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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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Edward Carpenter was an early gay activist who also helped found the Labour Party. He was a philosopher, poet and political activist.

Nigel Kemble-Clarkson (A. 1953-57) is a cheerful raconteur with a great sense of the ridiculous, and a practised eye for the ladies.

Rear Admiral Peter George Valentine Dingemans, CB, DSO, FIMgt was awarded the DSO during the Falklands campaign.

Dr Ayan Panja is one of the UK's most well respected media doctors.

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