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Old Waconian Awards

The Old Waconian Awards aim to:

  • Recognise the achievements of Old Waconians

  • Increase awareness about the accomplishments of Old Waconians

  • Increase the awareness about ways in which Old Waconians can be involved in the School today.

Nominations are now closed for the Old Waconian Awards 2019. Our winners will be announced shortly.

Old Waconian Awards 2018

Cheadle Hulme School are thrilled to announce the 2018 recipients of the Old Waconians Awards, presented at the Annual Celebration of Cheadle Hulme School at the Bridgewater Hall in September.

Distinguished Old Waconian Award

Dr Stephen (Steff) Nash,  Class of 1970

Steff is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and served on the Executive Committee of the College of Emergency Medicine of which he was a Founder Member. He chaired the Clinical Effectiveness Committee for 10 years and was involved in developing the quality standards for the speciality.

In the last 20 years, whilst always maintaining his clinical commitments in the NHS, he has travelled extensively in North Africa, along the 'Silk Route' and in Asia delivering medical training in refugee and relief situations. This led him to found the charity ‘ Hope 4 the World' in order to train young people to staff medical clinics in the remote mountainous regions of East Burma (Myanmar). Additionally the charity seeks to meet the similarly urgent needs for training teachers and building primary schools in areas where basic provision for the ethnic minorities is lacking. Steff's keen motivation is for leadership development and empowering the disadvantaged to transform their society in adverse circumstances.

Young Alumni Award

Dr Jessica Gray, Class of 2012

Jess has graduated in Medicine from Sheffield University where she has also received a Distinction in a Masters of Research in Translational Oncology and presented her paper at a conference for the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons.

In addition to thriving under the demands of a medical degree, she has shown real altruism and dedication when it comes to supporting a wide range of charitable causes.  Whether training for a half marathon to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice during her final exams, or organising a talk by Professor Steve Peters, the author of the Chimp Paradox, in aid of MIND, she is focused on helping others. She has taught parents first aid as part of the initiative ‘How to save a baby’s life’ and founded the Charity Netball tournament for all abilities which is now held annually. She continues with the ethos of CHS and is an excellent example of an Old Waconian. She is now a doctor in colorectal surgery in Huddersfield.

‘I feel hugely honoured to have been recognised by CHS for my academic efforts as well as my fundraising. It was both surprising and slightly amusing to be awarded for doing what I enjoy and my inability to sit still. My time at CHS gave me some of my fondest memories and I continue to call my fellow Waconians my best friends.’

Previous award winners

2017 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2017 Young Alumni Award

Terry Allsop, Class of 1959

Bronte Law, Class of 2013

2016 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2016 Young Alumni Award

Dr Olayinka Koso-Thomas, Class of 1954

Made From Manchester - Callum Ballantine, Zach Sadri, Jonny Green, Samir Kamani, Jamie Gray, Luke Grimshaw, Alice Needham and Matthew Heath, Class of 2014

2015 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2015 Young Alumni Award

Dr Stuart Warren, Class of 1957

Jack Sheen, Class of 2011

2014 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2014 Young Alumni Award

Jim Gardner, Class of 1938

Lucy Nuttall, Class of 2006

2013 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2013 Young Alumni Award

Peter Bullock, Former Staff

Kit Yates, Class of 2003

2012 Distinguished Old Waconian Award

2012 Young Alumni Award

Lord Alf Dubs, Class of 1951

Cat Dunlop, Class of 2002