Robert Boucher Awards

The Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Awards

These awards give the University the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of alumni who have made outstanding contributions to business and community life. They were established in 2011 to honour the memory of Professor Robert Boucher (Hon DEng 2009), the University’s 12th Vice-Chancellor who set up the Development and Alumni Relations Office in 2002.

Sarah Evans receiving her award from Rosemary Boucher.


Award winner 2017

Sarah Evans (BSc Natural Environmental Science 1985) was honoured for her achievement in reaching the top of two professions – the financial sector and the wine trade. She served as the first female Chairman of the Ipswich Building Society from 2013 until her retirement in 2017; she continues as Chairman of the International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society (‘The Wine Society’), becoming the first female Chairman of the mutual organisation in 2009. On graduation, Sarah trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, and worked at the Serious Fraud Office, specialising in forensic accounting, before serving as a partner at Ernst & Young and then joining the board of the Ipswich Building Society. A keen sportswoman, Sarah played lacrosse for the University and was a founding member of the University Ladies Cricket Team where she regularly opened the bowling. 

David Fyfe with the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty DBE.


Award winner 2017

David Fyfe (BSc Mathematics 1972), who has enjoyed a successful career as a leading financial planner, was honoured in recognition of his dedication to raising vital funds for one of the region’s most well-loved charities, Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Together with friends Nigel and Sandra Worthington and his wife, Jean, he organised a ‘one-off’ ball for the charity in 1990. Today, the now-annual Daffodil Ball is one of the most popular events on the Sheffield social scene and has raised over £1 million to provide specialist medical equipment. Highlights include a portable ultrasound for babies in neonatal care, which allows them to be tested in their own cots, a 3T MRI scanner, as well as a new burns treatment room and outpatient area, which has transformed the experience of burns’ victims at the hospital.

To nominate one of our alumni for this annual award, please submit their biographical information and a letter of nomination (of no more than 500 words) to: Claire Rundström, Head of Alumni Relations, The University of Sheffield, Development, Alumni Relations & Events, 40 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S10 2TN, or email with the subject ‘Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award nomination’.

The deadline for nominations to be considered for an
award in 2019 is 23 November 2018.

Further details can be found here

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