Balliol Women: Some Alumnae of the College

Balliol began admitting women to the College as graduates and undergraduates in 1979 (although female graduates have been associated with Balliol since the creation of the Balliol–St Anne’s Graduate Institution in 1967). In Michaelmas Term 2016, the number of women who have matriculated at Balliol reached 2,000.

Below is a list - by no means comprehensive - of some of the many women who have graduated from Balliol since 1979 and achieved success in different walks of life.

Balliol graduate Cressida Dick (photo: Jeremy Coleman)

  • Bronte Adams, AM, principal and founder of dandolopartners, Melbourne
  • Harriet Adie, composer and harpist
  • Jocelyn Alexander, Professor of Commonwealth Studies, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford
  • Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO
  • Jane Anderson, barrister and QC
  • Amanda Ariss, OBE, Executive Director, Creative Diversity Network 
  • Rachel Armitage, co-founder of Zoombu
  • Claire Berlinski, journalist and author
  • Camilla Bingham, barrister and QC
  • Balliol alumna Dorte JørgensenMaria Blair, Principal at ghSMART
  • Helen Buchanan, partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Brenda Butner, Senior Business Correspondent, Fox News, USA 
  • Lindy Cameron, OBE, Director General for Country Programmes, DFI
  • Anusha Chari, Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Yvette Cooper, MP and and Shadow Home Secretary, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Mireia Crispin-Ortuzar, Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Rowenna Davis, political journalist and educator
  • Jasmine Dellal, film director and producer
  • Charlotte Denny, Group Manager (Strategy) Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • NancyAnn DeParle, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in Obama administration
  • Cressida Dick, CBE, QPM, Director-General at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; former Assistant Commissioner and Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
  • Balliol graduate Yvette CooperGillian Dow, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton
  • Vanessa Engle, documentary filmmaker
  • Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist JP Morgan Asset Management and former BBC economics editor
  • Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the US Department of Defense
  • Leonie Foong, Partner, Overlook Investment Ltd, Hong Kong
  • Bridget Fox, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington South and Finsbury
  • Liz Gaere, OBE, Senior Adviser, Conflict Dynamics International
  • Diana Gerald, CEO of the Book Trust 
  • Michele Giddens, founding partner of Bridges Ventures LLP
  • Mary Kunz Goldman, classical music critic 
  • Balliol graduate Mireia Crispin-Ortuzar (photo: Ian Taylor)Alissa Goodman, former Deputy Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, now Professor of Economics, UCL
  • Harriet Goodwin, children’s author and singer
  • Natalie Gold, Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London
  • Clare Grey, FRS, Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Shreya Hewett, CEO of TransferGuru
  • Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer of the Guardian and member of the editorial board
  • Rebecca Hodes, Director, AIDS and Society Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town
  • Nicola Horlick, investment fund manager, founder and CEO
  • Neha Jain, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Farrah Jarral, doctor and broadcaster
  • Siân Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
  • Charlotte Jones, actress and playwright
  • Dorte Jørgensen, Principal Sustainability Engineer for Atkins Ltd
  • Soha Ali Khan, film actress
  • Anne Kiltie, Professor and Senior Clinical Group Leader at the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
  • Balliol alumna Clare MoriartyLucy King, zoologist and founder of Elephants and Bees research project 
  • Elizabeth Kuti, actress, playwright and Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Essex
  • Doreiann Lalor, Founder and former Director of Cultivate Oxford
  • Seana Lanigan, Strategic Marketing Manager, Argus Media
  • Helen Lawrence, Hub Director, Big Innovation Centre
  • Charlotte Leslie, MP, Conservative Party politician
  • Anna Lewis, computational biologist at Omicia, Inc
  • Balliol alumna Amanda Ariss
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  • Gwyneth Lewis, first National Poet of Wales
  • Suzannah Lipscomb, historian and television presenter
  • Cecilia Magnussen Ljungman, Managing Director, Consult4Change, Stockholm
  • Pryanjali Malik, writer, blogger and correspondent for The Hindu
  • Claire Marshall, journalist
  • Dotty McLeod, radio presenter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
  • Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns for Save the Children
  • Cheryl Misak, Professor of Philosophy, and former Vice-President and Provost, University of Toronto
  • Clare Moriarty, CB, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Balliol alumna Soumya RajanSally Murray, Researcher, International Growth Centre
  • Lina Nerlander, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
  • Her Imperial Highness Masoko Owada, Crown Princess of Japan
  • Naina Patel, barrister
  • Sneha Patel, Consultant, Slalom Consulting, San Francisco
  • Chelsea Payne, Policy Officer, UN Peace Building Support Office, New York
  • Hephzi Pemberton, business founder and investor
  • Elizabeth (Libbie) Prescott, Expert Consultant, Deputy Director and CTO; National Security Technology Accelerator at National Defense University 
  • Balliol alumna Catherine RoeSoumya Rajan, co-founder and CEO of Waterfield Advisors, Mumbai
  • Kate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford
  • Denise Réaume, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, Oxford University
  • Christine Rice, opera singer
  • Jennifer Robinson, human rights lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation
  • Sushila Rao, lawyer
  • Katy Ricks, Head of Sevenoaks School, Kent
  • Catherine Roe, philanthropy consultant, More Partnership
  • Balliol alumna Jane StapletonHannah Roos, Solicitor Advocate, Latham & Watkins
  • Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Energy
  • Claire Smith, Lecturer, University of York
  • Sara Smith, Policy Advisor (Equality and Diversity), Oxford University
  • Jane Stapleton, academic lawyer with an international reputation and Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge
  • Frances Stead Sellers, senior writer and editor at the Washington Post
  • Kitty Stewart, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE
  • Suzanna Taverne, BBC Trustee
  • Balliol alumna Yuan Yang (photo: Kaiying Yang)Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
  • Roopa Unnikrishnan, sports shooter and innovation consultant 
  • Kitty Ussher, economist, and MD of Tooley Street Research, former MP and Under Secretary of State Work and Pensions
  • Andrea Woodhouse, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank
  • Ngaire Woods, Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford
  • Yuan Yang, founder of Rethinking Economics

June 2016

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