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Two alumni made LSE Honorary Fellows

Two LSE alumni with a record of outstanding service to public life and the law have been made Honorary Fellows of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sir_Anthony_Battishill_140-pixelsSir Anthony Battishill, former Chair of the Board of Inland Revenue, and high-profile derivatives lawyer Professor Jeffrey Golden were bestowed the honour at this week’s LSE graduation ceremonies.

Sir Anthony was Principal Private Secretary to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer, Denis Healey and Sir Geoffrey between 1977 and 1980, prior to his appointment as Chair of the Board of Inland Revenue in 1986, a post he held for 11 years.

An LSE alumnus (BSC Economics 1959, First Class Honours) and former Vice Chairman of LSE, Sir Anthony joined the Court of Governors in 1988 and remained an LSE Governor for 21 years. He is now an Emeritus Governor of the School.

Professor Kate Jenkins, Vice Chair of Court of Governors, described Sir Anthony’s career as “a notable one”.

“His contribution to the School through a period of rapid growth and change has been enormous. He has been a source of wise counsel and sensible advice and was once described as ‘the fourth emergency service’ – the person to call for tricky issues and where oil was needed on troubled waters,” Professor Jenkins said in her oration.

Prof_Jeffrey_Golden_140-pixelsProfessor Jeffrey Golden has enjoyed a legal career spanning 40 years and has an international reputation in derivatives law.

Also an alumnus (he has degrees from LSE, Duke University and Columbia Law School), Professor Golden was appointed to the Court of Governors at LSE in 2012.

He is also currently Chair of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation in The Hague, a member of the Foundation’s Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance, a member of Chambers at 3 Hare Court and a director of MFX Solutions, an industry initiative providing currency hedging for microfinance.

LSE Director Craig Calhoun read the oration for Professor Golden, paying tribute to his “outstanding achievements and true devotion” to both LSE and his profession.

 “He is hailed as a legend in the field of derivatives law and his career has been marked by many distinctions,” Professor Calhoun said.

The LSE Director also acknowledged the Golden Scholarships, set up by Jeffrey and Rita Golden to provide financial support to date for 13 female UK undergraduates who are the first in their family to attend university.

Honorary Fellowships are awarded by LSE each year to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the School over the course of many years.

18 July 2014