Telford College alumni are in the spotlight

Published: June 8, 2020

Multi-millionaires . . . beauticians to the stars . . . gold medal winners . . . chart-topping musicians . . . best-selling authors . . . political influencers – you’ll find them all among Telford College’s celebrated alumni.

Former students who have found fame and fortune, moved on to fascinating careers, or fronted life-changing community campaigns are now being recognised in a newly launched college initiative.

The Telford College alumni site – HERE – is open to anyone who has studied at either the Haybridge or King Street campuses, in their various guises, over the years.

The list includes former TV ‘Secret Millionaire’ Mo Chaudry, owner of Waterworld in

Telford College | Mo Chaudry at the college’s awards event last year

Telford College | Mo Chaudry at the college’s awards event last year

Staffordshire, and beautician Deborah Mitchell, who has Hollywood A-listers and royalty among her customers.

The lead singer of chart-topping band T’Pau, Carol Decker, and Paralympic gold medal winner Mickey Bushell, are also past students from the campuses.

So too is Georgia Williams, the teenager tragically murdered at the age of 17, but whose charity foundation, The Georgia Williams Trust, has since helped many other young people to fulfil their dreams.

Graham Guest, Telford College principal and chief executive, said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, and the long history and heritage of these two sites.

“Celebrating and acknowledging the success stories of our alumni across so many different sectors is a valuable way of reminding our current students just what is possible for them.

“Some of our best-known alumni still work with us in a mentoring capacity – and we would love to build relationships with many more of them over the coming months.”

Mo Chaudry returned last year to present the college’s annual awards, and said: “Quite simply, I don’t believe I could have had the success that I’ve been fortunate to enjoy if it was not for this transformational experience.”

Telford College | Deborah Mitchell, right, at the opening of The Retreat

Telford College | Deborah Mitchell, right, at the opening of The Retreat

Deborah Mitchell, whose Heaven Health & Beauty brand has A-list clients such as Dannii Minogue, Michelle Pfeiffer, and members of the royal family, performed the official opening of the college’s current hair and beauty training academy, The Retreat.

And Emma Cooper, the best-selling author whose debut novel has been published in seven different languages, chose the college as the venue to launch the paperback version of her follow-up story earlier this year.

Benefits of signing up to become an official Telford College alumni include keeping up to date with latest college news, opportunities to mentor students, visit college to talk about their experiences, and attend awards events as a special guest.

For more details of how to get involved in the scheme, find the Alumni page here