Our alumni go on to do some amazing things after Cranfield and many of our alumni are exceptionally successful. We have a vast range of distinguished alumni making significant impact within technology and management.


  • Ronald Ayers MBE (MSc Aerodynamics 1956), Chief Aerodynamicist, Bloodhound SSC
    Awarded MBE in 2014 for services to engineering

  • Pekka Erkama (MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics 2013), Founder and CEO, Huperman, Captain, Finnair, and Founding Partner, Chairman of the Board, Qreform

  • Alan C Brown (Diploma in Aircraft Engineering 1951), Former Director of Engineering, Lockheed
    Honorary graduate

  • Ralph Hooper OBE FREng FRAeS (MSc Design 1948), prestigious aeronautical engineer
    Awarded OBE in 1978 (Military Division)

  • Mohamed Juman (PhD in the School of Engineering 2003), Chairman of AMJ Projects W11, Managing Director and Founder, Mena Aerospace

  • Dr Sarah Qureshi (MSc by Research in the School of Engineering 2008, PhD in Aerospace 2016), CEO and Co-founder, Aero Engine Craft Limited

Defence and Security

  • Lieutenant General Obed Akwa (MSc Global Security 2003), Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana

  • Major General Isidore Edet (MSc Security Sector Management 2013), General Commanding Officer, Nigerian Army (GOC 81 Division)

  • General Sir Richard Barrons KCB, MBE, OBE, CBE, ADC Gen (Master of Defence Administration 1990), Retired British Army Officer
    Honorary graduate
    Awarded MBE in 1993 in recognition of service during operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia
    Awarded OBE in 2000 (Military Division)
    Awarded CBE in 2003 in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 April 2002 to 30 September 2002
    Knighted in 2013

  • Ivan Dvořák (MSc Global Security 2000), Policy Adviser to the Chief of General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, former Senior Defence Adviser at Czech Mission to the UN

  • Major General (Retired) Bill Robins CB OBE (MSc Managing Defence and Security 2009), iconic defence figure,
    Visiting Professor, Cranfield University
    Awarded Order of the Bath CB in 1997
    Awarded OBE in 1984 (Military Division)

  • Abubakar Saad (MSc Global Security 2009), Brigadier General, Nigerian Army (GS)
    Received the first Rupert Thorneloe award (2010)

  • Retired Brigadier Michael Stone (MSc Design of Information Systems 1997), Global Head of Technology Transformation for Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, KPMG International, and Senior Associate Fellow RUSI

  • Julian Young CB, OBE, BSC, MA, MSC, MDA, CENG, FRENG, FIET, FRAES, CCMI, HONFAPM, RAF (MSc Defence Leadership 2012), Air Marshal and Chief of Material (Air) at Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S), UK Ministry of Defence
    Awarded OBE in 2000 (Military Division)

Energy and Power

  • Nigel Curson (MSc Offshore Engineering 1984), Executive Director and Vice President – Technical Excellence, Penspen

  • Kevin Fong OBE (MSc by Research in the School of Engineering 2008), Consultant Anaesthetist, University College London, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Doctor, and Innovation and Engagement Fellowship, Wellcome Trust
    Awarded OBE in 2019 for services to Medicine and Healthcare

  • Neil Saunders (MSc Underwater Technology and Subsea Engineering 1998), President and CEO Oilfield Equipment, Baker Hughes a GE Company

  • Charan Sekhon (MSc Energy Conservation and the Environment 1997), Senior Environment Officer & EDI Project Coordinator (East Anglia), Environment Agency, and Founder and Chair, SEVA Trust UK

Environment and Agrifood

  • Barbara Bray MBE (MSc Post Harvest Technology 1996), Food Safety and Nutrition Consultant, Alo Solutions
    Awarded MBE in 2019 for services to Food Nutrition
  • Winnie Byanyima (MSc Energy Conservation and the Environment 1988), Executive Director, UNAIDS, former Executive Director, Oxfam International and former Director of Gender and Development, United Nations Development Programme

  • Dr Siobhan Gardiner (PhD Environment and Agrifood 2017), Climate Change and Environment Lead, Deloitte Ventures, One Young World ambassador, and Winner of the Commonwealth Award in the 2019 Women of the Future Awards

  • Gabriel Marty (MSc Environmental Management for Business 2009), Energy Analyst, WegoWise, and former Policy Analyst and Advisor for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

  • Yewande Mayomi-Akinola OBE (MSc Innovation and Design for Sustainability 2012), Principal Engineer, Laing O'Rouke, Member of the IET Board of Trustees
    Awarded OBE in 2020 for services to Engineering and Diversity in STEM Design and Innovation
  • Robert Merrall (EngD School of Applied Sciences 1998), Past President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) (2016-2018) and Managing Director, Merralls Consulting – Agri-Tech Innovation Consultant

  • Peter Stedman (MSc Natural Resource Management 2000), Independent Consultant, Salvus Food Consulting and former Head of Responsible Sourcing – Food, Tesco

  • Sophie Walker (MSc Environmental Management for Business 2007), UK Head of Sustainability, Regional Director, JLL


  • Elena Ambrosiadou (MBA 1988)
    CEO, IKOS Asset Management, Advisory Board member, Cranfield School of Management

  • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL FCA (Business Growth and Development Programme 1998), Co-founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer, President, UKCISA, Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford 
    Life Peer, House of Lords
    Honorary graduate
    Awarded CBE in 2004 for services to business

  • Debra Charles (Business Growth and Development Programme 2007), Founder and CEO, Novacroft, Co-founder, The Kindness Movement, and Trustee, Northamptonshire Community Foundation
    Honorary graduate
    Advisory Board, Cranfield School of Management

  • Warren East CBE FRS FREng FIET FBCS (Executive MBA 1990), CEO, Rolls-Royce
    Honorary graduate
    Advisory Board member, Cranfield School of Management
    Awarded CBE in 2014 for services to the technology industry

  • Andy Harrison (MBA 1983), Chairman, Dunelm Group, and former CEO, Whitbread
    Honorary graduate

  • Omobola Johnson (DBA 2013), Senior Partner, TLcom Capital LLP, Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and former Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria from 2011 to 2015, Member, World Wide Web Foundation Board of Directors, and Non-Executive Director, MTN

  • Dr Alice Maynard CBE (DBA 2007), Director, Future Inclusion
    Board Member, Transport for London, and Non-Executive Director, HM Revenue and Customs
    Awarded CBE in 2015 for services to people with disabilities and their families

  • Sir Charlie Mayfield (MBA 1992), former Chairman, John Lewis
    Chairman, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
    Honorary graduate
    Awarded a Knighthood in 2013 for services to business

  • John McFarlane OBE (MBA 1975), former Group Chairman, Barclays
    Honorary graduate
    Awarded OBE in 1995 for services to the finance industry

  • Angus Thirlwell (Business Growth and Development Programme 2000), CEO and Co-Founder, Hotel Chocolat

  • Sarah Willingham (MBA 2003), Serial entrepreneur and former Dragon on Dragons’ Den, BBC TV
    Honorary graduate

  • Dr Andy Wood OBE DL (DBA 2007), Chief Executive, Adnams Plc, Professor of Corporate Leadership, University of East Anglia, and Non-Executive Chairman, SG Wealth Management Ltd
    Honorary graduate
    Awarded OBE in 2013 for services to business and the community in East Anglia


  • Russell Cameron (Fellowship in Manufacturing Management 1984), Campaign Director, Digital Trust, Secure Information and Communications Systems, and Director of Cyber, Consulting and Digital Trust, Thales

  • Dr Ayotunde Coker (MSc Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems 1989), Managing Director and CEO, Rack Centre Ltd

  • Andy Palmer (PhD Engineering Management 2004), CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
    Honorary graduate

  • Mahendra Patel (MSc Industrial Engineering and Administration 1973), Chairman and Managing Director, Mamata Machinery Pvt. Ltd, Mahatma Group, Executive Vice Chairman of Klockner Desma Machinery Pvt Ltd, and of Milacron India Ltd
  • Carole Sanz-Paris (MSc Advanced Materials 1997), Principal Investment Officer, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Structured Finance, IDB Invest

  • Ross Stuart (Fellowship in Manufacturing 1983), CEO, Astir Ltd, and Chairman & CEO, Volumatic

  • Sarah Black-Smith (MSc Operations Excellence 2016), Head of Factory Operations, Siemens. 

Transport systems

  • Dr Fariba Alamdari (PhD Transport Studies 1987), former Vice-President Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and former Vice President, Boeing Global Partner Institute at The Boeing Company
    Professor and Dean at Cranfield University, 1984-2006
    Honorary graduate

  • Adel Al Redha (MSc Air Transport 1997), Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Airlines

  • Karam Chand (MSc Air Transport 1992), CEO, Royal Brunei Airlines

  • Mark Dunkerley (MSc Air Transport Management 1985), Board Member, Spirit Airlines and Airbus, and former President and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines

  • Maureen Kirk (MSc Manufacturing Management 1991), Senior Audit Manager, Transport for London

  • Samer Majali (MSc Air Transport 1982), Founder, Plane Vision
    and former CEO, SaudiGulf Airlines

  • Saleem Mohammad CEng FIMechE MAPM (MSc Air Transport 1987), Program Delivery, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail)

  • Derek Nice (MSc in Air Transport Management 1986), CEO, Air Vanuatu

  • Duong Tri Thanh (MSc Air Transport Management 1993), CEO, Vietnam Airlines

  • Stephen Vella (MSc Air Transport Engineering 1976), CEO, Kestrel Aviation, and Managing Director, Camber Aviation Management Ltd


  • Matilda Afriyie (MSc Water Management 2008), Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, WaterAid Ghana

  • Christian Lujan Bellon (MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering 2013), Head of Research and Development, EnSO International Ltd

  • Clifford Braimah (PhD School of Applied Sciences 2009), Managing Director, Ghana Water Company

  • Sarah Castelvecchi (MSc Water Management 2011), Water Saving Programme Manager, Anglian Water Services

  • Mei Yee Chan (MSc Community Water and Sanitation 2014), Senior Programme Manager, TÜV SÜD

  • Right Reverend Richard Charles Jackson (MSc Water and Soil Engineering), Bishop of Hereford

  • Maxine Mayhew (PhD School of Applied Sciences 1998), Managing Director, Natural Resources, Costain Group, and Non-Executive Director, Karbon Homes
    Council Member, Cranfield University

  • Emma Sharp (PhD Natural Organic Matter Coagulation 2005, MSc Water Pollution Control Technology 2002), Area Operations Business Lead, Severn Trent Water