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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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.

George Colin Ratsey (July 30, 1906 – March 12, 1984), educated at Brighton College, was a British sailor and sail maker who competed in the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal in the Star Class. Part of the famous Ratsey sailing dynasty.

Born: 19 August, 1936, in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the distinguished Old Brightonian, David Quayle (C. 1950-55), died on board a cruise ship off the coast of South Africa on 6th April 2010, aged 73.

David was born in 1972 and is currently Head of Public Affairs at Royal Mail Group. Educated at Royal Holloway and Brighton College he previously worked in business development for a national consultancy in Central London and as a researcher to two Conservative MPs. He worked for Rt Hon William Hague from 1997 to 1999 in his Private Office.

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.

An expert on the brains of flies, cockroaches, and crayfish, elected in 2002 to the Fellowship of the Royal Society...

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.

John Hart is one of the most respected members of the London Wasps squad and so it comes as no surprise that he was named as Wasps' captain for the start of the 2007/08 season throughout the World Cup period.

Charles Fraser-Smith (26 January 1904 - 9 November 1992) was an author and one-time missionary who is widely credited as being the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond quartermaster Q. During World War II, Fraser-Smith worked for the Ministry of Supply, fabricating equipment for SOE agents operating in occupied Europe. Prior to the war, Fraser-Smith had worked as a missionary in North Africa. After the war he purchased a dairy farm in Bratton Fleming, Devon, where he died in 1992.

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