Newham officer awarded honorary professor title by university

Dr Graeme Betts has been awarded an honorary professorship by the University of East London

Dr Graeme Betts has been awarded an honorary professorship by the University of East London - Credit: Archant

One of Newham Council’s most senior officers has been awarded the title of honorary professor by the University of East London.

Dr Graeme Betts, Newham’s executive director for strategic commissioning and community was given the honour in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of his profession through publications and the development of public policy and services.

Before joining the council in 2010, Dr Betts worked in the NHS and other areas of local government.

Throughout his career, he has played a part in developing national policy in health and social care. He was also the local government representative on the National Cancer Advisory Board.

His PhD was a study into how local government could reduce inequalities in health and improve the lives of local people. This research led to the publication of the book Local Government and Inequalities in Health.

Graeme Betts said: “I am pleased to have been awarded this honorary professorship from UEL which has a strong reputation in academic excellence and world class research. I am proud that we have such an ambitious dynamic university in the borough and I look forward to continuing my work with the excellent staff and students there.”

Kim Bromley-Derry, chief executive of Newham Council said: “This is a fantastic honour for Graeme and we are proud that his hard work has been recognised by UEL.

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“This professorship not only acknowledges his tremendous work throughout his career but recognises the positive relationship between Newham Council and UEL and I look forward to that continuing.”