Bolton School Former Pupils

Distinguished Old Girls

Our list of Distinguished Old Girls has been compiled to celebrate the achievements of our Alumni, and the success that they have enjoyed across a wide variety of professions and sectors, and to demonstrate the positive impact a Bolton School education can have on an individual in their later life.

If you would like to nominate an Old Girl to be added to the Distinguished List, please contact the Development Office.

City, Business and Finance

Kathryn Berry (née Pickles)

Head of Finance - Tax, BP

Katie Clinton

Partner, KPMG

Karen Diggle

Managing Director, Chamberlain Doors

Ann Fisher

Co-Founder and Director, Bailey Fisher Executive Search

Dr Janet Harbour (née Howarth)

Managing Director, Meducation Ltd

Lisa Jacobs (née Griffiths)

Chief Executive Officer, Funding Circle UK

Ingrid Murray

GDPR Data, Strategy and Marketing Advisor and Entrepreneur

Anjali Pathak

Brand Ambassador, Patak's

Caroline Plumb OBE

CEO, Freshminds

Shweta Sharma

Director, Xbox Live

Claire Sofield

Director, Four Financial Recruitment

Victoria Sykes

Director, Victoria Sykes Consulting

Jenny Webster

Vice President (Finance), BP

 Education and Academia

Dr Tara Alberts

Research Fellow, The University of Cambridge

Jane Bugg MBE (née Gould)

Chairman of Governors, Lord Williams VC School, Thame, Oxfordshire; awarded an MBE for Services to Education

Professor Jill Clayton-Smith (née Clayton)

Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Manchester

Professor Lady Patricia Cohen (née Wade)

Head of Molecular Biology, The University of Dundee

Professor Isabel Dyck (née Lowe)

Professor Emeritus, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Christine Evans (née Marshall)

Retired Professor of Microbial Biochemistry

Professor Hazel Faulkner

Professor of Flood Risk Science and Management, Middlesex University

Dr Sheila Fisher (née Platt)

Associate Director for Patient and Public Involvement at the National Cancer Research Institute and Clinical Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute for Molecular Medicine

Professor Joan Givner (née Short)

Writer; retired Professor of English

Heather Henry (née Fisher)

Queen’s Nurse; Director, Brightness Management

Judith Hibbert

Freelance Researcher and Distinguished Friend of Oxford

Sally-Anne Huang (née Blakemore)

High Master, St Paul's School

Professor Janet Lansdale

Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey

Anne Redgate

Lecturer in Early Medieval History

Dr Helen Thaventhiran

Research Fellow and Director of Studies, Robinson College Cambridge

Dr Joyce Tyldesley

British Archaeologist, Egyptologist, author, and broadcaster

Dr Emma Waterfield

Lecturer, Queens University, Belfast

Janet Woods, CBE

Former Headteacher, awarded a CBE for Services to Education

Dr Becky Smethurst

Astrophysicist, Researching how supermassive black holes affect galaxies.


Lesley Ainsworth

Former Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jill Allen (née Haslam)

District Judge

Stephanie Barwise QC

Queen's Counsel

Dr Susi Fish (née Thomas) 

Partner, Boult Wade Tennant, Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Louise Relph (née Collins)

District Judge

Dame Janet Smith (née Holt)

Lady Justice of Appeal

 Government, Politics and the Civil Service

Amanda Kendall (née Brooks)

Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore

Dr Judith Knott (née  Kenyon), CBE

Director, HM Revenue & Customs

Baroness Patricia Morris (née Whittaker), OBE

Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords; Chancellor, University of Bolton

Janette Owen (née McCormick)

Deputy Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary

The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Manda Rigby  

 Mayor of Bath

Baroness Winifred Taylor

Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Politician

Jacquelyn Tonge

Former Chief Executive, Powys County Council

Angela Williams (née Needham), CMG

Retired Director of UNRWA Affairs (Syrian Arab Republic); invested CMG for services to UNRWA

 The Arts and Media

Christine Algrant (née Pevitt)

Author, Madame de Pompadour

Monica Ali

Author, Brick Lane

Laurie Ashworth

Award winning soprano singer

Claire Donnelly


Elizabeth Foster (née Whyte)

Producer, BBC

Carol Klein

TV Gardener

Kathryn Knight


Kate Long (née Green)

Author, The Bad Mother's Handbook

Kate McGeown

Senior News Journalist, BBC

Collette Murray

Artistic Director and Voice Coach

Sarah Ann Murray

International Fashion Editor, The Rake

Rebecca Patterson

Author and Illustrator

Rebecca Pukiello-Slack

Journalist, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat


Catherine Duckworth (née Collinson)

Scotland Lacrosse Player

Rachel Flanders

Youngest person to row the Atlantic; Olympic Torch Carrier

Hannah Furey

National Champion, Ju-Jitsu

Caroline McCormack (née Fawkes)

International Swimmer

Hannah Pike

England U16 and U18 Hockey Player

Sarah Pimblett

Water Polo, Team GB

Sian Pledger

Athlete; 2011 U23 North of England Indoor 60m bronze medallist and 200m gold medallist

Maxine Robbins (née Raffle)

Team Coach (Pole Vault) for England Athletics

Emma Saunders

Swimmer, Team GB; European Junior, World Junior and Commonwealth Games Medallist

Amy Spencer

Athlete, Team GB (Retired); BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, 2001

Nicole Thornley

Former England and Great Britain Swimmer

 Charity and Community

Nicola Grinstead

Deputy Chair of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; Director of Operational Performance, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Gwyneth Morgan OBE

Founder and Director, Prisoners' Penfriends

Sheila Tonge (née Baird)

Former Trustee and Former Chairman, Bolton Hospice; Recipient of the Order of Mercy from the League of Mercy


Professor Jennifer Clack (née  Agnew) ScD FRS

Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, The University of Cambridge

Constance Howarth

Fashion Designer

Norah Lillian Penston

Former Principal, Bedford College, University of London

Barbara Ronson (née Gettins)

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Former Leader of the Council





Judith Hibbert, Distinguished Friend of Oxford

Judith Hibbert, Distinguished Friend of Oxford

Baroness Morris, Alan Wright and Michael Griffiths

Old Girl Baroness Morris of Bolton with former Headmaster Alan Wright and Michael Griffiths, former Chairman of the Governing Body of Bolton School

Anjali Pathak back at Bolton School to show Mrs James and two Food Technology students how to cook perfect onion bhajis