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1 December

OVs are on the rise, on school grounds, and on the telly!

Penny Ashmore (Cl 14-16) appears on BBC Hereford & Worcester

We were really pleased to see Penny Ashmore (Cl 14-16) featured in a BBC Hereford and Worcester news video talking about her extraordinary recovery from a series of cardiac arrests and how she has not let this prevent her from pursuing her dream of becoming an actress.   It is very important to Penny now to spread awareness of sudden cardiac death and she would urge all young people to have their hearts tested because this kind of disease is invisible until it’s too late and, because of what happened to Penny, she feels it is very important that everyone feels confident in CPR, this being the only way to save someone who’s suffering from cardiac arrest.

Penny is currently studying at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and is loving every moment of her acting course.


Festive Reminiscence

Abbas Kazeroooni (Ch 91-96), and his girlfriend Jessica, came back to visit King’s on 29th of December while they were in the UK from California for the Christmas period. Head of Kittermaster House, Richard Davis, met them, and they enjoyed a tour of School. Abbas loved showing Jessica his old House, Choir House, College Hall, and also exploring the newer sites including The Michael Baker Boathouse and The Keyes Building. They were joined by Head of Geography, Simon Cuthbertson, who is a fan of Abbas’s books (where he talks about his time at King’s), and was very keen to see him. Director of Marketing and Communications and Abbas’s former House Master, Russ Mason, was also delighted to join them. After a fun-packed tour of the School, the group enjoyed going lunch together where many laughs were shared remembering Abbas’s days at King’s, and everyone had the opportunity to catch up on more recent news.

Fanatical Football

The 28th December saw a high-paced football match of OVs against the current 1st XI. The temperature may have been cold, but the heat was up as the two teams battled it out. Huge congratulations to the OV team who came out victorious after a hard slog to achieve a 2-1 win. The OV team were led by Cameron Stanley-Blakey (S10-17), and included Richard Newton (K 15-17), David Newton (W12-14), George Fradgley (Cl 15-17), Lewi Hobbs-Jeffery (Br 10-17) and Harry Annable (Br 10-17).


Two OVs feature in the list of New Queen’s Counsel

Mr Thompson informed us of two OVs who were appointed QC in 2017/18 – quite a coup to have two of King’s former pupils appointed in the same year!  The OVs are Kate Wilson-Smith (née Lumsdon) (E 85-87) and Edward Cumming (Br 90-01). Ed was the youngest of all successful applicants, being 34 at the time of his application.

Kate Lumsdon is a criminal barrister of 20 years call who both prosecutes and defends.  She has practised on the Western Circuit for most of her career but now is based primarily in London.

Edward won Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016 and specialises in most areas of chancery and commercial work as part of his busy practice. After leaving King’s, Edward read Law at Downing College, Cambridge where he was President of the Cambridge Union.


Lindsey Matthews (Cl 81-88) appointed non-executive director of CFA

We were delighted to hear that Lindsey Matthews (Cl 81-88) has recently been appointed as non-executive director of CFA, the leading Investment Industry Association in the UK.  Lindsey runs specialist Financial Risk and Training consultancy, Perfordiant Ltd and is a consultant and educator on investment risk & performance and related technologies. He is a Senior Advisor to financial technology company StatPro, and also provides consulting services to UBS Wealth Management, having worked at UBS for 25 years. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences and Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and was awarded his CFA Charter in 2001.


A Choral Success

OV David Newsholme (Os 93-03) is Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Canterbury Cathedral and we have been so delighted to see the fantastic achievement and developments of the choir in his hands. It was a particular pleasure to see David and the Girls’ Choir performing on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ on 22nd December.

The Girls’ Choir currently records exclusively for Decca Records. Of their recent album, Christmas with Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, BBC Music Magazine noted that ‘The sound created under the choir’s director David Newsholme is bright and smoothly blended, with excellent articulation and dynamic detail’.


Delving into Dentistry

The first week of term saw a visit from OV Rupert Monkhouse (Ch 05-12). Rupert is a dentist and he kindly came in to speak to King’s St Alban’s Reception Class as a part of their topic ‘People Who Help Us’. Rupert talked all about his job and answered the children’s questions. He also brought lots of dental items for them to look at and discuss and, most importantly, showed everyone how to make a balloon out of rubber gloves! Rupert then enjoyed a quick visit to the senior school with Development Director, Liz Elliott and Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie Borrillo-McLellan. Rupert had great fun visiting his old Science classrooms, and catching up with former teachers including Matt Parkin and Antony Gillgrass.


Back to Business

Gareth Young (Os 89-98) came back to King’s this week and enjoyed meeting Russ Mason his former Economics & Business teacher as well as experiencing a tour of school. He had great fun looking at his old House photographs in Archives and then went back to business by meeting Head of Economics and Business Studies, Elaine Friend in some of his old classrooms.