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Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles

Many of our alumni go on to pursue careers in management and leadership, becoming CEOs and board members, some are fuelled by the desire to create their own ventures and start their own companies. Here you can read about the progress and stories of some of our alumni.


Graduate Consultant, Circle Health

Peter Bailey studied Management Sciences at Loughborough University, graduating in 2014. During and following his studies, Peter has worked in a variety of different roles. In his profile, he discusses his placement, time at Loughborough, awards and his current role with Circle Health.

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Co-founder and Head of Business Development, ChargedUp

Charlie Baron graduated with a degree in Management Sciences in 2016. Charlie had previously launched a design agency called InDemand Design alongside fellow Loughborough graduate Forrest Skerman-Stevenson, but their latest venture, with graduates from Exeter University, is called ChargedUp - a company specialising in 'green energy' mobile phone battery charging devices found in venues across the city of London.

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Founder, Active Edge Nutrition Limited

Alumnus John studied Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University and graduated in 1991. He began his career in finance with Touche and later forged a successful career as a Leasing and Finance Specialist. Following several periods of gout, John decided to quit his job and embark on entrepreneurship. 

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Composer, Producer and Music Director

Alan studied for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Loughborough University, leaving in 2000. Moving away from his background of Economics and Management, Alan became a full-time composer in 2011, and has achieved numerous number ones in Hong Kong. Here Alan shares some of his highlights of studying at Loughborough and becoming a top composer and producer.

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LOUISE COOKE - Distinguished Alumna (2017)

CEO, Africa, Parmalat

Louise Cooke is a graduate in Management Sciences from 1986. Louise was recognised with a Loughborough University Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions to the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry (FMCG), with a successful career in Marketing and Business Development at Cadbury’s and, currently, as CEO of Parmalat, a dairy company in South Africa. Louise is the first woman in South Africa’s history to lead a dairy company.

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GAY DEUCHAR - Distinguished Alumna (2017)

Managing Director, Retail, Accenture 

Gay Deuchar graduated in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration with a Modern Language. She was recognised with a Loughborough University Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding commitment to coaching and mentoring women in business. Gay spent 20 years as an International Tax Partner for Ernst and Young (EY), responsible for managing EY’s global tax relationships with key FTSE100 clients, and providing strategic advice to Boards. She is currently retired and working as a mentor with the 30% Club Mentoring programme. 

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ANDREW FISHER - Distinguished Alumnus (2014)

CEO, Shazam

Andrew joined Shazam  in 2005 as CEO, and in the last ten years he has transformed the company from a small music start up with global ambitions to a $1billion advertising giant. The London-based company is credited with helping Europe become a leader in audio over the internet and currently handles 10% of all digital music sales worldwide. He was recognised for his outstanding leadership with a Loughborough University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. In his profile, he shares with us the highs of his career, how his experiences at Loughborough helped him get there, and how it feels to have his achievements recognised with an OBE.

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Founder, Jane Fordham Consulting

Alumna Jane Fordham graduated in 1998 with a BA in European Business. In her profile, she discusses her time at Loughborough, her career and setting up her own consultancy.

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Non-Executive Director and Consultant

Martin George graduated with a degree in Management Sciences in 1984. He is currently working as a non-executive director and consultant for a range of companies and well as volunteering within Netball. In his profile, Martin discusses his career and why he chose to study at Loughborough

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Buddhist Fire Chaplain: Fire and Rescue Service

Jacquetta graduated from Loughborough University in 1978 with a Diploma in Library and Information Studies MLS. She has recently been recognised as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain.

Here, she reflects on her time at Lougborough University and discusses what being a Buddhist Fire Chaplain means to her.

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Deputy Managing Director, Group 1 Automotive

Darren Guiver studied Retail Automotive Management at Loughborough, graduating in 2001. He has since worked in high level positions within the automotive industry, and is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Group 1 Automotive. Here Darren shares some elements of his career journey so far.

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Ian graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Information Management and Business Studies in 2012. He is now a Senior Recruitment Consultant and credits Loughborough for his competitive nature.

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Financial Management Programme, GE

Alumnus Michael Hird enjoyed his undergraduate degree at Loughborough so much that he decided to stay for another year to complete a master’s degree in Finance and Investment in 2016. He is now on a graduate program with GE, enjoying learning about various elements of the company across different countries.

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Brand Marketing Manager: Moonpig

Bex graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Retailing, Marketing and Management. She now works at card retailer, Moonpig, where she has managed multi-million pound TV campaigns and enjoys the varied nature of her role.

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Founder, StudentCrowd

Paul graduated from Loughborough in 2010 with a BSc in Management Science. The founder of StudentCrowd, Paul is keen to help students make the right choices about where and what to study and is also keen to offer practical learning opportunities.

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Director, Property Point Inida Pvt Ltd

Sahil graduated in 2008 with a BSc in Accounting And Financial Management, and is now the Director of a family owned property business. Sahil is also Chair the official alumni group in India and enjoys coordinating their activities.

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Partner Strategist, Facebook

Alumnus Sahil graduated from Loughborough in 2018 with a degree in Management Sciences and landed himself a graduate job with Facebook. Here he shares an insight into his Loughborough journey, which has set him on a road to success.

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Head of Region - Northern Ireland, Marks & Spencer

Simon graduated in 2005 with a BSc in Retail Management. Having first worked for Marks & Spencer in his placement year, he now leads over 2000 people as the company's Head of Region in Northern Ireland.

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Auditor, PwC

Shan graduated from Loughborough University with a MSc in Business Analysis & Management in 2016. Following his UK studies, he returned to Beijing and joined PwC as an Auditor. In his profile, he discusses his career journey so far and why he had chosen Loughborough University to help progress his academic career.

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Western European Marketing Supervisor, Oral Care Solutions Division, 3M

Joanne studied Management Sciences at Loughborough University, graduating in 2001. Joanne is working with a group to bring a new community centre to the Shelthorpe area of Loughborough, to provide much needed new resources for local residents. In her profile, she talks about her drive to get involved with the project, challenges, how her degree set her up for volunteering, and working as a Marketing Supervisor.

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Assistant Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University

David graduated from Loughborough University in 2012 with a PhD in Organisational Psychology from the Business School. He has since developed a career in academia and currently works as an Assistant Professor at a University in Taiwan. David has established an official alumni group in Taiwan which provides Loughborough graduates with the opportunity to reconnect.

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Master of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers

Frank studied Economics at Loughborough University, graduating in 1988. Before, during and after his studies, Frank worked within both a fund management and a stockbroking firm. Set on what he wanted to achieve with a strong sense of a future career path, Frank’s work within banking, fund management and stockbroking escalated. Now the Master of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers, Frank shares highlights of his career and some of his experiences.

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Former Retail Director, Debenhams

Alumnus Jim Murphy was awarded an Honorary Degree in Summer 2018. Here you can read his degree oration.

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Senior Policy & Technical Advisor, Transfer Pricing Policy Team, HM Revenue & Customs

George Mylonas studied Finance and Management (MSc) and then Accounting and Finance (PhD) at Loughborough University, graduating in 2018. George now works as an international tax specialist at HRMC, providing specialist advice to HMRC customer compliance teams and international tax training to HMRC staff across all directorates. He also works on transfer pricing cases involving intra-group financial and non-financial transactions. 

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Director and Co-Owner, Creditplus

Paul graduated from Loughborough University in 1984 with a BSc in Economics with Accounting. He joined Creditplus in 2019, following an illustrious career spanning 35 years with the top global accountancy firms. Most recently, he was Global Head of Asset Finance at PwC, and concludes that cars are the most complex and interesting assets he’s financed.

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Senior Strategist, Central Bank of Nigeria

Paul studied for an MSc in Information and Knowledge Management at the University until 2003, followed by a PhD at Loughborough in Civil Engineering. He received his Doctorate in 2007. Paul was shortlisted for a British Council Alumni Award in 2016 for Professional Achievement. Paul works at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) where he has developed a hugely successful knowledge management (KM) strategy for the bank. 

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Co-Founder, London Sock Company

Ryan Palmer studied at Loughborough from 2001-2005. Find out how he became the co-founder of the London Sock Co., read about the celebrities wearing the socks and check out some top business tips.

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Co-Founder, Styliff Tech

Lucas graduated in 2016 with a BSc in International Business. After appearing for the University's tennis team alongside starting a business, he now runs his own technology company with his University friend, Charlie Regis, whilst also being involved with LSU Enterprise.

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PAUL PHILPOTT - Distinguished Alumnus (2014)

President & CEO, Kia Motors UK Ltd

Paul Philpott graduated with a degree in Banking And Finance in 1988. In his profile, he discusses his career in banking and finance and moving into the Motor industry - where he now works as the President and CEO of Kia Motors UK. He was recognised for his extraordinary achievement with a Loughborough University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. 

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Managing Director, Retail, Accenture 

Jill Ross has been recognised for her contribution to the retail consulting industry. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in Retail Management. Jill works as a Managing Director in Accenture’s UK & Ireland Retail Consulting Practice, and has devoted her career to the retail industry. She has more than 20 years of retail experience, working on both the retailer and consulting sides of the business. Jill is also a trustee for Women in Retail and an ambassador for Be Inspired. 

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Canada Goose

Jonathan Sinclair graduated from Loughborough University in Business Administration with French in 1984. Read his profile to discover more about his former role at Jimmy Choo as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and his career so far.

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Founder, Woodeson Executive Coaching

James Woodeson studied for a degree in Banking and Finance at Loughborough, graduating in 2002. Since then, James has enjoyed a career in Banking but is making a change. He will shortly be joining the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. He is also setting up his own Executive Coaching Business and is the Treasurer for European Network on Statelessness – in his profile, we find out about his various roles and some Loughborough anecdotes.

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Lead Consultant, Two Circles

Ben Woods graduated with a degree in Management Sciences in 2009. In his profile, Ben discusses his passion for Sports Marketing alongside his recent work with students at Loughborough University London.

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Global VP Client Partnerships, Teads

Marc Zander graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Business Administration with French in 1990. Marc has since worked for several big brands, delivering marketing and media strategies, and now finds himself working for Teads, a young video advertising business. Read how he discusses his career journey, passion for Hockey and how he plans to take his new role at Teads forwards.

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Director of the Wing Yip Trading Group

Brian Yip graduated with a BSc in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University in 1997.

He was awarded with a Lougborough University Distinguished Alumni award in 2019 for his outstanding achievements in retail, support of education and commitment to inspiring and developing the next generation of leaders in retail

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Chief Banking Officer at Starling Bank

Helen Bierton graduated with a BSc in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University in 1997.

She was awarded with a Lougborough University Distinguished Alumni award in 2019 for her dedication to banking, passion for helping women into business and Olympic achievement.

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Chairman of the Board, PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk

Dr Santoso graduated with a PhD in Economics from Loughborough University in 1999.

He was awarded with a Lougborough University Distinguished Alumni award in 2019 for his career in banking, finance and public service across a series of senior and executive positions.

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