UWE awards Honorary Degree to Mariella Dexter

Issue date: 17 November 2008

University of the West of England The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Science to Mariella Dexter in recognition of her substantial contribution to quality improvement in patient services, to the fostering of inter-professional and educational opportunities, both in the NHS Trust and in community settings in Gloucestershire, and to the establishment of a Health and Social Care Education Centre at Hartpury College.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on Wednesday 19 November at 14.00 at Bristol Cathedral.

Mariella Lisa Dexter attended Sutton High School in Surrey before studying at the University of Sussex, where she completed a BA (Hons) in French with European Studies in 1975. During her undergraduate days Mariella Dexter was also an English Language Assistant at the Lycée Paul Cézanne, in Aix-en-Provence, and early in her National Health Service (NHS) career, benefited from the opportunity to work in the Bordeaux Regional Hospital Centre through a European Economic Community Exchange scheme.

Mariella Dexter joined the NHS as a graduate trainee in 1976 and her first management post was as a Deputy Unit Manager at the Central Middlesex Hospital, London, in 1978. From 1982 to 1991 she held a number of senior management posts in mental health and acute services in London; the last as General Manager for Charing Cross Hospital.

In 1991 Mariella Dexter moved to the south west to become the General Manager for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, subsequently becoming Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust.

In 1994, Mariella Dexter became a non-executive Director of Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health. In 1998 she was a member of the National External Reference Group for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), which developed new standards for the care and treatment of CHD in the UK. Until 2007, Mariella Dexter was a member of the National Advisory Group for the NHS graduate management training schemes.

In 2002 Mariella Dexter, then Chief Executive of the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire NHS Workforce Development Confederation, opened UWE's Faculty of Health and Social Care's Gloucester Education Centre at Hartpury College.


Back to top