Afua Hirsch talking during an alumni event

Notable Alumni

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 a former Governor of the Bank of England, the former 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.

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

Helen Lewis (2001)
Staff writer at The Atlantic. Former Deputy Editor of The New Statesman.

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

Afua Hirsch (1999)
Author, former Social Affairs and Education Editor at Sky News, former Africa Correspondent for The Guardian.

Duncan Hooper (1997)
Editor in Chief of Digital Platforms for Euronews.

James Chapman (1996)
Politics Editor at The Daily Mail since 2009.

Ben Wright (1995)
Washington Correspondent for BBC News since 2012.

Rhys Blakely (1995)
LA Correspondent at The Times since 2011. Formerly Mumbai correspondent (2007-2011)

Annabel Rivkin (1992)
Executive Editor, Tatler

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.

Martin Webber (1984)
Business News Editor, BBC World Service.

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 Daily Mail, 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.

Dr Mark Carney (1991)
Governor of the Bank of Canada (2008-2013), Governor of the Bank of England (2013-2020).

Dr Florian Heider (1991)
Principal Economist at the European Central Bank.

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.

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

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

Prof Abdul Raufu Mustapha (1988, deceased 2017)
Distinguished African Studies scholar

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

Prof Daniel Woolf (1980)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University, Canada.

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

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

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

Prof 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 (1974)
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.

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.

Andrew Collier (1994)
Theatre producer and entrepreneur. Founder of minor Entertainment theatre business.

Elliot Levey (1992)
Actor with National Theatre. Has appeared in several films, including Philomena and The Queen.

Orlando Seale (1991)
Actor who has appeared in the films Sleepy Hollow, Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy, and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story 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.

Bridget Foreman (1986)
Playwright, actor and Director of the Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Lucy Tregear (1985)
TV and Stage actress.

Georgia Masters (1982)
Film producer, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Mean Machine.

Guy Andrews (1980)
Screenwriter, work includes Poirot, Chancer and Prime Suspect.

Mark Payton (1979)
Film, TV and stage actor who appeared in Howards End, Emmerdale and The Bill.

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

Dr William Chapman Nyaho (1978)
Ghanaian-American concert pianist.

Nigel le Vaillant (1977)
Actor best known for his TV roles in Dangerfield and Casualty.

Dougal Lee (1977)
Stage actor.

Paul Burbridge (1972)
Founder and Artistic Director of Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Peter Lee-Wright (1968)
Documentary film producer, including The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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 and I, Daniel Blake.

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

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 CBE (1984)
Chief executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.

Matt Jukes QPM (1992)
Assistant Commissioner for Transformation, Metropolitan Police Service.

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

Lt Col Julian Moir (1980)
King's Royal Hussars until 2011. Defence consultant.

Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton (1977)
Former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces. Current Constable of the Tower of London

Hon. Mr Justice Elliot Myers (1974)
Supreme Court Justice, British Columbia.

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.

Sir George Mann (1970)
High Court Judge.

Sir Nigel Teare (1970)
High Court Judge.

Richard Wells (1959)
Chief Constable of South Yorkshire (1990-1998)

Srinivas Madipalli (2012)
Founder and CEO of Accomable.

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

Paul Geddes (1987)
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.

Kate Jarvis (1985)
Director of Busines Affairs and Main Board member, Telefonica.

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

The Hon. Robert Hanson (1980)
Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings.

Richard Brady (1973) 
Founder and President of Matrix Consulting Group

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.

William Fiennes (1989)
Best selling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room. The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2003.

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.

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

Mike Carey (1978)
Writer of comic books, novels and films, including X-Men: Legacy.

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

Okot p'Bitek (1960)
Poet, novelist, and social anthropologist. Author of Song of Lawino (1966).

Peter Dale (1960)
Poet and translator

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

Stephen Hickey (1998)
UK Ambassador to Iraq since 2019

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

Elizabeth Joyce (1991)
Chief of Section, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee.

Dr Karin von Hippel (1987)
Director General, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (1983, deceased 2009)
Deputy Director of United Nations Millennium Campaign of Africa

Sir Julian King KCVO CMG (1982)
Former British Ambassador to Ireland (2009-11), Permanent Secretary to the Northern Ireland Office (2011-14), Director General Economic & Consular at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2014-2016), and now EU Commissioner for the Security Union.

Tim Clarke (1979)
Former EU Ambassador to Tanzania.

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

Adoga Augustine Onah (1975)
Former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, North Korea and Equatorial Guinea.

The Hon. Lino Spiteri MP (1971, deceased 2014)
Former Labour Minister within the government of Malta in the 1980s. Former Chairman of the Central Bank of Malta. Novelist and Journalist.

Eric Anthony (Tony) Abrahams (1962)
Rhodes Scholar and Minister in the Jamaican Government. Invited Malcolm X to speak at the Oxford Union while President - read more here.

Sir Roger Bone (1962)
Former 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. Honorary Fellow.

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.

Daniel Ahmling Chapman Nyaho (1933, deceased 2001)
Ambassador and UN Permanent Representative for Ghana .

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.

Rt Revd Libby Lane (1986)
Bishop of Derby. Formerly Bishop of Stockport. The first female Bishop for the Church of England.

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

Rt Revd Trevor Willmott (1968)
Formerly Bishop of Dover.

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.

Abigail Edmonds (2012)
Represented Great Britain in Canoe Sprint at the 2012 London Olympics.

Karl Hudspith (2010)
Rowed in four consecutive Boat Races, winning in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Mikael Blomquist (2004)
American rower who won the Men's Eight World Championships in 2005 and won the Boat Race in the same year.

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.

Dr Malav Shroff (1992)
Represented India at Sailing (49er Class) at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was coach of the India Sailing Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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

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

Peter Stagg (1960)
Former Scotland and British Lions rugby international.

Robin Herd (1958, deceased 2019)
Co-founder of Formula 1 and IndyCar team March Racing and Chairman of Oxford United (1996-97).

Dr Chris van Tulleken (1996)
Infectious diseases doctor and TV presenter.

Dr Joanna Chikwe (1994)
Cardiovascular Surgeon, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St Luke's.

Prof Hashim Ahmed FRCS(Urol) (1994)
Chair of Urology at Imperial College London, internationally renowned expert urologist in prostate cancer.

Prof Ajit Lalvani (1983)
Chair of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health Research, Clincal Research Fellow at Imperial College and Founding Director of the Tuberculosis Research Centre.

Prof Mark Williams (1970)
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Honorary Fellow of St Peter's.

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