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Alexander Downer

Australian High CommisSioner


Alexander Downer (Radley 1964-1970) is a former Foreign Minister of Australia and current Australian High Commissioner in London.

Sir Andrew Motion

Former Poet Laureate


Sir Andrew Motion (Radley 1966-1971) is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. He spent his last day as Poet Laureate holding a creative writing class at Radley, before giving a poetry reading and thanking the inspirational Peter Way who taught him English at Radley.

During the period of his laureateship, Motion founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work. In 2012, he became President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Andrew Motion won the 2015 Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry for the radio programme Coming Home. The production featured poetry by Motion based on recordings he made of British soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew Motion has taught at the University of Hull, the University of East Anglia and at Royal Holloway, University of London. In July 2015 he became a Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

Andrew Strauss, OBE

Director of Cricket for the English Cricket Team


Andrew Strauss, OBE (Radley 1990-1995) became the Director of Cricket for the England cricket team in 2015. Strauss scored two centuries and made six catches to help the England team win the 2005 Ashes. Strauss captained the England team to a 2–1 victory in the 2009 Ashes and to a 3-1 victory in the 2010/2011 Ashes in Australia. He relinquished the Test captaincy and retired from all forms of professional cricket in August 2012, following his 100th test. 

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Sir Charlie Mayfield

Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership


Sir Charlie Mayfield (Radley 1980-1984) has been Chairman of John Lewis Partnership since 2007. He is also Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He previously served in the British Army as an officer. He is a member of the Radley Council.

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Clive Stafford-Smith, OBE

Civil Rights LAwyer


Clive Stafford-Smith, OBE (Radley 1973-1977) is a lawyer who specialises in the areas of civil rights and the death penalty in the United States of America. He has represented some of the detainees held since 2002 at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

In August 2004 he returned from the US to live in the United Kingdom. He is the Legal Director of the UK branch of the human rights not-for-profit Reprieve. In 2005 he received the Gandhi International Peace Award.

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Freddie Sjostrom



Freddie Sjostrom (Freddie Stroma) (Radley 2000-2005) took a year out from his Neuroscience course at University College, London to play Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. After completing his degree he continued in the Harry Potter film series. He has appeared in (2010), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (2011), Pitch Perfect (2012), After the Dark (2013), Extraterrestrial (2014), The Inbetweeners 2 (2014), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), the American TV Series UnREAL (2015), and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (to be released in 2016).

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Major General Sir George Norton, KCVO, CBE

Army Officer


Major General Sir George Norton KCVO CBE is a senior officer in the British Army who has seen extensive operational service, notably in Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. Following Cambridge and Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in which he served a full and hugely enjoyable Regimental career. He has commanded 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, 38 (Irish) Brigade, and the Household Division, and served as the Deputy Commander of a range of NATO, US and Coalition formations abroad, twice in Afghanistan and currently in Northern Italy. As the Major General commanding the Household Division he was responsible for the Army’s ceremonial support to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, and as Joint Military Commander (London) for the Army’s contribution to the security of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. On the General Staff he has served as the Secretary to the Chief of Staff’s Committee in the Ministry of Defence and instructed at the UK’s Staff College. He currently holds the honorary appointment of Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and is the President of Army Telemark Skiing. He has been selected to serve as the UK’s 3 star Military Representative to NATO and the European Union in July 2016.

Harry Bicket

Opera and Concert Conductor


Harry Bicket (Radley 1974-1978) is renowned as an opera and concert conductor and especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He has been Artistic Director of The English Concert since 2007, leading them on tours to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. He is also Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera.

Henry Reily Collins



Henry Reily Collins (Radley 1997-2002) is an innovative engineer specialising in hydropower. Recent projects, both national and international, have included installations for The National Trust and the Blenheim Palace Estate.

John Bridcut




John Bridcut (Radley 1965-1970) His three major new films have recently been screened by BBC Four. Karajan's Magic and Myth told the story of music's most successful conductor, Britten's Endgame launched the BBC's celebration of the Benjamin Britten centenary, while Requiem explored the history of one of music's most powerful and enduring forms.

John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied documentaries to his name, ranging from politics to contemporary history to the arts. His latest award is for Colin Davis In His Own Words, a tribute to the British conductor who died in April 2013 at the age of 85. It was judged Best Arts Documentary in the 2014 Grierson Awards. He has also made film portraits of The Queen, The Prince of Wales, Hillary Clinton, Rudolf Nureyev and Roald Dahl.

His Britten film is his sixth composer portrait, after studies of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Parry – and his first Britten film, Britten's Children.

He has published two books on Benjamin Britten, and lectures on music, broadcasting and current affairs. He is a member of the Radley Council.

The Rt Rev Julian Henderson

Bishop of Blackburn


Julian Henderson (Radley 1968-1972), Bishop of Blackburn, was consecrated a bishop on 10 October 2013 and inaugurated at Blackburn Cathedral on 19 October 2013.

Oliver Sherwood

NAtional Hunt Racing Trainer


Oliver Sherwood (Radley 1969-1973) has been a National Hunt racing trainer since 1984. He won the Hennessy Gold Cup in 1990 & 2014 and the Grand National in 2015.

Photograph by Denis Jones/ANL/REX Shuttershock

Peter Cook



Peter Cook (Radley 1951-1956) At Cambridge he was a member of the Footlights and, while at university, wrote sketches for Kenneth Williams. With Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett and Dudley Moore in the Beyond the Fringe review, he helped to start the satire boom in Britain in the 1960s. Peter Cook set up the Establishment Club and helped produce Private Eye. His partnership with Dudley Moore led to Not Only… But Also and Derek and Clive. He appeared in many films including Bedazzled, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer and The Princess Bride. Peter Cook died in 1995.

Tom Stuart-Smith

landscape architect and garden designer


Tom Stuart-Smith (Radley 1973-1977) is a landsacpe architect and garden designer. he studied Zoology at Cambridge and Landscape design at Manchester University. He has made eight gold medal garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and made a garden for the Queen at Windsor Castle to mark the Golden Jubilee. He now makes gardens and parks in the UK, throughout Europe, in India and the USA.

Photograph by Andrew Lawson.

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