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Notable alumnae

Discover former pupils of GDST schools who have excelled in so many fields

Academia and education

Professor Mary Beard
  • Professor Alyson Bailes (Belvedere) - Visiting Professor on International Affairs at the University of Iceland
  • Professor Mary Beard (Shrewsbury) - Professor of Classics at Cambridge, and Fellow of Newnham College
  • Anne Lonsdale CBE (Heathfield) - Former President of New Hall College, Cambridge
  • Professor Shirley Pearce (Norwich) - Vice Chancellor; Loughborough University
  • Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern (Bromley) - Former Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge, Former Mistress of Girton College


Harriet Evans
  • Enid Blyton (Ipswich) - Children's author (d.1968)
  • Dame AS Byatt (Sheffield) - Author; winner of the Man Booker Prize
  • Harriet Evans (Notting Hill & Ealing) - Author of several best-selling novels
  • Anne Fine OBE (Northampton) - Children's author and former Children's Laureate
  • Sophie Kinsella (Putney) - Best-selling author
  • Fay Weldon CBE (South Hampstead) - Author and Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University


  • Emma Bridgewater (Oxford) - Pottery designer – renowned for polka dot designed pottery ware and accessories
  • Mary Chapman (Sutton) - Former Director General of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Baroness Janet Cohen of Pimlico (South Hampstead) - Former Chairman of BPP Holdings
  • Karen Easton (Sutton) - Co-founder of Café Rouge restaurant chain
  • Penny Hughes (Birkenhead) - Former Head of Coca Cola UK; Trustee of the British Museum; President of the Advertising Association
  • Beverly Hodson (Blackheath) - Former Managing Director of WH Smith
  • Clare and Rebecca Hopkins (Sheffield) - Founders of Balance Me beauty brand, Alumna of the Year nominees 

Broadcasting, media and journalism

  • Samira Ahmed (Wimbledon) - Broadcaster and journalist
  • Josie Delap (Blackheath) - Political journalist
  • Konnie Huq (Notting Hill & Ealing) - Former Blue Peter presenter
  • Becky Mantin (Norwich) - ITV weather reporter
  • Caroline Raphael (Putney) - Commissioning Editor, Radio 4
  • Susanna Reid (Croydon) - News presenter and journalist
  • Kate Riley (Ipswich) - CNN Anchor
  • Miriam Stoppard OBE (Central Newcastle) - Doctor, author of the Children's Medical Handbook, television presenter and agony aunt
  • Charlene White (Blackheath) - News presenter and journalist

Film, TV and theatre

  • Jenny Beavan (Putney) - Oscar-winning costume designer; credits include The King's Speech and Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mary Berry CBE (Royal High, Bath) - Chef; writer and journalist
  • Olivia Colman (Norwich) - Actress
  • Mel Giedroyc (Oxford) - Comedian and presenter
  • Pippa Harris (Oxford) - Film Producer, Neal Street Productions; production credits include Starter for Ten, Jarhead, and Revolutionary Road
  • Bettany Hughes (Notting Hill & Ealing) - Historian and broadcaster – TV work includes well-known series such as Seven Ages of Britain, The Spartans and Helen of Troy
  • Sandy Powell OBE (Sydenham) - Costume designer; won Oscars in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love, 2005 for The Aviator, and in 2010 for The Young Victoria
  • Indhu Rubasingham (Nottingham) - Artistic director, Tricycle Theatre
  • Rosemary Squire OBE (Nottingham) - Co-Founder and Joint Chief Executive of Ambassador Theatre Group and Alumna of the Year nominee
  • June Whitfield CBE (Streatham & Clapham) - Actress; best known for roles in Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous


Sandie Okoro
  • Dame Margaret Booth (Northwood) - retired judge, only the third woman appointed as a High Court judge
  • Judge Frances Kirkham (Heathfield) - Senior Circuit Judge; founder member of the UK Association of Women Judges
  • Cathryn McGahey (Howell's) - Barrister, Junior Counsel for the Bloody Sunday Enquiry
  • Sandie Okoro (Putney) - Global General Counsel, Barings Bank

Non-profit & charity

  • Dr Mary Baker MBE (Bromley) - Former CEO of Parkinson’s Disease Society and President of European Federation of Neurological Associations
  • Ann Cotton OBE (Howell's) - Founder and President Camfed, Alumna of the Year 2014
  • Claire Hicks MBE (Brighton and Hove) - Director of Impact Foundation, awarded MBE for services to International Development
  • Dianne Jeffrey CBE (Sheffield) - Chairman Age UK, Alumna of the Year nominee
  • Dame Mary Marsh (Birkenhead) - Former CEO of NSPCC, independent non-executive Director of HSBC Bank plc

Public service

Alice Walpole
  • Margaret Bryan (Croydon) - British diplomat – first ambassador to Panama
  • Suella Fernandes (Heathfield) - Conservative MP for Fareham
  • Meg Hillier (Portsmouth) - Labour MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch and Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
  • Rt Hon Margaret Hodge (Bromley) - Labour MP for Barking & Dagenham
  • Rupa Huq (Notting Hill & Ealing) - Labour MP for Ealing Central & Acton
  • Baroness Jay of Paddington (Blackheath) - Former journalist and Life Peer
  • Baroness Manningham-Buller (Northampton) - Former Director General of MI5 and Life Peer
  • Esther McVey (Belvedere) - Conservative MP for Tatton
  • Dame Stella Rimington (Nottingham) - First female Director General of MI5
  • Alice Walpole (Norwich) - UK Ambassador to Luxembourg and former HM Consul-General in Basra, Iraq
  • Rev Canon Alison White (Notting Hill & Ealing) - Anglican Bishop of Hull

Science, maths and medicine

Professor Alison Bruce
  • Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (Oxford) - Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London
  • Professor Alison Bruce (Newcastle) - Professor of Physics at the University of Brighton
  • Dr Jane Collins (Portsmouth) - Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • Professor Baroness Ilora Finlay (Wimbledon) - First consultant in palliative medicine in Wales and President of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Dr Patricia Hamilton CBE (Croydon) - Director of Medical Education England
  • Professor Alison Hodge (Sydenham) - Associate Dean, Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University
  • Dame Frances Kirwan (Oxford) - Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford
  • Dr Miriam Stoppard (Newcastle) - author and presenter


  • Claire Bennet (Sydenham) - Fencer, winner of GDST Alumna of the Year Award 2012
  • Sam Davies (Portsmouth) - Yachtswoman (4th in 2009 Vendée Globe)
  • Sam Eve (Ipswich) - Member of the first all-female team to complete the polar challenge
  • Sophie Hemming (Norwich) - former rugby player; a member of the England team that won the 2014 World Cup
  • Sheila Lerwill (Streatham & Clapham)  - held women's high jump record for three years, silver medal at 1952 Helsinki Olympics
  • Hannah Mills (Howell's) - Olympic gold medallist in sailing at Rio 2016 and Olympic silver medallist in sailing at London 2012
  • Karen Pickering MBE (Brighton and Hove) - Swimmer; Commonwealth gold medallist; Chair of the British Athletes Commission