Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

One of our first cohorts of students contained the Revd Wibert Awdry OBE, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. Since then, thousands of students have graduated with a St Peter’s education and have gone on to demonstrably succeed in their lives and careers.

Today we can claim responsibility for the current Governor of the Bank of England, the Chief of the Defence Staff and numerous leading journalists, actors, artists, judges and business leaders.

We are immensely proud of all of our alumni and here is just a flavour of those who have attained a prominent position in their field. Do contact us if you feel we have omitted anyone who would add to this story of alumni achievement.

Please click on a heading below to see our notable alumni in each field:

Media and Journalism

Theatre, Film and Music

Charity and Philanthropy

Law and Enforcement

Financial Services

Business

Education

Religion

Sport

 

Media and Journalism

Caroline Montaressey-Tehrani (2004)
Journalist and presenter, Huffington Post Live, New York.

Afua Hirsch (2002)
Social Affairs & Education Editor at Sky News, former Africa Correspondent for The Guardian.

Helen Lewis (2001)
Deputy Editor of The New Statesman since May 2012.

Devika Bhat (2000)
Washington Correspondent and Washington Online News Editor at The Times.

Gordon Corera (1992)
BBC Security Correspondent since 2004.

Richard Lloyd Parry (1987)
Asia Editor of The Times and author of In the Time of Madness, about Indonesia and East Timor.

Helen Wallace (1986)
Music journalist and former Editor of BBC Music Magazine.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (1984)
Celebrity chef, TV personality and author of best-selling cookery books, The River Cottage Cookbook, The River Cottage Year and The River Cottage Meat Book.

Matt Frei (1982)
Channel 4 News presenter and formerly the BBC's Washington correspondent.

Richard Galpin (1982)
BBC World Affairs Correspondent.

Geordie Greig (1979)
Editor of The Mail on Sunday, formerly editor of The Evening Standard and literary editor of The Sunday Times.

Norman Smith (1978)
Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News.

Martin Ivens (1977)
Editor of The Sunday Times.

Theatre, Film and Music

Hugh Dancy (1994)
Emmy-nominated actor who has appeared in films Black Hawk Down, King Arthur, Shooting Dogs and television shows Daniel Deronda (BBC), Cold Feet, Trial and Retribution and Kavanagh QC.

Orlando Seale (1991)
Actor who has appeared in the films Sleepy Hollow, Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy, and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001) and television shows The Ghost Whisperer, The West Wing and Casualty.

Simon Beaufoy (1986)
Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter, noted especially for writing The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Lucy Tregear (1985)
TV and Stage actress.

Lucy Bailey (1979)
Theatre Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Richard Heffer (1965)
Actor who has appeared in dozens of TV dramas since the late 1960s. Played Capt. Tim Downing in Colditz (1974), starred in The Mad Death (1983) and The Black Tower (1985), and has appeared most recently in Heartbeat, Ian Fleming: Bondmaker and Rosemary & Thyme.

Ken Loach (1957)
Director of more than 60 films and winner of the Academy Fellowship at the BAFTAs and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival for The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

Bill Ashton OBE (1957)
Saxophonist, composer, and co-founder of the London Schools Orchestra, now the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Charity and Philanthropy

Smruti Sriram (2005)
Co-Founder, Wings of Hope charity and CEO of Supreme Creations, one of the world's largest manufacturer of reusable bags and ethical packaging.

Louisa Leventis (1993)
Worldwide co-ordinator of the A.G. Leventis Foundation that supports the promotion and preservation of Hellenic culture, with special emphasis on education.

Sophie Dalrymple (née Sackler) (2002)
Trustee of the Sackler Trust.

Miel de Botton (1987)
Philanthropist and recording artist.

Paul Farmer (1987)
Chief executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.

Law and Enforcement

Commander Mark Emerton (1980)
Judge at the Ministry of Justice.

Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton (1977)
Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces.

Paul Condon, Baron Condon (1972)
Life peer, formerly Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope (1972)
Formerly the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff.

The Hon Mr Justice Stephen Stewart (1971)
High Court Judge.

The Hon Mr Justice Mann (1970) 
High Court Judge.

The Hon Mr Justice Teare (1970)
High Court Judge.

Financial Services

Mark Carney (1991)
Current Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the G20's Financial Stability Board.

Steve Diggle (1985)
Co-founder and manager of Artradis, a hedge fund group significantly focused on arbitrage and volatility trading in Asia.

Dr Daniel Zelikow (1983)
Managing Director, J P Morgan Chase & Co., Washington DC.

Business

Francois Perrodo (1997)
President of Perenco, a global oil services company, since 2007.

Paul Geddes (1990)
CEO of Direct Line Insurance Group Plc.

Kuseni Dlamini (1994)
Chairman, Times Media Group (South Africa) since 2012. Formerly CEO, Emerging Markets at Old Mutual. Rhodes Scholar, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.

Andy Hornby (1985)
CEO of Gala Coral Group and formerly Group Chief Executive of Alliance Boots and HBOS.

Peter Foy (1960)
Chairman of Creative Tank Ltd, formerly Managing Director of McKinsey & Co UK and Director of PepsiCo Inc and Safeway Plc.

Wallace "Wally" Olins CBE (1954, Deceased 2014)
Brand consultant, author whose books have been translated into 18 languages.

Authors and Artists

Kurt Jackson (1980)
One of Britain's leading artists and sculptors.

Christopher Matthew (1960)
Author and columnist best known for Now We Are Sixty and Diary of a Somebody.

Politics and Diplomacy

Sarah Bamber (1992)
UK Deputy Consul-General, Hong Kong since 2013.

Elizabeth Joyce (1991)
Section Chief, Asia Pacific -Western Hemisphere, United Nations Security Council since 2012.

Sir Julian King KCVO CMG (1982)
Former British Ambassador to Ireland (2009-11), Permanent Secretary to the Northern Ireland Office (2011-14) and now Director General Economic & Consular at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Tim Clarke (1979)
Former EU Ambassador to Tanzania.

Peter Bateman (1978)
British Ambassador to Azerbaijan and formerly British Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Sir Roger Bone (1962)
President of Boeing UK and former British Ambassador to Sweden and Brazil.

Robin Hodgson, Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (1961)
Life peer, former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Walsall North.

Masamichi Hanabusa (1958)
Japanese Ambassador to Italy, 1997-99.

Sir Gerald Warner KCMG (1951)
Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator in the Cabinet Office, 1991-6.

Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron (1950)
Life peer, former Chairman the Guardian Media Group 1997-2000, Chairman of the Folio Society, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Sir Kenneth Bloomfield (1949)
Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service, 1984-91.

Sir Rex Masterman Hunt (1944, Deceased 2012)
British Governor of the Falkland Islands between 1980 and 1985.

Mr Justice Edward Akufo-Addo (1933, Deceased 1979)
Chief Justice and later President of the Republic of Ghana, 1969-72.

The Hon Carl Albert (1931, Deceased 2000)
US Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1971-76.

Education

King Alexander (1989)
President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University since 2013.

Vinod Mathur (1989)
Director of Wildlife Institute of India (February 2014).

Sir David Eastwood (1980)
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

Professor Charles Godfray (1976)
Hope Professor of Entomology, University of Oxford. Fellow of Jesus College and Honorary Fellow of St Peter's College.

Professor Rory Wilson (1976)
Professor Of Aquatic Biology and Head of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, University of Swansea.

Professor Daniel Hastings (1973)
Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Engineering Systems and Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Peter Mack (1973)
Director of the Warburg Institute, Professor of English at the University Warwick and Fellow of the British Academy.

Prof Mukesh Kapila CBE (1971)
Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester and Special Representative for the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity.

Prof Sir Gordon Duff (1969)
Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and the Lord Florey Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Sheffield.

Religion

Archbishop Sir David Moxon (1978)
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Rt Rev John Pritchard (1966)
 Formerly Bishop of Oxford.

Sir Paul Reeves (1959, Deceased 2011)
Archbishop and Governor General of New Zealand, 1985-90, and first Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology.

Rev Wilbert Awdry  (1929, Deceased 1997)
Creator of the popular and timeless classic, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Sport

Jamie Dalrymple (2000)
Former professional cricketer. An Oxford Blue, who played for the English One Day International team and captained the Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

David Davies (1969)
Former Executive Director of the English Football Association.

Stewart Wilson (1961)
Former Scotland rugby international and captain.

Robin Herd (1958)
Co-founder of Formula 1 and IndyCar team March Racing and Chairman of Oxford United (1996-97).