Each week, King’s sends out an e-bulletin 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 globe, working in a range of sectors, all at different stages in their careers. OV of the Week reflects this diversity and encourages current pupils to explore all possibilities.
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. OV 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. OV 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 now training full time for three years which sees her going to college once a week and working in a parish for three days a week. Currently, Hannah is based in Shirley, near Croydon, in the Diocese of Southwark.
Gabriel Arnold (Cl 93-02)
Monday saw an Orchestra Workshop take place involving pupils from St Alban’s, Hawford and 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 when he was pupil 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. Congratulations Gabriel!
Niall McNevin (Br 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 & venues for London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. Niall who is a visiting lecturer at UCL is a fellow of the RICS & RTPI, has his own consultancy business Paragon Regeneration Ltd providing amongst other things advice to the Japanese on their forthcoming games in 2020 and is also a senior consultant at Urban Delivery, an urban development consultancy.’
Helen Kennedy (Meacham) (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 Kennedy (Meacham) (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.
Louis Stephen (Br 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.
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.
Hugo Harber (Ch 82-87)
Tickets are now onsale 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.
Danni Riley (Cl 95-06)
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.
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); Julia and Charles’s three boys are current pupils at King’s and Charles continues to enjoy playing for the Old Vigornians Cricket Club.
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 runs MHD Watches with his wife, a company which produces luxury, UK-made, watches to complement his vehicle collections.
Lucy Brookshaw (Cl 93-95)
Last week, approximately 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 fiancée 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.'
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.
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.
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.
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. Click here to find out what’s on and how to get involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.