Phoebe Haines (Wi. 2004-06) is an award-winning British Mezzo Soprano,
TAG: OB of the Month
1. When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?
I was interested in becoming a lawyer and a summer holiday job at a local solicitors’ firm in Brighton convinced me I was more suited to a career as a barrister. I was mesmerised from my first visit to a courtroom.
Ed is the Global Director at Fairhomes Group of Companies, educated at Brighton College before gaining a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management from the University of Reading and becoming a Chartered Surveyor.
Kevin O'Mahony (Ry. 1979-84) left the College in 1984 and has spent nearly all of his career since then working in the broadcast TV news business. He was part of the start up team when Sky News launched the UK's first 24 hour news channel in 1989, and from there moved to London News Network providing news, sport and current affairs programming to the Carlton and LWT franchises.
Su Wijeratna (née Cook) studied geography at Birmingham University after leaving Brighton College. She began her teaching career at Epsom College before moving to Eastbourne College where she became a regular visitor to Brighton, finding herself as Elizabeth Cody’s opposite number at several fixtures.
Vanessa Cuddeford (Wi.1996-98) read Archaeology and Anthropology at Keble College, Oxford.
Vanessa has worked as a news reporter and presenter for ITV, ITN, BBC and Reuters. She also works with corporate clients making films and training people to speak confidently. After nearly 20 years away from Brighton, she recently moved back to the city with her partner and son and lives a stone’s throw from the college - handy because her son now attends the Pre-Prep school. Vanessa can sometimes be seen reading the news and reporting on BBC South East.
1. When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?
I was at Brighton College from 1972 to 1977 (previous school was Brighton College Junior School from 1967 to 1972. My 'goal' was to work in marketing in an international business as I always wanted to be an expatriate.
Bill Gornall-King is a Partner in the Commercial & Technology group at Boyes Turner LLP and specialises in helping organisations protect and exploit their intellectual property both in the UK and internationally. He is ranked by both Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500 as one of the UK's leading IT and Corporate & Commercial lawyers.
Gordon Smith attended Brighton College from 1946-52. Upon graduating, he studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he read English. He went on to work in various educational institutions, including Brighton College, where he was House Master of Aldrich from 1963-1967 and then Head Master of the Junior School from 1970-80. He is now retired but still maintains close ties to the College and has been an active member of the Old Brightonians, having been captain of the OB cricket club. We were very interested to hear of Gordon’s time at the College, both as an ex-pupil and staff member!
Ian Bateson is an independent correspondent based in Kiev, Ukraine and has written for Reuters, the Daily Beast, the New Statesman, VICE, Al Jazeera and Die Zeit Online. He is a graduate of Columbia University and was a Fulbright grantee at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He is currently working on a book on Ukrainian identity after the Maidan Revolution. We got in touch with him recently to find out about his time at Brighton College and what he's up to at the moment...
James is part of our Old Brightonians network over in Hong Kong, and has attended several drinks and dinner events over the years. Plans are already underway for the next College dinner next December, and drinks are also planned for the summer (watch this space). We thought it was high-time we caught up with James to see what he had been up to since leaving the College, and how he ended up over in Hong Kong.
Philip came to Brighton College from a childhood spent in Normandy, after attending the Junior School and the College, Philip went on to study at Cambridge before attending art school. Now settled in California, we caught up with Philip to look back on his time at school and highlights since...
Nick Toksvig (Br. 1973-75) was born a long time ago in something called the 1950s. His father Claus was a Danish journalist who met his mother Julie when they both were at the BBC.
Jeromé began his Brighton College career in the Junior school amidst the chaos of the second World War, over seventy years on he is celebrating his 80th birthday this month and we could think of no better way to join in the celebrations than to make Jeromé this December's OB of the month.
Dr. Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73) who, with his son Ben recently set the new electric car record for Land's End to John O'Groats, is this November's OB of the Month.
Old Brightonians have a profound affect on College life for our current pupils, blazing a trail for the opportunitites that await. Graham has left his mark on the College in a more physical way than most as his practice, Allies and Morrison, were the architects behind both the Simon Smith Building and the most recent boarding house New House. We caught up with Graham to find out just how he grew from Junior school pupil to award winning architect...
Alex is celebrating the birth of his new son Teddy this week, we thought we could take the momentous opportunity to catch up with Alex to look back on his time at the College and where life has taken him, so far...
Sarah Mann (Fe. 1985-87) is performing at the Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) later this month. Having achieved her dream of becoming an actress, we caught up with Sarah to find out just where her career has taken her since leaving the College...
It is 10 years since Hannah (Fe. 2000-05) graduated from Brighton College, now 'grown-up' and helping us to organise a reunion for her yeargroup this September, we caught up with Hannah to see what has happened in the decade since leaving the College...
Roderick Essery (Du. 1951-55) has settled down now on the other side of the world in Adelaide, South Australia, but he remembers his time at Brighton College fondly with certian elements that became a large part of his life starting off here - rugby in particular! Rod was recently the oldest Graduand at Flinders University of South Australia, achieving a Ph.D Doctorate. We thought this accomplishment deserved some recognition and so he is this May's OB of the month!
Ron arrived at Brighton College in the Early 1960's as a day pupil in Leconfield, since graduating he has ended up on the other side of the world. He will be flying over from his home in Australia to join us at this year's Pioneers Club, so we are looking forward to hearing all the news from down under.
Born in December 1957, Noboru, a Japanese national, came to the UK in 1970 before joining Brighton College in January 1972. After graduating from the College, he returned to Japan in June 1976 to study Economics at a Japanese University. He joined Mitsui & Co. Ltd in April 1981 and is currently Managing Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Iron & Steel Products Business Unit. Having travelled the world with his job, he met up with Head Master Richard Cairns as well as Lord Skidelsky on their recent trip to Tokyo. We thought we would find out more about what it was like for him studying in the UK and what he has been up to in the years since he left…
Simon Whatman (Br. 1974-79) was Head of School in his final year at Brighton College, since then he's gone on to have a very successful career in banking, lived in the middle-east for over a decade and fathered two more recent College graduates. We caught up with Simon at the recent reunion for leavers of the late 70's to reminisce...
Documentary film-maker, author and all round adventurer, Chris Terrill certainly has some tales to tell from his days at Brighton College through to today, we managed to find time in his schedule to draw out some of those stories...
Philip Mitchell BA LLB (Ha. 1960-65) is a former City lawyer specialising in corporate law and is a long-time supporter of the College. He was a school prefect in 1964, graduated from University College London and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 1970. After eight years in practice as a barrister he was headhunted by Linklaters & Paines and requalified as a solicitor to expand their investment funds department.
Ian White FRICS is the Executive Chairman of Brighton College International Schools. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor from the College of Estate Management, University of London, and spent his career with Richard Ellis and Son. By the time he retired, CBRE was a worldwide business of 225 offices with over 21,000 staff. Ian was elected to the Livery in 1984 and was Master of the Innholders' Company in 2011-12. He was Head of School and Head of House when he left as a pupil in 1962, we managed to catch Ian in the midst of his busy schedule...
Head of School in 1954, David Nelson-Smith graduated from Brighton College almost sixty years ago but his connection with the College has continued right up to today. Always a keen supporter of the College as well as being in the role of Governor for sixteen years, David is now organising a sixty year reunion for the leavers of 1955 to celebrate this momentous anniversary. We caught up with him to see just what has transpired in those intervening years.
Head of School in 1989, it’s been 25 years since Simon left Brighton College. The OB office caught up with Simon to see what has unfolded in that time.
Loren O'Dair (Wi. 1997-2002) was a music scholar at Brighton College. She studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University and then completed her professional acting training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
In addition to being a busy civil rights lawyer, women's rights campaigner, wife and mother, Meera Samanther has kindly agreed to be our OB Ambassador in Malaysia.
Charles is flying over from the USA to attend our Pioneers Club next week at the College, and we are very much looking forward to catching up with his news. As a Lt Col. retired anaesthetist in the US Air Force we are sure he will have a few good yarns to tell us over lunch.
Gavin Henderson CBE (Le. 1960-65), Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, grew up in Brighton - where his first work in the theatre comprised holiday jobs backstage at the 'weekly rep' on the Palace Pier, and in pantomime at Wimbledon.
Mamdouh generously gave up time to be one of our judges for the 6th Form Entrepreneurship Programme this year, having founded a number of entrepreneurial businesses across the Middle East, North Africa and the UK and grown them to industry niche leaders. He has a fascinating array of companies and an endless amount of passion and energy for all that he does, which is quite infectious.
The first female OB President, and the second female Head of School Jane has been trailblazing her way through College history and is now an Environmental Scientist.
As a key organiser of the 30 year celebration of girls at Brighton College we caught up with Jane as the celebrations for 40 years of girls at Brighton College get underway.
As part of the FA's 150 year celebrations, Paul Samrah was recently recognised by the FA for his close involvement with Brighton & Hove Albion. Paul was Chair of the campaign which after many years successfully secured planning permission for Brighton's American Express Community Stadium.
The Hitchen dynasty is interwoven with British politics and journalism and Alexander himself is also no stranger to journalistic controversy. He was nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes for Investigative Reporting and National News Reporting for his expose of US Presidential nominee John Edwards in 2009 and is currently the Managing Editor (Pictures) at the New York Daily News.
Ollie Phillips is currently enjoying sailing with Team GB in the Clipper Race 2013/14. The OB office managed to catch up with him in Cape Town, where Team GB were celebrating securing first place in Race 3 of this round the world race. Ollie also found the time in Cape Town to show his support for the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport where he met up with the Springbok Sevens national team as part of his global 'Road to Rio' campaign ahead of the sport's debut in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Starting initially as a journalist in the UK, Sophia (www.twitter.com/teamgloria_) wrote about art, fashion, media and technology for The Independent newspaper, The Guardian, Time Out (London), Black + White (Studio Magazines in Australia), Out (NYC), International Broadcast and Screen International. Sophia then went digital, leading digital media ventures for Hearst's U.K. operations (The National Magazine Company Ltd.) from 1999 to 2001.
Sir Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Head of School and Captain of the 1st XV in 1981, Adrian is currently based full time in Hong Kong. Adrian has been instrumental, with OB HK Ambassador Sidney Ko (S. 1973-79) in the recent activity amongst our Hong Kong based OBs. There's a Brighton College Reception in Hong Kong in September, and Adrian will be there, though the OB office did manage to catch up with him briefly this summer, when he came along to the Julian Withers Cricket Match on the last day of term.
Mark Green (A. 1973-78) has been pretty busy in the world of patent-law since leaving the College, but has also found time to undertake an impressive amount of cycling, and was a Games Maker Team Leader at the 2012 Olympics.
The Withers family are rather an institution here at the College, Peter Withers taught here, and Julian after being schooled at the College and finished off at Cambridge then followed in his footsteps. Another generation of Withers are at the College at the present, and Julian's wife Alison Withers does sterling work as the College's Registrar.
PAUL LEWIS was born into a family of professional musicians in Brighton, England, in 1943. As a child he was fascinated by history and ancient buildings, reluctantly learning the piano from the age of nine. At twelve he saw the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier with Walton's music and immediately realized he had to be a composer. He purposely avoided all formal training, choosing instead to leave school at fifteen and enter music publishing to find out how the music business worked from inside.
Samantha Washington (nee Fox, F 1989-93) was one of the first girl boarders in the Lower School. At the time, there were only 3 female boarders in the Lower Fifth. They lived together in a dorm next door to Miss Cody, who would sometimes sit outside the door after lights out to make sure they had stopped nattering. A William Stewart scholar, Sam went on to St Edmund Hall, Oxford to read PPE. She has worked in the City as a management consultant and then a banker, and is now a newscaster for Sky News.
While at the College John Spence played the Judge in the Government Inspector November 1976; and William Dudgeon in The Devil's Disciple 1978. He also had poems and prose published in the Brightonian throughout his time at the College, which he also sub-edited, and played in a rock band (considered very edgy in its time!). He went off to York University to study, but got way-laid by his burgeoning social life which he then turned into a rather impressive career. Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 by Ernst & Young, John is the entrepreneurial chairman and owner of Karma Royal Group. The OB office managed to catch up with him on a beach somewhere in the Maldives...
Head of School 1995, Victoria Baines went on to study Classics at Trinity College, Oxford and gained a PhD University of Nottingham. She is now a Strategic Advisor at Europol, specialising in cybercrime, and has also managed to somehow find the time to record a CD of folk songs, which is due to be released later this year.
Kenny Ives (D. 1990-95) captained the first XI football team to victory in the Worth Shield in 1995, a feat that has yet to be repeated! Kenny then headed off to Brasenose, Oxford to study Geography, and then joined Glencore in 1998 where he has remained to this day. Kenny oversees Glencore's nickel sourcing, marketing, shipping, logistics, LME activities and investments. He has stayed in touch with the College over the years, attending various events, and despite travelling the world with his own career has volunteered to help out with the various careers talks provided by the OB office to current College pupils.
Jamie Thomson (H. 1972-75), author, games designer and all round creative gem recently won the Roald Dahl Prize for his wonderful book "Dark Lord: Teenage Years". Born in Iran, Jamie then grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith (B. 1972-77) at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.
Rear Admiral Peter George Valentine Dingemans, CB, DSO, FIMgt was awarded the DSO during the Falklands campaign.
Aidan Bowen (L. 1983-87) is Chairman of the Brighton College Family Society this year (and so it follows of course that he is a Brighton College parent). Having built up a hugely successful business himself, it is also fitting that he is also one of the judges of the Entrepreneurship Programme this year.