 companies in 20 countries. 

He has carried out third party design reviews on a number of buildings including the Shard, Heron Tower and Leadenhall in London.  He has been an expert witness on a number of projects, including the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7 Building in 2001 following the terrorist attack. 

Colin has been a Trustee and Non-Executive Director for a number of organisations and is currently member of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel advising government on building safety following the Grenfell fire.

Professor Bailey said: “I am extremely honoured to have been awarded a CBE for services to Engineering.  I have had the great pleasure to meet so many fantastic people over my career, at various organisations, working on some great engineering projects. 

“Since starting work at the age of 16, as an apprentice draughtsman, I have always been fascinated by engineering and how it touches and influences every aspect of our lives. I would like to thank the companies who offered me an apprenticeship and re-introduced me to education through day-release and night school at Slough and Richmond College. 

“I would also like to thank Sheffield University who, through their Widening Participation Programme, allowed me to study for a degree and a PhD. A university education significantly broadened my horizons and opened the doors to so many opportunities, allowing me to work at some great organisations in industry and academia. 

“It made me realise the significant power of education and more importantly, the need to learn from different disciplines and people with diverse experiences, traditions and cultures. This experience has made me passionate about education and the need to ensure that everyone has the opportunities that have been offered to me.”

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