Hall of Fame

We created a prestigious exhibition for our 175th anniversary, 175 Heroes, which commemorated the incredible achievements of 175 people who had worked or studied at Bradford College over our long history.

We know that many more truly remarkable people have passed through our doors over the years who have made an important contribution locally, nationally and internationally. So to honour their commitment, talent, tenacity, vision and sheer verve we have created a Hall of Fame. All our 175 Heroes are automatically included in the Hall of Fame and we will continue to add more worthy members.

Ben Kelway

Ben Kelway studied the Art & Design Foundation course at Bradford College from 1995 to 1996. He became a highly regarded fashion photographer and is now a leading art director for clients including Marc Jacobs, Missoni and Nicole Farhi.


Asghar Ali

The CEO of MyLahore, the innovative and expanding fusion food brand, and Smart Moves Group, the property management company, studied GNVQ Business at College during the early 1990s.


Wizzy Shawyer

Celebrated costume designer who is currently Head of Costume at English National Ballet, studied BA Art & Design from 1981 to 1984, graduating with distinction.


Dudley Edwards

One of the coolest men on the planet, highly regarded artist at the centre of 1960s pop culture  who continues to please critics and a celebrity client list, Dudley Edwards completed his Diploma in Art & Design at Bradford College of Art in 1965.

Mike Dinn

The international co-operation essential to the exploration of space has frequently been overlooked, but former Bradford Technical College student, Mike Dinn, played a crucial part in momentous events in space history.

Rose Stephens OBE

Former Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Rose Stephens OBE,studied at Bradford College in the 1980s.

Steve Aisthorpe

Mountaineer, charity worker and development consultant, Steve Aisthorpe, studied for his B Ed (Hons) at Ilkley College between 1982 and 1986.


Geoff Dowling

Bradford College alumnus, army veteran and champion race walker, who was recently honoured by the Korean Government, taught printing, typography and general studies at Bradford College from 1963 until 1994.



Peter Layton

Internationally renowned glass artist, Peter Layton, studied textiles at Bradford Technical College and later at Bradford College of Art.


Philip Hall


Award winning print designer, latterly turned artist/photographer, Philip Hall studied graphic design at Bradford Regional College of Art from 1960-1964.



Gareth Copley

Award winning sports photographer, Gareth Copley studied HND Photography at Bradford College from 1998 to 1999.  




Shabir Hussain

Founder and Managing Director of the award winning Akbar’s chain of restaurants, trained to become a chef at Bradford College in the 1980s.

Sandra Sayers

Modest interior designer whose innate sense of style is a leading influence on designers and the high street,  Sandra Sayers, studied the Diploma in Window Dressing at Bradford Technical College from 1967 to 1969.

Paul Floyd Blake

The award winning portrait photographer Paul Floyd Blake gained his BA (Hons) Photography at Bradford College in 2006.


Peter Morrow

The international branding expert and media consultant studied the Art Foundation course at the Regional College of Art from 1965 to 1967.

Jane Vincent

Inspirational Bradford business woman and advocate for the city of Bradford, former College Corporation Member and supporter of the College, Jane Vincent, is a powerful example that ethics are not an unaffordable luxury in a downturn but that virtue can lead to sustained commercial reward. 



Aldo and Christian de Vittoris

Brothers Aldo and Christian de Vittoris both studied at Bradford College, enabling them to develop their Ital Restuarant to an enviable level of success. 

Edward Vickerman

The Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in 2009's Teaching Awards, Edward Vickerman trained to become a teacher at Bradford College.

Paul Hockney

Accountant and Former Lord Mayor of Bradford, Paul Hockney lectured at Bradford Technical College from 1963 until 1966.

Mary Dowson

Director of local radio station Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB), Mary Dowson, taught at Bradford College in the 1980s.

Peter Hill

Lord Mayor of Bradford for the civic year 2010/11, Councillor Peter Hill studied marketing at Bradford Technical College during the early 1980s.

Barry Whitaker OBE

Textile legend, Barry Whitaker OBE, dedicated years of service as a Member of the College Corporation and as Chairman of the College’s Textile Advisory Board.

Muir Hewitt

Muir Hewitt has done so much to popularise art deco since launching his Art Deco Originals in 1982, that his name has become synonymous with Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead and the sleek furniture of the Jazz Age.

Simon Pogson

Chartered Engineer working in the nuclear industry, Dr Simon Pogson, completed his OND in Mechanical Engineering at Bradford College from 1992 to 1994.

Imran Khan

Former model turned designer, celebrity stylist, make-up artist, and founder of KhanCan People's Charity.



Jacky Al-Samarraie

Jacky, whose covetable cards are stunning works of art, sold in the best stores and galleries, studied various part-time courses at Bradford College before achieving her BA (Hons) Graphic Media Communication in 2000.


Valerie Chang

Leading cultural and creative arts consultant, Valerie Chang attained her BA (Hons) Art & Design at Bradford School of Art in 1981.

Gerard Hanson

Artist Gerard Hanson, whose art explores heritage and identity, completed the Foundation in Art & Design course at Bradford Art College in 1990.  

Mark Garside

Designer Mark Garside, who runs top design company Crystallise and is Living Etc 's 'design guru', studied the Foundation in Art and Design at Bradford College in 1988/9.

John and Jean Godward

Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Councillor John and Jean Godward, who took up civic office in May 2009 after  busy careers dedicated to health and education, are former students of Bradford College.


Dayal Sharma MBE

Dayal Sharma, who was awarded the MBE in 2007 for services to the community in Bradford, achieved his HNC Business Studies at Bradford & Ilkley Community College in 1969.

Sally Stone

Costume Hire Manager for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sally Stone, studied at Bradford College from 1999 to 2003, attaining a BTEC National Certificate in Fashion and BA (Hons) Fashion Design.