TAG: Our Alumni

29 January 2024

Our Alumni: James Coleman (Ha. 1988-93)

For January's edition of Our Alumni, we spoke to James Coleman (Ha. 1988-93). James founded Quest Fund Placement, and works with investors across Europe and the US.

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28 November 2023

Our Alumni: Milan Shah (Du. 2011-16)

For November's edition of Our Alumni, we interviewed Milan Shah (Du. 2011-16). 
Milan rejoined Brighton College in August 2023 as Teacher of Economics, after a whirlwind career at Whitehall during the pandemic. 

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30 October 2023

Our Alumni: Minerva Rojanapenkul (Fe. 2012-14)

October's edition of Our Alumni features OB Ambassador for Thailand, Minerva Rojanapenkul (Fe. 2012-14).
She spoke to us about her Brighton College highlights, what she's up to now, and her love of wine... 

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26 September 2023

Our Alumni: Oliver Harris (Ha. 2010-17)

September's edition of Our Alumni features Oliver Harris. Ollie now works for Brighton College International, combining his love of travelling and languages. Ollie spoke to us about how his career keeps bringing him back to Brighton College... 

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01 August 2023

Our Alumni: Vicky Lam (Fe. 1990-92)

August's edition of Our Alumni features Vicky Lam.
Following a varied period of study and work, Vicky became a founding member of the charity, Dignify. She spoke to us about her charity work, gave her younger self some fantastic advice, and reminisced about food discoveries as a youngster in the UK.

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24 April 2023

Our Alumni: Chinat Yu (He. 2017-19)

Chinat is founder of Quest2Learn, a start-up venture that is building virtual labs to improve hands-on experiential learning. Already, they have worked with the likes of Johns Hopkins and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Recently, Chinat was accepted into Stanford to study in their graduate master's program in Learning, Design, and Technology, where he will be further expanding his work with Quest2Learn, while also exploring the future of AI in education.

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21 February 2023

Our Alumni: Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73)

Dr Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73) is a chartered engineer whose company, Jeff Vehicles Ltd., is developing electric and hydrogen solutions for road and rail vehicles.

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05 January 2023

Our Alumni: Ayan Panja (Ha. 1986-91)

Ayan Panja (Ha. 1986-91) is a GP, broadcaster, writer and educator who describes himself as an expert generalist. His book, The Health Fix, explores lifestyle-based interventions to improve your day-to-day health in a tailored and targeted way.

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07 November 2022

Our Alumni: James Holt (Sc. 1990-95)

James Holt (Sc. 1990-95) is the co-founder of the Holt Group, and has a passion for building and design. He tried everything at school and is still a keen sportsman, and playing cricket all summer.

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13 October 2022

Our Alumni: Catherine Gallagher (Wi. 2004-06)

Catherine Gallagher (Wi. 2004-06) is an award-winning entrepreneur. She runs her own yoga business, after studying Theology & Religious Studies and Law. Catherine fondly looks back at her time at school and how she wishes she'd been a little bit bolder whilst at the College.

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08 September 2022

Our Alumni: Will Bicknell-Found (Ha. 2010-15)

Will Bicknell-Found (Ha. 2010-15) is a comedy actor, as well as a private tutor and luxury goods marketeer. 

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24 August 2022

Our Alumni: Gemma Ashworth (Ch. 2007-16)

Gemma Ashworth (Ch. 2007-16) is a teacher, currently living in Dubai. Sports-mad, Gemma, was Head of House whilst at Brighton and has travelled all over the world since leaving school. She has just started a new role at Repton Dubai. 

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29 July 2022

Our Alumni: Rishi Soni (Du. 1991-96)

Rishi Soni (Du. 1991-96) is Commercial Director, Brighton College International Schools, and lives here in Brighton with his young family. A keen sportsman at school, Rishi remembers back to tours of Zimbabwe as a 12-year-old and tells us which cooking equipment he would be sure to take with him to a desert island. 

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22 June 2022

Our Alumni: Meraj Huda (Ch. 1980-84)

Meraj Huda (Ch. 1980-84) wanted to work for NASA or be a pilot growing up. He leaves in Australia now, and has worked in technology for most of his career. He loved sports at school, and is currently studying for a second masters degree.

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18 May 2022

Our Alumni: Kip Baker (Le. 1965-68)

Kip Baker (Le. 1965-68) has lived quite a life. He is an interpreter, specialising in French to English translation. He spoke to us about his diverse career - from hotelier to professional diver and about days spent swimming in the pool with friends, during his time at the College.

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06 April 2022

Our Alumni: Dennis Patrick Flynn (Ha. 1942-45)

The Old Brightonians is a community of alumni that spans generations. Dennis Patrick Flynn (Ha. 1942-45) was a pupil at the College during the Second World War and is now 95. He retired to France in the late 1980s with his wife, Jean, and spoke to us about the challenges of being a pupil at Brighton in the 40s, and his career as an aircraft engineer.

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03 March 2022

Our Alumni: Florie Evans (Wi. 2003-06)

Florie Evans (Wi. 2003-06) works in TV production, after an exciting career as a PA hopping across the Atlantic. She shared some great stories about working on TV programmes ranging from Married at First Sight to The Grand Tour and had some wise words for her school-age self.

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25 February 2022

Our Alumni: Mark Simmonds (Al. 1976-81)

This month we spoke to Mark Simmonds (Al. 1976-81), a management trainer who has written two books about mental health. He shares his happiest memories of his time at school and a brilliant idea for what to take to a desert island...

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21 January 2022

Our Alumni: Ivan Lakshinsky (Sc. 2000-05)

Dad to three, Ivan Lakshinsky (Sc. 2000-05), has lived an exciting life since leaving the school. He’s produced music (which has been listened to by Fatboy Slim!), been a web designer, and has now set up an NGO. Ivan looks back at what he loved about school, what he might have done differently and ahead to what the future holds.

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15 November 2021

Our Alumni: Beatrice Addo (Fe. 2008-10)

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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26 October 2021

Our Alumni: Victor Law (Ab. 2009-13)

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.

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08 September 2021

Our Alumni: Will Wright (Ry. 2006-09)

Will Wright (Ry. 2006-09) is a pilot, and currently studying for an MSc part-time. Here he gives an insight into the fascinating world of flying planes for a living and looks back over the highlights of his time in Ryle. 

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20 August 2021

Our Alumni: Anna Harris (Ne. 2011-16)

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!

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19 July 2021

Our Alumni: Nicholas Brice (Ch./Le. 1972-76)

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. 

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18 June 2021

Our Alumni: Annabel Kidd (Ch. 2010-15)

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).

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18 May 2021

Our Alumni: Fleur Dawes (Wi. 1999-2004)

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.

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20 April 2021

Oliver Heath (Ry. 1983-88), OB of the Month, April 2021

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. 

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12 March 2021

Amy Still (Se. 1998-2013), OB of the Month, March 2021

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.

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22 February 2021

Andy Zhang (Ab. 2007-09), OB of the Month, February 2021

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.

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08 January 2021

Dr Ralph Abraham (Br. 1959-63), OB of the Month, January 2021

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.

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07 December 2020

Nigel Thomas (Sc./Ch. 1996-98), OB of the Month, December 2020

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.

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17 November 2020

Arnold Yok Fai Wong (Ab. 2006-08), OB of the Month, November 2020

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.

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14 October 2020

Alexandra Rose (nee Johnson) (Fe. 1996 -2001), OB of the Month, October 2020

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.

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30 September 2020

Tosin Akinluyi (Fe. 1990-92), OB of the Month, September 2020

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.

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28 August 2020

Alex Broun (Ha. 1998-2003), OB of the Month, August 2020

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.

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31 July 2020

Will Marks (BCPS/Du. 2001-12), OB of the Month, July 2020

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.

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27 July 2020

OB Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73) works on UK’s first hydrogen train

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.

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30 June 2020

Lacey Marchant (Ch. 2002 - 2007), OB of the Month, June 2020

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.

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31 May 2020

JP Carpenter (Ha. 1984-89), OB of the Month, May 2020

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.

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18 March 2020

Eleni Garidis (Se. 2005-11), OB of the Month, March 2020

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.

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28 February 2020

Menhaj Huda (Ch. 1980-85), OB of the Month, February 2020

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.

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20 January 2020

Sir Nigel Carrington (Le. 1969-74), OB of the Month, January 2020

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.

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11 December 2019

Shifra Power (Se. 2007-16) OB of the Month, December 2019

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!

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25 November 2019

Maurice Abboudi (Sc. 1975-80) OB of the Month, November 2019

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'.

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29 October 2019

Katy Mason (Wi. 2001-06) OB of the Month, October 2019

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! 

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01 September 2019

Alexis Affonso (Le. 1970-74) OB of the Month, September 2019

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.

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01 August 2019

Max Pope (Le. 2008-11) OB of the Month, August 2019

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.

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08 July 2019

Laura Hodgkins (nee Gilmour, Wi. 2000-05) OB of the Month, July 2019

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.

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20 June 2019

Kate Merrin (Fe./Wi. 1989-93) OB of the Month, June 2019

Our OB this month is Kate Merrin (Fe./Wi. 1989-93), a Freelance TV Producer based in Australia.

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08 May 2019

Mat Ellis (Du. 1984-89) OB of the Month, May 2019

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.

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