"It's the start of everything. The book of your life is yours to write". In today’s ceremony we honour Jonathan Martin, CEO of YMCA , with an honorary degree. Jonathan, an esteemed Anglia Ruskin alumnus, joined the YMCA in 1991, initially taking up a role in housing where he was responsible for sourcing and allocating accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds with medium to high needs. He currently serves on Cambridgeshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, the Safeguarding Board, and he is a Trustee with local community development charity, Gladstone Connect. He also represented the voluntary sector on the Department for Education’s Task Force on School Exclusions, is Chair of the YMCA’s Chief Executives Network, and serves on the YMCA’s World Urban Network Executive Council. Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Jonathan has made an enormous contribution to local communities across our region, supporting social enterprise and the arts, and helping vulnerable young people to find their way in the world”. On behalf of everyone at Anglia Ruskin University, we’d like to congratulate Jonathan and all our graduates today.