Alumni Board


  • To provide operational advice and guidance relating to the School’s alumni relations programme
  • To annually agree the recipients of the Distinguished Old Waconians Awards
  • To understand the School’s fundraising efforts from Old Waconians and friends of the School 


Katie Derham, Class of 1988: President of the OWA


“I am honoured to take on the role of President and look forward to meeting as many Old Waconians as possible during my tenure. I have very fond memories of my time at School and feel a strong affinity to the place. I see the role as a great opportunity to reconnect Old Waconians with their former school, encourage them to support current students or young Old Waconians who are starting out in their chosen career and inspire some of today’s students too.”

Katie left Cheadle Hulme School in 1988 and went on to graduate from Magdalene College, Cambridge, with a BA (Hons) in Economics. Following work experience at the BBC she pursued her passion for radio and, starting as a secretary, worked her way up to researcher on a BBC Radio 4 money programme. BBC5Live saw her move from researcher to producer to presenter but after some work on BBC Breakfast she made the transition to TV, becoming the BBC’s consumer affairs correspondent.

Katie moved to ITN as their Media and Arts Editor and later became the main female presenter on the ITV lunchtime news. Returning to the BBC in 2010 her career now focuses around the arts, including presenting the BBC Proms and the Radio 3 drive time show In Tune. You may also have seen her challenging herself as a trainee conductor on Maestro and becoming an accomplished dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

Katie is married to restaurateur John Vincent and has two daughters. At CHS she loved music and still plays her violin today.


Roderick Goddard, Class of 1974: Chair of the Alumni Board and 1970s representative


“I was delighted, if a little surprised, to be asked to chair the Alumni Board. For many of the boarders, of which I was one, CHS was not just a school it was our home, and the fellow pupils were our family. Strong bonds were formed there, many of which are still going strong 50+ years later. I am keen that the School continues to be the amazing educational establishment it is now, whilst still recognising and celebrating that the foundations of it were forged in the philanthropy of some wonderful people many years ago.”

Roderick is from the Class of 1974, joining the boarding school in 1964 under the foundation scheme. Following a, self-confessed, undistinguished school academic performance he joined the Metropolitan Police. Roderick served for over 30 years and retired as a senior detective on the Serious Crime Directorate. He spent time on the Homicide Command in NW London and investigating serious crimes internationally, in addition to training detectives from the UK and abroad in serious crime investigation.

Roderick studied law prior to his retirement from the Police and was called to the Bar as a second career in 2007. He practiced predominantly criminal law on the South Eastern circuit. In recent years, he has been involved in teaching and assessing aspiring lawyers for a legal training company.


Other members of the Board

  • 1950s representative: Terry Allsop, Class of 1959
  • 1960s representative: David Shipley, Class of 1961
  • 1980s representative & 2010 Members representative: Ravi Sampanthar, Class of 1986
  • 1990s representative, Belinda Walmsley: Class of 1994
  • Old Waconian aged 30 or under, Akshay Shah: Class of 2012 
  • International representative: Helen Lynch, Class of 1977 


OWA Documents 

Extract from A History of Cheadle Hulme School, 1855 – 1955

OWA Constitution 2017

OWA AGM Minutes (unapproved) 2020

Notice of AGM 2020

OWA AGM Minutes 2019