LJMU Notable Alumni

You're in good company

From MPs to celebrities, judges to rock stars and even the President of the Maldives, graduates of LJMU are in very fine company.

Mohamed Nasheed, BA Maritime Studies 1989

Mohamed Nasheed is the former President of the Maldives and leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, which he founded. His political journey began at LJMU in 1984 where he read maritime studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 he returned to the Maldives, becoming a vocal critic of the political regime led by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Though jailed as a "prisoner of conscience" on 13 occasions for his condemnation of the government, the democratisation of the political system resulted in him being sworn in as President on November 11, 2008.

Attracted worldwide attention for his campaign for action on climate change. 

Rt Hon Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, BSc Applied Biology
Stephen Ladyman is Labour Party member for South Thanet. After receiving a BSc in Applied Biology from LJMU he went on to work as a research scientist and an IT consultant until he was elected to Parliament in the 1997 general election. He worked as a junior minister at the Department for Health until May 2005, when he was appointed Minister of State for Transport.

Richard Duncalf, BA Business Studies
Chairman of Hervia Limited, a leading UK retailer of Vivienne Westwood products, Richard has helped develop a relationship between Hervia and the esteemed designer that has lasted for 15 years. Hervia presently have five standalone stores dedicated to her designs.

Phil Selway, BA (Hons) English & History
Phil is drummer for alternative rock band Radiohead, who are regarded as one of the most progressive and inventive rock bands of modern times. Phil was named the 26th greatest drummer of all time by Gigwise.

Rt Hon Andrew Stunell OBE MP, BA (Hons) Architecture
Andrew Stunell is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove, and was first elected at the 1997 general election. Having studied architecture at Liverpool polytechnic he was an architectural assistant until 1989 when he began working as Political Secretary of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

Phil Gayle, BSc Sports Science
Phil is a newsreader, currently working as a freelance journalist. He began his career as a DJ on various local radio stations. In the late '90s he began to work as a TV newsreader, working for both ITV and Channel 4. He also presented the news on Channel 4's morning show, the Big Breakfast.

Rt Hon Mark Hendrick MP, BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Mark is the Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Preston. Gaining a BSc for Electrical Engineering from LJMU, Mark has been involved in politics since 1984 when he the secretary of the Salford Co-operative Party for ten years. Elected at the 1994 European Parliament Election for the Central Lancashire seat he served in Brussels and Strasbourg for five years.

At the 2000 Preston by-election he was elected to the House of Commons, where he was a member of the European scrutiny select committee for three years from 2001. He has also served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Margaret Beckett since 2003.

The Hon Justice Richard Williams, LLB

The Honourable Justice Richard Williams, who graduated from LJMU in 1987, has recently been appointed Supreme Court Judge for the Turks and Caicos Islands, a developing Caribbean country located to the south east of the Bahamas. Having graduated from LJMU he practised at the Family Bar in London for 14 years before moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands to become Head of Litigation for a firm of attorneys.

Rt Hon George Howarth MP

George Howarth has been a Labour member of Parliament since a by-election in 1986, originally for Knowsley North until 1997, and then for its replacement Knowsley North and Sefton East. In 1997 he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office and was then given the same position in the Northern Ireland Office in 1999. Then in 2005 he became a member of the Privy Council.

Terence Wynn MEP

Terence Wynn was a Member of the European Parliament for North West England for the Labour Party. He was a member of the European Parliament between 1989 and 1994 for Merseyside East and between 1994 and 1999 for Merseyside East and Wigan. From 1999 to 2004 he held the position of President of the Budget Committee which oversees the 110bn budget of the EU. 

Beth Tweddle, BSc Sports Science (Physiology)

As the 2006 World Champion and European Champion on the uneven bars, Beth Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time. She is also the seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every consecutive year between 2001 and 2007

Rt Hon Ieuan Wyn Jones MP, LLB

A former law student Ieuan Wyn Jones is a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Ynys Mon constituency and was Deputy First Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government and leader of Plaid Cymru until 2012. He was Member of the UK parliament for Ynys Mon constituency from 1987-2001. In 2007, Jones was named Wales' "Politician of the Year" by the BBC Wales am.pm programme.

Caroline Aherne, Drama

Caroline is an English comedian, writer and actress best known for her award winning creations Mrs. Merton and The Royle Family. She has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

Rt Hon Martyn Jones MP, BSc Microbiology

Martyn Jones completed a BSc in Microbiology at Liverpool Polytechnic and became a microbiologist, working at the Wrexham Lager Beer Company from 1969 until June 1987 before his election to the House of Commons. At the 1987 general election, he was elected as member of Parliament for Clwyd South West. He has been a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee since 1997, serving as the committee's chair until 2005. He was previously a member of the Agriculture Select Committee.

Kirsty Doyle, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design

Kirsty Doyle, who graduated from LJMU with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design, was the first winner of Project Catwalk. Having won the competition she received a feature in the British version of Elle Magazine among other prizes. This recognition has now grown into a successful business not only in the North West but also in London where she began studying at Central St Martins on their MA in Womenswear course.

Roxanne Pallett, BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies

After completing a degree in media and cultural studies at LJMU and trying her hand at music, Roxanne decided to pursue an acting career. She is most famous for playing the role of Jo Sugden in the ITV soap Emmerdale, while she has also appeared on ITV's Soapstar Superstar and Dancing on Ice. She also acts as an ambassador for Women's Refuge and Carlisle's Eden Valley Hospice.

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