Notable OBs

Brighton College has in the past had occasion to produce a famous OB or two, as well as countless celebrated success stories - the great and the good (and the not-so-good!) littering this "Hall of Fame" are the beginnings of a directory that we hope all OB's will help us add to (who's missing here..? Did we get any biographies wrong?). We'd love to hear your nominations - send any biography you might have, with an image or two if you can, to: ob@oldbrightonians.com.

Please note: When submitting nominations for the "Notable OBs" page, please supply an accurate biography, and try to ensure that it is copyright free, or has at least the appropriate permissions. Neither the Association or Brighton College are able to check all stories and images for copyright, and rely on you to help us out!

  • Keith White MBE is Managing Director and co-owner of a chain of retail and manufacturing jewellers, Michael Spiers, with five shops in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Known locally as 'Mr Squash' Keith has been involved in squash for over 65 years.

  • Sometimes credited as Thomas Charles Sanders II - he is the brother of actor George Sanders.

    Born: September 15th, 1904, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Died: April 22nd, 1967 in Culver City, California

    He was the Falcon in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films, and even science fiction films. He was early television's Detective Mark Saber - Tom Conway will probably be remembered as George Sander's (D. 1922) brother.
  • George Colin Ratsey (July 30, 1906 – March 12, 1984), educated at Brighton College, was a British sailor and sail maker who competed in the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal in the Star Class. Part of the famous Ratsey sailing dynasty.

  • Emma is an Entrepreneur, a Motivational Speaker, a Business Mentor, Author and Business Turnaround Expert. Emma won her right to be in the "entrepreneurial hall of fame" with the success of her own multi-million pound cosmetic company, Diva Cosmetics, which she grew from a start-up to a several million pound turnover in year 4.
  • Daniel Peltz, former British Land director and founder of retail property investor London Freeholds, has won rave reviews for his second novel.

    It is unusual for a property stalwart to write one, let alone two, novels. The Sunday Express, awarding a four-star rating, describes Daniel Peltz’s second novel Out of the Blue, published in October, as ‘one of the best war stories you’ll read this year’. Another review refers to it as ‘a highly emotional and beautifully constructed novel’.

  • Neville (Born: 1937, Calcutta) says he was something of a nomad before he founded one of the UK's top quality restaurant chains, the Groupe Chez Gerard plc which he sold in 2003. Abraham, who has an honours degree in economics, spent 10 years as a management consultant and eight years as a civil servant, during which time his passion for wine prompted him to establish a mail-order wine business the Amis du Vin Group. His various roles have included terms as Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Board of Trade and Senior Principal responsible for corporate, financial and political planning. He enjoyed spells as the strong right arm to such political luminaries as Tony Crosland, Douglas Jay and Lord Heath. Currently Neville is a Trustee of a number of entrepreneurial businesses and charities, including Liberty Wines, Le Cafe Anglais, Draft House Holdings and Brighton College.

  • Distinguished, long-faced character actor, often of rumpled establishment figures.

    Born: October 3, 1911, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
    Died: May 2, 1995, Oxford

    After leaving Brighton College Michael Hordern entered the real world as a schoolteacher...

    Engaging in amateur theatricals in off-hours, Hordern turned pro in 1937, making his film debut two years later.
  • Wednesday night at 7pm sees the start of a exciting new series 'Living on the Edge' in which Chris travels alone with his camera to some of the most extreme environments on the planet to find out how and why people live in the grip of nature at her most ferocious and threatening. Tune in to Channel 5 at 7pm on 3rd, 10th and 17th December. In the first episode, 'Blood in the Water', Chris travels to Mauritania where he takes to the high seas with some of the hardest fishermen in the world who risk their lives daily to eke out a meagre living.

  • William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. His first book, The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2005...
  • Andrew Cayley was in Bristol House under Peter Perfect from 1977 to 1982. After Brighton College he practised law in the south east of England joining the British Army in 1991 and serving as an infantry platoon commander in Belize (on attachment to the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment) and as a military prosecutor and command legal adviser in Germany and the United Kingdom.

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