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Alumna of the Year

Recognising the achievements of our amazing alumnae

The GDST Alumna of the Year Award was launched in 2011 to help recognise the many varied achievements of our alumnae. Alumnae and students vote for a winner from a shortlist of nominees. The winner is interviewed for the alumnae magazine, Verve, and is awarded £500 as a donation to a charity of her choice.

The award recognises achievements in these areas:

  • Championing a charitable cause
  • Achieving outstanding academic or professional success
  • Driving environmental or social change
  • Being a pioneer or achieving success in a challenging field
  • Being an inspiration to women or young people

Cressida Dick, 2017 winner

Cressida Dick CBE is the GDST Alumna of the Year 2017. An alumna of Oxford High School, she was was honoured for her outstanding contribution to policing.

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Jenny Beavan, 2016 winner

The winner of the 2016 Alumna of the Year Award was Putney High School alumna, Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan.

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Alison Maguire, 2015 winner

Alison Maguire, Head of Research at The Lily Foundation and alumna of Croydon High School, was our 2015 winner.

Terms & Conditions

Read the full T&Cs for the Alumna of the Year Award.

  • The nominated alumna must be over the age of 18
  • The Award is only open to living alumnae
  • The nominator must have the consent of the alumna being nominated
  • The nominee must agree that if they are successful in being shortlisted they consent to publicity relating to the award
  • The nominee must have attended a current GDST school – a list of current GDST schools can be found here