GDST honours Cressida Dick with Alumna of the Year award

The former student of Oxford High School is the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history

The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) has announced that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has won its prestigious 2017 Alumna of the Year Award.

Cressida, a former student of Oxford High School, a GDST school, was honoured for her outstanding contribution to policing at the charity’s Annual Reception.

Cressida was appointed the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history earlier this year. She joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable in 1983 and was promoted to Chief Inspector within a decade. Cressida has risen through the ranks to become one of the most respected police leaders of her generation.

The GDST Alumna of the Year Award was launched in 2011 to help recognise the varied achievements of its alumnae. Over 70,000 alumnae and students were encouraged to vote for a winner from a shortlist of high-achieving nominees.

Accepting the award, Cressida said: “I have very happy memories of my time at Oxford High: it helped me develop a sense of confidence, determination and humility. I am very pleased to accept this award.” 

Cressida has distinguished herself in a challenging field… We are so proud that she is a GDST girl – Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive, GDST

Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive, GDST said: “We are delighted to present Cressida Dick with our 2017 Alumna of the Year Award. She is an inspiration to our girls. Cressida has distinguished herself in a challenging field – it’s no wonder that so many alumnae, students, staff and others voted for her. We are so proud that she is a GDST girl.”