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Alumni of the Year Award

2019 Award:

Voting will offically open early next year for the 2019 award, with the winner being announced in spring/summer 2019. We'd love to hear from you with your nominations to celebrate all our wonderful alumni and recognise their outstanding achievements and / or contributions to the University. Whether they have achieved something outstanding professionally, or they have shown an ongoing commitment to Brunel through volunteering and advocacy over recent years, we want to hear about them.

Although voting will open in early 2019, if you'd like to make an early application for next year's award, please feel free to download the nomination form to submit your vote. This will then be kept on file to be included in the 2019 competition.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Previous winners of the Alumni of the Year Award:

Over the years, we've celebrated the many successes of our wonderful alumni through this award - previous winners include:

2018: Solveiga Pakstaite

BA Industrial Design & Technology - 2014

Since graduating from Brunel, Solveiga is the CEO and Founder of Mimica, a company developing a biologically accurate smart packaging solution that reduces food waste and improves food safety. She has gone on to make huge waves in the design world. Her product ‘Bump Mark’ - now known as Mimica Touch - began life as a project at Brunel. The concept was originally devised as part of her final-year project at in order to help the visually impaired, who cannot read dates on traditional food labels. However, she soon discovered that her design could revolutionise food labelling for all and make a huge impact in the food packaging industry. The product is designed to provide a more accurate method of determining whether food is stillSolveiga Pakstaite HILLS edible. The food label contains gelatine which breaks down at the same rate as the food inside the package. Once the food is no longer safe to eat, the user will be able to feel bumps on the label and will know to dispose of it.

Solveiga is also the Founder and Director of her own freelance design studio - Design By Sol Ltd. - which undertakes projects of a wide scope, as well as developing in-house projects in the areas of industrial & product design, packaging design, graphic design & information architecture and user experience design. In addition, Solveiga is also a Visiting Lecturer for UCL, a Board Member of Fast Forward 2030 and a Fellow at Unreasonable - an organisation, investment fund and private global network dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs.

Part of Solveiga’s incredible journey has included working with the Central Research Laboratory, a thriving facility in Hayes, West London, supported by Brunel to assist design start-ups. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Brunel, always keen to give back and inspire the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs. Solveiga has provided videos and profiles, and regularly joins us for events on campus, such as our Global Entrepreneur Week panel, discussing her unique perspective on what it means to be an entrepreneur and sharing tips and guidance for those looking to start / grow their own business. Her passion for supporting Brunel students is driven by the desire to encourage more students to take their own ideas seriously and see that they can really change the world; something she sees as the whole point of design.

Solveiga has achieved numerous accolades, along with a great deal of industry recognition, including being named as MIT Inventor of the Year 2017, Leader of Tomorrow 2016, Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2015, Top New Talent 2015 and Start-up of the Year 2014. Her awards to date have included the Hawley Award 2016, Shell Staff Inspiration Award 2016, Platypus Award for Innovations in Taste 2015, Smart Future Award 2015 and the James Dyson Award UK to name a few. Solveiga was also named as one of the ‘1000 Most Influential Londoners 2014’ and has been a key speaker at TEDxHult London.

We are delighted that Solveiga's inspirational design and entrepreneurial success have been formally recognised and rewarded. 


2017: John Dangerfield

Former student President, John, manages the largest service contracts for Babcock International, delivering critical services to Heathrow Airport. He also leads on the recruitment and assessment of graduates into his business.  John DangerfieldHis career began with the successful completion of the prestigious Siemens S5 graduate scheme and then he worked as a Service Recovery Manager for British Airways and as a Contracts Manager for the NHS, before moving on to Babcock. John has been a mentor in Brunel’s Women in Engineering programme since its inception. He regularly offers his time for widening participation activities at Brunel and beyond sharing his invaluable knowledge and experiences with his mentees and other students. He has also volunteered his time for the university on various other occasions, giving talks and supporting student recruitment activities. After competing for Brunel Racing in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE)Formula Student competition, John returned as a judge and has judged 1,200+ teams over 13 years at both UK and USA events. He was then promoted to Head Cost Judge leading a team of 50+ judges. John gives countless hours to the development and growth of the next generation of engineers. John cherished his time at Brunel and all it gave him. He acts without hesitation to give back to the university and is a model Brunel graduate, performing and behaving exceptionally both professionally and personally. Congratulations to John on wining this award. We are delighted that your contributions to Brunel have been formally recognised and rewarded. 


2016: Tim Backshall

Tim studied Industrial Design at Brunel at the courses’ inception (1989), and was part of the first year to graduate from the programme. He went on to have a successful career in design before starting his own business, Integrity, in 1997. The company has two main objectives: outstanding client service and a Tim Backshalldynamic workplace environment. The first aim drives them to provide a complete service to clients to achieve consistency across all aspects of their brand, ensuring that the values of the client organisation are properly represented in all aspects of their business. The second objective is to create a great place to work, where people are valued for their strengths, and where the benefits of teamwork create a strong culture around helping others to do their very best for clients. Integrity provides brand services to well-known companies, including Waitrose, Volkswagen, Virgin and CenterParcs, and also in the public sector for police forces, universities and the NHS.

Tim credits the skills and thinking that Brunel instils in its designers which helped him shape both the company and its unique service offerings, focusing on brand implementation - bringing brand vision to life. This also led Tim to look to Brunel in 2003 when he decided to take on his first placement student, and marked the beginning of a long and fruitful employment relationship with Brunel.

In the years since, Tim and Integrity have employed many placement students, as well as taking on a growing number of graduates. Currently, Integrity has 13 Brunel alumni amongst their staff of 19 people. During their involvement with Brunel, Tim has employed 14 placement students, six of whom returned to Integrity for permanent employment after graduation, and 18 Brunel alumni as graduate employees. This translates into 88 years-worth of employment, with total salaries paid to Brunel graduates and undergraduates of over £2 million! At Integrity, Tim has created an environment that encourages and nurtures development in young graduates. Four out of the five members of the company’s current senior team originally joined as new graduates. Three of them are Brunel graduates and two undertook placements at the company during their time as students.

We are delighted to hear of Tim’s success and cherish his ongoing relationship with Brunel. We are very proud to present the award to him this year.


2015: Greg Duggan and Damien Kennedy

We received more nominations than ever before for the 2015 Alumnus of the Year. We saw an impressive range of alumni achievements and many examples of alumni continuing to support Brunel students through various types of volunteering. From the shortlist, you voted for your favourites, and after a close contest, we are2015 Alumni Of The Year pleased to announce that this year’s joint winners are Greg Duggan (Sport Sciences 2008) and Damien Kennedy (Sport Sciences 2008).

Greg and Damien met at Brunel where they studied Sport Sciences together. After graduation, Greg went on to teach at The Charter School in Southwark, while Damien joined Barking Abbey Basketball Academy as Head Coach.

Then in 2012, thanks to their shared interest in good nutrition, they had an idea for a great tasting but healthy ice cream. They founded WheyHey - the world’s first high-protein ice cream, which is low in fat and uses natural sweetener xylitol, which has no insulin response and is recommended by dentists.

The response to their product was incredible. When their first large order of 1,000 pots came in from Holland & Barrett, the pair struggled to deliver such a substantial volume. The batch sold out in just three days and the customers wanted more. Wheyhey was a huge hit but they had to work tirelessly and pool all their resources to try and meet the demand. Eventually they managed to scale up their production and grow the business.

The company, which is now forecast to turn over £2.5m this year and employs nine full-time staff, was able to grow thanks, in part, to social media. But, in recognition of their innovation and pioneering approach, they also won the Virgin Media Pioneer Award. This programme gives exciting new companies a range of resources and opportunities to help develop their businesses.

The ice cream has a growing number of celebrity fans including supermodel David Gandy and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Greg and Damien have also recently developed Coco Pro; a new protein-rich coconut water that is designed to provide the ultimate recovery drink.

Despite the incredible success of their business, Greg and Damien recently found time to return to Brunel to speak to students in the Entrepreneur’s Society to share their experiences and advice.

We are delighted to hear of their success and very proud to present the award to Greg and Damien this year.


2014: Dr. Hannah Critchlow

Hannah Critchlow graduated from Brunel in 2003 with a BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology, with First Class Honours.

During her studies here, Hannah was an exemplary student and was awarded three university prizes for ‘Best Biologist’.

Hannah went on to complete a PhD in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Cambridge, where she was also awarded a Magdalene College, Cambridge University Hannah CritchlowFellowship.

Inspired through her work as a nursing assistant at St Andrews Psychiatric Hospital, she went on to work as Strategic Manager for Cambridge Neuroscience. On secondment she helped steer and coordinate the re-launch of the British Neuroscience Association between 2010 and 2011. She credits her eye-opening experiences working on the ward with leading her to pursue a career in neuroscience and her desire to educate the public.

In 2013 she was named as one of Cambridge University's "inspirational and successful women in science".

Hannah now works as a presenter on the weekly BBC radio programme The Naked Scientists. Hannah along with her fellow presenters are "a media-savvy" group of physicians and researchers from the University of Cambridge who promote science to the general public in a fun and accessible manner,stripping it down to its bare essentials.The programme is aimed at those aged 14 and upwards and Hannah has explored topics as wide-ranging as Smallpox, sleep deprivation, Alzheimer's and morality.

Earlier this year in recognition of her work, she was named as one of the UK's 100 leading scientists by the Science Council. She was featured in the 'Communicator Scientist' category for her "energy and enthusiasm for communicating complex science issues in an accessible way".

Hannah continues to share her love of science through a busy public speaking schedule which has included appearances at schools, literary festivals and science festivals among others. Her ability to engage audiences is exceptional.

Hannah has just started working with Headcase, a new mental health awareness project, empowering people through open discussion and knowledge about the brain.


2013: Jordan Chitty

Jordan (BSc Industrial Design, 2007) studied Industrial Design at Brunel. During his placement year he worked for leading design consultancy iDC before he returned to Brunel for his final year to lead the team that coordinated the Made in Brunel show. By 2007 he had graduated with a first class honours degree and started his own business, Naked Creativity.

Naked Creativity is a central London design consultancy with a five-strong team ofJordan Chitty creative and technicalJordan Chitty individuals all passionate about web, graphic and branding design. Over the last six years, the company has gone from strength to strength with clients including Virgin Wines, London South Bank University and Olympic Delivery Authority.

Jordan has maintained strong links with Brunel. Since the launch of Naked Creativity, he has taken on students from Brunel for year-long work placements, providing invaluable practical experience of working within the industry. This is a crucial part of the student experience and in offering these placements Jordan has helped launch the careers of a number of his fellow alumni. He has also gone on to employ two Brunel graduates on a permanent basis. Last year he helped develop the Made in Brunel website.

Jordan is a great role-model for Brunel students. Not only has he made a great success of his own business, but he has also shown outstanding commitment to the university both during and after his studies. He continues to make a genuine and significant difference to the lives of our students.


2012: Ross Ramgobin

Ross (BA English with Drama, 2007) took leading roles in many of the Arts Centre’s musical productions and continued his Ross Ramgobin_Alumoftheyear v1vocal studies and involvement in university concerts following graduation.

In 2009, he was accepted on to the Royal Academy of Music’s MA in Vocal Studies and began performing with the prestigious RAM Song Circle in 2011.

He is now a member of the RAM’s prestigious Royal Academy Opera Course. His recent operatic roles include Claudio in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany.

The award recognised Ross’s exceptional achievements, his on-going support to the Brunel community, and for being a fantastic role-model for current Brunel students.


2011: Nathaniel Peat

Nathaniel (BEng Mechanical Engineering, 2001) is an entrepreneur highly committed to helping people realise their dreams. One of his most compelling traits is his dedication to helping young people rise above crime and make a positiveNathaniel Peat difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others in their community.

In 2006, he founded the company The Safety Box to help youths tackle the growing problems of anti-social behaviour, bullying, low self-esteem, crime and violence in society. In 2007 he was the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits competition. 2008 saw him feature on the BBC’s The Last Millionaire TV series. By 2009, he was a speaker at Jamaica’s first Youth Diaspora Conference. Then come 2010 he represented Great Britain as a youth delegate for the G20 Toronto Young Entrepreneur’s Summit and in 2011 he featured in the JP Morgan Black Power List.

During all this time, Nathaniel has remained connected with and supportive of Brunel University, inspiring others to follow in his footsteps. He is a tremendous role-model for Brunel students and frequently speaks at events and engages with Brunel students to inspire them.


2010: Peter Ward

Peter (Economics and Business Finance, 2001) is an entrepreneur and founder of the travel website Where Are You Now, Peter and VC edited and PSaka WAYN.com. He was awarded for his business success and his huge commitment to helping others - particularly students at Brunel - in achieving their goals.

As a Brunel student Peter was already an entrepreneur, having experimented with setting up companies before he graduated. WAYN is now one of the world’s largest travel and lifestyle social networking community, with a presence in 220 countries. Membership has grown from 45,000 users in March 2005 to over 21.8 million today.

Since graduating Peter has been extremely supportive of Brunel and its students. He regularly comes to the University to assist with judging projects and to give inspirational talks to our current students. Peter has also been a strong supporter of the Brunel Entrepreneurs’ Society advising many aspiring entrepreneurs. .


2009 : Heather Fell

In 2009, Brunel made its inaugural award to Heather Fell (BSc Physiotherapy, 2004), one of Britain’s leading Modern Pentathletes in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements, particularly her silvHeather Feller medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Heather is one of Britain’s most successful pentathletes, achieving notable success, including taking the 2003 World Junior Championship, whilst studying for her BSc in Physiotherapy at Brunel.

Coming through career-threatening injuries in 2006, Heather showed not only determination, but also a serious aptitude for multi-tasking as she was training for five events while holding down three jobs in order to meet the costs of being an international athlete.

This dedication clearly paid off as Heather won medals in the World Cup, the European and World Championships, qualified for the Olympics which culminated in a fantastic Silver medal at the Beijing Games, taking her to the top of the World rankings.

Throughout all this, Heather has remained tremendously supportive of Brunel and is a great ambassador for the University. .



Business and Entrepreneurship

Kevin Ambrose (BSc Mechanical Engineering 1982)
Kevin Ambrose is Vice President Metals Technology at Crown Holdings, Inc. In his career he has specialised in high-speed manufacture of metal packaging for food and beverage products.

Andrew Barrett (BA Economics 1990)
Andrew Barrett has managed contracts for Panasonic, St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Central London Community Health Care. His work has enabled five Brunel student health design projects per year to be completed in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Roger Bowden (BTech Special Engineering Programme 1971)
Roger Bowden founded Niftylift Ltd in 1985 and is owner and chairman of this enterprise dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or “cherry pickers”. He has over 250 employees in the UK and USA, and dealers in 40 countries worldwide. Niftylift has won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (Innovation and International Trade).

Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE (MSc Medical Anthropology 1997)
Claire Bertschinger has worked with the International Red Cross in over a dozen war zones, including Afghanistan, Sudan, Liberia and Lebanon. She worked in Ethiopia in 1984; a TV report on her work inspired Bob Geldof to launch Band Aid and Live Aid.

Jordan Chitty (BSc Industrial Design 2007)
Jordan Chitty launched his own company upon leaving Brunel. Naked Creativity focuses on digital media and design and has gone from strength to strength, working with high-profile clients such as IDC, Virgin Wines and also our very own Brunel University London. Since its inception, Naked Creativity has taken on students from Brunel on year-long placements as well as providing full-time employment for graduates. He won the Brunel Alumnus of the Year award in 2013.

Hannah Critchlow (BSc Cell and Molecular Biology 2003)
Hannah Critchlow is a neuroscientist who was selected as one of the UK’s Top 100 scientists by the Science Council in 2014 for her work in science communication. She presents ‘The Naked Scientists’ on BBC radio to make neuroscience accessible to young people. In 2013 she was named as one of Cambridge University‘s ‘Inspirational and successful women in science’. She won the Brunel Alumna of the Year award in 2014.

Alastair Curtis (BSc Industrial Design and Technology 1990)
Alastair Curtis is a successful designer. He worked at Nokia for 14 years where he reached the role of Head of Design. He is currently Chief Design Officer at Logitech.

Greg Duggan (BSc Sport Sciences 2008)
Greg Duggan became a teacher and part-time model after graduating. He and alumnus Damien Kennedy then founded Wheyhey, the world’s first high protein, low fat and low sugar ice cream. They also launched a protein-rich coconut drink, Coco Pro, which is designed to be the ultimate recovery drink. Greg and Damien won the Brunel Alumni of the Year award in 2015.

Joe Ferry (BSc Industrial Design and Technology 1993)
Joe Ferry joined Virgin Atlantic Airways as a Senior Designer in 1996 and progressed to Head of Design in 2002. He is responsible for the airway’s flagship Upper Class Cabin design. He has won multiple awards for his work.

Emma Heatley-Adams (BSc Product Design 1999)
Emma Heatley-Adams is an esteemed designer. She worked at Dyson for 14 years where she became the first female director at the company. She has recently worked as a Product Innovation Consultant at Joseph Joseph, and is now an Ambassador for Your Life.

Paul Kahn (MEng Engineering 1990)
Paul Kahn was appointed President of the Communications and Connectivity Sector of Cobham plc with worldwide responsibility for the business in October 2017. He has extensive international management experience in the aerospace, defence and transportation industries. His previous roles have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group UK (now known as AirbusGroup Limited) and President at Thales and CEO of Thales, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Prime Minister’s Ambassador for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace.

Harriet Kelsall (BSc Industrial Design and Technology 1993)
Harriet Kelsall is a designer and leading figure in the jewellery industry with her contribution to bespoke and ethical jewellery. She won HSBC National Retail Businesswoman of the Year 2016 along with over 30 other awards.

Damien Kennedy (BSc Sport Sciences 2008)
Damien Kennedy became a GB basketball coach after leaving Brunel. He stayed in touch with classmate Greg Duggan and together they came up with the idea for a healthy ice cream. Together, they founded Wheyhey and won the Virgin Pioneer Award for their business. Damien and Greg won the Brunel Alumni of the Year award in 2015.

Andrew Ives (BTech Electronic and Electrical Engineering)
Andrew Ives pioneered the use of microwave radar for adaptive cruise control, digital control systems for engine and transmission management, and vehicle safety systems. He is a Fellow of the IEE as well as a Fellow and former President of the IMechE.

Simon Murdoch (PhD Electrical Engineering and Electronics Research 1987)
Simon Murdoch is a highly experienced entrepreneur and investor in the Internet sector, who sold his first company, BookPages, to Amazon in 1998 after which he became VP Europe of Amazon.com. He has backed many successful ventures including Shazam, Zoopla and LoveFilm.

Solveiga Pakštaitė (BA Industrial Design and Technology 2014)
Solveiga Pakštaitė has won multiple awards for her final year project including the James Dyson Award and the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Award, and has attracted the attention of the national media. Her project, ‘Bump Mark’, is a food expiry label that reacts to the environment around it, just like fresh food does, and updates itself. In 2017, she was named MIT Review's “Inventor of the Year” for her Mimic Touch food expiry label, and the award was presented at the prestigious annual Innovators Under 35 Europe Summit.

Nathaniel Peat (BEng Mechanical Engineering 2001/MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems 2003)
Nathaniel Peat is a successful a social entrepreneur. He has started a number of businesses (The Safety Box, Gennex) and has won multiple awards. In 2010 he represented GB as a youth delegate for the G20 Toronto Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit 2010. In January 2011 he was listed in the under 40’s section of ‘The Powerlist’ and in 2014, he was Appointed Trustee to Ernst and Young Foundation. He won the Brunel Alumnus of the Year award in 2011.

Jim Reeves (BSc Industrial Design Engineering 2003)
Jim Reeves co-designed GravityLight, a gravity-powered lamp for use in developing countries, as a replacement for kerosene lamps. GravityLight was called one of ‘The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013’ by Time Magazine.

Geoff Taylor (BTech Building Technology 1976)
Geoff Taylor is a highly respected civil engineer who has undertaken projects including Earl’s Court 2 Exhibition Centre and Manchester Arena. He also served as Development Director at Wembley Stadium.

Kevin Thomas (Public and Social Administration 1986)
Kevin Thomas was the Chief Executive of Support Services Business Division at Babcock International Group plc. from 2010 until retiring in 2016. Prior to joining Babcock he worked in Facilities Management and local government. He is an independent Non-Executive Director of Harvey Nash Group plc. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Freeman of the City of London.

Peter Ward (BSc Economics and Business Finance 2001)
Peter Ward is the Co-Founder and CEO of the award-winning WAYN.com (‘Where Are You Now?’). The site has more than 23 million members worldwide and is growing by up to 10,000 members a day around the globe. It is the largest travel and lifestyle community in the world. He won the Brunel Alumnus of the Year award in 2010.


Media, Entertainment and the Arts

Nick Abbot (Psychology 1982)
Nick Abbot is a radio presenter who, after featuring on Brunel Radio, went on to present on numerous stations for past 20 years, including Radio Luxembourg, Virgin Radio, TalkSport, Smooth FM, Planet Rock and LBC.

Hajaz Akram (Modern Drama Studies 2000)
Principal and founder of the Academy of Asian and Ethnic Dramatic Arts, Hajaz Akram has trained and worked as an actor, teacher and director for 20 years. He has appeared in numerous television dramas including Doctor Who, Murder in Mind and Casualty, and is also the voice of DJ Panjit Gavaskar in Grand Theft Auto. He has had film roles in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Batman Begins.

Carl Barât (Drama 1996)
Carl Barât is a musician, actor and author. He was the frontman and lead guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things, and recorded a solo album, but is best known for being the co-front man with Peter Doherty of the garage rock band The Libertines.

Adam Benzine (Multimedia, Technology and Design 2003)
Adam has been Oscar nominated for his debut documentary about French film maker Claude Lanzmann. Titled Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam's film tells the story of Lanzmann's own seminal documentary about the Holocaust.

Jo Brand (Social Sciences 1982)
Jo Brand is a BAFTA winning comedian, writer, and actress. Commencing her entertainment career with a move from psychiatric nursing to the alternative comedy stand-up scene and early performances on Saturday Live, she went on to appear on The Brain Drain, Channel 4's Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, Getting On and various television appearances including as a regular guest on QI. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In 2012 she was awarded Best Female TV Comic at the British Comedy Awards.

Greg Davies (Drama and English 1990)
Greg Davies is a stand-up comedian and actor best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang and Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners. He is a regular guest on TV comedy panel shows including Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You?, QI, Have I Got News for You and Fast and Loose. He has also performed on the Live at the Apollo series.

Francis French (PGCE 1997)
Francis French is a book and magazine author specialising in space flight history. He is a former director of events for Sally Ride Science, and a director at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Patricia Hodge (Education)
Patricia Hodge is an actress. She won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money. She has had countless TV roles, including in ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, as well as starring in many West End productions. Most recently she starred in the BBC TV series, ‘Miranda’ and ‘Downton Abbey’.

Sharon Horgan (BA American Studies and English 2000)
Sharon Horgan is an actress, writer, director and producer best known for the comedy series’ ‘Pulling’, ‘Catastrophe’, ‘Motherland’ and most recently, ‘Divorce’ on HBO. ‘Pulling’ was nominated for two BAFTA awards, and won two British Comedy Awards. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the pilot episode of ‘Catastrophe’.

Alizeh Imtiaz (English and Film and Television Studies 2008)
Alizeh Imtiaz is the first Pakistani to have successfully had her debut short film 'Shades of Black' screened at the London Filmmakers Convention 2007. Her short film also won the award for Best Film at the London Filmmakers Convention which screened 80 films from all around the world.

Lee Mack (Drama with Film and Television Studies 1996)
Lee McKillop is a stand-up comedian and actor, known by the stage name Lee Mack. He is well known in the UK for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, for being a team captain on Would I Lie to You? and for hosting Lee Mack's All Star Cast. He won a British Comedy Award for Best Male Television Comic in 2012.

Ken MacLeod (Mechanical Engineering 1988)
Ken MacLeod is an award-winning science fiction author. His novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award (including Best Novel for ‘The Night Sessions’), and have been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He was close friends with the late Iain Banks with whom contributed to the British boom in science fiction in the 1990s.

Sophie McShera (Modern Drama Studies 2006)
Sophie McShera is an actress. After several minor roles, she was cast as sixth form pupil, Ros McCain in the fifth series of BBC drama Waterloo Road. In autumn 2010 she became part of the original cast of the Golden Globe winning period drama Downton Abbey playing Daisy Robinson.

Oreke Mosheshe (Management Studies 2003)
Oreke Mosheshe is an actress and model. She has appeared in BBC, ITV and Channel 4 productions, TV adverts, and has modelled for Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood and Armani. She has also presented a weekly show Roulette on Live Roulette each week.

Archie Panjabi (Business Management Studies 1996)
Archie Panjabi is an actress who shot to fame as Pinky in Bend it Like Beckham. She is best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife, earning her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2010). She has also received a number of nominations including two more in the Emmy Awards, plus Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild nominations.

Claire Phillips (Mechanical Engineering 1986)
Claire Phillips is a portrait artist. Her works tell stories about the subjects, encouraging the viewer to consider social and political themes. She is particularly well known for her portraits of people on death row.

Ross Ramgobin (BA Drama and English 2007)
Ross Ramgobin is an operatic baritone who has performed in Carnegie Hall (New York), The Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House (London), Chicago Symphony Hall and the Wigmore Hall (London). To date he has starred in Eugene Onegin, Owen Wingrave, The Magic Flute, and many others. He won the Brunel Alumnus of the Year award in 2012.

Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono (Documentary Practice 2008)
Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono is a Zimbabwean journalist. Hopewell has won numerous awards in journalism and has worked in both print and broadcasting and worked with the BBC World Service as a freelance producer. For his documentary, Pain in my Heart, he won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the Year award, 2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa. In 2008 the Zimbabwean government banned him from covering its disputed election because of his zeal to get to the truth and report it without favour.

Liesel Schwarz
Liesel Schwarz is a published author, whose trilogy ‘The Chronicles of Light and Shadow’ was commissioned and partly written at Brunel. Her work is highly regarded in the genre and she was tipped by The Independent as the next “high priestess of Steampunk”.

Bindya Solanki (Drama and Religious Studies 1995)
Bindya Solanki made her television debut in the ITV children's programme My Parents Are Aliens. She went on to have roles in the BBC drama Sweet Revenge and Sky One's Dream Team in. She is best known for playing the role of Nita Mistry in EastEnders. Bindya also starred in BBC Asian Network’s Silver Street, as Mindy.

Alex Straker (English and Film and Television Studies 2010)
Alex is working on Eastenders and is currently on his second episode.

Cathy Tyson (BA Drama and English 2013)
Cathy Tyson is a stage, film and television actress. Her film debut in ‘Mona Lisa’ in 1986 won her nominations for an Emmy and a BAFTA. She has now founded theatre production company, Pitch Lake Productions.

Lucy Verasamy (Geography and Earth Sciences 2001)
Having completed a work placement at the Sky Weather Centre, Lucy Verasamy became the regular weather presenter on the Sky News breakfast show Sunrise. In 2007 the Sky News website started a feature entitled Climate Clinic - Ask Lucy as part of their Green Britain campaign, where Lucy answered questions put forward by members of the public regarding climate change. She also contributed to Sky News The Weather Girls blog. In 2010 she joined ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak, as a weather forecaster and environment correspondent, and now fronts national ITV Weather forecasts.

Lee Walpole (BA Film and Television Studies 2001)
Lee Walpole is an award-winning Supervising Sound Editor whose work includes ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘The King’s Speech’. He has won an Emmy, a BAFTA, a Satellite and a Golden Reel Award, along with multiple nominations.

John Watts (Psychology 1978)
John Watts is a musician who started the rock band Fischer-Z in 1976 with fellow alumnus, Steve Skolnik while at Brunel. He is now a solo artist.


Royalty and Politics 

Guillaume Bayens, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (MBA 1996)
Prince Guillaume is Heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg. His duties include Honorary Chairman of the Board of Economic Development of Luxembourg since 2001. He was formerly active with the Kraizberg Foundation, a charitable institution for the disabled. Guillaume represented Luxembourg in various celebrations in honour of Danish, Norwegian and Dutch royalty.

John Leech (Politics and Modern History 1994)
John Leech is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He became MP for Manchester Withington in 2005. In the 2005–2010 Parliament he was a member of the Transport Select Committee and was appointed a Shadow Transport Spokesperson in 2006. He was named 'Parliamentarian of the Year for Road Safety' by road safety charity Brake in 2008.

John McDonnell (Economics and Government 1977)
John McDonnell is a Labour Party politician, who has been the MP for Hayes and Harlington since 1997; he serves as Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group, the Labour Representation Committee, and the Public Services Not Private Profit group and is now the shadow chancellor. He is also Parliamentary Convenor of the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group of ten trade unions representing over half a million workers.

Reza Moridi (PhD Physics 1986)
Reza Moridi is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, elected in 2007. He served as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research, Innovation and Science in the government of Kathleen Wynne.

Anastasios Papaligouras (Comparative Law 1975)
Anastasios Papaligouras is a Greek lawyer and New Democracy politician. He was leader of ONNED (the New Democracy youth organisation) from 1976 to 1977. He was elected MP for Korinthia in the general elections of 1981, 1985, 1993, 1996 and 2000 and became Minister for Justice in the new government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis in 2004. In 2008, he became Minister for Mercantile Marine and Island Policy.

Pekka Sauri (PhD Psychology 1993)
Pekka Sauri is a Finnish psychologist and a Green League politician. He is currently the deputy mayor of Helsinki. He became well known in Finland during the late 1990s for hosting a popular radio show Yölinja ("Nightline") in which he tried to help callers with their various personal problems.

Seng Han Thong (MBA 1993)
Seng Han Thong is a Singaporean politician. He is a member of the People's Action Party, and represents the Yio Chu Kang constituency in the Parliament of Singapore. He was first elected to parliament in 1996, representing the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency; he was returned to his seat in 2001, and then in 2006 was elected to represent the Yio Chu Kang Single Member Constituency.

Alec Shelbrooke (Mechanical Engineering 1998)
Alec Shelbrooke is a Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the MP for Elmet and Rothwell, a new constituency created as a result of changes made by the Boundary Commission for England.

Lord Tomlinson (Public and Social Administration 1976)
John Tomlinson is a Labour Co-operative politician. He is a life peer in the House of Lords, and was previously a Member of Parliament from 1974 to 1979, and an Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1984 to 1999.

Shailesh Vara (Law 1984)
Shailesh Vara is a Conservative Party politician. He was elected Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire in 2005 and was reelected in 2010. From Nov 2006 he served as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and then as a Government Whip from 2010-2012.Shailesh held Parliamentary Under Secretary of State roles at the Ministry of Justice from 2013 to 2016, with the Department of Work and Pensions 2015-16 and assumed office as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office in January 2018.

Claire Ward (European Politics 1995)
Claire Ward is a British Labour Party politician. She served as the MP for Watford from 1997 to 2010, and was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice from 2009 to 2010. Since June 2011 she has been executive director of the Independent Pharmacy Federation.



Tony Adams MBE (Sport Sciences 2006)
Tony Adams is a football manager and former Arsenal defender. He is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time by the club's own fans and was included in the Football League 100 Legends. With Arsenal, he won four top flight division titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and three FA Community Shields. When his playing career finished he went into football management, spending periods in charge of Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijan side Gabala.

Tom Aggar (MSc Sport Sciences 2013)
Tom Aggar is a para-rowing single sculler. He is four-time World Champion, he won Paralympic gold in Beijing 2008, and bronze in Rio 2016 before retiring in 2017.

Eni Aluko (LLB Law 2008)
Eni Aluko is an England football forward who plays for Chelsea Ladies. Eni was named Young Player of the Year at the Women’s FA Awards in 2003. She represented Team GB in football in the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the quarter finals. She was part of the national team that won the Cyprus Cup in 2013. She is also a trainee solicitor at Lee and Thomson.

Kevin Bowring (Physical Education 1978)
Wales National Rugby Union coach from 1995-98; RFU Director of Professional Coach Development 2002-16. Wikipedia Information

Ashley Bryant (Sport Sciences 2013)
Ashley Bryant is a British Decathlete who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Mike Coughlan (Mechanical Engineering 1981)
Mike Coughlan is a race car designer. In 2011 he became the Chief Designer for Williams F1, and is now Technical Director there. Previously posts include Chief Designer for the McLaren Formula One team.

James Cracknell OBE (Sport Sciences 1999)
James Cracknell is a rower, double Olympic gold medallist and six-time World Champion. Since retiring from rowing, he has undertaken a range of extreme endurance challenges including rowing the Atlantic and the South Pole Race. He became the fastest Briton to complete the Marathon de Sables in 2012 and has represented Great Britain in triathlon.

Norman Croucher OBE (Education 1965)
Norman Croucher had two below-knee amputations following an accident at age 19. He has since walked Land’s End to John O’Groats twice and climbed more than 100 mountains including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and the 8,201m Cho Oyo. He was the first disabled person appointed to the Sports Council and has been an advocate for disabled sport for much of his life.

Paul Dickenson (Physical Education 1971)
Paul Dickenson is a former British and Commonwealth record holder in the Hammer and represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games. He then became a highly successful broadcaster and a well-known voice in athletics commentary.

Abi Ekoku (Sport Sciences & Geography 1990)
Abi Ekoku is a former Rugby League player and manager, and a former GB athlete. He managed the GB national rugby league team and as CEO at Bradford Bulls, saw his team win the Superleague, Challenge Cup and World Club Championship. He spent six years as a professional rugby league player with Bradford Bulls, Halifax and London Crusaders. Prior to this, he represented Great Britain and England at the Commonwealth Games, European Athletics Championships, and was AAA’s National Champion in the Discus in 1992. He was also UK Champion in the early the early 1990s.

Heather Fell (Physiotherapy 2004)
Heather Fell is an Olympic silver medallist and one of Britain’s top modern pentathletes. Heather has been successful on both the World and European stages and in 2008 picked up her Olympic silver medal at the Beijing games and a gold at the World Cup. She won silver at the 2010 World Championships. She was voted as Brunel’s Alumna of the Year in 2009.

Brett Garrard (Business Studies and Sport Sciences 1999)
Brett Garrard was the captain of Great Britain and England Hockey teams and competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Her retired from international hockey in 2008 and is now Head Coach of Surbiton Ladies, and Hockey Professional at Reed’s School.

Ben Gollings (Sport Sciences 2005)
Ben Gollings is a rugby union player and IRB7s Series all-time top scorer. He has previously played for England Sevens, and most recently Rugby Lions. He is also a coach and commentator.

Roger Hammond (Management and Materials Technology 1996)
Roger Hammond is a cyclist, specialising in cyclo-cross and road cycling. He was the British road champion in 2003 and 2004. He has ridden for Discovery Channel, Team High Road, Cervélo TestTeam and Garmin-Cervélo. He represented Great Britain in the 2005 and 2006 Tour of Britain. In July 2012 Roger was announced as the Team Manager of the Madison Genesis team.

Audley Harrison MBE (Sport Sciences and Leisure Management 1999)
Audley Harrison is a professional British boxer from Harlesden who fights in the heavyweight division. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight division. After his medal win, Harrison was awarded an MBE. He briefly retired in 2013, but rescinded his decision shortly afterwards.

Richard Hill MBE (Geography and Sport Sciences 1995)
Richard Hill is the current England National Rugby Union Team Manager and is a former Rugby Union player. He played flanker for Saracens and England and helped England win the World Cup in 2003, for which he received an MBE.

Lizzy Janes (Physiotherapy 2006)
Lizzy Janes (previously Lizzy Hall) is an international athlete competing as a 3000m cross country runner and steeplechaser. She represented Great Britain at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and competed at the European Athletic Championships twice.

Samual Knight (Aerospace Engineering 2014)
Samual Knight graduated in 2014 with an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Brunel. He has many achievements in rowing and has represented GB and England in international competitions. He has been selected to row for Great Britain three times, and for England twice. These included taking Gold and Bronze in the 2010 Junior European Championships in the Quadruple Scull. In addition, he has seven national championships to his name.

Catherine Murphy (Law 1997)
Catherine Murphy’s international athletics career spanned 13 years (1993-2006) during which time she won six national titles over 200m and 400m. She competed at World and European Championships as well as Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Her best individual achievement was 4th place in the 400m in the World Indoor Championships in 2003 and the highlight of her career was finishing in 4th place in the final of the 4 x 400m relay in the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Abi Oyepitan (Politics and Sociology 2001)
Abi Oyepitan is a sprint athlete. She won the 100m at the 2001 Summer Universiade and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games she took a bronze medal with the 4x100m team. She became one of Britain's best female sprinters and the first British female to reach an Olympic final in a sprint event since Kathy Cook. She won a silver medal for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in the 200m and a gold medal when she anchored the 4x100m relay team to a win.

Alan Pascoe MBE (Physical Education 1971)
Alan Pascoe is a former British hurdler. He won silver at the 1972 Olympic Games in the 4x400m relay, and was 400m hurdles Commonwealth champion in 1974. He was European Champion in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay in 1974.

Agustin Pichot (Business Studies & Sport Sciences 2002)
Agustín Pichot (born 22 August 1974 in Buenos Aires) is a retired Argentine Rugby Union scrum-half, formerly captain of the Argentine team and Bristol Rugby. He also played for French sides Stade Français and Racing Métro after leaving Argentine team CASI from San Isidro in 1997. In 2011, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

Perri Shakes-Drayton (Sport Sciences 2011)
Perri Shakes-Drayton is an athlete specialising in the 400m hurdles. She won double gold in the 2013 European Indoor Championships for 400m and 4x400m. She was also 2012 World Indoor Champion in 4x400m relay and won double bronze at the 2010 European Championships for 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.

Tom Shanklin (Sport Sciences 2004)
Tom Shanklin is a former rugby union player who played outside centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. He is Wales' most-capped centre. He played club rugby for London Welsh and then Saracens, before joining Cardiff Blues in 2003.

Kelly Sotherton (Sport Sciences with Leisure Management 1998)
Kelly Sotherton is a former heptathlete and 400m sprinter. She was the bronze medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics and bronze medallist for the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also won bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, and was the heptathlon gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Iwan Thomas (Leisure Management and Sport Sciences 1995)
Iwan Thomas is a former sprinter who represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in the 400m and Wales at the Commonwealth Games. He is the current UK and Commonwealth record holder at 400m and is a former European and Commonwealth Games Champion.

Kate Richardson - Walsh OBE (Sport Sciences 2003)
Kate Richardson-Walsh is the Great Britain and England Hockey captain and has represented her country more than 290 times. She has played in three Olympic Games (2000, 2008 and 2012), and the World Cup, European Cup, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games and Champions Challenge multiple times. She has led the team to win many medals during her thirteen years as captain, including bronze at the 2012 Olympics, 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games, a silver at the 2012 Champions Trophy and a triumphant Gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She was shortlisted for the World Player of the Year Award in 2003, and awarded GB Hockey’s Athlete of the Year in 2007.She played 375 times for GB and England and captained both the GB & NI and England teams before retiring from international hockey in 2016.She is an ambassador for women’s sport and was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Sport by The Independent in 2015. She received a Brunel Honorary degree in July 2017.

Paul Stimpson (Sport Sciences & Geography 1980)
GB & England Basketball, played over 120 times for GB and England and captained England. Wikipedia Information

Kathy Smallwood-Cook MBE (Sport Sciences & Biology 1981)
13 medals at the Olympics, World, European and Commonwealth Games in Athletics. Wikipedia Information

Peter Terry (Sport Sciences & English, PGCE in Physical Education in 1982)
Sport psychologist to the GB Bobsleigh Gold medal winning team at the Winter Olympics; Professor, University of Southern Queensland.

Greg Whyte OBE (Sport Sciences & Geology, PGCE in Physical Education 1990)
Modern Pentathlon Olympian, won World Championship silver & European bronze medals; Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University. Wikipedia Information

Ron Wilson (Building Technology 1977)
Ron Wilson was the Scotland Rugby Union fly-half from 1976 to 1993. He is now Technical Director at Farr & Roberts building firm in Maidenhead.