Notable OBs

The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history. 

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Samantha Washington (neé Fox) (Fe. 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.

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.

Television Producer & Director - Nic was a dayboy at Brighton College Junior School between 1955 and 1960, and at Brighton College, Hamden House, from 1960 until 1966. A student at Brighton College of Art, he then studied Television Production at Ravensbourne College of Art before starting work in 1968 as an assistant director in commercials, then feature films, including The National Health, Billy Two Hats and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Formula One racing driver, winner of the 1988 Jim Clark Trophy... now owner of Brands Hatch race track.

Art

Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children’s books.

One of the most enduring mysteries of the Cold War - who killed Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb? - may finally have been solved.

Born: 28th July 1935, died: 30th August 2009, aged 74 - formerly Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd - the charismatic BBC Radio 1 DJ and television chat show host.

Alan Mann (L. 1950-53) died on 21st March 2012 aged 75. He was a part-time racing driver and team manager who ran a substantial part of the hugely successful Ford works racing effort in Europe from 1964 to 1969.

William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. His first book, The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2005... nominated by James Brenan (S. 1972-77)

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