Beatrice (Fe. 2008-10) works in public policy and her work has taken her all over the world. She tells us about her work and her goals for the future.
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Victor Law (Ab. 2009-13) works in real estate investments and lives in Hong Kong. A keen rugby player and surfer, Victor's fondest memories of school are with his close friends in Abraham, and the adventures in took part in across the world.
If you caught any of the 'Hundred' on television recently you may have spotted, Anna (Ne. 2011-16)! A trainee doctor and cricketer, Anna was selected to umpire this exciting new competition during the summer. She tells us about working during the pandemic and how her matron would be impressed with her tidy bedroom!
This month we spoke to Nicholas Brice (Ch./Le. 1972-76) about his time at Brighton and what a huge influence his childhood had on his choices later down the line. He speaks really openly about his time at the College and this is a wonderful read.
Annabel (Ch. 2010-15) is a violinist and keen cook, living in Glasgow. She tells us about the challenges of a life in music, what advice she'd give to a Brighton College pupil, and her island life playing violin on a sunlounger (eating ice cream).
Fleur (Wi. 1999-2004) is Communications Director for In Defense of Animals and lives in San Francisco. She's a passionate animal rights campaigner and has travelled all over the world fighting for animals lives. She spoke to us about how she knew from an early age that she needed to work to protect animals and that she'd actually be quite happy on a desert island.
April's Old Brightonian of the Month is designer, author and TV presenter, Oliver Heath (Ry. 1983-88). Oliver tells us about his varied career (including a stint as a fire eater (!) ) and how running along the Brighton seafront with Zev, his dog, keeps him grounded.
A Brighton College pupil since nursery, this month's OB of the Month is Amy, who since leaving the school has pursued a career in academia and has just completed her MPhil at the University of Cambridge, whilst also setting up a new business.
Amy tells us about the challenges - and joys - she has experienced during the pandemic and about her newly found love of the ukelele.
February's Old Brightonian of the Month is Andy Zhang (Ab. 2007-09). Andy is our OB Ambassador in China and lives in Shanghai with his young family. Andy tells us about how he has turned his passion into his work and how he'd drive off the desert island.
This month we talk to Dr Ralph Abraham (Br. 1959-63). Ralph came to Brighton College as a boarder and is the founder of London Medical and the London Diabetes Centre.
Ralph shares the advice he would give to a current Brighton College pupil, and explains a bit more about what his work involves.
Nigel Thomas (Sc./Ch. 1996-98) is a London based singer/songwriter and actor. As the lead singer and songwriter for the indie-rock band The Foxes, Nigel enjoyed several UK Indie Chart top ten hits, toured the world and recorded and released an acclaimed album mixed by John Cornfield (of Supergrass, Razorlight and Muse fame).
Nigel reminisces about hair-bleaching and drama in The Hordern Room.
This month's OB of the Month is Arnold Wong, an award-winning architect, based in Hong Kong. Arnold, who has always loved art and being creative, shares with us the challenges of his work and what he would tell his younger self.
October's OB of the Month is Alexandra Rose, Curator of Earth Sciences at the Science Museum in London. Alex - who was very nearly a vet - remembers back to great times with friends at the College and her hopes for a cycle-able desert island.
This month's OB of the month is Tosin Akinluyi (Fe. 1990-92), who is Global COO of Macro Research at Morgan Stanley and has over 20 years' experience in the financial services sector. Tosin spoke to us about how her time at Brighton College shaped her, and shared some good advice which will resonate with OBs at any stage of their career.
This month we catch up with Alex Broun (Ha. 1998-2003), who ran a major football league in Asia until a recent career change brought him back to the Brighton College family.
This month’s OB of the month is Will Marks (BCPS/Du. 2001-12). Will works in the Civil Service, most recently at the Office for National Statistics and in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, co-ordinating the response to Covid-19.
Dr Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73) has been busy lately as part of the team producing the first hydrogen train in the UK. Hydrogen trains are intended to gradually replace diesel trains as an emission-free alternative, through hydrogen fuel cells which convert hydrogen and air into electricity and water.
This month's OB of the Month is Lacey Marchant (Ch. 2002-07). Lacey has recently been appointed as a Detective Constable for the London Metropolitan Police, having spent the previous eight years as a Chemistry teacher and Head of Year in Hackney.
This month's OB of the Month is JP Carpenter (Ha. 1984-89). JP is currently the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Poole Hospital, specialising in cardiovascular imaging.
This month’s OB of the Month is Eleni Garidis (Se. 2005-11). Eleni is currently a Regional Account Manager for LinkedIn’s largest global clients in Asia, and is a member of the Women at LinkedIn Committee.
This month's OB of the Month is Menhaj Huda (Ch. 1980-85), a film and television director and producer. Menhaj is best known for his film Kidulthood (2006), written by Noel Clarke.
This month's OB of the Month is Sir Nigel Carrington. Sir Nigel is Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London and was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and the Creative Industries. Sir Nigel tells us about changing careers after 21 years and remembers the teachers who inspired him during his time at school.
This month's OB of the month is a little different as they are our new Content and Events Intern, Shifra. Shifra has just graduated from the University of Manchester and will be working in the Development and Engagement Office until the end of this academic year. You'll be meeting Shifra over the next few months as she'll be attending plenty of Old Brightonian events throughout the year!
You might recognise Maurice from BBC 2 series Million Pound Menu, where he appeared as a potential investor. Maurice runs modern Japanese restaurant group K10, and talks to us this month about how much he loves his coffee and the journey from pizza to 'kaiten'.
Katy Mason (nee Ardagh) is a Drama Publicity Manager for ITV, where she has worked since 2016. Katy has been involved in television since her days at the University of Exeter, and now manages press campaigns for series such as Unforgotten, The Durrells and Victoria. Katy also runs a beautiful travel blog called The Adventure Playlist, full of pictures and inspiration of where in the world to venture to next!
Alexis Affonso, a renowned concert pianist, won a music scholarship to Brighton College to study piano and organ, as well as the violin. He has travelled extensively across the world, accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Alexis tells us all about his wonderful career, and why being a musician means so much to him.
Our OB this month is Max Pope (Le. 2008 – 2011). Max is a singer-songwriter and guitarist and spreads his time between South London and Brighton. He describes his music as ‘indie-soul’. Max tells us about the challenges of being a young musician and his initial dreams of becoming a puppy.
Our OB this month is Laura Hodgkins (nee Gilmour, Wi. 2000-05). Laura gave up her life in Marketing and Advertising to become a full time farmer in the South Downs.
Our OB this month is Kate Merrin (Fe./Wi. 1989-93), a Freelance TV Producer based in Australia.
Our OB this month is Mat Ellis (Du. 1984-89), founder and CEO of Cloudability. Prior to Cloudability, Mat held executive positions with four startups, and key technology roles at Frito-Lay, Pepsi Cola and Goldman Sachs. Originally from the UK and now residing in Portland, Mat is well known as a mentor and advisor to startups across the US.
Named one of London's most influential People in 208 in the category Performance: classical music, tenor James Way was the winner of 2nd prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. He was awarded the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, the 'most promising singer' award at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, and holds an Indepdent Opera Fellowship.
Our OB this month is Australia-based Jeff Cheema, whose inspiring career history includes delivering around $1B of infranstructure across Australia, ranging from telecoms, to oil and gass, iron ore mines, roads and buildings. We were delighted to catch up with him at last year's OB Sydney dinner in December, and hear more about his life down under.
Beverley Brown (née Lowres) left Brighton College in 1979. She is now an Interim Content Director working on digital transformation projects and has had a successful career working for international organisations including SGS and PayPal. She’s still in touch with several other 1979 leavers and they meet up regularly to put the world to rights.
Marc has spent most of his career in investment banking, mainly as a European Media Analyst in Equities for Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and at Citigroup.
Dr Rachel Smith (Fe. 1988-90) came to Brighton as a music scholar, and was heavily involved in all aspects of music life whilst at school. The British Flute Society as well as Verity Sharp from BBC Radio 3 have praised Rachel for her control and beauty of tone, her talent has led her to play with symphony, chamber and opera orchestras, and conerto and recital performances have taken her around Europe, Japan, Zimbabwe, Canada and the USA.
Completing her PhD at King’s College London, Alice is researching human induced pluripotent stem cells, and genetically reprogramming them back to an embryonic stem cell-like state, hoping to one day enable more personalised cell therapies for patients.
Tabitha will always be remembered in Fenwick House as being ‘cool, calm and collected’. Her self-motivation and drive has always destined her for success and it is no wonder we are reading about her personal achievements throughout this month.
Robert left Brighton College in 1972 having started at the Junior chool at the age of eight and progressing to the Senior School as a music scholar playing the piano, trumpet and Chapel organ. Robert spent thirty years of his career as a proprietary partner of Knight Frank running its commercial investment division and latterly as chairman of Knight Frank Asia Pacific based in Sydney.
Chris Kulin, (or as some OBs may refer to him - Mr Kulin) , arrived at Brighton in 2002 into Durnford House. After graduating from the College in 2007, he soon returned in 2012 as a teacher of biology.
Jonathan Hyams (Le. 1973-78) is an Archive Photo Editor at the world renowned Getty Images, an American stock photo agency with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations, as well as stock film footage.
Tony Hawks (Al. 1976-78) was born and raised in Brighton and Hove and attended Brighton College for the Sixth Form, finishing in 1978. He is a comedian and author, very well known for his book Round Ireland with a Fridge, an account of his attempt to hitchhike around Ireland with a fridge to win a bar bet, selling over 800,000 copies.
Priya has been an active member of the Old Brightonians network since she left Brighton in 2011 to study Medicine at Guy's King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, and returns to the College regularly to talk to our Sixth Formers about her journey studying Medicine and becoming a foundation doctor. She is a co-founder of Brainbook, the first and only neurosurgical resource dedicated to public engagement and science communication.
Jacob left Brighton College in 2012, the same year he decided he wanted to pursue a career in Animation. Only 6 years later, he is working in New York City as a Lighting Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios after having worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Lauren Libin, 35, lives in Brighton (a stones throw from Brighton College) with her partner Carl and three year old daughter Summer. She runs consumer brand and lifestyle PR agency Switched On with clients such as T2 Tea, VisitBrighton, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Duck & Waffle and Tom Kerridge’s Festival Pub in the Park.
Darren Curtis (Sc. 1990-95), our OB Australia Ambassador, spent six years specialising in prestige markets in central London after which he set off to Australia in 2006. He now sells real estate for Christie's International, focusing on some of the country's finest and most significant homes. Along with the Head Master, he will be hosting our biennial OB Australia Dinner on Tuesday 18th December 2018.
Raja Dato' Zamilia Raja Mansur (Fe. 1983-85) has a fascinating career in Corporate Communications and is now the Vice President at Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad and is an active member of our OB community in Malaysia. In 2015 she was bestowed the highly prestigious Datukship title by his Royal Highness Sultan of Perak for her achievements towards Malaysia's development and we are delighted to feature her as this month's OB of the Month.
Shirley left Brighton College in 1978 after which she studied Architecture at the Brighton School of Architecture at Sussex University. She was a founding director of SW Architects in London, and after working as a chartered Architect, she is now a Party Wall Surveyor - and has worked on transformative projects such as Canon Place and the Shard of Glass in London.
Daniel Peltz left Brighton College in 1979 and is now Chief Executive of London Freeholds Ltd. He is a trustee of many charitable organisations such as Childhood First and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and was awarded an OBE for charitable and philanthropic services in 2016.
Marsh started playing cricket at school aged 11 and then progressed to Brighton and Hove CC at the age of 13. Initially a seam bowler, she made her international debut for England during India's summer tour in 2006. She took 3-44 in her first Test, opening the bowling alongside Jenny Gunn in the second innings.