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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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.