The A List

The 'A' List features Aston’s most successful and inspiring graduates and friends, all of whom have made significant contributions to business, industry, the professions, and their communities.

Aston University welcomes Dr Pamela Liversidge OBE to The A List in honour of her remarkable career in Mechanical Engineering. In 1997 she became the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in 1999 was awarded the OBE.

Latest A List Additions
    May 30, 2012
    Aston alumnus Dr Ravi Kant is the Vice-Chairman of Tata Motors Ltd., South Asia’s largest automobile manufacturing company.
    May 28, 2012
    Paul graduated from Aston Business School in 1980 with a degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies. In 1985 he co-founded WSM Partners LLP, a firm which has gone on to become a top 100 UK accountancy practice and today serves international clients such as Citigroup, UBS and Deutsche Bank as well as many high net worth individuals.
    May 30, 2012
    Aston alumnus Dr Daniel Franklin is the Executive Editor of The Economist, the leading weekly newspaper that is an authority on international politics and business news and opinion.
    July 20, 2012
    Entrepreneur Jurek Piasecki graduated from Aston in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the jewellery chain Goldsmiths Group and current owner and Managing Director of Nuval, an import and distribution company of unique, luxury watches and jewellery brands from around the world.
    March 01, 2012
    Born in 1929, Sir Adrian Cadbury has led a truly remarkable life. He is perhaps most well known for his chairmanship of the Committee on The Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance between 1991 and 1995 and the code of best practice which bears his name.
    March 26, 2012
    Dr Michael Oglesby DL. LLD. DSc CBE was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire and graduated from Aston with a degree in Building in 1966. He spent his early working years in the construction industry before moving to Manchester in 1970.
    March 26, 2012
    Aston alumnus Paul Golby graduated from Aston with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He is the former Chief Executive of E.ON UK plc, one of the UK's leading energy companies.
    April 20, 2012
    Professor Malcolm Stevens has had a long and distinguished career in cancer research. In 1972 he arrived at Aston University as Reader, then Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
    April 20, 2012
    David Bramley (1913 to 2010) was the Founder of the Department of Industrial Administration (the forerunner of Aston Business School). He was a retired ABS academic & former Director of GKN. He pioneered the 'case study' approach/method of teaching and learning.
    April 20, 2012
    Since graduating with a BSC in Managerial & Administrative Studies in 1984, Aston alumnus John Handley has had a distinguished career as a Private Equity investor.
    July 20, 2012
    Dr Bob Walter MP graduated from Aston in 1971 and is one of two Aston graduates currently sitting in the House of Commons. His rich and varied career has seen him play a prominent role in public life. In January 2011 he was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to head the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
    April 24, 2012
    Aston is proud to welcome Dr Lincoln Tsang to The A-List, in recognition of his outstanding legal career.
    April 26, 2012
    Aston welcomes Lord Paul Drayson to The A-List, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science and innovation.
    May 01, 2012
    After completing a PhD in Management at Aston, Dr Alan Hearne went on to become Chief Executive of the RPS Group, an international consultancy on the exploration and production of energy and natural resources.
    May 01, 2012
    Jeff Rooker graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Production Engineering in 1966. In 2001 he was appointed to the House of Lords, becoming a Life Peer with the title "Baron Rooker, of Perry Barr in the County of the West Midlands".
    May 04, 2012
    Aston University is proud to recognise Reginald Garratt as one of its most distinguished alumni.
    July 20, 2012
    Aston Alumnus Nelson Ogunshakin OBE is the Chief Executive of the Association of Consultancy and Engineering. Since graduating from Aston with a degree in Civil Engineering, and completing an MBA at Aston Business School, Nelson has made exceptional contributions to the International Construction and Engineering industries.
    July 20, 2012
    Graduating from Aston with a first class honours degree in Geology, Tony Hayward became the CEO of one of the world’s largest corporations, British Petroleum. He is currently CEO of Genel Energy, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
    July 20, 2012
    Christopher Banks is the founder of Big Thoughts, the award-winning food and drinks business. A former Managing Director at Coca-Cola, Chris is also former Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council and founder of the Independent College Partnership. He graduated from Aston in 1981 with an MBA.
    August 07, 2012
    As President and C.E.O of a group of companies based in the United Arab Emirates under the corporate name Shaarani Group, Dr Bahaa El Din El Shaarani is a fast-rising star in the region and the driving force behind an enormously successful global enterprise.
    September 14, 2012
    Roshan Thomas graduated from Aston with a degree in Optometry in 1978 before moving to Canada, where she today makes her home. Over the years, Roshan has dedicated her optometry training to serving marginalized populations in the developing world, through projects in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    October 03, 2012
    We are delighted to welcome a most distinguished husband-and-wife duo to The A-List. Since meeting at Aston in the 1980s, Dr Susan Mahony and Dr John Bamforth have carved illustrious international careers, and both received Honorary Degrees from Aston University in the summer of 2012 in honour of their outstanding contributions to the pharmaceutical industry.
    Rising Stars

      Our Rising Stars list celebrates the success of Aston’s recent graduates.

      November 01, 2012
      Aston University is proud to recognise Mark Nicholls and Paul Maurice as two of its most successful entrepreneurs and fast Rising Stars.
      January 29, 2013
      Aston alumnus Denys Zhadanov is the lead marketer of the well-known mobile application designer Readdle, which has sold more than 10 million Apple iPhone apps since 2007.
      October 08, 2012
      Since graduating from Aston University, Matt Roberts and Max Game have carved a path for themselves as successful entrepreneurs.
      April 23, 2012
      Aston alumna Kate Walsh is a television presenter and former licensing development manager who came to the public's attention in March 2009 while appearing as a candidate in the fifth series of The Apprentice. She co-hosted the Channel 5 evening entertainment show Live from Studio Five from its launch in September 2009.
      April 23, 2012
      At only 25, Adam Henderson (2008 BSc Managerial & Administrative Studies) was named as one of the country's thirty top marketers by The Marketing Academy, Britain’s leading professional body for marketing.
      April 23, 2012
      Aston University graduate Nick Holzherr is a contestant on this year’s series of the popular BBC television programme The Apprentice. Nick is now the third Aston graduate to take part in The Apprentice and he follows in the footsteps of Aston graduates Kate Walsh and Alex Wotherspoon.