Christ Church alumni recognised in 2018 New Year's Honours

Two Christ Church alumni have been recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (1985) and Elizabeth Dymond (PPE, 1985) have both been appointed CBE – Jonathan for services to music, and Elizabeth for public service.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is the 14th Principal of the Royal Academy of Music and was appointed in 2008. He read music at the University of Toronto and graduated with First Class Honours before embarking on research at Christ Church Oxford. For over a quarter of a century in senior posts at the Academy, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has played a leading role in launching pioneering programmes, major international relationships, and several professional development initiatives. During his Principal-ship the Academy was granted Degree Awarding Powers from the Privy Council (2012). As a trumpet soloist he has released nine solo albums, and has attracted wide critical acclaim for their musical originality and effective ‘re-imagining’ of the trumpet as a chamber instrument in reconstructions of works from c. 1600 to the 20th Century. He has also produced over 250 commercial discs for many of the world’s most prestigious independent labels including Naxos, BIS, Chandos, Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi USA, Linn, Channel Classics and AVIE. His productions, including with Christ Church Cathedral Choir, have won major awards and numerous nominations over the last twenty years. He is an active lecturer, critic and contributor to journals and books, and is also a Trustee of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford Music.

Elizabeth Dymond started her career in the private sector qualifying as a chartered accountant. She then worked at the Office of Fair Trading, the Competition Commission and, from 2009 to 2016, at H M Treasury.  At the Treasury she worked on issues related to nationalised banks in the latter part of the financial crisis and then led the team that runs the Government’s day-to-day cash management.  Since April 2016, she has been the Finance Director at the Charity for Civil Servants.  She is also a trustee at the national charity, Victim Support. 

Congratulations to both of our alumni for this recognition of their sterling work!

A full list of Oxford alumni who have been recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours can be found here.