HIGH-PROFILE ALUMNI

Karl Burnett

Modern Languages and International Studies, 1997

As the BBC’s HR Director News Group and Radio, Karl Burnett is responsible for training and development, recruitment, diversity and employment policy for more than 10,000 people. It’s not surprising then to find that he’s got strong views on how students now can get a head start in a tough job market. Read Karl's full profile

Fleur Bothwick, OBE

HR Strategic Management, 1995

As Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at professional services giant EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Fleur Bothwick’s remit covers 69,000 people across 93 countries. A firm believer that diverse teams are the key to creating a dynamic, innovative and competitive business, she was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her contribution to equality in the workplace. Read Fleur's full profile

Jeremy Nicholds

Business, 1984

Jeremy Nicholds’ career in marketing has taken him from the very early days of the internet to the cutting edge of mobile payment technology, via a spell working for London’s answer to the Wolf of Wall Street. A keen charity fundraiser, he is looking to scale new heights this autumn by climbing Kilimanjaro. Read Jeremy's full profile

David Frost

Postgraduate Diploma in International Finance, 1979

David Frost has devoted his career to promoting the interests of British business, rising to become Director General of British Chambers of Commerce. Even in his retirement, he can’t seem to stop – he recently helped set up a national network of Local Enterprise Partnerships, and is involved with a number of charities working to help young people improve their key skills and boost their employability. Read David's full profile

Anne Milton

Postgraduate Diploma in District Nursing, 1982

After 25 years on the frontline of the health service, including a stint as a district nurse in Hackney and as a steward for the Royal College of Nursing, Anne Milton was elected as Conservative MP for Guildford in 2005. Having served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, she was recently appointed Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. Read Anne's full profile

Frank Brake

Catering and Hotel Management, 1951

Frank Brake is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. Brake Bros Frozen Foods, the business he founded with his brothers William and Peter after leaving Borough Polytechnic, went on to become one of the UK’s biggest food service companies, with 9,000 employees and an annual turnover of £1.5 billion. Read Frank's full profile

Gary Bassett

Social Sciences, 1992

Gary Bassett’s career has been underpinned by a strong belief in equality and fair treatment for all. In his current role as Head of Patient Experience for the London Ambulance Service, he is responsible for improving the experience of everyone that comes into contact with the service. Now the innovative ways of working developed by Gary and his team are helping to shape practice across the whole country. Read Gary's full profile

Greg Searle

BSc Estate Management, 1994

Rower Greg Searle is one of the country’s leading sportsmen. Having won Olympic gold at Barcelona in 1992, he returned to the sport to row again at the London 2012 Games aged nearly 40. He now works as a performance development consultant, helping others unleash their potential and achieve their goals. Read Greg's full profile

John Ormerod

Accountancy conversion course, 1971

An Oxford physics graduate, John Ormerod joined accountancy giant Arthur Andersen immediately from college. He was managing partner at the time of the Enron scandal – an experience he describes as the most challenging but also the most fascinating of his working life. Since retiring from the profession, he has been a non-exec director and trustee of a wide range of organisations. Read John's full profile

Kevin McGrath

BSc Estates Management, 1989

One of the country’s most successful property investors, Kevin McGrath now splits his time between running M&M Asset Management – which manages a commercial property portfolio worth around £600 million – and his philanthropic pursuits. A passionate believer that everyone should have the opportunity to realise their potential, he works to promote diversity and give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds practical support to overcome barriers and lead a happy and productive life. Read Kevin's full profile

Nat Puri

Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, 1967; Honorary Doctor of Engineering, 2007

Since Nat Puri left India to study at LSBU in the mid-60s, he has built up a global engineering empire and become one of the country’s richest men. Now retired from the day-to-day running of his Purico Group, he remains an active philanthropist, and a major supporter of LSBU’s engineering programme. Read Nat's full profile

Peter Rees

Town Planning, 1982

As Chief Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter Rees (Town Planning, 1982) has overseen the transformation of the Square Mile from the preserve of staid bowler-hatted gents to a vibrant international business hub with 24-hour appeal. Read Peter's full profile

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