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8 June

Wingwalking, new roles in television & property & a trio of OV Tours!

OV Wingwalk

OV Derek Bell (S 56-58) has been raising money for a charity very close to his heart by doing a sponsored Wingwalk! On Monday 21 May he took to the skies with AeroSuperBatics to wingwalk for charity Hope for Tomorrow of which Derek is a Patron. Well done Derek!





Fantastic new opportunity for upcoming OV journalist

We are absolutely thrilled to hear that OV Cameron Walker (Os 08-15) has been accepted onto the ITV News Traineeship scheme, which will begin in September 2018. From over 1000 applicants, Cameron has accepted one in just twelve places that have been offered this year. Trainees of the scheme go on to secure roles in regional, national and international news, with the majority staying with ITV to forge their careers.

Cameron is currently in his final year of studying Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and during his degree has undertaken several work placements including roles at ITV’s This Morning, BBC News (national), Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Hereford and Worcester, as well as shadowing directors on Good Morning Britain (ITV) and The One Show (BBC One).


OV lands Director role at local property consultancy

Congratulations to OV Andrew Lewis (W 03-10) who has been appointed Associate Director of Worcestershire commercial property consultancy GJS Dillon. At GJS Dillon Andrew will work closely with the Managing Director on the firm’s commercial agency work, letting and selling office and industrial buildings. Regarding his new role and his move back to Worcestershire Andrew has said,

“After leaving school in 2010 and on my road to becoming a Chartered Surveyor, the OV network has never been far away. Before taking my new role in Worcestershire, I lived and worked in London for six years. While down in the capital I lived with an old school friend & member of the rowing team and regularly met with old OVs socially. Within the London property community I also met with a number of OVs, including working with one briefly.

Now I am back in Worcestershire, the OV network has become even more important to me. Looking at GJS Dillon’s extensive client list there are OVs and OV parents on almost every page! In my first month I attended a number of events and at each one I was greeted by OVs and former classmates’ parents – what a wonderful business community Worcestershire and the OV network is!”


Trio of OV visits!

We were delighted that James Grant (Cl 97-02) & Chris Gray (K 93-02) visited school this week. Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie Borrillo-McLellan, thoroughly enjoyed showing them around the school site, and along the way Chris and James were delighted to bump into former teachers Russ Mason, Andrew Longley, Stephen Le Marchand and Richard Davis. A trip up to Archives unearthed some fantastic House photographs, and one of the highlights of the tour was finding a photograph of Chris playing piano for Kittermaster’s rendition of ‘Three Lions on a Shirt’ which secured a win in the House Song Competition! As well as exploring their old stomping grounds, James and Chris were very impressed by the newer facilities on site, including the Michael Baker Boathouse which they were shown by Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers, and the Keyes Building. They were both especially struck by the arts facilities now available, including the Linda Crow and Wightman studios. Chris and James have remained great friends since leaving King’s and James will be Best Man at Chris’s wedding in a few weeks’ time.


Brothers Michael (S 55-58) and Tim Boddington (S 59-61) also called in to King’s for a visit this week, along with Michael’s wife.  Michael and his wife live in Laos and come back to the UK every couple of years. The Boddington family have been well represented at King’s, with three generations attending the school:  Michael and Tim’s father (also Michael) was an OV and Michael’s son, Henry also came to King’s in the 1990s.  Michael was a keen rower whilst at King’s and so he was very impressed with the new Michael Baker Boathouse and the impressive collection of boats that the school now owns and the two brothers remembered their father telling them how he had been involved with the creation of the school gardens in the 1930s. They were very happy to see that the garden is still flourishing and remains very much an intrinsic part of the school site. Michael and Tim were also able to pop their heads into College Hall (in between exams!) and recognised many of the names on the honours boards.


Our final OV visit this week came from brothers, Simon and Guy Potter (Cl 97-04s) when they visited with Simon’s girlfriend, Charlotte. Liz Elliott, Development Director, really enjoyed meeting the brothers who were back in the area for another OV’s wedding at the weekend, coming back to the UK from Brisbane (Simon) and Dubai (Guy).  They thoroughly enjoyed looking into the School House library, meeting Head of Rowing, Jim Chalmers and seeing the Michael Baker Boathouse in full swing, with memories of time they spent in the bottom of the Annett building on the ergos (not quite as smart as the current boathouse facilities!).  Edgar Tower was a real treat for Simon and Guy as they remembered it as the school library during their time at school.  A visit to the Archives to meet archivist, Harriet Patrick, also proved to jog a few memories, as the brothers were amused to find themselves in House photos.