Cressida Dick, the Met’s first female Commissioner, has won the prestigious GDST Alumna of the Year Award. Cressida, an Oxford High School alumna, was honoured for her outstanding contribution to policing at the GDST Annual Reception yesterday evening.
Cressida was appointed the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history earlier this year. She joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable in 1983 and was promoted to Chief Inspector within 10 years. Cressida has risen through the ranks to become one of the most respected police leaders of her generation.
The GDST Alumna of the Year Award was launched in 2011 to help recognise the varied achievements of our alumnae. Over 70,000 alumnae and students were encouraged to vote for a winner from a shortlist of high-achieving nominees.
I have very happy memories of my time at Oxford High: it helped me develop a sense of confidence, determination and humility.
Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner
Accepting the award, Cressida said: “I have very happy memories of my time at Oxford High: it helped me develop a sense of confidence, determination and humility. I am very pleased to accept this award.”
Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive, GDST said: “We are delighted to present Cressida Dick with our 2017 Alumna of the Year Award. She is an inspiration to our girls. Cressida has distinguished herself in a challenging field – it’s no wonder that so many alumnae, students, staff and others voted for her. We are so proud that she is a GDST girl.”
Cressida joins an illustrious list of winners of the award including Oscar award-winning costume designer, Jenny Beavan OBE, Head of Research at the The Lily Foundation, Alison Maguire, and Camfed founder Ann Cotton OBE.