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Lord David Puttnam Receives Honorary Doctorate from Exeter University

Lord David Puttnam is Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students around the world. A British film producer, educator and environmentalist, he was a member of the House of Lords for 24 years until his retirement in October 2021. Most recently, he sat on the Select Committee for the Environment and Climate Change, tasked with exploring cross-Government action on COP15 and progress on COP26. In 2019, he was appointed chair to the Democracy and Digital Technologies committee to investigate the impact of technologies on democracy.

He spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero. Together these films have won ten Oscars, 13 Golden Globes, nine Emmys, 31 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Lord Puttnam is President of the Film Distributors’ Association, Life President of the National Film and Television School, International Ambassador of WWF since 2016, and a UNICEF Ambassador. He received his honorary doctorate from Exeter University on the 16th December 2023.


Lord David Puttnam with Professor Linda Williams