Greenwich Portraits: celebrating outstanding alumni & students
Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of the university says:
“Their talent and tenacity has changed the world in arenas as diverse as digital communication, sporting achievement, criminal justice and musical taste.
“The alumni featured in this exhibition come from many walks of life and disciplines: all are successful and inspirational. They have agreed to share their stories so that current students can understand how to achieve their dreams, strive for excellence and keep going in the face of whatever challenges they may confront.”
The Vice-Chancellor says the group represents the wider alumni community: “There are thousands of people making a contribution in society today, shaping our businesses, developing new technology, teaching our children and caring for our sick, because they studied at Greenwich.
“The people included in this project represent us all and illustrate why I am exceptionally proud of this extraordinary University of Greenwich community.”
Sarah Cretch, Head of Alumni & Development says, “The project has been an incredible coming together of graduates old and new.
“We’ve seen 27 outstanding people, from business figures such as Wilson Leech, a CEO for financial services giant Northern Trust, to politicians like Royal Borough of Greenwich leader Denise Hyland, coming on campus to be part of Greenwich Portraits. They are proud to be Greenwich graduates and role models to the next generation.”
Photographer Diane Patrice says: “Meeting so many completely different and inspirational people, and photographing them in such a fantastic location, has been a privilege.”
The new crop of graduates
Featured in Greenwich Portraits are some of the freshest young faces, who have managed to build success while still studying.
These include Mete Coban whose achievements include being the London Borough of Hackney’s youngest ever councillor, the founder and CEO of charity MyLifeMySay, a scout for Southampton FC – and he’s still only 23.
Other young achievers include Hannah Woolcott, Student Union Volunteering Officer and RAG President. Hannah, a talented fundraiser, established the university’s CoppaFeel! Society, part of the national charity which raises awareness about breast cancer in young people.
Full circle: alumni giving their expertise to the university today
Philanthropic activity is a common theme amongst these alumni, from mentoring young people to founding and running charities. Many have chosen to plough their skills and expertise back into the university, their alma mater, as a way to extend the opportunities they had to others.
Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive of housing association Peabody, is chair of the Board – known as the Court – of the University of Greenwich and presides over its graduation ceremonies as Pro Chancellor. He says he is particularly proud to be the first alumnus to assume chairmanship of the Court.