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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 


Karim Khalil QC, Class of 1980: President of the OWA

“I am thrilled to have been elected as President of the Old Waconians' Association, to help further our alumni network. I hope to bring more Old Wacs together and to increase our involvement with CHS and the current students - the Old Wacs of tomorrow! I would like to meet as many of you as possible over the coming months, so do get in touch and help me to find any 'lost' OWs.”

Karim left CHS in 1980 and graduated from the University of Cambridge in Law. He was called to the Bar in 1984, became one of the youngest Assistant Recorders/Recorders, and took Silk in 2003. He sits as a part-time Judge at the Old Bailey and is a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. He is a qualified Mediator and specialist Mediation Advocate.

Karim practices mainly in London, the South East and Midlands where he has defended or prosecuted many high profile cases, including prosecuting the Soham murderers.

His advice and advocacy is sought across the criminal spectrum: including murder, drug trafficking and sexual offences. He has a particular interest in medico-legal, science based, baby-shaking cases and cold-case reviews. He also advises and represents parties in cases concerning foreign jurisdiction / cross border issues: this has included opposing inter-governmental requests for the extradition of alleged 'gang murderers' convicted abroad in their absence.

Karim is married with two adult children, He regularly attends the theatre, opera and ballet and is now a keen cyclist having hung up his lacrosse boots due to injury.

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