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Tim Thornton

Professor Tim Thornton

OS 1986

Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society & The Higher Education Academy, General Editor of the Chetham Society & Historical Consultant for BBC2's 'Lucy Worsley Investigates'

Clare Francis

OS 1994

Savings & Investments Director at Barclays, Board Trustee for the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute and Financial Journalist.

Lord President John Bradshaw (OS 1618)

Lord President John Bradshaw

OS 1618

President of the High Court of Justice for the trial of King Charles I, President of the Council of State of the Commonwealth, English Judge

Professor Vikas Shah MBE DL

OS 1999

Vikas is the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, CEO of the Swiscot Group and is recognised as a leading business professor, entrepreneur, adviser, philanthropist and author.

Old Stop Jessica Piasecki

Dr. Jessica Piasecki née Coulson, PhD

OS 2008

Jessica is a British Olympic Athlete, the second fastest female marathon runner in British marathon history, top British women's marathon runner for the 2022 season and a lecturer in exercise physiology. Jessica represented Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Marianne Elliott OBE

OS 1985

Marianne is a multi-award winning Theatre Director and co-owner of Elliott & Harper Productions, known for the Broadway productions of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Dr Alex Kumar, MD

OS 2001

Alex is a global health physician, expedition doctor, scientific researcher, photographer and public engagement specialist.

Professor Sir Anthony Cheetham FRS

OS 1965

Distinguished Research Fellow for the University of Cambridge and former Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science, Vice-President & Treasurer of the Royal Society.

Sarah Carroll

OS 1983

Sarah is the Managing Director of Global Multinationals for Corporate Banking Division at MUFG and is recognised as a Financial Times top 50 Champion of Women in Business.

Geoff Downes

OS 1971

Geoff is a multi-talented keyboardist, music producer and songwriter and a member of Yes!, Asia and The Buggles.

Sir Frederic Celland Williams CBE, FRS

OS 1929

Sir Frederic was an engineer and a pioneer in radar and computer technology. He built the first electronic digital computer, known as the Manchester Baby.

Sophie Skelton

OS 2012

Sophie is a British Actor known for playing the lead female roles in productions including Blackbird, Day of the Dead and Outlander which was nominated for a clutch of Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Emmy Awards.

John Amaechi OBE

OS 1989

John is a leading psychologist, organisational consultant and high-performance executive coach. He is a New York Times best-selling author and a former NBA basketball player.

Peter Boardman

OS 1968

Peter Boardman was a British mountaineer and author known for a series of expeditions to the Himalayas and for his contribution to mountain literature.

Richard Kirby

OS 1977

Richard is a BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman credited on a wide-range of productions. He has spent over 25 years of his career working alongside Sir David Attenborough.

John Stewart (OS 1947)

Professor John Stewart

OS 1947

Former Professor & Director of Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham and Former Local Government Finance Board Member.

Di Dougherty née Stewart

OS 1997

Di is a television presenter, reporter, corporate events host, MC and presenter for Sky Sports.

Anil Ruia Esq OBE JP DL

OS 1974

Anil is a Director at Botraco Limited, Chairman of Warren Tea Limited India & former Chair of the Governing Body of the University of Manchester.