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Katie Derham, Class of 1988

Katie has taken on the role of President of the Old Waconians’ Association from January 2019.

“I am honoured to take on the role of President and look forward to meeting as many Old Waconians as possible during my tenure. I have very fond memories of my time at School and feel a strong affinity to the place. I see the role as a great opportunity to reconnect Old Waconians with their former school, encourage them to support current students or young Old Waconians who are starting out in their chosen career and inspire some of today’s students too.”

Katie left Cheadle Hulme School in 1988 and went on to graduate from Magdalene College, Cambridge, with a BA (Hons) in Economics. Following work experience at the BBC she pursued her passion for radio and, starting as a secretary, worked her way up to researcher on a BBC Radio 4 money programme. BBC5Live saw her move from researcher to producer to presenter but after some work on BBC Breakfast she made the transition to TV, becoming the BBC’s consumer affairs correspondent.

Katie moved to ITN as their Media and Arts Editor and later became the main female presenter on the ITV lunchtime news. Returning to the BBC in 2010 her career now focuses around the arts, including presenting the BBC Proms and the Radio 3 drive time show In Tune. You may also have seen her challenging herself as a trainee conductor on Maestro and becoming an accomplished dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

Katie is married to restaurateur John Vincent and has two daughters. At CHS she loved music and still plays her violin today.

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