Meet Aston's Alumni

Meet Aston's Alumni
Our graduates go on to do amazing things, from founding businesses, to leading multinational companies, or setting up successful charities. Take a few minutes to meet some of Aston's leading alumni through the video and press interviews, topical lectures or our Aston 50 Greats series.

Featured Alumni

Each week we will be highlighting a different interview or lecture with an Aston graduate. 

Dr Sue Mahony (BSc, PhD Pharmacy 1989, Honorary Degree 2012) and Dr John Bamforth (PhD Pharmacy 1990, Honorary Degree 2012)

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Eli Lilly

Since meeting at Aston in the 1980s, Dr Sue Mahony and Dr John Bamforth have carved illustrious international careers, and both received Honorary Degrees from Aston University in 2012.

During the webinar Senior Vice President, Sue, shares her 30 years experience in pharmaceuticals and expertise on drug development. With 29 years experience in the pharma industry Chief Marketing Officer, John shares key elements for successful marketing and how to get the competitive advantage.

Alumni Interviews

Meet Aston's graduates through alumni interviews and articles in the press, including Dr Ravi Kant, former Managing Director of Tata Motors to Sam Lythgoe, who was recently nominated for the Power Part Time list 2015. 

Rod Turner
Ravi Kant
Sam Lythgoe

Dr Ravi Kant (MSc Industrial Metallurgy Management Techniques  1970)

Former Vice Chairman, Tata Motors Ltd

Dr Ravi Kant was the CEO and Managing Director and later the Vice Chairman of Tata Motors Ltd., South Asia's largest automobile manufacturing company, and part of the TATA Group, India's largest multinational conglomerate. 

Mike Dandy (Mechanical Engineering  1970)

Director, Robson & Dandy Ltd

After graduating from Aston, Mike went out to have a fascinating career in the aerospace industry in the UK and Canada.

He shares his career story and memories of too much partying in third year and the Mucky Duck in Harborne.

Rob Brighouse (MBA 1989) 

Managing Director Chiltern Railways


Rob talks about his successful career in the rail industry and his current post as Managing Director of Chiltern Railways and his career highlights.

Neil Lawson-May (Managerial & Administrative Studies 1982)

Chief Executive of Palatium Investment Management


Managerial & Administrative Studies graduate Neil Lawson-May talks about Aston’s uniqueness and why others should follow his example and support Aston. Since leaving Aston in 1982 Neil gone on to work in banking and is now the Chief Executive of Palatium Investment Management.

David Bishop

Co-founder of Delinquent Interactive

We caught up with Managerial & Administrative Studies graduate David Bishop. Since leaving Aston in 1980 he has since gone on to enjoy a successful career in the games industry, and in 2014 co-founded Delinquent Interactive.

Ian Constance (BEng Production Technology  & Management 1991)

CEO, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Ian is the CEO at Coventry based Advanced Propulsion Centre and we caught up with him about making life long friends at Aston and what advice he would give to the students of today.

Gareth Wilson (BSc,  Management & Computer Science 1992) and Matthew Long (BSc  Management & Administrative Studies 1992


Aston graduates, Gareth and Matthew were back on campus giving a talk to students. Since leaving Aston they have gone on to enjoy a successful career at Accenture. We caught up with them to find out their fondest memories of Aston and what advice they would give to today’s graduates. 

Andrew Tromans (MBA 2012) 

Deutsche Banke


Andrew talks about what it is like to work Deutsche Bank, his plans for the future and gives advice to students and graduates who would like to do the same.

Anisa Haghdadi (Business and Management 2012)

CEO, Beatfreaks

Anisa Haghdadi set up her first social enterprise at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. Her most recent social enterprise, Beatfreeks, aims to develop transferable skills in young people and empower them to create change on a personal, community and global level. In 2014 she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to education and young people.

Alumni Lectures

Aston's graduates are leading the way with their research. Find out more by watching and listening to some of the best lectures, from research into diabetes with Professor Cliff Bailey to Brand Transformation in the Digital Age with former CEO of, Matthew Crummack.

Paul Furlong
Cliff Bailey
Matthew Crummack

Inaugural lecture, Professor Cliff Bailey 

(Biological Sciences, 1973), Professor of Clinical Science at the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham 

Alumni webinar, Rod Turner 

(Energy Technology, 1979), shared the story of his successful career path with Aston Online MBA students in a live webinar from his home in California.

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Inaugural lecture by Prof Paul Furlong 

(MPhil, Ophthalmic Optics. 1990), Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging at the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham.

MacLaren Memorial Lecture 2015: Matthew Crummack 

(BSc, International Business & French, 1993), CEO

Dr Eric Hill (BSc Applied & Human Biology 2000) 

Ben Smith (BSc International Business & French 2009)

Andy Street (2012 Honorary Graduate)

Managing Director of John Lewis

Rahkesh Thakkar (International Business & Economics 2013)

PHD Student

In this talk, Rahkesh Thakkar shares his research on discovering our potential through culture, specifically focusing on the impact of cross-culture communication on an individual who has moved abroad for education. He explains that language is a form of communication, but no matter who you are, understanding culture is the key to unlocking your potential. Building on his own experiences of cross-culture communication, Rahkesh explains how culture can be an important factor of cultural learning, self-development & personal growth.

Carl Senior (MBA 2014)

Aston University

In this TEDx talk, Dr Carl Senior (MBA 2014) shares the secret to getting the very best from anything you apply yourself to. Armed with nearly 10 years of research in the field of student engagement, he explains the three main things all students use or do that ensures their success. These three things are fairly straightforward - they are not rocket science - and they can be taken and applied to anything you do.
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