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NOTABLE ALUMNI

If you’re in need of a little extra inspiration to help you take on tomorrow - take a look at some of the Northumbria graduates who are making an impact on the world.

Bibiana Aido

BA (Hons) International Business Administration, 2000

Bibiana Aido is Spain’s youngest ever Minister appointed to Government at the age of 31. She served as Minister for Equality from 2008 and was awarded a Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Civil Law) from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in 2011.

 Bibiano Aido

Dame Vera Baird DBE, QC

LLB (Hons) Law, 1974

Dame Vera Baird is currently the Police and Crime Commissioner at Northumbria Police. She also serves as an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law at Northumbria University. Dame Vera was previously a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Redcar from 2001 - 2010, UK Government Minister from 2006 - 2010 and the UK Government's Solicitor General for England and Wales from 2007 - 2010. In 2017 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to women and equality.

 Vera Baird

Amanda Berry OBE

HND Business with Graphic Design, 1982

Amanda Berry joined the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in October 1998 as Director of Development and Events and became its Chief Executive in December 2000. She is widely acknowledged to have transformed the fortunes of the Academy in 2001 by bringing the date of its annual Film Awards ceremony ahead of the American Academy’s Oscars - a move that boosted BAFTA’s international profile. She was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Film Industry in 2009. In 2022 Amanda took up the position of CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 Amanda Berry

Tim Brown CBE, Hon DCL

BA (Hons) Design for Industry, 1985

Tim Brown is Chief Executive of IDEO USA, one of the world’s leading design consultancies. Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He also advises senior executives and boards of global Fortune 100 companies and writes for the Harvard Business Review.

 Tim Brown

Naomi Chapelhow

BA (Hons) Politics, 2014

After leaving Northumbria University, Naomi worked for local MP Nigel Evans as a Parliamentary Researcher eventually being promoted to Senior European Security and Defence Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and former Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill. Naomi currently heads up a newly formed Engagement Improvement Team within the Home Office. As head of this team she chairs the Engagement Practitioners Network and leads robust and inclusive policy making.

 Naomi Chapelhow

Steve Cram CBE, Hon DCL

BA Sports Studies, 1983

As an athlete, Steve's career was forged alongside Coe and Ovett to form a period of unprecedented success in British athletics and since retiring has become one of the BBC’s most respected Presenters and Commentators. Steve’s many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships. Following an incredible season in 1983 Steve was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year and in 1986 he was awarded an MBE. At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take a Silver medal in the 1500m behind Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke World records in the 1500m, 2000m and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost 9 years.

 Steve Cram

Lady Edwina Grosvenor

BSc (Hons) Criminology & Sociology, 2004

Lady Grosvenor is a Philanthropist, Prison Reformer and Founder and Trustee of charities ‘The Clink’ and ‘One Small Thing’. She currently sits on the Women’s Advisory Board for Female Offenders and is a trustee of the Centre for Mental Health, establishing trauma informed mental health workshops in women’s prisons. In 2009 Lady Grosvenor founded The Clink, a British charity that identifies the training and support needed for prisoners to find jobs following release. She also is the founder of One Small Thing, a charity that seeks to understand the trauma within the prison system and, in 2017, collaborated with the Rumi Foundation to research women’s prisons around the country.

 Lady Edwina Grosvenor

Sir Jony Ive KBE

BA (Hons) Design for Industry, 1985

Sir Jony Ive KBE is a designer. He joined Apple in 1992 as Chief Design Officer, Jony was responsible for all hardware, user interface and packaging design, as well as the major architectural projects Apple Park and Apple retail stores. He led the design team for more than two decades, creating the iMac, PowerBook, MacBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch, AirPods and HomePod. Co-founder Steve Jobs referred to Jony as his creative partner. He holds more than 14,000 patents worldwide, uniquely spanning both software and hardware design. Jony currently serves as Chancellor of the Royal College of Art and is frequently voted one of Britain’s most culturally influential figures. In 2019, Jony and long-time friend and collaborator Marc Newson gathered the creative collective LoveFrom, which includes Airbnb, Apple and Ferrari amongst its first collaborators.

 Jony Ive

Dr Tshering Lama

PhD Philosophy, 2012

Dr. Tshering Lama is the Executive Chairperson and Co-Founder of Idea Studio Nepal. This is a platform to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to solve social and economic issues faced by the country. He is also the Chief Enabler of LeadxNepal, a company which runs leadership journeys in Nepal and also runs related training, workshop, conferences and support. In 2015, Dr Lama was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He was also awarded with the first ever Lord Glenamara International Scholarship in recognition of his efforts in improving public health and the environment through volunteering initiatives.

 Dr Tshering Lama

Rob Law MBE

BA (Hons) Design for Industry, 2000

Rob Law MBE is the founder and CEO of Trunki the brand behind the much-loved ride-on suitcase for tots. From one of the most famous rejections on BBC Dragons’ Den in 2006, Law has successfully built a team who have pioneered a new retail category of children’s travel products, designing and creating a range of innovative solutions which help families on the go. Since Trunki launched in May 2006, the company has sold over 5 million suitcases in 100+ countries. Rob has just launched his memoire, '65 Roses and a Trunki: Defying the Odds in Life and Business'.

 Rob Law

Stephen Miller MBE, Hon DCL

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems, 2002

Stephen Miller is a professional paralympic athlete, competing primarily in field athletics and the Club Throw. He has represented Great Britain for over 15 years having competed in 5 Paralympic Games, 5 World Championships and 4 European Championships and won 26 international medals. Stephen is a World Record Holder in the Club Throw and is currently in training for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

 Stephen Miller

Victoria Pendleton CBE

BSc Sport & Exercise Science, 2002

Victoria Gardner, better known as Victoria Pendleton, is one of Britain’s most successful female track cyclists and Olympic gold medallists. She represented Great Britain and England in several international competitions, winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint competition between 2005 and 2012. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2009 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 for services to cycling.

 Victoria Pendleton

Ben Ridgway

BSc (Hons) Estate Management, 2008

Ben co-founded the Iamproperty group with fellow graduate, Jamie Cooke. He met Jamie at Northumbria University whilst studying for his degree in Estate Management. After working together at a local property business based in Newcastle, the idea of starting a white label outsourced property auction service was conceived in 2009. Ben has overseen Iamproperty's expansion from a primarily auction focused business into other markets such as conveyancing and compliance. His main role is to explore new opportunities and develop the business' digital strategy.

 Ben Ridgeway

James Rowan

MSc Business Administration (Logistics & Supply Chain Management), 2014

James was appointed CEO at Dyson in 2017, he joined Dyson as Chief Operating Officer and board member in 2012. As COO, Jim managed all aspects of the core RDD and operational functions, ranging from research, supply chain and logistics to planning and manufacturing. In this time, James used his 20 years of experience from managing global operations in Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and Flextronics to lay the foundation for Dyson to future-proof itself. He was appointed CEO of Volvo Cars in March 2022.

 James Rowan

Dr Andrea Siodmok, OBE, Hon DCL, FRSA

BA (Hons) Design for Industry, 1995

Andrea is Chief Impact Officer at the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Founded in 1754 it has a global fellowship of 30,000 change makers. She is also a Trustee of CIPD, the membership body for HR professionals, where she is overseeing the development of the CIPD’s foundation trust, digital and technology programmes. A trained industrial designer and formerly Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council, Andrea is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost design thinkers.

 Andrea Siodmok

Gordon Sumner (Sting) CBE, Hon DMus

Teaching Studies, 1973

Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six GRAMMY Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 11 GRAMMY Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. In 2003, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

 Sting 

Cally Taylor

MSc Psychology, 1995

Cally Taylor is an award winning, Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold nearly two million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. Cally lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

 Cally Taylor

Louise Trotter, Hon DCL

BA (Hons) Fashion, 1991

Sunderland-born Louise has held leadership roles at the likes of Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Jigsaw, Calvin Klein and Joseph, and is more recently working as Creative Director at Lacoste.

 Louise Trotter

Professor Christopher Whitty KCB, FMedSci, Hon DSc

LLM Medical Law, 2005

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. He also Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He represents the UK on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Professor Whitty is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

 Chris Witty

Mark Wild

BSc (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering, 1987

Mark has had more than 30 years leading complex and critical infrastructure. A chartered electrical engineer he started his career in the electricity sector, but the majority of his experience has been in transportation. He has had a long career in operating and building major transportation infrastructure. He is the former Managing Director of Westinghouse Signals and was the CEO of Public Transport Victoria. Mark has also been the Managing Director of London Underground. In December 2018 he was appointed CEO of Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Mark Wild 

Stewart Wingate

BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering, 1994

Stewart became the Chief Executive Officer at Gatwick Airport in December 2009. He began his career at Black and Decker, where he worked for 15 years as an Electrical Engineer, before transferring to airport management. Before joining Gatwick, he was the CEO of Budapest Airport and the Managing Director of London Stansted Airport.

 Stewart Wingate

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