The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) welcomes three new Honorary Fellows this year.
Lord Grabiner QC, one of the UK's leading barristers, is among those becoming an Honorary Fellow. Also being honoured are the vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, David Heleniak, and emeritus professor of government at LSE George Jones.
Honorary fellowships are awarded by LSE each year to people who have attained distinction in the arts, science, or public life, or who have rendered outstanding services to the School or its concerns. They will be presented at LSE's graduation ceremonies in July.
Lord Grabiner of Aldwych is a commercial lawyer and one of the UK's leading barristers. Made a Queen's Counsel in 1981, he became a Bencher in 1989, and a Recorder (judge) of the Crown Court between 1990 and 1999. He has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 1994, and non-executive chairman of the Arcadia Group Ltd since 2002. He was non-executive director of Next plc in 2002, and member of the Bank of England Financial Services Law Committee from 2002-05. He was created a life peer in July 1999. A graduate of LSE, Lord Grabiner was chair of the Court of Governors of LSE from 1998 until 2007.
David Heleniak is vice chairman and managing director of Morgan Stanley, which he joined in May 2005. From 1977-79 he served in the United States Government, first as executive assistant to the deputy secretary of the Treasury and then as assistant general counsel (domestic finance) of the Treasury. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he spent his entire career, aside from his time in the US government, at the law firm of Shearman and Sterling, rising to become its senior partner (CEO). David Heleniak also serves on the boards of directors of The New York City Partnership, the new York City Investment Fund and Japan Society. He was a member of President-elect Barack Obama's education policy during the 2008 election campaign.
George Jones has from 2003 been emeritus professor of government at LSE, where he was professor of government between 1976 and 2003. The convenor of the Department of Government from 1984-87, George Jones has also been active in the projects of LSE's Greater London Group, as a member since 1966, vice chair from 1982-95 and chair from 1995. In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for services to the National Consumer Council. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books and articles on British central and local government and is currently writing two books: The British Premiership and Prime Ministerial Aides from before Walpole to Brown.
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7 May 2009