Notable Alumni

Our alumni profiles show the many paths that former King’s pupils have taken. They act to inspire our current pupils and recent graduates who are just embarking on their professional lives. If you have an interesting story to tell us, get in touch. We’d love to hear about your life after King’s.

  • Profiles
  • Alumni born before 1900
    Randle Ayrton, film and stage actor, producer and director
    Maxwell Ayrton, Scottish Architect. He spent most of his adult life working in London and designed houses, public buildings, and bridges.
    Lord Bradbury of Winsford GCB, civil servant and chief economic advisor to the government during World War I 
    Thomas Brassey, civil engineer
    Edward Brerewood, mathematician, logician and antiquary
    Charles Burney, music historian, musician, composer and philosopher
    John Byrom FRS, poet and developer of geometric shorthand
    Randolph Caldecott, illustrator
    William Chaderton, academic, clergyman and former Regius Professor of Dvinty at the University of Cambridge 
    John Churton Collins, literary critic and former Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham  
    Piers Claughton, clergyman and former Archdeacon of London 
    Thomas Claughton, first Bishop of St Albans and former Oxford Professor of Poetry
    George Cotton, clergyman and educator, known for establishing schools in British India
    William Cowper, was a British doctor and antiquarian. In 1745 he was elected mayor of Chester.
    Sir Peter Denis, 1st Baronet naval officer and Member of Parliament
    John Downham, clergyman and theologian
    Joseph Everett Dutton, pathologist, physician and tropical medicine specialist
    Thomas Falconer, clergyman and classical scholar
    Sir Thomas Francis, physician, former president of the Royal College of Physicians. former Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford
    Christopher Goodman, clergyman and writer
    William Lee Hankey, painter and illustrator
    General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, former MP for Shrewsbury and Commander-in Chief of the Forces
    Thomas Hughes, Founder of CAOKS, he wrote 'The Strangers Handbook to Chester'
    George Lloyd, clergyman
    Bert Lipsham, England International footballer and FA Cup winner with Sheffield United in 1902
    Alexander and Robert Murray, two brothers aged 17 and 18, who in 1886, were abroad the ship 'The Earl of Jersey' when a seaman fell overboard. The Murrays, with six men, manned the lifeboat to rescue him, but the heavy seas swamped the boat, and all were drowned.
    William Parry, Welsh courtier and spy. He considered assassinating Elizabeth I of England and was executed.
    John Smyth MacDonald FRS, physiologist
    George Ormerod, antiquary and historian
    Sir John Tottie, Lord Mayor of Dublin
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English architect and dramatist
    Professor John Ward, he wrote the book 'The Young Mathematician's Guide"
    Sir Ralph Champneys Williams, colonial Governor of the British Windward Islands and Newfoundland and Labrador
    Thomas Wilson, clergyman
  • Alumni born after 1900
    Godfrey Ashby, former Bishop of St John's, South Africa
    Sir Edward Anwyl, academic, specializing in the Celtic languages
    Michael Axworthy, British academic. Former Head of the Iran section at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 1998–2000.
    Chris Bartley, Olympic Rower
    Hagan Bayley FRS, scientist and Head of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford
    Graham Benton, British and World Indoor Rowing Champion
    Michael Burdekin OBE, FREng, FRS, civil engineer and Emeritus Professor of the University of Manchester
    Sir John Carroll, mathematician, physicist and former Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen
    Rob Leslie-Carter, Engineer
    Arnold Cooke, Former Olympic Rower
    Simon Cottle, Managing Director at Ardian and former Olympic Rower
    Dr James De Graaff-Hunter, well known for his work in the Survey of India and in the International Association of Geodesy
    Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, former Commandant-General, Royal Marines
    Professor James Eastaway, Professor of Baroque and Classical Oboes at Trinity Laban and the Royal College of Music
    Rob Eastaway, mathematician and ex-puzzle writer for New Scientist
    John Everard, British diplomat.
    James Fair, England and Great Britain hockey goalkeeper
    Myles Gallimore, Royal Navy Pilot
    Nickolas Grace, actor
    George Guest CBE, organist and choirmaster at St John's College Cambridge
    His Honour Derek Halbert, Retired Circuit Judge
    Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and MP for West Suffolk 
    Phillip Hallam-Baker, computer scientist, mostly known for his contributions to Internet security
    Brian Hartley, Eminent Scholar of Archeology
    Tom James, Olympic gold medal oarsman
    Sir Glyn Smallwood Jones, colonial administrator and last Governor of Nyasaland  
    Trevor Kletz, safety engineer and author on industrial safety
    Ian Kamaly-Asl, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon
    Steve Leonard, television vet and BBC presenter
    Antony Lighten, renowned fertility expert
    Henry (Harry) Lester Smith, Second Lieutenant in the Cheshire Regiment, killed in action on 14th July 1917, aged 20 years
    Prof. William Owen Lester Smith,  Eminent educationist and Benefactor to The King's School
    David Latham OBE, Former Managing Director of Anglican Water and Former Chairman of CORGI
    Martin Lewis, financial journalist and co-founder of the  consumer finance website
    Andrew Lilico, economist and member of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee
    Hugh Lloyd, comedy actor
    Jonathan McEvoy, Daily Mail Sports Writer
    Patrick Mercer, former MP for Newark
    Danny Miller, CEO of London creative agency Human After All, he also launched  Little White Lies , one of the ground breakers for today's independent publishing scene. 
    Keith Oates. Former Executive Deputy Chairman Marks & Spencer. Former Director of Diageo, B.T. and BBC Governor, lately Forestry Commissioner for England and G.B.
    Chris Parker, Consultant Clinical Oncologist
    PARKER, Captain Wyndham (KS 1907) RAMC. Awarded an MC for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. "For tending the wounded under very heavy fire for 36 hours, during which he displayed very great courage and determination. Later, he rescued wounded officers under intense fire.”
    Mike Parry, journalist and radio presenter
    Stephen Peel, British businessman, private equity investor, philanthropist and former Olympic rower
    Ronald Pickup, actor
    Rowan Pritchard-Jones, Renowned Plastic Surgeon
    F J E Raby, former Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments 
    Canon Maurice Ridgeway, belonged to a now almost extinct breed of scholar parish priests
    Finlay Robertson, actor
    Peter Rudge, Former Olympic Rower
    His Honour Judge Anthony Patrick Russell QC, retired Senior Circuit Judge 
    Douglas Scone, local hero – He lost his life, aged 22, in a river tragedy on the Thames while saving four boys from drowning
    Jonathan Samuels, journalist
    Graham Scott, international concert pianist
    Jonathan Shanklin, Meteorologist
    The Hon. Mr Justice Spencer, British High Court Judge
    George Drewry Squibb, lawyer
    Dr John Smyth MacDonald, academic
    Jim Walker, Co-founder of The Climate Group and former Olympic Rower
    Professor Graeme White, Retired Historian
    David Whitley, Author
    Olivia Whitlam, Former Olympic rower
    Kevin Whyman, much loved OKS and former RAF pilot. Tragically lost his life during aerobatic display
    Ken Wilbraham, Wrote the book 'Beyond the Stile: A Cheshire Lad Remembers – Hatching plots and dreams in the countryside'
    Arnold Frederic Wilkins OBE, radar pioneer