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OVS 1970 - 1979

Romano Subiotto, Q.C. (Castle House 1974-1979)

 Cleary Gottlieb partner Romano Subiotto, who is based in the firm's Brussels and London offices, has been appointed Queen's Counsel. The announcement by Baroness Butler-Sloss, Interim Chairman of the QC Selection Panel, said that all those appointed have demonstrated excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. The Queen approves the appointments on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Mr. Subiotto joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1997. He received his Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos from the University of Málaga, Spain in 1980; his LL.B., First Class Honours, from the University of London, King's College, in 1984 (Harold Potter Prize in Property Law, Laws Exhibition, Second Maxwell Law Prize); his Maîtrise en Droit, Mention Bien, from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same year; and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholar.
Mr. Subiotto qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1988, and became a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) in 2006. Mr. Subiotto is also a member of the Bar in Brussels. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.
Source: Cleary Gottlieb and Hamilton Feb 23 2009

Lt Col Mark Nicholas Claydon (Wulstan House, 1970-1979)

Lt Col (Acting Col) Mark Claydon of The Mercian Regiment has been made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. Mark is the middle of three OV brothers.

(Source Defence News)

Piers Letcher (School House, 1973-1978)

Piers Letcher Born and educated in the UK, Piers Letcher has lived in France for the past 22 years. As an independent writer and photographer he has published 17 books, more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles and hundreds of photographs. From the mid-nineties he spent several years as a speechwriter at the United Nations in Geneva, before returning to his freelance career in 2002. He is the author of Eccentric France and Dubrovnik and contributes irregularly to The Guardian Unlimited.


Richard Williams (Wulstan House 1968-1978)

Richard Williams Professor Richard A. Williams, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer and International Strategy at the University of Leeds, was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Years Honours List 2009 in recognition of services to science and engineering.
Professor Williams graduated from Imperial College London in 1982 with a degree in minerals engineering after attending the King's School, Worcester. After spells with the Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Industrial Diamonds, he was appointed lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at UMIST, Manchester, in 1986, going on to become Senior Lecturer.
At the age of 33 he was appointed Professor of Minerals Engineering at the University of Exeter before being named Anglo American PLC Professor of Mineral and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds in 1999. At Leeds, he established the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, a world-leading group of chemical engineers teaching and researching in particulate systems.

Source: University of Leeds press release, January 2009

David Hershman (Chappel House 1968-1977)

David Hershman Celebrated lawyer, author and lecturer whose career was characterised by his energetic defence of children's rights born November 6 1958; died September 4 2004.

It was at the time of the passing of the Children Act in 1989 that David Hershman, then a 30-year-old junior barrister in chambers at Two Fountain Court, Birmingham, suggested to me, a colleague in the same chambers, that we might write a textbook on child law to complement the implementation in 1991 of the new act. The only substantial text at that time had originated in 1933.

Children Law And Practice (Family Law) - known as "Hershman and McFarlane" - was published on the day that the 1989 Act came into force. It was soon to be seen in lawyers' offices and on judges' benches up and down the country.

Its success was an achievement in which Hershman, who has died following a heart attack aged 45, rightly took great pleasure and pride. He had brought to the project a conviction and energy that was to be the hallmark of all he did.

At the time of his death, Hershman had been appointed to be a recorder, a deputy high court judge and a part-time chair of the Care Standards Tribunal. He practised in Birmingham, latterly in St Philip's Chambers, before moving, earlier this year, to join the specialist family law set of One King's Bench Walk in London.

Hershman was one of the leading family law advocates of his generation.

Rik Mayall (Chappel House 1968-1975)

Rik Mayall One of Britain's foremost comedy actors, Rik Mayall was born in Essex in 1958. The family moved to Droitwich when he was very young, so that Droitwich has now claimed him as its own and placed his image alongside Roman soldiers on a mural depicting the history of the town. As a day boy in Chappel House, he developed his passion for drama, having earlier acted in a Brecht play at the age of only seven. In spite of his pre-occupation with matters social during the Sixth Form, he gained a place at Manchester University to study Drama. His partnership with Adrian Edmondson and Ben Elton, whom he met at University, developed into 'The Young Ones' and 'Blackadder'. Since then, he has played Alan B'Stard in 'The New Statesman', the highly-successful TV series. More recently he has starred in a series of three serious plays, 'Micky Love', 'Briefest Encounter' and 'Dancing Queen', but it seems unlikely that he will want to move away from the comedy which he so much enjoys.

Timothy Dowse (Chappel House, 1967-1974)
Timothy Dowse is a former senior intelligence expert at the Cabinet Office, received a CMG in the New Year's honours list 2010. Mr Dowse, who was previously head of counter-proliferation at the Foreign Office, was one of the key Whitehall officials involved in the build-up to the war in Iraq.
He recently admitted to the Chilcott inquiry into the conflict that Saddam Hussein was not close to Al-Qaeda and that some of the intelligence information may have been misinterpreted in the weeks before the war. He is currently director of intelligence and national security in the Foreign Office.

Jonathan Darlington (The Hostel 1964-1974)

Jonathan DarlingtonJonathan Darlington is music director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver Opera.
He made his conducting debut in 1984 at the Parisian Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera "Ormindo", and in 1991, as deputy to the Music Director Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Opéra with "Le nozze di Figaro".
Jonathan Darlington holds the distinctions of a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres as well as an Honorary LRAM and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London (FRAM).

Alistair Magowan (Chappel House 1966-1973)

alistair_magowanTHE Queen has approved the nomination of Alistair Magowan, Archdeacon of Dorset, to be the next Bishop of Ludlow. Aged 54, Alistair Magowan grew up in Malvern, went to school in Worcester and studied animal sciences at Leeds University. He trained for the ministry in Bristol, completing an Oxford Master's degree in theology in 2002.
Ordained in 1981, he served as assistant curate at Owlerton in the Diocese of Sheffield, before moving to Durham in 1984 as chaplain to St Aidan's College and assistant curate at St Nicholas'.
From 1989 he was Vicar of Egham and Rural Dean of Runnymede in the Diocese of Guildford, before becoming Archdeacon of Dorset in 2000.
He will be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on Tuesday, September 29, at 11am. A service of welcome in St Laurence's Church Ludlow, is on October 4.
Source Ludlow Advertiser July 2009

Sir Julian Flaux Q.C. (Chappel House 1963-1972)

Julian Flaux Department for Constitutional Affairs - Judicial Appointments (National)
Appointment of a high court judge - Mr. Julian Martin Flaux, Q.C.
HM The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mr. Julian Martin Flaux, Q.C., to be a Justice of the High Court. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will assign Mr. Flaux to the Queen's Bench Division.
Source: Department for Constitutional Affairs

Mr. Flaux, 51, was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1978 and took Silk in 1994. He was appointed a Recorder in 2000 and is approved to sit as a deputy High Court Judge.

Mark Webster (Wulstan House, 1962-1972)

Mark Webster Mark is a news correspondent for ITV News, having reported from Belfast as Ireland correspondent and two years as Moscow correspondent. Prior to his stint in Moscow, he had spent three years as business editor (1995-98), having been business correspondent since March 1994. Before that, he had spent four years (1990-94) as political correspondent, based in the ITV News Westminster bureau. Mark joined ITV News in 1983 as Industrial Correspondent from Channel 4 News, and reported extensively on the miners' strike. In September 1987 he was appointed North of England correspondent. Mark was educated at The King's School, Worcester and, on leaving, joined the Gloucestershire Echo. After one year on the paper he moved to Paris where he worked as a freelance broadcaster and journalist. On his return to London, Mark joined the London Evening Standard as a leader writer before becoming the Financial Times African correspondent in 1977. He lives in Belfast with his partner and baby daughter.

Sir Stephen Tomlinson (Hostel 1964-1970)

Stephen TomlinsonCalled to the Bar Inner Temple 1974 (bencher 1990); QC 1988, Judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) 2000-; member of governing body Shrewsbury School 2003-
Source: Debrett's

Stephen Darlington (Chappel House 1960-1970)

Stephen Darlington Stephen is one of the country's leading choral conductors. In 1985 he returned to Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, as Organist and Tutor in Music. Since then he has divided his time between establishing the college as an acknowledged centre of academic musical excellence, and maintaining the highest choral traditions of the Church of England in Christ Church Cathedral. An extensive discography comprising over 50 CDs, includes several award-winning recordings such as: Vaughan Williams, An Oxford Elegy (nominated for a Grammy Award), Palestrina, Missa Dum Complerentur and Walton, Choral Works.

He has directed many well-known orchestras including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, London Mozart players, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hanover Band, English String Orchestra and London Musici. Under his direction, the choir have sung with many great artists including, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, James Bowman, Paul Whelan and John-Mark Ainsley.