Guild is the association of former pupils of Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
It was established in 1884 by College's 2nd Principal, Miss Beale and currently has more than 8,000 active members across 71 countries worldwide (see our members world map).
It is free to join and offers many benefits including events and careers support and networking. If you know a former pupil of College who is not presently a Guild member then please ask her to contact the Guild Office - find out more.
Many Guild members also return to College to take part in the annual reunions and to see for themselves how impressively College has moved into the 21st century. Guild is a wonderful source of support to College and former pupils generously offer support to current girls making University and career decisions.
Eve Jardine-Young (1990, Elizabeth), the Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and herself a member of Guild, is the President. Read Eve’s welcome.
Guild members have long history of being influential in their chosen professions - read more about them
Guild has a long held association with St Hilda’s East Community Centre in London which it founded in 1889 to combat deprivation and social exclusion, by providing education and recreational provision, alongside social care. Find out more.
Guild members have a long history of influence in their chosen careers, with many of them being pioneers especially in being in the first women to achieve some leading positions
Jane Harrison, CLC 1868 First research fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge
Dr Alice McLaren, CLC 1876 One of the first five women to take the London MD
Zoe Grimwood, CLC 1877 Developed use of Braille in training of the deaf-blind
Dr Clara De Brereton Evans, CLC 1884 First woman to take a doctorate in Chemistry
Dame Louise Aldrich-Blake, CLC 1886 First woman to qualify as a Master of Surgery, 1895
Annie Hall, CLC 1891 First woman member of the Society of Architects (now RIBA) 1912
Dr Helen Mackay, CLC 1906 First woman fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1934
Dame Mary Archer, CLC 1962 Chair of the Science Museum, 2014
Rachel Lomax, CLC 1962 First female Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, 2003
Professor Lisa Jardine 1962 Historian, biographer, public thinker, broadcaster, mathematician - Chair of the human fertilisation & embryology authority for 10 years - honorary member of the Royal Society
Professor Clair Chilvers, CLC 1963 Chair, Gloucestershire NHS Trust & co-founder of ‘Mental Health Research UK’
Dr Clare Marx, CLC 1968 First female orthopaedic surgeon in London teaching hospital, 1990 & First female President of the Royal College of Surgeons, 2014
Dame Kristin Scott-Thomas 1975 Leading actress
Belinda Swain, CLC 1981 Chief Airworthiness Engineer, Rolls Royce & Recipient of the 2012 WISE Award
Amanda Wakeley, CLC 1981 Leading designer
Amber Rudd, CLC 1981 Home Secretary - MP for Hastings and Rye
Kate Reardon CLC 1987 Editor of Tatler magazine