Matthew Cawthorne (IC 1980)

I am now in my eighth year on the private security circuit in Iraq. Any visitors to Baghdad will be made very welcome, and introduced to some of the fascinating back story to events of the last five millennia in the Land between the Rivers. I have enjoyed a cup of tea with ex-staff member and former director of the Wind Ensemble, Denis Ovenden (who left in 1984) at his home in Lancashire in May 2014, and what a happy reunion that was. I am gradually, through the power of social media, reconnecting with Sennockians some 36 years on. Please do contact me through LinkedIn. (2016)

Tom McLeish (Fenton 1980)

First, I was delighted to be able to welcome the school’s 2018 Patrons Dinner to the Royal Society, as chair of the Society’s Education Committee and an OS! I have this year moved from Durham to a new chair in Natural Philosophy at the University of York, where as well as the theoretical physics of biology, I will also be exploring collaborations between sciences and humanities, including the continuing work with Oxford and Durham universities on medieval science from an interdisciplinary perspective. In 2018 I have a new book coming out with OUP, The Poetry and Music of Science, exploring comparative creativity between arts and sciences. (2018)

Jeremy Shears (Grote 1980)

This has been quite a momentous year, celebrating 30 years of marriage to Debbie and 30 years with Royal Dutch Shell, where I lead the company’s R&D programme in Innovation & New Energies. Living in Cheshire. (2017)

Ben Summerskill (IC 1980)

Ben is Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of 120 charities working across the criminal justice pathway, from policing and victims to prisons and probation. He has been appointed to the Boards of ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, and The Silver Line. (2017)

Costas Metaxas (IC 1981)

I currently live in Friendswood, TX, with my wife Deena. I am working for INEOS Olefins and Polymers as a Chemist advisor in the polyolefins area. My daughter Athena recently passed her PhD qualifying exam at the University of Minnesota Materials Science department and my son Thanos is completing his MSc in Structural Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. At present, he is working on completing his private pilot’s certification. (2018)

Reverend Rachael Knapp (née Stocker) (Caxton 1982)

I was made an Honorary Canon at Rochester Cathedral in March, in recognition of my work as Chaplain at Bennett Memorial School, Tunbridge Wells. (2018)

Jill McDonald (née Manaton) (Caxton 1982)

I have recently been appointed as Managing Director Marks & Spencer Clothing & Home. I am living in Buckinghamshire, married to David with two teenage boys. (2018)

Dr Richard Alexander (Grote 1983)

I became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers in March 2017 and was appointed a Director of the UK-Sichuan Business Association in September 2017. The Hon Simon Perry (School House 84) My wife Carolyn and I welcomed a son, Sebastian George, born in New York on 10 July 2016, and christened later in the year at the Palace of Westminster. (2018)

Emma Slade (GIH 1984)

I recently met Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge in Bhutan and spoke to her about my UK registered charity Opening Your Heart to Bhutan, which provides practical help for disadvantaged and disabled children there. Both the Duke and Duchess were interested in our work and met some of the disabled children for whom the charity is raising funds, which was a real boost to our efforts. If you would like to read more about my charity, which provides practical help for disadvantaged and disabled children in Bhutan, please see our website: www.openingyourhearttobhutan.com (2016)

Graeme Pryke (Fryth 1985)

After six years part-time dyslexic study I finally completed my BA (Hons) Counselling Studies from Plymouth University this year. I am now working more as a supervisor than counsellor but still particularly keen on working creatively and outdoors with people in various ways. (2016)

Mark Green (Groves 1986)

Recently my wife Celia and I took part in the tenth anniversary celebrations for the church we helped set up on a new housing development in Kent. With no building, the church started meeting in people’s houses. In 2005 King’s Hill Christian Fellowship was formed and we started meeting in the Community Centre. Now over 100 people attend and we employ a full-time minister. I have served on the leadership team, as treasurer and as church secretary. However the ministry I probably enjoy the most is the annual Dads and Lads camping weekend when over 75 of us go wild in the countryside! I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998 and have since been commuting to London. Outside work and church our four children keep us very busy, particularly with GCSEs approaching! Doesn’t time fly! (2016)

Yavar Moini (IC 1986)

I am currently consulting for the World Bank on financial sector development with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia. I moved back to Karachi about three years ago after many years in Dubai and the Middle East. My current assignment keeps me shuttling between Karachi and Riyadh. I’m happy to be in touch with any Old Sennockians and particularly my peers from the IC. (2018)

Mary Colyer (Wordsworth 1987)

Hello to all my old friends from the Class of 1987. I am currently enjoying teaching (mainly English and Art) in Guildford and living in Surrey. I still visit Sevenoaks often. After giving up Art A-level at Sevenoaks, possibly due to lack of confidence at the time, I became interested in metalwork and silversmithing after travelling through Thailand and India, following my Psychology degree at York. I returned to London and did various courses, but have mostly taught myself. Friends might be interested in my Etsy shop, for which I can offer a discount code: www.marycolyer.com (2018)

Angus Richards (School House 1987)

I am now working for Savills in Oxford as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor managing the rural estates of two Oxford colleges and other private clients. Theo Panagopoulos (School House 87) and I have recently made contact and I continue to be in contact with John McMahon (Park Grange 87). (2016)

Rob Bullock (Tammadge 1988)

In the last year Rob has produced the extremely popular series, The Night Manager for BBC One and AMC. He has also run the London Marathon with his brother Alastair (Tammadge 86), raising over £18,000 for the NSPCC. (2016)

Ian Walker MBE (Sackville 1988)

In 2017 I stopped professional sailing to take up the role of Director of Racing at the Royal Yachting Association. My primary role is as Performance Director of the National Lottery-funded World Class Programme and leading the Olympic team in Tokyo 2020. This new role based in Southampton will allow me to spend more time with my wife and children and to sail for fun again. Vandana Harris (née Shah) (Sennocke 90) I was featured in the May issue of Bellevue Lifestyle as one of seven women who are movers and shakers in the community. (2018)

Anna Wilson (Hardinge 1988)

Anna published a new book for nine to 12-year-olds this March. The Parent Problem is published by Macmillan Children’s Books and was chosen by The Book Trust as one of their top ten reads for the month of May. It has also been chosen as a recommended read for the libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge. The Sunday Express commented: ‘Fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson will enjoy this!’ (2016)