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Alex Wilcox, Class of 1980

Now a co-owner and Creative Director of New York’s premium English-tailored male clothing store, Lord Willy’s, Alex Wilcox’s life could have been very different had he not received his education from Cheadle Hulme School. His art teacher Mr Hutchinson was an inspiration, helping Alex see his potential in a field the young teenager was unaware existed: graphic design. This led him to train as a graphic design artist at Stockport College upon graduation. He then worked in established design studios and small advertising agencies in Manchester and London. Alex’s career soon went international – he relocated to Singapore for a role as Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, and then Hong Kong where he was appointed Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather. In 2000, he was transferred to New York, taking up the position of Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson. Five years later, he and his wife decided to set up Lord Willy’s, which very soon became a thriving success. He is thankful for CHS in empowering him on his journey to triumphant business owner. His time at School gave him an inner confidence that has ensured he can walk into any boardroom, in any country, and be an equal. The son of a fashion designer, he is particularly grateful to his father for enrolling him at CHS over 40 years ago.

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