I feel honoured to have been elected the President of the Association of Old Brightonians, although when David Gold asked me to put my name forward last June, my initial reaction was that I surely could not be eligible for the post, not having been to the College. David assured me that there were precedents for retired members of staff being elected President, and some quick research has shown me that the two very first Presidents were, perhaps not surprisingly, retired members of the Common Room. At least my thirty six years at the College have given me a distinct advantage over all my predecessors, in that I know personally far more former members of the College than any of them! Indeed it was a great pleasure for me to see so many familiar faces from the past at the recent OB Dinner, which was a fitting tribute to the many years of dedicated and multifarious service to the College of Philip Robinson.
I want to build on the excellent work of David Gold these past three years by continuing to strengthen the links between all cohorts of OBs and the College, both here and abroad. In this last respect I had the great pleasure of being entertained by three OBs when on a recent trip to Hong Kong.
Please continue to support the Association and the College, which is currently riding high and forging ahead under the dynamic leadership of Richard Cairns. Please contact me at the College with your news and views. May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous 2008.
Tony Whitestone (ex staff, 1971-2006)