Each week, King’s sends out an e-newsletter to the wider school community and within this, we feature a former pupil whose achievements are an inspiration to current King's pupils. OVs can be found across the globe, working in a range of sectors, all at different stages in their careers. Our 'OV of the Week' reflects this diversity and encourages current pupils to explore all possibilities. 

Lorcan Lynch (S 99-06)

There have been some wonderful events in school this week including the Advent Service held in the Cathedral and the fantastic production of South Pacific in the John Moore Theatre. It is very fitting then, that our former pupil this week is Lorcan Lynch (S 99-06) who has recently started his own event production and project management company, All In Events.

While at King’s Lorcan was a keen first team rugby and football player. He developed a passion for business during his time in the Sixth Form and went on to study Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. After graduating, Lorcan has worked in various events roles with companies including TED Conferences and Coca-Cola European Partners. Lorcan spends much of his spare time involved in various charities; he has volunteered for Crisis for the last three Christmases, recently raised over £2,500 for Alzheimer’s UK and Cancer Research and is also a patron for bereaved children’s charity, Winston’s Wish.

Alice Hershman (Os 00-07)

It has been an exciting sporting week at King’s, with pupils participating in various activities including Cross Country and Netball. We also had a wonderful OV Basketball reunion last weekend. Our former pupil this week is Alice Hershman (Os 00-07) who was very actively involved in sport at school, playing for the First netball team as well as tennis and rounders.

After King’s, Alice went to Oxford Brookes University to study Real Estate Management. Alice is now a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a surveyor working on shopping centre leasing, high street landlord consultancy and tenant representation across the South of England. She joined Cushman & Wakefield in February 2015 and worked in global occupier services on behalf of The Royal Bank of Scotland before moving to the South Agency Team. She also has experience working with a number of corporate clients including Vodafone and The Co-operative, advising on acquisitions and disposals and occupational strategy.

Stephen Poole (Ch 00-07)

This week we are looking forward to welcoming back to school some of our ten year leavers for a lively reunion. Amongst those on the guest list is Dr Stephen Poole (Ch 00-07) who is also coming to school this week to speak to a group of our Biology and Geography students about his career in medicine. While at King’s, Stephen played for the First XI football and cricket teams and was also a monitor.

Stephen then went on to study Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Stephen has been a doctor for five years and is now an Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Specialist Registrar at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he looks after patients with a range of infectious diseases, including TB, HIV and unusual illnesses in returned travellers. He also works in a microbiology laboratory doing various different tests to look for infectious agents and disease, and advising on complex cases of infection in hospital.

Jolyon Loy (Br 02-08)

This Thursday King’s L4-U6 performed in the School Concert in College Hall and our former pupil this week also knows a thing or two about performing. Jolyon Loy (Br 02-08) is now a baritone and is currently performing as Bobinot in The Storm: Coenen-Rowe at Lillian Baylis House in Hampstead, London. While at King’s Jolyon was involved in Drama and Theatre and was also a chorister at Worcester Cathedral where he later became a choral scholar and lay clerk.

Jolyon went onto study Modern & Medieval Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also a choral scholar in the Magdalen College Choir. Following this, in 2016 he graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London with an MA in Vocal Performance. He has sung in many operatic productions and concerts from The Magic Flute at Hampstead Garden Opera to the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and in 2018 he will appear as Valens in Handel's Theodora. 

Bonnie Posselt (Cr 98-03)

This year we were very fortunate to have Squadron Leader Bonnie Posselt (Cr 98-03) here at King’s as our Remembrance Day Speaker. As a pupil Bonnie was incredibly involved in school life and took part in many activities including rowing, CCF, Young Enterprise and Astronomy Club.

Bonnie went on to study Medicine with European Studies at the University of Manchester and Aerospace Physiology and Medicine at King’s College London. During this time Bonnie joined the RAF as a medical officer and she is now a Squadron Leader and a Speciality Registrar in Aviation and Space Medicine. In 2016 Bonnie became Britain’s first trainee space medic, helping to prepare astronauts for voyages into space. 

Peter Harris (Ch 65-70)

To kick off the new half term, our first inspiring former pupil is Peter Harris (Ch 65-70) who is co-founder of A Rocha, a Christian nature conservation organisation. At King’s Peter threw himself into a variety of activities including drama, music, public speaking, Christian Union, athletics and first team hockey and rugby. He was also a school monitor and Head of Choir House.

Peter went on to study English and Religious Studies at Cambridge University and then worked as an English teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, before training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. In 1983, after his curacy, Peter and his wife Miranda moved to Portugal to establish and run A Rocha’s first field study centre and bird observatory. A Rocha is now an international organisation, running conservation projects in twenty countries.

Olivia Salmon (Os 06-08)

This week at King’s the Debating Society are holding an interesting debate: ‘Should the House of Lords be abolished?’ Our former pupil this week is Olivia Salmon (Os 06-08), who currently works at the House of Commons as Project Manager and Communications Officer in Research and Information. At King’s, Olivia was a House Prefect and was much involved in sports, playing netball for the 2nd VII team and she was also involved in rounders and skiing.

She went on to study History at the University of Nottingham and after graduating Olivia interned for Teach First then worked as a Gastroenterology Administrator at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. In 2014 Olivia started working in the Houses of Parliament and has worked in a variety of roles in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, coordinating different projects from pay and grading to workplace design delivery for the Restoration of the Palace of Westminster.

George Beckmann (S 49-51)

This Sunday the LAMDA Examinations are being held at King’s and one OV who was involved with drama during his time at King’s was George Beckmann (S 49-51), playing Gretchen in a play of a translation of Goethe’s Faust in College Hall.  George also attended the annual OV School House Lunch held on Monday 9th October at the Oxford & Cambridge Club, along with 20 other OVs as well as Headmaster, Matthew Armstrong and Bursar, Helen Jackson.  On leaving King’s, George completed his National Service in the Royal Navy, initially as a coder and teacher, and then as a Sub Lt in the Supply and Secretariat Branch. He was then awarded an Open Scholarship in Science by Trinity College, Oxford where he read Physics. George then became a research physicist with General Electric Company plc (he patented an invention whilst there). He has had a long and varied career, including lecturing at St Albans College, Research Assistant at Imperial College in geophysics, becoming a Leverhulme Fellow in geophysics at Newcastle University (which involved two expeditions to Greenland) and spending time as Assistant Professor of Geophysics at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah. Since retiring, George has remained very busy, publishing two more papers in geophysics and has also studied Russian for several years.

Ben Booth (S 68-75)

On Tuesday, some of our King’s students were lucky enough to attend The Malvern Festival of Innovation. The Festival offered an opportunity to listen to entrepreneurs and technology experts explaining what's new on the horizon, to learn how businesses approach the future, and to uncover new inspiring opportunities, ideas and insights. One person who knows all about working innovatively in technology and business is OV Ben Booth (S 68-75), who was featured this week in a Financial Times article about Interim Executives and Brexit.

Whilst at King’s Ben was an active student, a keen rower, captaining the 1st VIII, and a house monitor. Having secured excellent A Level results, Ben took a gap year working on archaeological excavations in the UK before taking up a place at Cambridge University to study Archaeology and Anthropology. He then completed a PHD at University College London PhD in Informatics for Museums and Heritage Attractions. Ben has worked as a Digital Leader & Programme Director for several leading companies, specialising in taking on Interim Executive roles, including as Director of Change and ICT for Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service at the UK Ministry of Justice, and Programme Director leading post-MBO technology review and transformation for Kynetec. Ben is currently Group Chief Information Officer for Arup, an independent firm of designers, engineers, planners, consultants and technical specialists working across every aspect of today’s built environment. 

Neil Robinson (H 79-89)

Last Thursday, 21st September, was the occasion of our New York OV Reunion. Headmaster, Matthew Armstrong and Development Director, Liz Elliott enjoyed meeting up with some 24 OVs, who shared a wonderful evening of reminiscing and relaxing at The Harvard Club.  Among our guests was Neil Robinson (H 79-89) who now lives and works in New York City.  While at King’s, Neil was captain of the 1st X1 cricket and played in the 1st XV rugby team, as well as being a chorister and was also much involved in the school orchestra. In addition, Neil was Head of Hostel House and a school monitor. On leaving King’s Neil studied Geography at Loughborough University and after spending fifteen years in Australia working in various Sales Director roles within News Limited and then News Corp Australia, he moved to New York in 2015 with his family.  Neil is now Global Chief Revenue Officer at ROKT (A fast-growing martech startup).

Nicola Willis (Ch 00-05)

Netball season is well underway at King’s and our former pupil this week is Nicola Willis (Ch 00-05) who not only played as a student here but also plays in a newly formed 2005 OV Netball team ‘KSW’  in a recreational league in London! During her time at King’s, Nicola was Head of House and was also involved in the sixth form mentoring scheme before going on to study Geography at the University of Manchester.

Nicola worked at King’s from 2010 to 2012 as Development Assistant before moving to London where she now works as a Communications Strategy Director at Mindshare Worldwide.

Joe Fowles (Cl 05-12)

Last Saturday we had our eagerly anticipated Five Year Leavers’ Reunion for those OVs who left school in 2012; this was a wonderful evening for OVs and parents to catch up with old friends and teachers.  Attending this was Joe Fowles (Cl 05-12) - Head of School in 2012 and also a King’s Scholar during his time at school.  This Friday there is the admission of the new King’s and Queen’s Scholars at Worcester Cathedral.
As well as academics, Joe was heavily involved in sport whilst at school, captaining the 1st X1 football and 1st X1 cricket teams. He went on to study Economics and Management at Pembroke College, Oxford and has used his spare time over the past few years to travel extensively in Latin America. He now works throughout Europe with management consultancy firm Oliver Wyman.

James Green (Br 05-12)

The Autumn term has well and truly begun and our first former pupil this year is the inspirational James Green (Br 05-12). At King’s, James was a keen rower and was Captain of Boats as well as Head of Bright House. He then went onto Harvard University to study Neurosciences and has stayed in the US, where he is currently an Investment Professional for Insight Venture Partners in New York.  James has been the lead in organising a New York Reunion, taking place at The Harvard Club of New York later this month.

Giorgio Subiotto (Ca 80-85)

As we approach the end of term it is a wonderful time to reflect on pupils past and present as we prepare to say farewell to our leavers. Former pupils are always welcome to come back to visit King’s and this week one such visitor was Giorgio Subiotto. Giorgio had a nostalgic visit to his old house, Castle House, where he had been Head of House as well as being a school monitor.  Castle House now accommodates the Music School and Giorgio would have spent much time here as he played both the violin and guitar during his time at school; he was also a member of the Boat Club and he was very impressed by the stunning Michael Baker Boathouse. 

Following King’s, Giorgio studied Law at King’s College London and Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and then took his Master’s in Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He has worked in law all over the world from London to Paris to  São Paulo to New York and is now based in the Cayman Islands, where he is currently a partner at Ogier as well as Head of Ogier’s global Latin American practice and Head of Ogier’s global Investment Funds practice.

Peter Beaumont (W 81-83)

This week is Henley Royal Regatta and our senior boys are racing the quadruple sculls for the Fawley Challenge Cup. So to fully immerse ourselves in the rowing spirit, our Former Pupil of the Week is Peter Beaumont (W 81-83), an Olympian who competed for Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul Games in the Eight. At King’s Peter rowed in the 1st Eight rowing squad and he is still involved in the sport, helping to coordinate the GB Rowing Supporters Group and travelling to support his son Jack, who also became a rowing Olympian in the Quad Scull at the 2016 Rio Games. Jack is racing for Leander Club at this year’s Henley Regatta. 

Since graduating as an Engineering Geomorphologist, Peter has spent his whole career immersed in mapping and geography with a focus on geographic information systems. He recently became a trustee of MapAction, a charity providing mapping support for emergency response during humanitarian disasters. He was interviewed on Sky TV following MapAction’s response to the Indian Ocean (Boxing Day) tsunami. Peter is a respected expert in the application of geospatial technologies and now works as EMEA Director of Customer & Market Development at HERE Technologies.

Rob Preston (S 80-85)

This Tuesday, King’s 1st XI cricket played against Marylebone Cricket Club. Before the match there was a ceremony to mark the official naming of the cricket pavilion in memory of Peter Iddon. Rob Preston who played in the 1st XI cricket team whilst he was at school, attended the ceremony alongside a number of other OVs and guests. 

At King’s, Rob was thoroughly committed to the sporting life of the school and also captained the 1st XV rugby team. He went on to be Head of School and Head of House. After King’s, Rob served in the British Army for nine years, and achieved the rank of Captain. Following his army career Rob has worked in underwriting insurance for terrorism and political risk. He is now Commercial Director of Security and Crisis Management at The Chelsea Group.


Lloyd Rankin (Ca 42-46)

During his time at King's, Lloyd Rankin (Ca ’42-46) took full advantage of the many activities offered by school, taking part in athletics, rugby, school choir and he was also a member of the CCF.  Lloyd was Head Boy and also a King’s Scholar and after school he went on to study Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  Lloyd’s career then took him to Guy’s Hospital in London where he undertook his initial training and junior house jobs.  After National Service in the Royal Navy Lloyd returned to Guys for his specialist training, then moving to Chelmsford Hospital, where he worked for the majority of his career as a consultant.


Olivia Parson (Cr 07-11)

Olivia Parson (Cr 07-11) was Head of Creighton House and took part in the Archives Club, Young Enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh. This week, at King’s, our bronze Duke of Edinburgh pupils submit their reports for assessment.  After school, Olivia went on to study History at Edinburgh University and is currently undertaking a Masters in Real Estate at Reading University. In September Olivia is starting work in London as a graduate at Lendlease, an international development company. Olivia has co-founded a charity 'Educate Enkerende' which aims to build and sustain a new school in Africa. As part of the fundraising for this project, Olivia is cycling unaided from Vancouver to Los Angeles over the summer.



Richard Preece (W 68-74)

As many of our pupils contemplate life after exams and even after university, a recently-published book by Richard Preece (Wulstan House ‘68-74) might offer some guidance: ‘Live Big – Creating the life you never dared to dream’. A Chorister while at King’s, Richard moved to the USA in 1980 and has lived and worked there ever since, developing a career in technology. Richard started as a computer programmer in NYC and his career has taken him to Texas, California and Ohio; since 2000 he has worked in Florida as Senior VP in Technology for Franklin Templeton Investments.

David Hedges (Cl 03-08)

Our whole school photograph was taken this week. An OV who understands photography more than most is David Hedges, who studied his craft at the University of Plymouth and has developed a career as an award-winning press photographer and documentary cameraman, now based in Bristol. David’s interest and skill in photography flourished while he was at school; his work experience week included a photo shoot for ‘What Car?’ magazine. As Head of Chappel House, David used his musical ability to lead his House Song. He was also involved in Young Enterprise, the Himalayan Club, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, for which he produced a documentary of his Gold Expedition.

Guy Claxton (S 57-65)

This week’s Barnabas Group speaker was Professor Guy Claxton, a leading expert in learning psychology and cognitive science and a prolific writer who has published almost thirty books during a distinguished academic career, including ‘Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You think Less’ (1997) and ‘Building Learning Power’ (2002). Guy addressed a Removes Assembly in the John Moore Theatre at the start of a day which also included talking to pupils ranging from the Fourth Forms to the Sixth Form in their Biology, Religion and Philosophy and English lessons. Guy also talked to Year 5 pupils at King’s St Alban’s and engaged with teachers from both the senior school and the two Junior Schools exploring the subject of ‘Learning to Learn’.

Mara Goldstein (Co 81-83)

King’s was delighted to welcome Dr Mara Goldstein (College House 1981-83) as this week’s Barnabas Speaker; after addressing an assembly in College Hall, she spent time with modern languages students during the day. Mara was a keen musician at school, organising and taking part in Keys Society concerts and House Music as well as touring with the Cathedral Choir’s Chamber Orchestra.

A degree in German Law at King’s College, London led to a German doctorate in European Law; Mara then joined the UK Civil Service, specialising in the European Union. Her career has taken her to several government departments, including the Home Office, where she worked on establishing European police co-operation and spent time as Private Secretary to the Home Secretary. Mara is currently a Deputy Director in the Foreign Office; her postings have included serving as Deputy High Commissioner to Canada.

Nicholas Chambers QC (S 57-61)

As part of the 475th anniversary celebrations, 70 guests, OVs, parents and friends of the school enjoyed a lecture given by Dr Tracy Borman at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire. One of those in attendance was OV His Honour Nicholas Chambers QC (S 57-61). At school, Nicholas was a school monitor and was Chairman of the Debating Society. He went on to read Law at Hertford College, Oxford and after a successful career, Nicholas retired from the Bench in 2012. Since then, he has developed his practice as an arbitrator and mediator, acting in cases of television broadcasting rights and commercial disputes such as shipping and banking. Nicholas is also a keen artist and since retiring, has produced a book entitled ‘Case Handling – An Illustrated view from the Bench'.

Peter Barker (W 72-78)

This week, Mr Geary accompanied Sixth Form Chemists to the University of Birmingham for a Chemistry lecture on Tuesday evening.Peter Barker (W 72-78) took Chemistry for GCSE and A Level, before going on to read Chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford. In addition to his studies at King’s, Peter played with the school orchestra and was a member of the 1st XI cricket team. He is now Professor of Radiology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland USA. His current research is developing ways to non-invasively map neurochemical levels in patients with brain tumours and psychiatric diseases.

Hannah Gordon (K 91-98)

On Monday evening, the Parents' Prayer Meeting took place. This is just one of the many services, meetings and quiet spaces the King's community can participate in that form the Christian life of the school. Hannah Gordon (K 91-98) began training for Ordination in the Church of England at St Mellitus College in London, in September 2016. When Hannah was a pupil at King's, she was Head of Kittermaster House and played hockey with the school team. She went on to read Psychology at Cardiff University, graduating in 2002.Hannah is training full time for three years which involves going to college and working in a parish. Currently, Hannah is based in Shirley in the Diocese of Southwark.

Gabriel Arnold (Cl 93-02)

This week an Orchestra Workshop took place involving pupils from King's St Alban’s, King's Hawford and the senior school, culminating with a concert in the evening. Music is an integral part of life at King’s and many pupils are involved in musical activities; one such pupil being OV Gabriel Arnold (Cl 93-02). Gabriel was Head Chorister at King’s and played the violin in the school orchestra. He sang with Keys Choir and participated in numerous overseas music tours. Gabriel went on to study Computer Visualisation and Animation at Bournemouth University. He is now Visual Effects Technical Director at MPC, a company which won an Oscar last week for Best Special Effects for 'The Jungle Book'. Gabriel heads up the team that made the animal fur and bird feathers for the film.

Niall McNevin (B 71-82)

Recently, OV Niall McNevin (Br 71-82) popped in for visit and to tell us what he’s been up to. After leaving King’s in 1982, Niall studied Town Planning at Oxford Brookes University. At school, Niall was a Monitor and played rugby, whilst also taking an active role in CCF. Niall participated in the Officer Training Corps whilst studying in Oxford and undertook the Territorial Army Commissioning Course at Sandhurst Military Academy. He went on to a successful career in town planning, recently heading up the delivery of town planning for the infrastructure and venues for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Niall who is a visiting lecturer at UCL is a fellow of the RICS & RTPI,  has his own consultancy business Paragon Regeneration Ltd which is advising the Japanese on their forthcoming games in 2020, and is also a senior consultant at Urban Delivery, an urban development consultancy.

Helen Kennedy (E 90-92)

This week sees the termly OV Club Committee Meeting take place in the aptly named Vigornian Room within The Keyes Building. Helen (Meacham)Kennedy (E 90-92) sits on the committee and is this week’s 'Former Pupil of the Week'. Helen was heavily involved in drama whilst at King’s, taking on the role of Honey in 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf'. In addition to extra-curricular drama, Helen played Hockey and Netball for King’s and at county level. She went on the study Journalism at Cardiff University and now presents the Breakfast Show on Free Radio.

Mike Fardon (H 62-68)

As part of the 475th Anniversary celebrations taking place throughout this year, Friday sees a special performance of 1541, a promenade play that will take in key sites around school. Around 50 invited guests are coming along to see the play, and one of the OVs that will be in attendance, is Mike Fardon (H 62-68). At school, Mike took part in Orchestra and Choir as well as CCF and rowing.

He went on to read English at Westfield College (now part of Queen Mary College, London) and until his recent retirement was Publishing Director at Osborne Books. Mike has written financial and accounting texts, having gained experience teaching banking, business and accountancy at Worcester College of Technology. His five children all attended King’s and are also now OVs.

Jim Fawcett (B 85-94)

More than 400 Old Vigornians and guests will be flocking to King’s this weekend for the special 475th Anniversary OV Reunion Dinner in Worcester Cathedral. An OV who would certainly appreciate the organisational feat involved in getting former pupils and staff together is Jim Fawcett, whose own organisation and leadership abilities, combined with a passion for aviation fostered at the CCF RAF section at King’s, resulted in an obvious vocation: Jim is a Flight Test Engineer at Airbus, based in the south of France. Whilst at school, Jim was a King’s Scholar and then he went on to study ‘Aeronautics and Astronautics’ at the University of Southampton.  Before joining us for the Reunion Dinner, Jim will be returning to King’s to take part in our ‘Speedy Careers’ event.

George Adams (S 67-74)

This week saw KSW U16 Hockey teams participate in County Hockey at Bromsgrove. An OV who played with the 1st hockey team whilst at King’s is George Adams (S 67-74). Alongside hockey, George is described in a school report as ‘involving himself in a variety of useful activities out of school hours'; including being a House Monitor, member of the King's Literary Society and Business Editor for The Vigornian, which gives an early clue to his future business success. Upon leaving King’s, George went on to play hockey & read PPE at Oriel College, Oxford. He is now Chairman of FFX Tools, and a Director of Frontier Economics, following a very successful career within the Kingfisher PLC group.

Huw Jenkins (Cl 73-80)

Each of the Houses battled it out last week in the annual, hotly contested, House Music Competition. During his time at King’s, Huw Jenkins was heavily involved in the musical life of the school. He achieved Grade 8 in the Organ, sang with School Choir, and conducted the Keys Society Choir. Upon leaving King’s in 1980, Huw read Mathematics at Southampton University. Since then he has enjoyed a successful career in computer software, as well as continuing to play the organ and conduct choirs. He is now Vice President of Product Development at GeoSpock Ltd. developing a data intelligence platform.

Nigel Bax (S 56-66)

This week, our latest Barnabas speaker Nigel Bax (S 56-66) gave a stirring address in College Hall about the freedoms we enjoy, the sustainability of those freedoms and how the responsibility of caring for the future lies with young people. He then went on to lead several workshops and Q&As with students throughout the day. Whilst at King’s as a pupil, Nigel took part in numerous extra-curricular activities including debating, 1st XV rugby and rowing, as well as being Head of School House. Upon leaving school, he studied Pharmacology before going on to read Medicine at Guy’s Hospital and is now Professor of Medical Education at the University of Sheffield.

John Foley (Cl 64-74)

The 1st XV took on RGS this week in the much anticipated Modus Cup. A keen sportsman whilst at school, OV John Foley (Cl 64-74) played with the 1st XV and the 1st XI, so would have been on the pitch at Sixways this week were he still at King’s. John was also a Monitor and sang with school choir. He went on from King’s to read Law at Durham and is a qualified Barrister and Chartered Accountant. John is now a Non-Executive Director of Penta Consulting which sources technical experts for the telecom and IT industry.

Martin Lorenz (S 45-50)

Art features heavily at King’s, both in the timetable and on display around the site. One such artistic piece on display, a bust of Henry VIII that sits in the Library, was produced by Former Pupil of the Week and sculptor Martin Lorenz (S 45-50). Martin began his career after chatting to a sculptor on a delayed train and decided he’d like to give it a try. He is now a successful full-time sculptor, creating small and medium size figurative statuettes, as well as taking on private commissions. This year sees the 475th Anniversary since King’s was founded by Henry in 1541 and a whole host of events are happening to celebrate.

Lt. Cdr. Ed Sutcliffe (Cl 82-92)

On Friday 11th November, school came together to commemorate Armistice Day in the traditional College Hall service. This year’s speaker was Lt. Cdr Ed Sutcliffe (Cl 82-92). Whilst a pupil at school, Ed was involved in many school drama productions and was instrumental in organising many House entertainments! He played with the 1st XV and captained the 2nd XV, and also took part in hockey and cricket. He went on to read Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, joining the Royal Navy in 1997. He retired in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander and returned to Worcestershire; his son is now a pupil at King’s St Alban’s.

Andrew Guy  (W 77-87)

Our Former Pupil of the Week this week is Andrew Guy (W 77-87) . At King’s Andrew played 1st XV rugby, was Captain of Boats, Head of Wulstan House and a School Monitor. He studied engineering at Nottingham University before heading to Sandhurst. On leaving the Army he began his executive search career with Whitehead Mann and Norman Broadbent, then set up and ran the executive search practice of Deloitte in the UK before founding his own firm, PGC. He is now a Partner of the European executive search and consulting group Friisberg & Partners International.

Jeremy Thompson (S 61-65)

Jeremy threw himself into life at King's whilst he was a pupil here, taking part in the Naval section of the CCF and playing with the 1st teams for Cricket, Hockey and Rugby. Upon leaving KSW in 1965, Jeremy embarked upon a career with Strutt and Parker in London but quickly found his calling was journalism instead. He began working at the Cambridge Evening News in 1970, starting a long and successful career in journalism, which would take him across the globe covering stories. Jeremy retired from Sky news earlier this year, where he has presented evening news programmes since 1998.

Lucy Brookshaw (Cl 93-95)

Last week, almost 50 OVs attended the London Drinks and enjoyed jazz, champagne and canapes at The Vestry, St Giles In the Field. Lucy Brookshaw (Cl 93-95) was one OV in attendance, along with her parents David and Carol, and her fiancé Tom. At school,Lucy was a Monitor and participated in both sporting and musical activities. She played Netball and Rounders, sang with School Choir,and played violin in the School orchestra. After she left King’s in 1995, Lucy read French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham before going in to the Civil Service. She then joined the Police and is now a Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police.

Matthew Humphries (W 96-01)

Recently Lower Sixth Economists took a trip to visit Morgan Cars in Malvern. Following his passion for cars and talent for art whilst a pupil at King’s, OV Matthew Humphries (W 96-01) went on to study Automotive Design at Coventry University, and launched his career as an automotive designer with Morgan.

Aged just twenty-one, Matthew’s design for the Aeromax model was produced by Morgan Cars – the first concept car the company produced for thirty years - and he went on to become the company’s in-house Head of Design. Matthew now runs his own automotive design company, Matthew Humphries Design, offering a bespoke automotive design service from concept through to production. In addition to his design consultancy, Matthew and his wife run MHD Watches, a company which produces luxury, UK-made, watches to complement his vehicle collections.

Charles  Annable (Cl 78-88)

On 7th December 2016, the school celebrated the 475th anniversary of its re-foundation. The whole school enjoyed cakes, Tudor lessons, a peal of Cathedral bells and a spectacular fireworks display. Charles Annable (Cl 78-88) was one of our generous sponsors for the fireworks with his manufacturing company Brockway Carpets Ltd of Kidderminster. Whilst at school, Charles was a regular in the 1st XI cricket team and took part in a number of drama and music productions. Upon leaving King’s in 1988, Charles read Geography at Manchester University before joining Esso Petroleum in their Sales and Marketing Division. He is now Managing Director of Brockway Carpets and is married to Julia (née Simcock, Co 85-87); their three boys are pupils at King’s and Charles continues to enjoy playing for the Old Vigornians Cricket Club.

Hugo Harber (Ch 82-87)

Tickets are now on sale for the Grand OV Reunion Dinner, taking place on the 28th April and many year groups are forming tables to mark significant milestones. One such year group is the Class of 1987 and Hugo Harber (Ch 82-87) will join the ’87 Leavers in celebrating thirty years since leaving King’s. At school, Hugo was a keen rugby player, as well as taking part in CCF, and was a Choir House Monitor. He went on to read Oceanography and Marine Technology at Plymouth University, before beginning a career in the telecommunications industry. Hugo is now Head of Global and Large Enterprise Portfolio at Vodafone, and runs his own technology business advising companies with his extensive industry experience.

Just before Christmas, the class of 2006 returned to school to mark their ten year anniversary since leaving King’s. OVs enjoyed tours of the school, drinks and nibbles, nostalgic photos and a quiz organised by a team of 2006 leavers. One of those who helped to make the Ten Year Reunion happen was Danni Riley (Cl 95-06). Danni was passionate about languages whilst a pupil at King’s, studying French and Spanish at A Level. Alongside her studies, Danni was key member of Charity Committee and a talented musician. She went on to read both French and Spanish at the University of Manchester and is now a Speech and Language Therapist. In her spare time, Danni,organises fundraising events for a charity she previously worked for as a translator, based in El Salvador.

Roger Thorn (Cr 48-56)

This weekend, OVs in France are getting together for a Reunion in Paris organised by Roger Thorn (Cr 48-56). Roger was Head of School and took an active part in CCF whilst at King’s, rising to the rank of Drum Major. He won an Open Exhibition in 1955 to read Modern Languages (French and German) at Exeter College, Oxford before undertaking an MBA at the London Business School. Roger was Chairman of the Royal British Legion in Paris for eighteen years, following a career in investment banking which took him to Zimbabwe and Paris. Now retired, Roger teaches English to overseas students in English Language schools. He also lectures in Corporate Finance at four French and two American Business Schools in Paris.

Louis Stephen (B 80-85)

This week, Lower Sixth pupils studying politics visited the Houses of Parliament. Former pupil Louis Stephen (Br 80-85) is currently a Green Party councillor for the Battenhall ward in Worcester. At school, Louis was Captain of the Sailing Team and often played for the School Chess team. He left King’s in 1985, going on to read Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University, before entering the world of politics in 2015. Louis is returning to King’s in March to take part in a panel debate organised by the Debating Society.