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29 June

OV Professions Group, tours, celebrations, cycling, music & more!

The launch of the OV Professions Group

On Tuesday night, we launched the OV Professions Group and, for this first meeting, we invited OVs who work in the professions of Tax, Advisory, Audit and Pensions to come together for an informal evening, meeting fellow OVs working in this sector.  This programme was initiated by OV Andrew Underwood (S 77-88), working with the Foundation Development & Alumni Relations Office, with the idea of inviting like-minded OVs to meet informally and share experiences of working in similar professional fields.  Such groups will be OV-led with assistance from the Development & Alumni Relations team to facilitate and spread the word.  The potential for such groups is enormous and it was great to have such a positive reception to the first of these group meetings.

Andrew hosted the first of these events for those working in this sector at KPMG’s Mayfair office and it was a real pleasure for him and Liz Elliott, King’s Development Director, to meet OVs from across the years: ranging from leavers of 1995 to 2012.  Interestingly five of the OVs came from the same house: Chappel so there were a few familiar faces.  The group represented a number of the major consulting firms in London: KPMG, Deloitte, PKF Littlejohn and EY and the next meeting of this group will take place in the Autumn in London. We encourage OVs working in this sector to get in touch with the Development Office for more information.

We are also looking to start a number of other OV Professions Groups and, in particular, would welcome OVs working in Law, IT, Property, the Media, Medicine and Banking & Finance to let the Development Office know if you are interested in meeting up with fellow OVs.

OV Artist back performing in Malvern 

This week, we were really happy to hear news about OV Alex Lindner’s (Br 01-08) music project, Flood for the Famine, which returns to Malvern to play a one-off concert at St Peter's Church, Cowleigh Bank on Friday 6th July. Lindner's 5-piece band play a modern mix of blues, soul & jazz and has been described by critics to be "hugely reminiscent of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits".

On the back of the success of Alex’s fantastical music video release 'Nine in the Morning' (featuring dancing show girls, fireworks and 30ft projections) he decided to hit the road with his band to celebrate the release of their upcoming EP.

"The shows in London have really been taking off…all my hometown friends have been asking when we'll play a local show so I'm really excited to bring what we've been doing in London to Malvern. It's due to be a really special night for me…the church is across the road from where I had my first piano lessons".

Alex now works in London producing other artists and writing music for TV shows but maintains that playing live music has always been his driving passion and we look forward to hearing more news about Alex’s musical ventures in the future.

Oxbridge OVs return to king's

We were thrilled to welcome OVs Theo Beever (S 09-16), Maha Munir (Br 10-17) and Kathryn Smith (S 09-16) back to King’s this week. The OVs were back to speak with current students who are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge, and they were able to share their experiences of studying at these renowned institutions, as well as offering an insight into the application and exam processes. Theo is reading Engineering, and Kathryn is reading Biochemistry, both at Oxford University. Maha has just finished a gap year working in London and she will be taking her place at Cambridge from September to read Human, Social and Political Sciences at Murray-Edwards College Cambridge. Maha was able to share her very recent application experiences as well as to take advantage of listening to the student experiences of Theo and Kathryn.

It was lovely to hear how the last year has gone for our OVs, and the current pupils were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to gain some advice prior to embarking on their University applications.

OVs giving back to school

It was a pleasure to see Ruth Furber (Ch 10-17) back at King's this week working with Director of Music, Simon Taranczuk to manage the music exams. It was great to hear how Ruth is getting on at Royal Holloway University where she is studying Music.

We were also thrilled to have Emma Williams (Os 93-95) back at school giving up her time to advise pupils on a career in pharmaceticals.





Starting in July, OVs Jake Hudson (Ch 06-13), George Fairlie (W 06-13) and Jamie Forsyth (K 06-13) will be attempting to cycle over 8,000km from Kenya to South Africa for charity Place2Be and pedalling in memory of OV Felix Alexander (K 10-15).Their trip will take them through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi before they either head straight to Mozambique and finish up in South Africa, or head over to Zambia and Zimbabwe and then on to Mozambique. We wish them all the best!

A tour down memory lane

An OV visit was the perfect start to the week, and we were delighted welcome Peter Scandrett (H 60-70) back to King’s on Monday. Peter was a King’s Scholar at school and also a member of the 1st Rowing team. Peter was very happy therefore to be shown the Michael Baker Boathouse by Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie Borrillo-McLellan, and he commented on what an incredible facility it was. Peter also enjoyed a reminiscent trip into Hostel where he was delighted to find his old dormitory. Peter had some wonderful stories to tell, including the craze for keeping silk worms and feeding them the leaves from the Mulberry trees, as well as an occasion where he and his crew mates managed to sink their boat on the river!

Memories on the river

It was wonderful to welcome OV Martin Carr (Ca 57-62) back to King’s who popped by as a stop on a Bus-Pass tour of the country which he is undertaking whilst the Football World Cup is on. Martin was shown around the school by Development Assistant, Alice Evans.Martin was a keen rower as a pupil and was delighted to have a guided tour of the Michael Baker Boathouse from our current Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers. Martin told us of many fond memories of his school days at King’s including one of his proudest moments when he rowed for King’s at the Henley Royal Regatta.


OV Celebrations

What better way to celebrate a birthday and upcoming retirement than an OV get-together? We have been sent this wonderful picture from Barney Burnham (Ch 59-69), who last weekend enjoyed joining OV friends Nick Cleobury (Ch 58-68) and Stephen Darlington (Cl 60-70) at Evensong in Christ Church Oxford, on Nick’s birthday. Stephen is Director of Music and tutor in music at Christ Church, and the service was one of his final Evensong’s in post before retiring. It was great fun for the three OVs to reunite and celebrate the two occasions in a splendid location with glorious music.