Members of Lincoln’s 90,000-strong alumni community are having an impact wherever they are in the world. Many of them are influential in their fields, ranging from politics to international development, science and engineering. We have notable filmmakers, Members of Parliament, award-winning designers and illustrators and engineers with global companies in our network, and more recent graduates include the comedian and presenter Jack Howard.
Vicki Phillips was named winner of the British Council Alumni Awards 2017 for her exceptional contribution to creating positive change and improving the lives of other. Vicki has dedicated her career to widening access to learning for children in some of the worlds most deprived neighbourhoods. Most recently Director of Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she ran the College Ready Program for eight years. Her career has seen her move from class teacher to superintendent of schools in a number of US states.
Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell has grown a global following of over five million followers across his YouTube channels. His irreverent sketches, cartoons and short films have collectively amassed more than a billion views. In 2015, Tom released his comic book “Art is Dead”, featuring adapted sketches from his popular animated series asdfmovie. Tom has also enjoyed success with webtoons Eddsworld and Crash Zoom, and has worked with BBC Comedy to write and direct a pilot of his own sketch show.
Award-winning furniture designer, Sebastian Cox, developed his unique style at the University of Lincoln and showcased work specially –commissioned by Sir Terence Conran. He was asked to create a bespoke item of furniture to exhibit as part of the The Wish List installation, held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in September 2014. Sebastian is recognised as a pioneer of sustainable design in Britain.
Vivek Sharma is Head of Features on ITV’s This Morning. He was previously the Assistant Editor on the ITV Breakfast show ‘Good Morning Britain’ and has spent 15 years producing live TV shows from running the features department on ‘Lorraine’ to series editing Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’. He has covered stories across the globe for Sky News and ITN.
Hannah is one of three photographers that work for the RAF Red Arrows. Her work includes filming displays and practice sessions as well as photographic and video aspects such as group photography, interviews and engineering imagery. In 2017, she held the Circus 10 role during the summer season. Members of the Circus team are allocated to a specific pilot and fly in the passenger seat of the Hawk to and from display airfields, whilst in the air Hannah undertook photography
BAFTA award winning producer Lyndsay Rowan is celebrating the success of her ground-breaking documentary ‘I am Leo’. The programme was commissioned and aired on CBBC as part of Anti-bullying week in 2014. The programme has received three prestigious awards including a BAFTA, a National Royal Television Society and an EMMY.