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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John Richardson Mainwaring Simmons (1902-1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870-1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869-1907). Died: 1985.

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

Daniel Peltz, former British Land director and founder of retail property investor London Freeholds, has won rave reviews for his second novel.

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.

Keith White MBE is Managing Director and co-owner of a chain of retail and manufacturing jewellers, Michael Spiers, with five shops in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Known locally as 'Mr Squash' Keith has been involved in squash for over 65 years.

Novelist and poet, born in Plymouth, Devon, UK, he studied at Oxford, and took up school teaching until he established a reputation as a lyric poet with Dublin Days (1921), The Lowery Road (1923), and other volumes. He also wrote novels, including Dewer Rides (1929), a macabre novel set in Dartmoor, and Deliverance (1955). His collection of short stories, Travellers (1945), won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Head of England Women's Cricket, Clare is a former England cricket captain. At the age of 30, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to their first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in 2006 with over 100 international caps and having led the side for 6 years.

Sir Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Chloe Coker (nee Blackburn) (F. 1994-99) left Brighton College to study modern languages at Oxford University and then practised law for an American law firm in the city, where she specialised in fraud litigation. However, her life has now taken a very different path, which she recently wrote in to tell us about...

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