Alumni Award Winners
Our Old Mancunian Alumni Awards honour the exceptional achievements of our alumni, from those who are established in their careers to those who are just getting started. Recipients, such as the ones below, embody the spirit of the Old Mancunian community across the generations.
2022 Award Winners
Professor Tom Solomon 76-84 was announced as the winner of the Senior Alumni Award. Professor Solomon was been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list with a CBE for his services to research and the COVID-19 response. As Director of the National Institute for Health Research and an advisor to the UK Government and WHO on emerging infections, he has played an important role in the response to Ebola, Zika and most recentlyCOVID-19. During the pandemic he has chaired government research funding committees, advised the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on vaccine safety and led international research into the effects of COVID-19 on the brain.
The Junior Alumni Award went to Guy Horne and David Searle founders of HSPG for their work tackling the undersupply of social housing.
A special award for Service to the School was awarded to OM Alan Jones 41-48. Alan was a member of Troop 1 Scouts as a pupil, and served as Assistant Scout Master and Scout Master for 48 years until 1993. Alan arranged Troop 1 Reunions at the School since and donated the extensive collection of photographs and troop logs to the MGS Archive. Sadly Alan passed 2 weeks before the dinner so his son Matthew 87-94 accepted his father’s award and spoke about his family’s affection for the School.
2021 Award Winners
Dr Vishal Aggarwal (OM 91-93) and Professor Philip Torr (OM 77-83) won the 2021 Alumni Awards, for Services to Dentistry and Science respectively. Dr Aggarwal is a major figure in clinical academic dentistry around the world. Vishal has developed an international reputation in the field of chronic oro-facial pain research, and is also a leading researcher, globally, into the misuse of antibiotics. Professor Torr has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for outstanding contributions to scientific understanding in computer vision. Professor Torr is also one of just five researchers to be appointed as the first Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellows, to conduct ground-breaking work on Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) biggest challenges.
Professor Alan Garner (OM 46-53) was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award for Services to the Arts. Alan, after whom one of our libraries is named in recognition of his immense contribution to writing and the arts, has just released his latest novel, Treacle Walker, to critical acclaim
2020 Award Winners
Danny Woods (OM 99-06) won the junior alumni award posthumously. He was an outstanding captain of Cheshire County Cricket Club and excelled at club cricket level with Hyde in the Cheshire County Cricket League and York in the Yorkshire League. Sadly Danny passed away in March 2020 at the age of 32.
Paul Rose (OM 59-67) won the senior alumni award posthumously. Paul was an exceptional lawyer, inspiring many young solicitors through his role as a Partner in Halliwell Landau and Gateleys. Paul served with distinction as Recorder of the Old Boys’ Dinner for many years too.
2019 Award Winners
Adam Chekroud (03-10) won the junior award for his research into improving treatments for mental health, as co-founder of the mental health start-up Spring Health.
Canon David Wyatt (47-54) and Sam Rose (85-92) were our senior award winners. Canon Wyatt is a central figure in his Salford community, providing support and services for the less fortunate. Sam has been a dedicated humanitarian and international development expert for the UN and the British Government for the last 20 years.