Alumni Profiles (A-Z)
Head of Digital at JD Williams
Ben graduated from Bradford in 1998 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Human Studies. He has built a career in digital marketing undertaking roles including Search Engineer with Sticky Eyes, Search Director at Brilliant Media, Digital marketing Director with icelolly.com and, since October 2014, his current role as Head of Digital at the online retailer JD Williams.
Clinical Practice Pharmacist at Robin Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre
"Pharmacy is constantly changing and the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. It is a springboard into any area you desire. It’s all about choice, knowing what you want to achieve, being the best you can be, making a difference and taking the risk. There are many directions to take. Open your hands to change but don’t drop your values."
Actor, writer, and voice-over professional.
Albert studied French and Russian at the University of Bradford from 1965 to 1969. After graduating from the BA Modern Languages programme he was immediately accepted for the Reuters Graduate Training Programme and thus began a career in international journalism.
Senior Project Manager and Work Placements Designer, Sport for Social Integration Lead, The Challenge
• From the UK
• BA Development & Peace Studies 2011, and MA African Peace & Conflict Studies, 2013
• Senior Project Manager and Work Placement Designer, Sport for Social Integration Lead at The Challenge
IT Project Programmer
"Attending and studying at the University of Bradford set me up with the practical and life skills required to get to where I am today. When you complete your course, you might still not know exactly what it is you want to do with your life, but that’s okay! Opportunities come at every turn and you just have to be willing to grab them and hold on. My degree gave me everything I needed to secure a job and I just had to apply it. I took my qualifications and ran with them, which is why I’ve been able to secure jobs since."
Co-Founder and CTO of Snaptrip
His Bradford studies gave Daniel a varied grounding in all aspects of traditional and digital media, allowing him a wide choice of career pathways. Following roles as a 3D modeller and animator and then as a software developer, Daniel started up his own company, Snaptrip, in the holiday rental sector. He now says he could never go back to working for anyone else.
Chairman and Non-Exec Director in National and Regional Health Sector
- One of the first BPharm graduates of the University of Bradford in 1966
- MSc Industrial Administration from the School of Management in 1970
- Progressed in to roles as Chairman and CEO for leading firms in the pharmaceutical industry
- Currently holds a portfolio of senior, regional and national roles in both the public and private healthcare sectors
- Member of the University of Bradford School of Management's International Advisory Board
- From Singapore
- Graduated with BSc in Psychology with Counselling (Honours) in 2015
- Currently doing voluntary work within Community Services
Marketing Manager, TyresOnTheDrive.com
Max graduated from the part-time MBA programme in 2014 and got a job as an Industry Manager at Google. He then went on to become Marketing Manager at TyresOnTheDrive.com.
He also guest lectures on innovation and technology at the University of Bradford School of Management.
Max says the University of Bradford School of Management MBA programme played a pivotal role in helping him to develop key transferrable skills and business knowledge, supporting his career progress.
Recruitment Coordinator, Lowell Group
- From UK
- BSc Human Resource Management (Honours)
- Recruitment Coordinator, Lowell Group
BA Modern Languages 1965-1969, PhD 1974, MBA 1985
"After graduation with a double First in German and French, (and no doubt motivated to stay on in Bradford till my now husband, Tony, finished his degree!), I accepted a research scholarship in the Department of Modern Languages."
Freelance Computer Graphics (CG) artist
- From Latvia
- Graduated with 1st Class honours
- Currently self employed as a freelance CG artist
Radio Producer for BBC Asian Network
Proudly stating she was "born and raised in Bradford”, Amn made a late decision to stay home to continue her studies at university. Amn studied both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Bradford. "I did apply to other universities, but when I received my results I decided that I wanted to stay local! "I was able to stay close to my family and friends. Most of the friends I made at university weren’t from Bradford, so I got to meet a lot of different people."
BA Modern Languages 1965-1969
“Well, if the test of a good course of study is – ‘were you able to use it, did it prepare you for professional life, and did it enable you to earn your living?’ - then, for our University of Bradford course, we both answer YES!”
Postgraduate student at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
- From Pakistan
- Graduated BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2016
- Currently a graduate student at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Freelance 3D Artist & Illustrator
- From Latvia
- Graduated with 1st class honours
- Currently self employed as a freelance 3D artist and illustrator
Manager, University of Bradford China and East Asia Office
About thirteen years ago, Ding Lei decided to take some advice given to him by his mother's friend to go and study abroad. He chose Bradford as his preferred destination to study for an MSc in International Business and Management. After graduating in 2004, he soon found himself promoting UK education in China. This led to him reconnecting with his alma mater and he is now managing the University of Bradford's China and East Asia Office. We caught up with Ding Lei to find out more about his journey as a student, coming to the UK, a graduate, and now as an employee of Bradford.
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Criminology at the University of New England, Author and Television Presenter
After graduating from Bradford in 2002 Xanthe Mallett has established herself as a leading forensic anthropologist, criminologist and television presenter. She is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Criminology at the University of New England and, alongside teaching and inspiring students in the lecture theatre, has undertaken casework and research specialising in human craniofacial biometrics and hand identification, and behaviour patterns of paedophiles, particularly online. In her professional capacity she has helped to solve a number of high profile cases that gained national and international press coverage and in which paedophiles were successfully prosecuted partially as a result of hand comparison evidence.
Programme Manager, National Institute for Health Research
- From Harare, Zimbabwe
- Graduated with BSc (Hons) in Technology and Management 2003
- Currently a Programme Manager, National Institute for Health Research
Head of Service Management and Transformation at Al Jazeera Global Media Network
Originally from Lancashire, Aamer came to Bradford in 1994 to study Technology and Management Science. After graduating with an honours degree in 1998, he joined IBM as a Graduate Trainee and remained with the company for eight years progressing to a Senior Technical Specialist. In 2008, Aamer joined Auto Trader with a strategic focus to establish a DevOps culture and in 2010 spearheaded the forming of an Agile Release Management function contributing as a Release Manager. This facilitated Auto Trader’s digital transformation from print to digital media. In January 2014, Aamer relocated to Doha, Qatar, to join the Al-Jazeera Global Media Network as a Change and Release Manager. He is currently the Head of Service Management and Transformation at Al Jazeera and is responsible for all IT processes supporting digital and broadcast media operations. Also within his remit is the ServiceNow platform for which he is the Enterprise Product Owner.
Student Union President, 1971, and Lifelong University Patron
In December 2015 the University lost a dear graduate, friend and associate. Dennis Martin sadly lost his battle with mantle cell lymphoma. At his funeral, Dennis’ wife, Margaret, gave the eulogy and reminded us, “Den wanted a party not a wake!” and I was reminded of what an exciting and amazing life he had and the times he had shared with the University when I caught up with past friends of his who he studied with.
Author, Associate Professor at Fayetteville State University
"I earned my Bradford PhD in philosophy in 2000, at the age of 53. Since then I have been engaged in a number of interesting activities. In 2001-2002 I worked as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its Accounting Reform project in Bosnia. I spent 13 months there, alternating between Sarajevo and Banja Luka. I was placed in charge of assisting the Finance Ministry convert the country to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). I was also in charge of helping all 8 universities upgrade their accounting curricula to include International Standards."
Novelist and short story writer
Jon McGregor is an award-winning British novelist and short story writer. In 2002, his first novel, If nobody speaks of remarkable things, was long listed for the Booker Prize as its youngest contender and the first debutant novelist to be considered for the prestigious award. It would also go on to win the Betty Task Prize, Somerset Maugham Award, as well as being shortlisted for other notable awards. His second novel, So many ways to begin, was long listed for the Booker Prize in 2006. In 2012, his third novel, Even the Dogs, was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award.
Jon was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham with his wife and two children. He graduated from Bradford with a BSc in Media Technology and Production in 1998 and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Nottingham in 2010 as well as being appointed as an Honorary Professor. Alongside teaching, writing, and reading at various literature events, he also does some work for the literary charity First Story.
Owner KChandra (BAPSE) Consultancy Ltd
I studied on a four-year thin sandwich course in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford from 1969-1973. Coming straight from Kenya to Bradford was quite a change for me. I cannot forget my first experience of seeing snow as there is no snowfall in Kenya. Although, initially I missed my parents who were in Kenya, I soon settled down at Bradford quite well and made friends from all faculties. I am pleased to say that my daughter also followed in my footsteps attending Bradford to study an MPharm between 1999 and 2004.
Consultant at HRS Bulgaria
- From Bulgaria
- Graduated from the 4 Year BSC HRM programme with first-class honours
- Currently working as a Consultant for a leading HR company in Bulgaria
Sports Editor at Sky News
In 1977 Nick Powell came to the University of Bradford to study a four-year Modern Languages degree. In 1981 he graduated with the intention to pursue a lifelong ambition to become a broadcast journalist. 35 years on, Nick has fulfilled his ambitions having established himself as one of Britain’s most experienced news broadcasters.
A double Royal Television Society award-winner, Nick is currently Sports Editor for Sky News having joined the multimedia news organisation in 1996. He was previously Breakfast News Presenter for Pennine Radio and spent a decade at Yorkshire Television (ITV Yorkshire) working as a presenter, producer and reporter. From the smoke-filled newsrooms and carbon typewriters of the early eighties to the fast moving mobile media of today, an innate ability to adapt, keenness to develop new skills, and strong work ethic has enabled Nick to survive and thrive in an extremely competitive field.
In this special 50th anniversary alumni interview Nick tells us about his time at Bradford as a student getting involved in the launch of RamAir student radio and how it proved to be a catalyst for shaping his future career direction. Nick also talks about his fondness for Bradford and Yorkshire, where he spent 15 years of his working life, and the many highlights in his career as a radio and television broadcaster.
Chancellor of the University of Bradford, CEO of the SSP Group
Kate Swann was officially installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Bradford in February 2016. She became the formal head of the University in succession to the sportsman and politician, Imran Khan, who stepped down from the post in November 2014.
Since graduating from Bradford in 1986 Kate has gone on to become one of the UK’s most successful businesswomen. Kate was appointed CEO of the SSP group in September 2013, following ten years as CEO of WH Smith. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Argos and also served as Managing Director at Homebase.
Operations Director at Diversity Travel
During his time studying a bachelors in Modern Languages, Matt developed a strong passion for travel and tourism. This led him to take on various roles working on cruise ships, after his graduation from Bradford in 1996, seeing him travel the world in both a personal and professional context. He then joined a travel management firm as a graduate trainee subsequently working his way up to senior management level. He would later take his passion to new scales in 2007 by co-founding Diversity Travel, a travel management firm in the UK. Over the last decade Matt has played a key role in Diversity Travel's development as an award-winning specialist travel management company providing a unique and comprehensive travel service to charity, academic and not-for-profit organisations globally.
Game Developer at Applio
- From Romania
- Graduated in BSc Computer Science for Games in 2015
- Currently working as a Game Developer at Applio
Publisher, Biosciences Researcher & Recording Engineer
"Bradford Institute of Technology, BIT in 1965, was an ultramodern building bordered by cobbled streets lit by gaslight. At just 17, I was the youngest Chemistry student in the company of other very mature students who wore suits and ties, reflecting the fact that many were sent by their employers. Immediately recruited by the Film Society as a projectionist, I later helped form the student union's Technical Services Association (TSA)."
Author and Writer
"50 years on, you realise how lucky you’ve been and what a great opportunity you had in the 1960s. Like many young people from a hard-up working class background in 1965 I was the first in my family to go to university – only made possible by being given a full local authority grant for my fees and maintenance."
Currently taking a gap year
Guy, a recent Bradford graduate with a Masters in Filmmaking, won an award for 'best student film' at the New York Film Awards festival in November 2017 for a film he made (based in Bradford) called City of Cars. As well as continuing to make films, Guy plans to take a short break after his studies before embarking on his next big career move. We caught up with him to find out more about his time at Bradford and his future aspirations.
Learning Support Assistant, Wyke College, Hull
“I really liked the university campus and the location. I was heavily involved in the social side of university life. I was involved with 'House' in my first year whilst I lived on campus and was a committee member of 'Alchemy' throughout the three years. I really enjoyed the applied aspect of the course. It was a definite plus point when applying for jobs.”