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Jean Cooke (Westfield, Botany/Zoology) “Now 94, reasonably well, caring for my 98-year-old sister. Still driving and able to enjoy local activities, church in particular.”  


Dr Robert Wilfrid Cooke (QMC, Civil Engineering) spends his free time paining with watercolour and exhibiting his work, supporting local art groups, NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts) and history societies; as well as gardening.  


Harry Hopkins
(QMC, BSc Special Mathematics) visited the Mile End campus in April 2015 - his first visit back more than half a century after graduation. Read his memories here [PDF 312KB]


Ian Ferguson
(QMC, Geography), at the age of 83, is fulfilling some wishes he generated during his Geography degree days under Dr Crowe and Alice Mutton. In 2013, he finally got to walk on the Burren, the iconic limestone bloc in Ireland, and sailed the full length of the Norwegian fjords. He remains in good health and has more travel plans in mind.

Dr Kenneth Robert Lown (QMC Chemistry, Physics and Biology, 1947; Medicine, The London, 1952) “One of my appointments when I was in general practice was medical officer to the Royal British Legion care home in which I now reside.”


Dr Joan Alcock (Westfield, History) published a book entitled Congleton Through Time early last year. The book talks about Congleton, an ancient borough whose history goes back to the Neolithic times.


Dr David Barnardo OBE BSc MD FRCP
(Medicine 1956) came to QMUL in 1956 en route to study Medicine at The London Hospital, as it was then called. He went on to a career in Hospital Medicine, as a Gastroenterologist. In 2008 he was awarded an OBE for services to disadvantaged children and their families. This was for many years of support for one of the UK’s most famous children’s charities, Barnardo’s, founded by his great, great uncle, Dr Thomas Barnardo, in the 1860s. He, too, had been a student at The London.  Alongside a career in Medicine, David Barnardo has had a life-long association with the charity, as fundraiser, Trustee and then Board Chair. He retired from this post in 2006, but remains one of the Vice Presidents of the organisation, which, today, through a range of services, campaigning and research, attempts to help the most vulnerable children and young people across the UK, changing their lives for the better.

Prudence Wormell (née Badcock)
(Westfield, Mathematics): "Since retiring from Imperial College in 2000, I was engaged in work with ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) in developing the international standard for electronic transfer of optical data. I have four delightful and clever granddaughters."

David Yates MBE
(QMC, Mechanical Engineering), a retired engineer and school volunteer, has been awarded an MBE for services to education in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours. After studying at Queen Mary in the 1950s, Mr Yates went on to become chief engineer at Allen Gears, Pershore. Upon retirement in 1996, he helped launch an after-school class in some 150 schools, aimed at “inspiring engineers of the future”.


Reverend Canon (James) Howard Bateson
(QMC, Geology), although officially retired, is still very active in parish church work, particularly in the West Bingham Deanery and also more widely in the Diocese. He has been a Member of the Society of Ordained Scientists since the late 1980s.

Valmai Holt (QMC, French) and her husband Major Holt have recently been awarded the WWI Centenary Medal for their contribution to 'Remembrance Tourism' and dissemination of knowledge of the First World War. The award was one of only six medals presented by the Conseil General de le Somme in Amiens, France, in January 2014. Tonie and Valmai are leading battlefield guide experts and well known authors in the field of military history and literature, having spent over thirty-five years researching and leading tours to battlefields and writing books about them. They have located, described and recorded some 1,000 memorials to our fighting services in mainland Europe and through their books have made the battlefields accessible to the general public.


John Robert Love OBE (QMC, English) was awarded an OBE in the Queens' New Year's Honours in 1998, for Services to Education-Business Links in Wales during his 10 years with the Welsh Office after being 'head-hunted' from his position as Head teacher of Newport Duffryn Comprehensive School.


Virginia Mary Patterson (née Thorp)
(Westfield, French and Spanish): “I have been retired from working in North Argentina since November 2002. My husband and I are still very involved in our church in Woodley, near Reading, and we have 10 grandchildren, so we are busy!”

Professor John Hedley-Whyte
(Barts, Medicine) is honoured that The John Hedley-Whyte Professorship in Anaesthesia and Neuroscience has been established at Harvard University with funds donated by his trainees. Married for 50 years, John and Tessa, Professor of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, lived in the 1950s in College Hall. Both continue to work full-time on the Harvard Faculty, John as David S Sheridan Professor of Anaesthesia and Respiratory Therapy. John was at Barts from 1955 to 1960: he was House Surgeon to Sir Clifford Naunton Morgan and House Physician to Dr Neville C Oswald. He graduated MB in 1958 and MD in 1972 from Cambridge.


Dr Jack S. Cohen
(QMC, Chemistry). Attended Cambridge University (St. Catharine's College) to obtain PhD in Chemistry with Lord Todd, specializing in nucleic acid chemistry (1961-64). Had a NATO Fellowship to the Weizmann Inst., Rehovot, Israel (1964-66) and then went to Harvard Medical School (1966-67).  Moved to Merck Research Labs., NJ (1967-69), and then joined the NIH in 1970 and remained through various positions until 1990, finishing as Section Head in NCI. Moved to Georgetown University Medical School, Washington DC, as Full Professor in Dept. of Pharmacology (1990-96).  Was Chief Scientist of the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, (1996-2001) and then Visiting Professor at the Pharmacology Dept., Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2001-2006).  During retirement has self-published five books: Amanuensis (2009); Discovering America (2009); Trove (2009); Confessions of a Jewish Activist (2010) and Antisense: a story of discovery and intrigue in science (2014), all available on He also paints and is currently having a show at the English-speaking club in Jerusalem.  

Professor David J Galton
(Barts, Medicine) has written Man of Science, Man of God, Gregor Mendel – discovering the gene – for his 150th anniversary (Timaeus Press at Wolfson, 2015). Any reviews would be welcome; please send them to to be forwarded to Professor Galton.


Dr Rodney Pell (Barts, Medicine) attended The Royal London Hospital, Barts and Guys before becoming a senior Orthopaedic Surgeon and later on, an international injury litigation Expert Witness. Having been retired for the past 8 years, he re-invented himself and was elected an Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He now advises on issues relating to Historic Vessels of National significance. His advice for current students and young graduates is: “Be yourself and remember all your mentors, professors, presidents, kings and queens were your age once. Just follow your ambition, don't let anything stand in your way or prevent you from gaining and honing your knowledge.  Remember that being at a University is a privilege.  It is a place where you meet likeminded people, where you can learn and expand your mind and that the degree awarded is no more than a formal document that may bear little relationship to what you eventually achieve.”

Peter Roeder (QMC, English Language and Literature) came to Queen Mary College in 1960 to spend an academic year here, after studying both English and French Language and Literature at Erlangen University in Germany. He also spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to Erlangen. After teaching English and French at a Bavarian Grammar School for two years, Peter was employed by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Erlangen University, where he taught French and (ten years later) Spanish philology and linguistics. Since retiring in 2000, Peter spends most of his free time travelling in France and Spain. However, in the autumn of 2013, after an absence of 53 years, he returned to London and to Queen Mary. He was delighted to find his late teacher's, Jacob Isaacs' work in the library's archive, whose presentation of social criticism in English novels of the 19th and 20th centuries had deeply impressed him.


Terry Browitt
(QMC Physics) has lived in Canada since he graduated. During that time he has been involved in the Plastics Industry both in North America and around the world. On March 22, 2015 The Plastics Academy will induct Terry Browitt into the Plastics Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed in the plastics industry. The Plastics Academy, under the auspices of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, is tasked with collecting and screening nominations for new members. Established in 1972, the Hall of Fame resides at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and stands as a tribute to the men and women who through dedication and perseverance have significantly contributed to the development and growth of the plastics industry over the past century. Terry Browitt, Director and Founder of Terinex International, Inc., who served as the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) president in 2001, only the second Canadian to do so after Ralph Noble in 1970. Browitt was nominated by his son and business partner Paul Browitt for 1) “his more than 50 years of service to the plastics industry; 2) his service to and continued involvement with SPE; 3) his service on the board of directors of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) from 2000-2009 and 4) several other achievements and research and development contributions to the plastics industry.”

Alexander (Sandy) Holt-Wilson OBE
(Barts, Medicine) received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2013, for Ophthalmology services to people in Ethiopia. On retiring, Sandy, who worked in Gondar for five months, has set up a charity, Gondar Ethiopia Eye Surgery, which trains nurses to be Cataract Surgeons, and caters for blind children in the region.


Barry Evans
(QMC, Civil Engineering) spent February-March 2014 in Bangladesh, as a volunteer for Save the Children. His assignment to create a heavily illustrated booklet to showcase one of the NGO’s many projects took him deep into rural Bangladesh, where he interviewed dozens of beneficiaries while shooting about a thousand photographs. Although he was there mainly as a writer, photographer and graphic designer, he says his engineering background was invaluable in understanding the small-scale, low-tech, improvement schemes. “On a budget of around $10 million per year, the project is assisting a million people achieve better lives,” he says.

Dr Michael Hersant MBE
(The London, Medicine) was made an MBE in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the community in Penzance, Cornwall.

Dr Richard Wilson MBE (Barts, Medicine): Consultant paediatrician in Kingston, Richmond and Charing Cross hospitals. He has also worked in several charities including the National Association for the Welfar of Children in Hospitals (NAWCH), SCOPE and, in particular, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death to initiate the 'Reduce the Risk' campaign which cut cot deaths,  and to provide bereavement care for parents and children with SANDS, C.B.T. He currently works with Jigsaw (South East) and in chairing the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's 2002 Report on Fabricated or Induced Illness. He was awarded the MBE in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours. When not spending time with his 9 grandchildren, he still paints.


Dr Graham Keeler
(QMC, Physics; PhD 1969), following a 40 year career as a Physics Lecturer at Salford University, recently retired alumni member Graham Keeler has launched into a new career and published his first science fiction novel, Stowaway to the Stars. As well as being an avid science fiction reader, he has always been fascinated by astrophysics and space travel, and applied to be a British candidate for the first American Spacelab mission. He has written, co-authored and edited seven books on various aspects of microcomputers and the development of physics software simulations. Read more on:

Mair Zamir (Aeronautical Engineering, 1965; PhD, 1968), Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics and of Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, has dedicated his latest book, Hemo-Dynamics: Springer 2016, to his former mentor, Professor RD Milne, then Reader in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at QMUL and who passed away in 2014. The recently published book follows Professor Zamir's journey from aeronautical engineering via fluid dynamics to a new vision of blood flow which is steeped in mathematics and physics. This story is intertwined with the book's dedication as Professor Milne played an important role in Professor Zamir’s basic training in the mathematics and physics of fluid dynamics.


Jerry Gilmore
(Barts, Medicine) worked as a Consultant General Surgeon at Barts and was President of the Rugby Club from 1976-91. On resigning from the NHS, he worked full-time in a private practice until 2010. He is now Director of 108 Medical Chambers, and lives in London and Hampshire. He was very happy to witness the success of Barts and The London RFC in winning two very exciting UH Cup Finals in succession (2012 and 2013), and he is also happy because after 42 years of fees, his ninth and youngest child leaves school this year. 

Dr Christine Merritt (BSc Zoology) spent nearly 2 years in China teaching parasitology at a medical school to international students - the first westerner ever to teach at a medical school in mainland China. She has also written a travel memoir about the experience - "Once Upon A Time in China: Worms, Cha and a Harmonious Society" - rated by Amazon as the “Number 1 best new book on China”. In Dec 2015 she published "Panda Bears and the Moon Goddess: Myths and Legends of China."


Sir Marcus Setchell CVO FRCS
(Barts, Medicine), Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and head of the medical team who delivered the Royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis, on 22 July 2013, was named most influential Londoner in the Evening Standard's 'The Power 1000' list of 2013, because of his impact on tourism and the future of the monarchy. He was also made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year's Honours list in January 2014.

Dr (The Lady) Susan Dale Tunnicliffe (Westfield, Zoology, 1967) has been awarded the Faraday Award for Science Communication by the National Science Teachers Association in the USA. She is the first non-American to receive the award which will be presented to her at the annual conference in Nashville on 4 April. Dr Dale Tunnicliffe, who is Reader in Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, recently travelled to Bangladesh where the women of Streepur Village produced a video about her. She is also Chair of The Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology & Mathematics Educators (CASTME), a Commonwealth NGO.


Dr Peter Harris
(The London, Medicine) is now acting as Chief Medical Officer for NeRRe Therapeutics, a spin-out in cancer supportive care.

Dr Roy Palmer (The London, Medicine) has been a coroner in London in the last 15 years. In August 2015 he was elected Master of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of the City of London.   


Dame Colette Bowe
(QMC, Economics; PhD, 1978), Chair of Ofcom, was appointed a DBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to media and communications. She began her career at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1975, subsequently moving to the Independent Broadcasting Authority and to a range of City bodies before becoming founding chair of Ofcom's Consumer Panel. Dame Colette was Queen Mary's Chair of College Council from 2004-09.

Professor David Elliott (QMC, Economics; MSc Economics, 1972) has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Dickson Poon School of Law, at King's College London. He started his career as an Economist in the Board of Trade in 1969, before subsequently joining the Office of Fair Trading and then the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. He was the Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading from 1988 to 1996 after which he joined Coopers & Lybrand and then PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following retirement from PwC, he has taught at King's College.

Dr Barrie Lawrence (q BDS, The London) has written A Dentist's Story (Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd, 2014) about his student days at The London and some of the rather unusual experiences he encountered in practice over the years. His new book, Patients from Heaven and Other Places, was published in April 2015. Both books are available from Amazon. Visit

Dr Graham Whitfield (QMC, PhD Organic Chemistry) has been in medical practice in the speciality of Orthopaedic Surgery for 32 years, and he is still going strong. After graduating from Queen Mary in 1969, he moved to the United States and later became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. He left Temple in 1973 and enrolled in a medical school in New York City. After he finished his residency training in the speciality of Orthopaedic Surgery, he moved to Florida and entered private practice. He also holds a position of Assistant Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at the medical school associated with Nova-Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.


Dr Barrie Lawrence (Dentistry, The London) has published his third book, Patients from Heaven and Other Places in March 2015. The following is a brief description of the book: 

"Baron Goldfinger seemed to have stepped straight off the James Bond movie set, Tad the Pole caused the nurses to swoon, while Misty, the flirtatious American lady, suddenly vanished – probably murdered, said the police. These and dozens of other colourful characters walk across the pages of Barrie Lawrence's latest book. During nearly forty years of practice in dental surgery, a wealth of fascinating personalities passed through his surgery. Some were from heaven - and some were from other places! Laugh, smile, gasp, cry, and simply be inspired as you read through these engaging stories from real life."


John Bertram Hearn (QMC, Geography) teaches undergraduates economics and finance modules and postgraduate workshops, and has also written A level economics books and undergraduate economics books, as well as guest lecturing.

Professor Norman Williams (The London, Medicine): Received a knighthood for services to surgery in the 2015 New Year Honours. A Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Professor of Surgery and Director of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Williams is a former President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  


Geoffrey Connolly (QMC, Law), competed his Articles of Clerkship but joined the RAF in 1974. He was an operational helicopter pilot and instructor before attending and graduating from the Empire Test Pilots’ School in 1986, working as a military test pilot at Boscombe Down until finishing his 16-year RAF career. From the end of 1990 he continued flying in civil aviation, and is still an active test pilot and pilot flight examiner, as well as working regularly in Canada as a test pilot tutor. He has an active portfolio of aviation Expert Witness cases. For more information, please see  

Dr Andrew Mason (Barts, Medicine): Recently retired following 40 years of saving lives as a volunteer with Suffolk Accident Rescue Service. In an interview with his local paper on the eve of his last shift, it was revealed that he had been on-call 365 days a year since 1974 and has attended more than 2,000 incidents – all on an unpaid basis. His career also seen him work in occupational health, as senior racecourse medical officer at Newmarket, as a doctor at an upmarket health farm, and as an Elvis tribute act. As a medical student, he helped the Barts rugby team win the United Hospitals Challenge Cup for the first time in 30 years. 

Neil Taylor (QMC, Mechanical Engineering): "After a varied career as Industrial Designer and Mechanical Design Engineer in the UK and USA, I am now the owner, with my wife, of a splendid B&B in sunny Torquay, the heart of the English Riviera in Devon. A warm welcome awaits alumni of Queen Mary when they visit this beautiful part of the world. Guests can find more information on our website and our


Philip Page
(QMC, Geography; MPhil Geography, 1974) resigned from Natural England in 2007 to start his own business and is very pleased to be his own boss. He is running a B&B with his wife and is a Trustee of the Dartmoor Preservation Association.

Malcolm Rawlingson (QMC, Nuclear Engineering) is enjoying post retirement work as fire protection consultant to the nuclear power industry. Malcolm and Pamela emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1982 to pursue a career in the Canadian CANDU nuclear power industry with Ontario Hydro (now Ontario Power Generation). Having retired from full time work in 2008, Malcolm enjoys operating his own fire protection consultancy and training younger engineers for the next generation of nuclear power plants. Always grateful for the wonderful start in life and top quality education that QMC provided and to all the staff and Professors in the Nuclear Engineering Department.


Robin Callender Smith
(QMC, Law; LLM Computer Communications Law, 2010) has worked as a barrister for over 35 years, specialising in media law. He has served three-year periods as an elected member of the Bar Council and Gray's Inn Barristers' Committee. He has two part-time judicial appointments: Information Rights Judge and Immigration Judge, and is Chairman of the Independent Appeals Body for PhonepayPlus; as well as Vice President of London Youth, London's largest youth charity.

Dr Katherine Venables  (Barts, Medicine) edited the book Current Topics in Occupational  Epidemiology (OUP, 21013), which provides topic specific chapters on contemporary issues and emerging themes in the field, discussing 'new' occupational diseases such as pneumonia in welders, as well as 'older' diseases including morbidity and mortality among miners. Leading international experts in the field cover issues such as the ageing workforce; return to work after illness and the migration of workers, as well the extension of epidemiology to surveillance systems, systematic reviews, and economic analyses.


Dr Bryan Cunningham
(QMC, Geography with History) The book he edited Professional life in modern British education with foreword by Sir Peter Scott, was published in September 2014.

Dr Martin Jonathon Gillings (Cambridge/Barts, Medicine) had moved to Bath early last year to be nearer to his son and two grandchildren in Bristol. He also has a daughter and grandson in Bergen, Norway.

Dr Jubin Motamed (QMC, Civil Engineering): “I am mentoring Civil Engineering graduates who wish to gain chartered construction manager (MCIOB) status at the Working Men’s College in Camden, London.

Professor Michael Harmer CBE
(Barts, Medicine) was Chair of Anaesthetics  in Cardiff,  before being appointed  Deputy Chief  Medical Officer for Wales and  Medical Director of NHS Wales until 2008. He has recently retired as Chair of the Welsh  Health Specialised Services Committee and is Chair of the National Clinical  Forum advising on the restructuring of the health service in Wales. Professor Harmer was appointed a CBE for services to healthcare, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2013.

Dr James Tate (QMC, Physics; PhD, 1978) received the Royal Warrant Holder Association’s 2014 Plowden Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of conservation and his unwavering passion for the application of science in promoting the understanding of artefacts. The gold medal is presented annually to the individual who has made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession.  Dr Tate obtained a first class degree in Physics from QMC in 1974 and a PhD in Experimental Solid State Physics in 1978.

Professor Tejinder Virdee (QMC, Physics) received an Honorary degree at the summer graduation ceremonies in July 2013. Professor Virdee, who was made a Doctor of Science (honoris causa), is Professor of Physics at Imperial College and has worked at the European particle physics laboratory CERN since 1979. Notably one of the key scientists behind the discovery of the Higgs boson, Professor Virdee is best known as one of the two founding fathers of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector and who provided pioneering ideas and led the teams that designed, constructed and commissioned CMS, over the course of nearly 20 years. CMS, together with ATLAS, jointly lead the search for new fundamental particles. The CMS experiment now comprises over 3,000 scientists and engineers from over 180 institutes in around 40 countries.


Professor Andrew Proctor
(QMC, Biology and Chemistry) was recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006. He was elected to the American Oil Chemists Governing Board in 2007 and was promoted to University Professor in 2013.

Dr Tim Robson OBE (The London, Medicine): received and OBE for services to the homeless in Hertfordshire in the 2015 New Year Honours list. He established a specialist primary care service for homeless people in Watford and supports moves to develop Royal College recongition of homeless healthcare as a medical subspeciality. 


Dr Brian Doyle (QMC, Law; LLM, 1978): "I am a former academic (Professor of Law, University of Liverpool, 1995-2000). I am now a judge and I was recently appointed as President of the Employment Tribunals (England & Wales) as of 1 April 2014."


Michael Irwin
(QMC, Electronic Engineering), after graduating in 1978, was recruited by a software consulting firm. He spent three years working for the Royal Navy before moving to Germany to work for ESA. Up until 1993, Michael worked in several other countries in Europe before moving to the United States, where he now lives, working as a software developer, business analyst and DBA for an internet marketing and sales company in Philadelphia.

Professor David Newman OBE (QMC, Geography), Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and  Professor of Politics and Government at the Ben Gurion University in Israel, was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2013. He received the honour for services to higher education and the humanities and for promoting academic links between the UK and Israel.


Martin Roberts
(QMC, Geology) retired from Shell in 2010 and is now assisting with the ‘Geoscience’ and ‘Oil and Gas Management’ course delivery at Aberdeen University.

Anne Smith (née Wiggins)
(QMC, Environmental Biology and Zoology) worked in research in the field of Human Genetics in universities in the UK and USA for over 20 years. In 2002 she changed careers and is now Director of Touchstone Coaching, a company she set up to develop leadership and communication skills. Anne works one-to-one with clients for both business and personal coaching and combines the tools of coaching, NLP, ENLP and Intuition Development in workshops to create high performing teams and quality leaders.


Dr Pushpa Lata (PhD Studies on Genus Rosa): "I have retired from my full time job in 2007. I work as a volunteer for an organisation one day a week. I also work on adhoc basis for North East London NHS, mental services."


David Frusher
(Westfield, Environmental Science) had a brief dalliance in City recruitment post-Westfield. He bought a furniture manufacturing business which he ran for 20 years - he still owns it but now farms, plants and manages forestry which he says is "very hands on!"


Professor Mark Caulfield
(The London, Medicine), Director of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been named as Chief Scientist for Genomics England. The not-for-profit company, which is based at Queen Mary's Charterhouse Square campus, was launched by the Department of Health to drive forward the introduction of high-tech DNA mapping. The genomes of 100,000 patients or infections in patients will be sequenced over the next five years to improve understanding, leading to better and earlier diagnosis and personalised care. The project will initially prioritise the sequencing of lung and paediatric cancer, rare diseases and infectious diseases.


Miles Herz
(QMC, German with Mathematics): “I still use languages in my role as a finance director. I would happily speak to languages students about my career.”

Professor Barry Wright
(Barts, Medicine) currently works in York as a child psychiatrist, and also leads the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. He runs the mental health curriculum at Hull York Medical School. In common with most Barts people he still has plenty of extra-curricular things going on. He is happily married with Barts nurse Julia; they have four grown-up children who are doing very different and interesting things with their lives.


Dan Ameyo
(QMC, LLM Law), in February 2014, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors at Mumias Sugar Company, the largest sugar manufacturing plant in East Africa. He also serves as the Chairman of Equatorial Commercial Bank Limited.

Rosalind Brown (née Pereira) (QMC, Computer Systems and Micro-electronics), after working for Rolls-Royce for around five years and marrying Duncan Brown (also a QMC graduate) in 1990, left the company to have their first child. She later restarted work as a teaching assistant at their children's school. In 2013 she started her own business (RealiTy) and is currently teaching computing in four primary schools in line with the new government computing curriculum,using many of the skills she acquired during her degree.


David Blatner
(QMC, Associate) came to Queen Mary as a Study Abroad student, on a one year programme from Pomona College in Claremont, California. He later wrote The Joy of Pi about the lore and lure of the number pi. His newest book is Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity. David now lives near Seattle in Washington and hopes to return to London for a holiday before too long. He recalls that he enjoyed his time at Queen Mary and that he would like to get in touch with old friends.

Duncan Brown (QMC, Computer Systems and Micro-electronics) after graduating, worked at British Aerospace's Military Aircraft Division in Warton. Following that, he joined Rolls-Royce as a software engineer and is now the Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellow in Safety Critical Software. Throughout his career he has used the knowledge he gained during his degree extensively.

Petronella Lockhart (née Saville) (English) is now living in Zurich, Switzerland and is working for luxury retailer, Swarowski.

Graham Vingoe (QMC, Geography) got married in 1999 and has two kids, two dogs and a cat. He has been living in North Devon since 2002 and works for the local College, Petroc, as a bid writer with special expertise in European funding streams such as the Lifelong Learning Programme.


Dr Andrew Goh
(MSc Information Technology), upon completing his PhD degree at Birkbeck College (University of London), pursues an academic career in business. He is actively engaged as a consultant, seminar speaker and workshop leader by clients from the Asia Pacific region. As the founding Editor of the International Journal of Applied Knowledge Management which took one of the tops spots in a global ranking of academic journals, Andrew also sits on the editorial advisory and review boards of several international journals and serves as book editor of the International Journal of Knowledge & Learning (Inderscience Publishers) and a consulting editor of the Australian Journal of Information Systems (AJET Publications). He has also contributed numerous professional publications including peer-reviewed and internationally-refereed articles and case studies in reputable journals, conferences proceedings and books.  

Aashik Shah
(QMC, Computer Science) lives in Edgware, Middlesex and is married with two beautiful children. Since leaving Queen Mary, he has been working in the financial services industry implementing IT solutions for the Treasury and capital markets business.


Richard Learwood
(Economics) is a recent appointee to College Council. He stood for Students' Union President in 1990, which he won by the highest margin and with the highest voter turnout in memory, a fact of which he is justifiably proud. Having joined the Procter & Gamble graduate programme, some 20 years later he is now Global Director of Brand Strategy and Innovation for PGT Healthcare.


Bridgid Nzekwu
(European Studies) featured in The Sunday Times Magazine. The TV presenter and news reporter published a diary chronicling her "year of stress, fear, dark humour and defiance" after recently discovering a malignant tumour and undergoing treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Bridgid had previously undergone cancer treatment in the late 1980s during the first two years of her degree at Queen Mary.


Hitesh Mody
(The London, BDS Dentistry) Veteran Olympic and Paralympic Dentist, Hitesh Mody, has been recalled to provide dental care for elite athletes competing in the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 - Scotland’s biggest ever sporting and cultural event. From London 2012 Games Maker to Clyde Sider; Dr Mody will once again be on duty to 6500 athletes representing 70 Nations in 17 Sports to a global audience of 1.5 billion, over 11 days within the Athletes’ Village, Glasgow. “London 2012 was about inspiring a generation; Glasgow 2014 is about generating an aspiration”, explains Dr Mody

Vincent Danjean
(Telecommunications) writes "A big hello to all of you who I share memories with. How time flies! I have two wonderful daughters and a loving wife. Send me your news. Vince.”


Gwynn Bassan
(Geography), became Principal of The Rochester Grammar School in 2013 after acting as an interim Principal in two schools to successfully help them move out of special measures. RGS is one of the UK's top state schools and is a lead National Teaching School and an Advanced Thinking School. Gwynn is passionate about transforming the life chances of students and still insists on staying in the classroom to teach Geography!

Abdullah Mohammad (Law), after qualifying from Queen Mary, he went on to teaching in a number of secondary schools. He then pursued a legal career as a solicitor and practiced Employment Law in private practice, law centres and local authorities. Abdullah is also the author of ‘The Best of Times in Islam’ (IPCI, 2002).  He is very active in interfaith work and has a particular passion for the Qur’an, holding an MA in Islamic Studies from SOAS and having studied at the world renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo.  He runs the Quran Study Group and was recently appointed as the Headteacher of Alif Academy, an independent Islamic Primary School in Newham.


Professor Jerry Brotton
(PhD English), a leading expert on the history of maps and Professor of Renaissance Studies in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, unveiled a 3D reproduction of the surface of the Mappa Mundi, the world's oldest surviving medieval map, at the Hay Festival in Herefordshire in June 2013. The map's surface is now on permanent display alongside the 700 year old original in Hereford Cathedral.

Dr Sarah Waters (PhD English Literature), whose award-winning novels span Tipping the Velvet (1998) to the most recently published The Little Stranger in 2009, was made an Honorary Fellow in December 2012. Dr Waters commented: ''I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary. I have many happy memories of my time at Queen Mary, and the academic work I did there was very much the starting-point of my career as a novelist. This award therefore feels very special to me. It's a huge treat and honour."

Professor Ferranti Wong (PhD Dentistry), Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, was part of a research study which has challenged the common perception that children fear a trip to the dentist. The research, which featured on, shows that even anxious children can cope well with their feelings about visiting dentists if they are informed honestly about what is likely to happen and that parents and dentists should be encouraged to be open with children, about what "going to the dentist" involves.

Nicolas Hajdu (Geography) is COO of a content marketing agency he co-founded  in 2008 that specialises in video for brands such as Marks and Spencer,  British Airways and HSBC. Now 60 staff and hiring! See for more details.


Ben Marshall
 (Associate) having started off with a career in law, pursued his passion for music by working as a promoter before joining the Sydney Opera House in 2010 as Contemporary Music Producer. Over the years, Ben has helped to expand the year-round contemporary music programme - which featured acts such as the Fleet Foxes, Erykah Badu and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - as well as the annual music festival, Vivid Live. Ben is now Head of Contemporary Music and is responsible for programming Music at the House, which showcases national and international jazz, world, rock, pop and electronic artists.

Gian Paolo Vivante (Marine and Freshwater Biology): “After 8 years spent between Barcelona and Buenos Aires, I'm now back in Brussels, settled down and married to a beautiful Southern Italian lady.

Puneet Walia (Mathematics) is the Managing Director of Snap Fitness UK and is married to Virahn (née Chowdhry) (Engineering with Business Studies, 2001). Puneet would like to hear from  people who remember him. Email



Dr Maha El Bassuoni (PhD Immunology), Chairman of Clinical Immunology Unit and ex-Head of Clinical Pathology Dept. Faculty of  Medicine, Menoufia University, Egypt. Lecturer at Menoufia University since 1999, then Associate Professor 2004 and finally Professor in 2009. Was Chairman and Head of Clinical Pathology Department until the end of 2013.


Edwin Lampert (Modern History; Law, 1999) has written a children's book in memory of his father who passed away in April 2014. It gently promotes, via wonderful illustration and subtle humour, community participation, loving kindness and the importance of being true to yourself. For every book sold a donation will be made to charity. 

Dr Adam Payne (Marine and Freshwater Biology; PhD Biological Sciences, 2003): "After finishing my PhD, I completed a post doc at Imperial. Since then, I have been an environmental consultant working from the UK on oil and gas, offshore wind, wave and tidal projects. I now live in Fife in Scotland with  my wife Catherine and sone Jonas. 

Martin Peston (MSci Astrophysics) had an astronomy book published in 2007, became a father in 2007 and 2013. He uses problem solving skills to fix software development processes in the IT financial industry. IT article published online in 2013.


Jonathan Elcock (English) after completing his studies at Queen Mary, he worked on a range of IT projects for Atos Origin including a Criminal Justice portal on behalf of the Home Office to integrate IT systems across the criminal justice landscape and support sharing of information across the Police, CPS, Courts, Prisons and other criminal justice teams. Since 2006, Jon has worked as an independent contractor through his own company (JCJME Ltd) working as a business analyst and project manager for clients including the Department for International Development (DFID), Barclays Capital and Shell. Jon is happily married with two children.


Dr Felix Jackson
(Barts and The London, Clinical Medicine) "I trained as an Anaesthetist in the UK gaining my MRCP with the Royal College of Anaesthetists. I then joined, the largest physician community in the UK, as the Secondary Care Editor. I then became a Pharmaceutical Physician in HIV for GlaxoSmithKline, ending up specializing in digital health working as the Medical Director of the European Digital Center of Excellence and within the R&D Digital Medical Communications team. I then founded medDigital, a digital technology company, with Paul Gardner to focus on revolutionising healthcare with digital communications."


Gillian Norman
(MSc Astrophysics) writes: "The QM MSc class of Astrophysics 2000 needs you! We all met in the year 2000 and did our MSc's at Queen Mary. Some of us are now running the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and we would like to invite you to be involved in one of the most exciting spaceflight ventures this country has ever seen. We are a not-for-profit organisation and are all voluntary members. We are open to any new ideas, papers, collaborations on the Interstellar theme that you may have in mind and will help you with publication and marketing if you need it. We have strong associations with the British Interplanetary Society, the International Space University and UKSEDS. Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. If a long standing commitment doesn't suit you, then we will be at the upcoming World Science Fiction Convention in London in August this year. If you would like free entry to the exhibition space to wander around for a day, you can sign up as a volunteer for our stand. Yes, we need you to turn up on time and devote some of the day to spreading the word. However, you'll be rewarded with a chance to meet some if the most inspirational people in the world of spaceflight engineering and design - and a free t-shirt! Contact us via our website, Facebook, Twitter or email"


Claudia-Liza Armah (Journalism and Contemporary History), who previously presented BBC Three's 60seconds news bulletins and BBC News Interactive, is one of the presenters on London's first dedicated TV channel, London Live, which launched on 31 March 2014. The Guardian reported: "The channel, backed by London Evening Standard and Independent owners, the Lebedevs, said that it worked through 5,000 applications to pick 'multicultural and multi-talented individuals' to reflect the diversity of the capital." Click here [PDF 1,303KB] for an article that appeared in the Evening Standard. 

Shivani Reddy (Law) talked to Stylist magazine about what a typical day in the office entails for her. Shivani is Policy Manager at the Faritrade Foundation and campaigns for a fair wage and better conditions for farmers in developing countries. Read the article here [PDF 729KB].


Emilie Jones
(English and European Law) was named Assistant/Associate Solicitor at The British Legal Awards 2013. Emilie is an Associate in the European corporate team at Covington and Burlington LLP. The British Legal Awards aim to recognise the important contribution the legal business community makes, not just to the UK economy but also to the wider community.


Nana Yaw Appiah
(MSc Medical Electronics and Physics) "After completing my degree at Queen Mary with a distinction, I set up my own biomedical engineering company known as Engisys in Ghana in 2008. What I studied at Queen Mary has been very useful, changed my mind set and broadened my horizons. My company has twenty-seven employees and thirteen of them are biomedical engineers. We have manufacturing partners in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and the USA. We now have the largest and the best technical team in Ghana in the biomedical engineering industry and currently provide services to almost all major hospitals in the country and our clientele are feeling the positive impact of our contribution. I will recommend the biomedical engineering programme at Queen Mary University of London to anyone who comes to me for advice. I found the course worthwhile and it has given me a grounding to explore further without limits."


Radha Bedi
(English), following her degree at Queen Mary, completed an MA in Television News and Current Affairs Journalism at City University. She has since been working as a journalist on TV programmes such as the BBC's Panorama and Channel 4's Dispatches. Her most recent documentary, India: A dangerous place to be a woman was aired on BBC3 in June 2013. The programme followed her on a visit to India, her ancestral home,where she investigated what life is like for women and young girls living there.

Zo? Claire Evans (MA Language, Society and Change in Europe) graduated in Sociolinguistics from QMUL and subsequently trained to teach Modern Foreign Languages (QTS). She pursued her career as a Project Leader in South East Asia for CfBT Education Services (Brunei) where she taught ESL (cert. TESOL), presented at national teacher training workshops and published language articles in CfBT journals. In 2011 she was awarded for Educational Impact. In 2014 Zo? returned to the UK where she teaches English language and literature to A level students.

Hannah Keeble (née Walker) (Modern and Contemporary History) is now a teacher of History in a secondary school and sixth form in South Essex. She lives with her husband, Chris, and son, Oliver, in Maldon. "I still meet up with friends from my course at Queen Mary and we enjoy reminiscing."

Shelley Rowley (Zoology), two years after leaving Queen Mary, has set up the Conserve me Foundation, an environmental charity, which won an award in the Community category at The PEA (People & Environment Achievement) Awards in November 2013. The Conserve me Foundation aims to advance young people's understanding of science, biodiversity and wildlife conservation and works with primary and secondary schools to design and deliver interactive educational science projects. Students at Queen  Mary have been working as volunteers for the charity since it started in 2008.


Dr Lily (Huan) Wang
(PhD Biological Sciences) was recipient of the 2012 Chinese UK Alumnus Award. This prestigious award, which  is part of the British Business Awards, is given to a Chinese national who has studied in the  UK and can  best demonstrate the positive influence that British education and culture has had on their chosen occupation. Lily won this award for the outstanding effort she put into both her studies and work; she is currently working for Centaurus BioPharma in Beijing where she is managing projects to develop drugs for fighting cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Charles Drazin (PhD Film Studies), Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary, wrote an essay for The Jewish Chronicle in which he explored the "crude, racist stereotyping" of Fagin, one of Dickens' most popular villains. Dr Drazin spoke about 'The Jewish Villain' at a lecture series in May 2013 organised by the Leo Baeck Institute in cooperation with the Weiner Library.

Vicky Naylor (Law), in conjunction with the Luton Law Centre, organised the Luton Legal Walk last May. The fundraiser was held to raise money for free legal advice centres in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and was one of 17 similar walks held around the country. Vicky is Co-ordinator for the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre which provides free legal advice to members of the public, as well as Queen Mary students and staff, and aims to give students practical experience whilst they undertake their degrees.


Professor Julia H?rnle
(PhD Law), Professor in Internet Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, participated in a four-part series for Radio 4's Law in Action programme, which regularly talks to leading legal figures both in the UK and abroad. Professor H?rnle discussed internet companies' terms of service during the programme, which was broadcast on Radio 4, last summer.


Dr Adrian Martineau
(PhD Medicine), Reader in Respiratory Infection and Immunity in the Blizard Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, has led a team of researchers who have found that the immune response to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) varies between patients of different ethnic origin, raising important implications for the development of tests to diagnose and monitor treatment for the disease.

Silvano Domenico Orsi, Jr. (Law) was recently published by one of the leading journals in the United States on International Arbitration, "The Arbitration Brief", a publication produced by the Washington College of Law and its Center for International Commercial Arbitration. Silvano completed an LLM at Boston University and is an in-house lawyer and assists Sr. Counsel at a boutique law firm.

Dr Tom Sebrell (PhD History) appeared on US cable network C-Span's broadcast of the 1863 Person of the Year Symposium.  He was  among five  historians nominating their 'Person of the Year' for 1863 in the style of Time magazine's annual award. Dr Sebrell chose Lord John Russell, who served as British Foreign Secretary in Lord Palmerston's government during the American Civil War. An audience of 200 then voted for a winner, selecting General Ulysses S Grant. Dr Sebrell also served as an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Queen Mary from October 2010 to June 2013.


Angelo Chetcuti (
Computer and Communication Law) is currently Press and Political Officer for the European Commission in Malta. His role revolves around his academic and research interests in political analysis and reporting.


Sam Amrani
(Law) is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of the start-up Tag Mobile Company (TAMOCO), established in October 2012, which is pioneering the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) and contactless technology. NFC enables users to transfer information, including data and
payments, between devices or to a touch point using a simple wave or tap. The company has been endorsed by 10 Downing Street and were included in Lord Young's report on enterprise, as an example of a successful start-up business. TAMOCO is now working with Winkworth Knightsbridge, Chelsea & Belgravia estate agents to use NFC to simplify the process of buying a home. Visit

Anika Bahra (Global Change: Environment, Economy and Development) is currently working in development in India as the Documentation and Communications Manager at SEWA Bharat (Self-Employed Women's Association), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers. Anika is capturing SEWA's success stories, innovative development models and helping to give visibility to hard-working women in rural and urban India through factual writing,  emotive photography and videos. Anika began her journey in India with an internship in the  Energy
and Environment Unit of the United Nations Development Programme in Delhi. Anika intends to continue broadening her horizons; her next step will be pursuing a multidisciplinary Master's degree. Read more about SEWA at

Camilla Barker FRSA (English and European Laws) received a Fulbright Scholarship, enabling her to study for an LLM at Harvard Law School in 2012-13. Whilst at Queen Mary, Camilla edited the QM Law Journal and played women's football. At Harvard, Camilla worked pro bono representing "Death Row" clients in Louisiana, was Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Harvard International Law Journal, and taught international law. Currently, she is a research student (DPhil in Law) at the University of Oxford and is working with the UN and ICRC on strengthening humanitarian assistance. In February 2014, Camilla was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sotez Chowdhury (MA Community Organising) began working as an associate community organiser at Shoreditch Citizens, part of Citizens UK, where he developed people to work collectively to address social problems, helped to build an alliance of 30 civil institutions and trained over 1,500 leaders who won over £10 million pounds in campaigns. Today he is the Tower Hamlets organiser and collaborates with Queen Mary to train students as leaders and teach them about organsing and local history, as part of this university-sponsored role. Sotez has led several campaigns on street safety, housing, employment and many other issues resulting in the changing landscape of not just Tower Hamlets but also all of London and the UK. 

Tanya Dimitrova (Environmental Science) after completing her studies at Queen Mary, was awarded a scholarship by the US government to undertake a two-year MSc in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. She concurrently decided to pursue a career as a freelance environmental journalist - drawing upon her experience of having written for QMessenger, whilst a student at Queen Mary. She is now writing for Mongabay, a popular site for environmental news, and has recently won a prize for one of her articles.

John Goodyear (PhD German), following his doctoral degree at Queen Mary, now runs the Academy of English in Oldenburg, Germany. Together with his radio broadcasting in Oldenburg, John is also Senior Editor of Global China Insights, a publication of the Confucius Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands. In his free time, John acts as the Secretary of the Oldenburg branch of the Oeutsch-Britische Gesellschaft (Anglo-German Association).

Alastair Haigh (Biology with Psychology), has been involved in research conducted by Or Michael Proulx, formerly Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Participants tested The vOICE,a device that trains the brain to turn sounds into images and which could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for blind and partially-sighted people. Alastair is now studying for a Master's degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. He commented that he has very much enjoyed engaging with the public about science and promoting the research currently being undertaken at Queen Mary.

Ruth Hennessy (LLM Intellectual Property Law) was recently appointed as Research Assistant for the Independent Code Review by the British Copyright Council. Ruth will work with Walter Merricks CBE, the Independent Code Reviewer,on the Call for Evidence which launched in January 2014 and will be published in May. Previously, Ruth had been working in the field of IP Strategy.

Dr Eva Ondrejova (LLM Laws) has been awarded the 'Talented Young Lawyer of the Year' award by the Czech Bar Association in 2013. Eva is barrister trainee at the law offices of AK JU, as well as a PhD student in the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. She also writes blogs on the protection of personal rights, child custody, paternity and maintenance of the Czech family law.

Tristan Pett (Environmental Science) has completed an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity with Distinction at the University of Exeter, during which he enjoyed two field trips to Africa: one to Kenya to study the conservation efforts in the country, and another to South Africa for his project which focused on the feeding behaviour of giraffes. Tristan says his degree at Queen Mary provided him with knowledge of many different disciplines, as well as how to write academically and how to conduct research. Tristan is now studying for a PhD at the University of Kent where he is researching the relationship between urban nature and human-wellbeing.


Dr Zhen Bob Chew
(MSc Internet Computing 2005; PhD Electronic Engineering) recently received his PhD in Electronic Engineering, which has taken him from Mile End to Canary Wharf. He is now working for KPMG LLP (UK) as a technology analyst within their Tax & Pensions function, where he is developing new technologies to expand the business . His father,Or Su Lip Chew (Mechanical Engineering 1978) and his sisters, Yun Zhi Chew (MSC Mathematics and Statistics 2008) and Yun Han Chew (MSc International Finance 2011), are all former students of Queen Mary. The family returned to Queen Mary to attend Bob's graduation ceremony last December.

Maria D'Amico (Biomedical Sciences), since graduation, has been working in various departments at Queen Mary and as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Maria has gone from being the first cartoonist for the student newspaper, QMessenger, to illustrating the fantastic cover of the 2015 Undergraduate Prospectus. To see a selection of her work, visit

Dr Muhammad Saad Shaikh (MSc Oral Biology), who passed his degree with Distinction, currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Fatima Jinnah Dental College in Pakistan.


Sainam Ahmed (Mathematics and Statistics): "I'm now taking up an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, having been offered the National Institute for Health Research studentship."