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King’s College London

Ranjit Dheer OBE
(MA, Education, 1984)
London magistrate and councillor Ranjit Dheer has been honoured with an OBE for services to local government. Ranjit was an English lecturer in India before settling in Britain in 1966. He is also an award-winning Punjabi author. He was first elected as a councillor in Ealing in 1982 and has won eight local government elections in the past 35 years.

Rt Revd Canon Anne Dyer
(MTh Theology & Religious Studies, 1989)
Rt Revd Anne Dyer has been elected as the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. She is the first woman to be elected as a Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. Since 2011, Anne has served as the rector of Holy Trinity Church in Haddington, Scotland. She is also a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod. Before moving to Scotland she was a deacon and a priest in Kent. Anne is Chair of East Lothian Foodbank and regularly lectures on fine art and theology. She studied chemistry and was a business systems analyst before training for ordained ministry.

The Rev Francis Chadwick, AKC
(Theology, 1954)
More than 60 years since he was ordained as a priest, Rev Francis Chadwick has had his book published: The Winding Road of Faith: A journey through life, belief and humanity. His book recounts a remarkable life spent travelling in two senses: exploring other lands with his family, and examining his own faith. Although he has sometimes found his belief challenged by personal tragedy, it has remained strong; through childhood, military service, family upheavals and many experiences in his work.

Professor Ian Evans
(PhD Psychology, 1970)
After a long career as a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Hawaii and New Zealand, Ian has made the switch from academic to fiction writing. He has had two novels published, both with a psychology theme: The Eye of Kuruman and Menace.

Sadi Khan MBE
(Microbiology, 1996)
Sadi has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her cultural and religious awareness training and for her services to vulnerable women. Sadi delivers cultural and religious awareness training to organisations across the UK, through her company, Noble Khan. This is as a result of personal experience, which drove her to investigate the issues that minority communities can face in the workplace. She aims to reduce cultural fear and ignorance and promote engagement, inclusivity and diversity. Sadi is also a passionate advocate for empowering women. She gives talks and leads coaching for schools and businesses, to educate and give women a voice, and is an ambassador for the charity Women’s Aid.

Professor Robert Hampson
(English Language & Literature 1970; PhD English Literature, 1973)
Robert is an author, poet and academic whose PhD at King’s was focused on the writer Joseph Conrad. Robert has recently won the Ian P. Watt Award from the Joseph Conrad Society of America for his lifetime contribution to Conrad scholarship.

Barry Gough FKC
(History, 1969)
A global maritime and naval historian, Barry’s latest published book Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty investigates naval policy-making and Royal Navy history in World War I. It is a dual biography, studying the politics and stress of high command and the roles of a young Churchill and the ageing Admiral Sir John ‘Jacky’ Fisher.

Naomi Marghaleet AKC
(American Studies, 2012)
Naomi, an author and former Emmerdale actress, now runs a communications consultancy. You Said It Speech Writing assists with pitches, presentations, media interviews, speeches and videos. The company also teaches public speaking skills to help people deliver with confidence, whether on screen or in person.

David Morgan
David was Manager of King’s Merton sports grounds in the late 1980s. He was a steeplechase athletics champion in the 1960s and 70s, a coach and was involved in running University of London Athletics and United Hospitals Championships. His recent autobiography Life through Corridors of Uncertainty offers a fascinating insight into the history of university sports in London.

Captain Simon Paterson MBE
(War Studies, 2006; MA Defence Studies, 2008)
During his career in the British Army, Simon conducted training and operational missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Bosnia, and a host of NATO countries. His biggest challenge was helping to build the new 77th brigade, tasked with the use of legitimate, non-lethal activities to reduce and prevent conflict. This role led to him being honoured with an MBE in the Military Division. Having recently left the Army he is now battling the equally combative world of software as the Communications Director for CloudSense, a commerce systems provider.

Teemu Alexander Puutio
(Economics for Competition Law, 2014)
After some time in legal and economic affairs at the United Nations in Bangok, Teemu now works at the UN Secretariat in the Department of Management in New York. He manages technology and innovation transactions in support of the UN’s peacekeeping missions and other entities across the UN Secretariat.

Karol Lorne (nee Higgins)
(Forensic Science, 1998)
Karol is a Senior Crime Scene Investigator at Greater Manchester Police and has recently been awarded Chartered Manager status by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - Level 8 (doctorate), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

The Hon'ble Justice Rajasekhar Mantha
(Law, 1991)
Rajasekhar has been practising as a Constitutional Counsel at the Calcutta High Court since 1991.
He was designated a Senior Counsel by the Calcutta High Court in 2013 and became a Judge in 2017.

Elisabeth Russell Taylor
(English, 1982)
Elisabeth is an acclaimed author of six novels, four children’s books, five non-fiction works, volumes of short stories as well as numerous reviews and articles. Her stories have also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Ayn Cates Sullivan
(English, 1993)
Ayn is a best-selling author of mythological and visionary fiction books. Her latest book Legends of the Grail recently won the compilations and anthology division of the London Book Festival.

Durvudkhan Suragan
(Theoretical Physics, 2014)
Durvudkhan has been awarded The Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize for his mathematical paper
Hardy inequalities on homogeneous groups (100 years of Hardy inequalities).


Dr Jenny Langdon
(Guy’s, Medicine, 1975)
Following a career as a GP, Dr Jenny Langdon has travelled the world volunteering on
medical projects. Her latest trip took her to Tanzania, where she worked as a volunteer doctor on the medical ship Jubilee Hope serving areas of Mwanza where there are few medical services available. Thanks to this project there has been a significant improvement in HIV protection and treatment, a big problem in the area. Read more about Jenny’s story in the latest issue of In Touch.