Our Alumni

Stonyhurst for life

It is wonderful how many of our OS continue to get involved in sharing their skills and experiences to support the next generation of Stonyhurst pupils to follow in their footsteps.

Stonyhurst is proud to have a number of successful OS including many international rugby players, the CEO of the New York Times, founders of major clothing companies, actors and forensic scientists to say the least. You can find out more about a selection of our OS by using the slideshow below.

Recent alumni are supported by The Stonyhurst Association, founded in 1870. The Association welcomes Stonyhurst’s past pupils, their spouses and parents, past and current members of staff, and other friends – the Stonyhurst family. The Stonyhurst Association facilitates sporting and social events, reunions, career development opportunities within the alumni network.

Mark Thompson - OS 75 - Former Director General of the BBC & former CEO New York Times. Current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ancestry.

Professor Gabriel Leung, GBS, JP - OS 91 - Former Director of the Chief Executive's Office in Hong Kong

 Joe Ansbro - OS 04 - Scottish rugby international, Northampton Saints

Alison MacDonald - OS 12 - Alison works in London as an Assistant Editor at Quercus, a small publishing house within a larger publishing group Beatty Smith OS 15 called Hachette

Antony and Richard Joseph - OS 93 - Founders of JosephJoseph

Ravell Ben-Giat - OS 06 - Ravell was awarded the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society Prize for outstanding research in Analytical Chemistry for her research. Since 2016, she has worked as a Forensic Officer in the Latent Fingerprint Laboratory

Christopher Wenner - OS 73 - Journalist and television presenter for the BBC's Blue Peter programme and an overseas correspondent for ITN's Channel 4 News

Barry O'Driscoll - OS 60 - Irish Rugby international (elder brother of John O'Driscoll)

Bruce Kent - OS 46 - British peace campaigner; chairman of the CND; laicised priest

Brendan O'Friel - OS 60 - Governing Governor of HM Prison Service, Governor of HM Prison Strangeways (renamed Manchester) during the Strangeways riots

Hannah Phoenix - OS 11 - Hannah was taken on at a set of Chambers in Manchester after fully qualifying as a barrister in 2016. She specialises in family law, primarily in cases involving children

Chris Morris - OS 80 -  Satirist and comedian; creator of "Brass Eye" 

Genevieve Thornton - OS 16 - Following her first year at Oxford university, Genevieve was awarded a prestigious Oxford Scholarship for History. Her exams were deemed to be of such a high standard that Genevieve was admitted as a History Scholar 

Charles Sturridge - OS 68 - British film/television director (best known for the television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited) 

Edmund Page - Founder of the Xavier project, which supports children and adult refugees in Uganda and Kenya

Lara Schitto - OS 12 - Lara was awarded a scholarship to expand her skills in New York through the one-year Conservative Musical Theatre Program of the New York Film Academy

Iain Balshaw  (Old SMH) English Rugby International, British and Irish Lion and World Cup Winner 

Catriona Graffius - OS 11 - Catriona is currently working at the news desk of The Sun as a journalist. Previously she was Press Officer for Holland & Holland, part of the Chanel Group

John O'Driscoll - OS 71 - Irish Rugby international, British and Irish Lion (younger brother of Barry O'Driscoll), father of Brian O’Driscoll

Jonathan Plowright - OS 78 - Concert pianist, Gold Medalist at the Royal Academy of Music and a Fulbright Scholar; winner of the European Piano Competition

Joe Fattorini - OS 88 - Wine expert, TV presenterand presenter of The Wine Show

Laura Erel - OS 12 - Following her graduation, she took up an organ scholarship at Chichester Cathedral and completed an MPhil in Musicology at Cambridge. She is currently pursuing a fully funded three-year PhD in Music Analysis at Durham

Michael D. Hurley - OS 94 - Academic at Cambridge who works on literature, philosophy and theology

Michael de Giorgio - OS 75 - Founded Greenhouse Sports, received an OBE for services to charity, sport and social justice

Patrick Baladi - OS 90 - British actor starred in The Office, Stella, Mistresses and many others

Paul Johnson - OS 46 - Journalist, historian, author, was editor of the New Statesman

Peter Isola - OS 47 - Gibraltarian politician; member of the House of Assembly; leader of the Democratic Party of British Gibraltar; Minister for Education; Leader of the Opposition; Deputy Chief Minister

Sir Colman Treacy OS 66, a retired Lord Justice of Appeal. Previously, he was a barrister in Birmingham. He presided over a number of criminal trials, including those of an Afghan warlord, Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, and two of the killers of Stephen Lawrence

Tim Hetherington - OS 89 - Renowned British photojournalist and documentary maker, made the film Restrepo, nominated for an Oscar. He was sadly killed in an explosion in Libya

Tom Morris - OS 82 - Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic; Associate Director of popular stage play War Horse (brother of Chris Morris)

William Cash - OS 59 - British Conservative politician who has served as a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1984. He was first elected for Stafford and then for Stone in Staffordshire in 1997. He is a prominent Eurosceptic in the House of Commons

Alice Kenyon - OS 15 - After a year in industry at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Goodwood she joined Deloitte at their Leeds office as a Financial Services Audit Associate

Lucy McFarlane - OS 09 - Currently working in the largest paediatric trauma centre in the Southern Hemisphere, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

My time at Stonyhurst as a pupil was pivotal to cultivating my passion for the game and providing me with the skills and experience to launch a professional career.

I’ve been fortunate to play and coach at some of the finest schools, clubs and stadiums around the world.

Stonyhurst, and its place within the Ribble Valley, is up there with the very best - providing an outstanding setting for aspiring players to develop the skills and behaviours required to thrive in the game.

Joe Ansbro OS04, Scottish Rugby International, Northampton Saints player 



Stonyhurst is proud of the accomplished network of alumni who pursue a wide and impressive range of opportunities after leaving. With 8,547 Old Stonyhursts across the globe, there are many well-known faces who have been hugely successful in the fields of literacy, sport, science, music, academics and more.

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We encourage our pupils to stay in contact with us but also to cherish the relationships created with one another whilst at Stonyhurst. Our pupils often form strong bonds whilst growing up within the Stonyhurst family and these connections form friendships and even business partners for life. We have created Stonyhurst Link, an innovative platform where our OS are able to network with each other, find mentors, advertise job opportunities, create groups, share precious memories and more. All OS are invited to register for Stonyhurst Link and you can also sign up by clicking the link below, we'll see you there!

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