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05 January 2010
A leading University expert in psychosocial, social, economic and cultural factors that influence people’s health and wellbeing has been knighted in the New Year Honours List and is among a number of University colleagues to be honoured.
rofessor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, School of Medicine received the honour for services to Healthcare.
Professor Sir Mansel has been Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research since 2005. The Centre extends knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration into rewarding work.
His own research spans several areas, including the factors which pose obstacles to recovery in Wales, public beliefs about illness and disability and the relations between work and health. Many of the research projects, in Wales and elsewhere, aim to develop practical public health interventions.
Before being appointed in June 2009 as Chair of Public Health, Professor Sir Mansel was chair of the Wales Centre for Health. From 1996 to April 2005 he was Chief Medical Adviser, Medical Director and Chief Scientist to the United Kingdom's Department for Work and Pensions. He was also Chief Medical Adviser and Head of Profession at the Veterans' Agency, Ministry of Defence.
In 2001 he was appointed as The Royal Society of Medicine's Academic Sub Dean for Wales. From 1974 to 1984 he was chairman and Managing Director of Simbec Research Ltd, UK, and President of Simbec Inc, New Jersey, USA.
Professor Sir Mansel said: "I feel very humbled to be recognised in this way. I know only too well how my work depends on the support of others – my wife, Angela, and family; and staff at Cardiff University. I have worked in public service for much of my life and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to try and make a difference to our society.
"The last year has been very exciting in this respect as I have worked to support the Minister, Edwina Hart, her officials and public health staff in particular with the restructuring of the NHS in Wales.
"A key factor in evaluating the success of the NHS reform in Wales will be its effectiveness in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the population and to reduce the health inequalities still found in Wales. Public Health Wales has an important role to play in achieving this and I look forward to continuing to play my part.
"So, this is not an honour to mark the end of my career but, instead, it renews my determination to continue moving forward."
Professor Sir Mansel leads a long list of University academics, alumni and Honorary Fellows recognised in this year’s New Year Honours list.
Honorary Fellow Patrick Stewart OBE is also knighted for services to drama and Menna Richards, an Honorary Fellow and Vice-President of the University becomes an OBE in recognition of her service to broadcasting.
University alumni Lawrence Conway, lately Director of the Office of the First Minister, is appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in recognition of public service; Bethan Guilfoyle, Head of Treorchy Comprehensive is appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to education in Wales; Hew Mathewson, President of the General Dental Council is appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to healthcare; and Dr Richard Sparks, lately Consultant in Genito-Urinary Medicine, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust – becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Medicine.
Also recognised is former University Council member, Robert Hutchings who becomes an OBE in recognition of service to the voluntary sector in Wales.
University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said: "These awards recognise the significant contributions made by each of the recipients and I am delighted to extend congratulations to them on behalf of the entire University."
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