University of Brighton Notable Alumni

University of Brighton Notable Alumni

The University of Brighton is proud that our alumni have progressed into a wide variety of careers and significant activities. Below are just some of our notable graduates.

If you know of others, please do get in touch.

Ragheb Aga
International cricketer

Kate Allenby MBE
Modern pentathlonbronze medal winner Sydney 2000 and Director of Fencing at London 2012

Dato Ir. Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar
Former Vice-President of Petronas Petrochemical Business, Malaysia

Jeannie Baker
Author and illustrator

James Barnes
Television director

Oliver Barry
BAFTA-winning film-maker (produces, directs and creates shows and series all over the world, including shows for BBC and VH1)

Adam Bates
Director of Venuesadvisor Ltd and former Head of Tourism for the city of Brighton & Hove

Ian Beck
Author and Illustrator

Edward Bell
Artist, photographer and illustrator (worked on album covers for David Bowie and Hazel O’Connor)

Gresham Blake
Entrepreneur, bespoke tailor and designer

Dr Gary Brickley
British Paralympic cycling team coach and Alumnus Award winner 2015

Duncan Baker Brown
Architect and expert in contemporary methods of ecology-friendly housing design (designer of The Brighton Waste House)

Caraline Brown
Owner and Managing Director of Midnight Communications

Mandy Chessell CBE
Computer scientist, Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Lin Cheung
Designer of the 2012 Paralympic medals

Andrew Christie CBE
Independent Commissioner for children’s social care at Birmingham City Council

Dr Gillian Clarke MBE
Olympic hockey umpire at three Olympic games

Paddy Considine
Actor, screenwriter and director

Norman Cook
DJ, musician and producer, Alumnus Award winner 2015

Ben Cooper
Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Lucy Cousins
Author and illustrator of children’s books (best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse)

Keith Coventry
Artist and curator (winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2010)

Cressida Cowell
Children’s author, best known for novel series, How to Train Your Dragon which subsequently became an award-winning film

Paula Cox

Keren Craig
Marchesa designer

Thompson Dagnall

Melita Dennett
BBC local radio presenter, director of Queenspark Books

Matthew Dent
Designer of the Royal Mint British coinage redesign 2008

Graham Duff
Writer, actor and producer

Polly Dunbar
Author and illustrator

Mark Eley
Eley Kishimoto designer

Camila Fiori

Fox Fisher
Trans activist, creative and co-founder of My Genderation film

Rod Flavell
CEO and founder of FDM Group, awarded Best CEO in the IT industry 2015

Sheila Flavell
Chief operating officer at the FDM Group, Everywoman in Technology’s Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation 2012

Joanne Gardiner
Winner of the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration (2007 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year)

Midfield General (real name Damian Harris)

The original founder of Skint Records

Sarah Gibb
Illustrator of children’s books

Harvey Goldsmith CBE
Performing arts promoter

Emily Gravett
Children’s book illustrator and author

Mini Grey
Award-winning children’s author and illustrator

Bobby Griffin
Parabadminton bronze medallist – 2015 world championships

Lorraine Harrison
Former Head of the School of Education at the University of Brighton and voluntary Director of the Brighton Multi Academies Trust

Ben Hawes
Captain of the Great Britain field hockey team (Beijing 2008 Olympics) and Chairman of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission, 2015

Shona Heath
Art director and set designer, featured in The Vogue Power List 2015

Sue Hendra
Author and illustrator

Wendy Hesketh Ogilvie
Artistic Director, Wired Aerial Theatre

Julie Howell
Disability rights and web accessibility campaigner, Alumnus Award winner 2012