Speech Day


Dr Melissa Uchida MInstP – University of Cambridge, Associate Professor of Particle Physics and Head of the Neutrino Group.


Bridget Kendall, MBE, Hon FBA – BBC Correspondent, appointed first female Master of Peterhouse in 2016, the oldest college at the University of Cambridge.

2020 & 2021

No Speech Day held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL


Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst DL


Prof. Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge.


Emma-Jane Kirby, (CCHS Alumnae), Reporter for the BBC, focussing on Europe.  Awarded Bayeux-Calvados prize for war correspondents in 2015.  In 2016 published a novel based on migration stories.


Julie Chappell OBE, Partner at Hawthorn Advisors.  In 2009-2012 she served as Britain’s youngest Ambassador with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.


Air Vice Marshall Elaine West CBE.  The most senior female officer in the British Armed Forces.


Jan Babiak, independent business leader in global management.  In 2005 the CBI cited her as the ‘First Woman of Technology’ and recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Women in Business and Finance in 2007.


Prof. Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge.  In 2012 she was Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health, Chairman of the Nuffied Trust, Chairman of the Governance Board of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, President of the British Lung Foundation and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.


Baroness Verma served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development from May 2015 until July 2016.  She has been a Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2006 and previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC.


Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE, is a Labour Party politician and member of the House of Lords. She is also a barrister, and was the director of Liberty, an advocacy group which promotes civil liberties and human rights, from 2003 to 2016.


Prof. Frances Balkwill OBE, leads the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation at Barts Cancer Institute.  She is investigating the links between cancer and inflammation.  She is an author on scientific papers and also a children’s author on scientific topics.


Sarah Deaves, was the first female Chief Executive of Coutts & Co, the UK’s leading private bank, she now works at Lloyds Banking Group.  She is an accomplished financial services chief executive and is often parachuted into turnaround/recovery situations.


Dame Kate Barker DBE FAcSS is a British economist. She is principally noted for her roles at the Bank of England and for advising the British government on social issues such as housing and health care.


Claudia Sturt, Prison Service’s first ever Director of Security, Order and Counter Terrorism.


Sir Cyril Taylor GBE Founder and Chairman of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Founder Chairman of the City Technology Colleges Trust, now Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), he now serves as a Trustee.


Martha Kearney, journalist and broadcaster. She is the main presenter of BBC Radio 4’s lunchtime news programme The World at One.