Alumni & Development

Profiles of Old Bedalians

A Bedales education enables our students to develop in a huge variety of areas, creating diplomats to professors, architects to vets, artists to singers. In this section, Old Bedalians tell us what they learnt at the school and describe their fondest memories.

Old Bedalian profiles

Click on the images below for individual profiles.  

Simon Anholt, Old Bedalian and member of the Foreign Office Public Diplomacy Board  Harriet Logan, Old Bedalian and Photographer  Robin Nuttall, Old Bedalian and Partner, McKinsey  Eva Bishop, Old Bedalian and Online Manager, ClimateCare, J.P. Morgan  Tom Lodge, Old Bedalian and Zen Master 

Myra Neumann, Old Bedalian, Disability Carer, Autism Therapist and Online Activist  Professor Alan Spivey  Lucy Holmes  Naomi Rokotnitz  Nic Dunlop 

Gautam Lewis  OB Johnny Flynn  Monty Waldin  Charles bevan 2012  Mella Shaw 2012 

Jane Kirby, Bedales Head Girl 1978-79  Amy Meadows  Miranda Fricker  Tim Crocker  Mark Hanson 

Charles Cecil  Gini Arnold  Ian Ripper  Jeremy Wates  Valerie St Pierre

John Russell  Patricia Duncker  Ben Matthews  Teddy Thompson  Michael Bird

Christy Callaway-Gale  Anthony Pike  Roxanna Panufnik  Simon Hitchens  Anna Dickerson

Lucinda Montefiore  Pete Flood  Lucy Parham  Diana Armfield  Adrienne Reveley

Alison Ball  Caroline Bullock  Christopher Irwin  Diana Ambache  Gyles Brandreth

Mike Gordon  Simon Laughlin  Tim Johnston  Henry Danowski  Philippa Rowland


Seven years on

We asked former Bedales students a series of questions on their education and subsequent careers seven years after leaving the school:

Leavers of 2005

Arpit VyasEdward YeoEmma BentleyFelix PicklesHannah NewellJames HarberJenny DeletraJo LongMarlies de GrootNina Kline

Leavers of 2004

Julian CoatesHenrique DolabellaJack GravesOlivia OdellFrancesca PheasantJohn SalmonClaire SalterCharlotte StruttSophie WaringAlfred Widmann

Leavers of 2003

Rodger Abey ParrisGrace BanksHolly BellmThea BishopFletcher CowanIndia HamiltonKate Holmes


"A good academic education helped me get into Cambridge; and a sense of community helped me try and understand the cultures, values and needs." Charles Bevan, Head Boy 1965-66

"Bedales supported everything. There was no judgement. It kept everything constant. It was a home base for me in a way. It's why I reference it so much in my life." OB Minnie Driver as quoted in BBC Radio Times  magazine 29 Oct - 4 Nov 2011

"I was there 1948 - 1953, the teachers at  Bedales inspired me to live to the fullest, it is thanks to them that my life is such a wonderful adventure - Thank you." OB Tom Lodge who wrote this dedication in his book 'The Ship that Rocked the World'. Tom was one of the early DJs on Radio Caroline.

"I really do think that going to Bedales had a massive effect on me.....It just seems to inspire something in people that go there and it gives you really great confidence" OB Shakira Akabusi - read an article on her career and her time at Bedales here.

The achievements and activities of Old Bedalians are often profiled in the media. See below for links to recent coverage.   

If you are an Old Bedalian and would like to add your profile, please contact Dennis Archer.

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