Notable Alumni


The sheer diversity of careers and personal achievements that our alumni pursue and achieve is remarkable and a real source of pride for the College. Here is chronological list of just a few of those who deserve special mention. We are proud of all 7000 of our alumni ambassadors.

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

Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani
Journalist and presenter, Huffington Post Live, New York.

Afua Hirsch
Guardian's legal affairs correspondent. She has practised at the bar in criminal defence and public law and teaches constitutional and human rights law.

Helen Lewis
Deputy Editor of the New Statesman since May 2012.

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

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

Hugh Dancy
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.

Kuseni Diamini
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.

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

Gordon Corera
BBC Security Correspondent since 2004.

Orlando Seale
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.

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

Paul Geddes
CEO of Direct Line Insurance Group Plc.

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

Dr F King Alexander
President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University since 2013.

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

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

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

Helen Wallace
Music journalist and former Editor of BBC Music Magazine.

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

Lucy Tregear
TV and Stage actress

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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.

Dr Daniel Zelikow
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group.

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

Richard Galpin
BBC World Affairs Correspondent.

Julian Beresford King KCVO CMG
British Ambassador to Ireland, appointed in September 2009, succeeding David Reddaway. Before his appointment to Ireland in 2009 he headed the office of the British Commissioner in Brussels: first Peter Mandelson, then Baroness Ashton.

Kurt Jackson
One of Britain's leading artists.

Lucy Bailey
Theatre Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tim Clarke
EU Ambassador to Tanzania.

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

Peter Bateman
British Ambassador to Azerbaijan and formerly British Ambassador to Luxembourg.

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

Norman Smith
Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News.

Martin Ivens
Editor for the Sunday Times.

General Sir Nick Houghton
Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces.

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

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

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

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

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

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC DL
Formerly the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff.

Mukesh Kapila CBE
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.

David Davies OBE
Former Executive Director of the English Football Association.

Rt Revd John Pritchard
Bishop of Oxford.

Richard Heffer
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.

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

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

Stewart Wilson
Former Scotland rugby international and captain.

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

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

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

Masamichi Hanabusa
Japanese Ambassador to Italy, 1997-99.

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

Ken Loach
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 MBE OBE
Saxophonist, composer, and co-founder of the London Schools Orchestra, now the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

John Donkin Dormand, Baron Dormand of Easington (Deceased 2003)
Life peer, a long-term MP for Easington.

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

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

Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron CBE FRSL
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
Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service, 1984-91.

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

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

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

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