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Our Alumni Board

Our Global Old Waconian Network

Cheadle Hulme School fosters relationships with over 13,000 Old Waconians worldwide. Our Alumni Relations programme aims to further the needs of the School by broadening the participation of our former students in the activities of the School and providing opportunities for them to volunteer their skills and expertise to enhance our academic, co-curricular and pastoral programmes. We also promote philanthropic support for the School’s priority projects. CHS is extremely fortunate to have an alumni body that remain so loyal to the School and its long and proud heritage by offering their skills, expertise and philanthropic support.

Aims of the Alumni Board

Membership of the Alumni Board aims to represent the members of the Old Waconians' Association both by age-range and with respect to our alumni's diverse interests and expertise. The Board also has representation from the current CHS community including a current student, a member of teaching staff, the Alumni Relations Manager, the Director of Development and External Relations, and the Head.

  • 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.

Emma Hardy, Class of 1986: Chair of the Alumni Board & 1980s representative

Emma left Cheadle Hulme School in 1986 after being Head Girl in her final year. She always wanted to work in media and she soon became a Theatrical Agent at ICM, the UK’s largest Agency, working with high profile celebrities such as: Hugh Grant, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Ian McKellen, Peter Capaldi, Joely Richardson and Chris Evans.

After a stint working at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre she moved in to television joining Princess Productions over 20 years ago. She has been integral to the creation and broadcasting of over 100 television shows in all genres.  Some of these successes include Light Lunch (Channel 4), Sunday Night Project (Channel 4), Got To Dance (Sky One) and Sunday Brunch (Channel 4).  She has helped to launch the television careers of many household names including Mel and Sue and Dermot O’Leary. 

Emma became Managing Director of Princess Productions in 2014 with the Company being voted one of the best places to work in television in 2016 and 2017. Last year the Company produced Stand Up To Cancer for Channel 4 raising almost £16million, it was nominated for a BAFTA award and won a prestigious RTS Award.

She is a current parent with a daughter who is following in her footsteps as CHS’s Head Girl for 2017/18.

Other members of the Board

1950s representative  

1960s representative

1970s representative

1990s representative

Old Waconian aged 30 or under  

International representative

2010 Members representative

Terry Allsop, Class of 1959

David Shipley, Class of 1961

Rod Goddard, Class of 1974

Belinda Walmsley, Class of 1994

Akshay Shah, Class of 2012

Helen Lynch, Class of 1977

Ravi Sampanthar, Class of 1986