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5 October

Celebrating teachers, careers & OV awards!


Cameron Walker (Os 08-15) came back to King’s this week and met up with several members of staff, Mr Longley, Mr Williams, Mrs Jeffrey, Mr Mason, Mrs Haddock, Mrs Neville, Mr Haywood and Miss Hewitt and he was also really happy to see his house tutor, Mrs Friend who was equally delighted to see Cameron and hear all about the wonderful work Cameron is doing with ITV, having graduated this year from Nottingham Trent University. Cameron was on a flying visit to King’s having spent the week with ITV News London as part of his traineeship programme. 

Headmaster, Matthew Armstrong also met Cameron and enjoyed hearing about his time at university and how his determination in seeking work experience and getting lots of exposure in the Broadcast Journalism industry, helped him enormously in securely the much-sought after traineeship with ITV. Cameron also features as part of the King’s Bursary Campaign film … look out for this film, starring a number of OVs in different workplaces and showing how a King’s education can Open the Door to a wide variety of careers. Click here for more details about our exciting campaign.


 It was great to hear that OV, Jack Hampson’s (Cr 01-03) company Skim Technologies, won a National Lottery Award recently for a project they worked on with Breast Cancer Care to develop an app which is designed to help individuals with breast cancer. Skim Technologies is a young British start-up based in London and in May this year they joined up with Breast Cancer Care, a specialist charity in the UK providing care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer to create the app. The Big Lottery funded app, currently available for iPhone and Android phones, gives you information, support and inspiration to help you move beyond breast cancer, presented on easy-to-use flashcards. 

The charity teamed up with Skim Technologies who provide the underpinning technology that automatically generate flashcards, which ultimately saves Breast Cancer Care valuable human resources and delivers much-needed information to those affected by breast cancer. Jack says of the award: “My business, Skim Technologies, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Care won the National Lottery Award for best Healthcare project 2018. We worked with Breast Cancer Care for over a year, in developing a Machine Learned content recommendation engine, that sends relevant patient care information to sufferers of the disease; when they need it the most. We’re immensely grateful to have received the award, but even more for the opportunity to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) to such a just cause.” Congratulations to Jack and his team for this award and such a worthwhile venture! 


We were delighted to 'discover' that Discover History, which was co-founded by Helen Lee (Ch 94-01) has just celebrated its 15 year anniversary. Helen sent us this report of her exciting journey since leaving King's…

"Since leaving King’s in 2001, and full time education, I began working in the Heritage Industry. This had always been an ambition because of my interest in this field. I met my fiancée Paul at this time who had been contemplated leaving the Museum World to go freelance. Shortly after, and with a certain amount of trepidation, we set up Discover History. With a solid business plan and advice from the government initiative called Business Link, we launched in October 2003. 

Discover History was created to bring freelance educational workshops to schools and educational establishments. The unique selling point was that if a school was studying Ancient Rome, they would meet us as a real life roman couple with hundreds of sourced replica artefacts. We would enter the classroom dressed in period clothing, and the school would be immersed into the time period they were studying.

Fifteen years on we have become a full time and popular, multi-faceted business, bringing history to life in a fun and interactive way. Readers may have seen us recently on the One Show and Country File, as Local Historians. We were extremely pleased to be nominated and win the first Worcestershire Education Awards in 2017. This year I was also awarded the Suffragette Spirit Award. I was the only winner in the counties of Hereford and Worcestershire. We are really proud to work across Britain and at many prestigious sites including the chance to help mark King's 475th anniversary recently." 


We are thrilled to learn that OV Ben Chatfield (Ch 99-06), along with his co-founder Ollie, have been shortlisted for Disruptor of the Year at the BMW Group i UK Tech Founder Awards for their company Tempo!

Tempo is an intelligent, video based hiring platform that connects 12,000+ jobseekers with amazing companies like Uber, Monzo, Boston Consulting Group, Goodlord and the NHS.

The Disruptor of the Year award goes to the founder that best demonstrates how they have successfully and dramatically disrupted their industry. Disruptors are innovators who possess a unique drive, determination and creativity that allows them to completely change the way we think about how things should be done, often creating entirely new industries in the process.

Good luck Ben!


The remarkable Navy career of OV David Ramsay OBE (Cr 50-55) was featured in the Times on 29th September 2018. David sadly died this August. David was a keen swimmer while at King's as well as a member of the CCF and his swimming successes are mentioned in several Vigornian magazines including the 1952 edition where he is listed as having ensured  ‘the swimming Cup returned to its rightful place this term’.

The article in The Times covers David’s distinguished career, including his commanding of the submarines HMS Ocelot and HMS Superb. His final posting was as staff officer of operations at HMS Dolphin. David was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his services to the British Parliamentary Union. The article included memories that David had shared of his voyages, including his recalling the Atlantic where waves would reach 30 or 40 feet, leaving him with a “great respect for the Sea”.