Martin Aveling (IC 2000)

I won the IB art prize at Sevenoaks in 2000 and after leaving Sevenoaks I went on to study Geography at Bristol University, before focusing on being a full-time artist. This year I was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year prize. www.avelingartworks.com (2016)

Ben Baseley-Walker (2001)

Ben has joined Planetary Resources, the Asteroid Mining company, as their Senior Director for Global Engagement. He is based between Luxembourg and Crete. (2017)

Nicholas da Costa (IC 2001)

I was elected one of the Liberal Democrat Councillors for Alexandra Ward in the London Borough of Haringey in May 2018. (2018)

Andrew McKay (2001)

After marrying in May 2010, Andrew and Jemma McKay (née Fowler, Sennocke 01) have a daughter, Lucille, who arrived in March 2015. They currently live in South London. (2016)

Faith McKellow (née Riding) (2001)

Faith and her husband Chris are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Jasmine Suki, a little sister for Walter. (2017)

Kristina Novick (née Maletz) (Sennocke 2001)

My husband Nicolas and I welcomed the birth of our second child, Julia Daniella Novick. We live in upstate New York, where I am practising radiation oncology. (2018)

Lucy Clark (2002)

Lucy moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2013 and married Matt Macpherson in April. (2017)

Claire Baker (née Hazle) (GIH 2003)

My husband Ross and I celebrated the birth of our first child Isla Nell Baker on 3 June 2017 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. (2018)

James Roche (2003)

James married Skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold, his partner of two years. Yarnold won gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics and her £100,000 sled was designed by James, who worked as an engineer for British automotive company McLaren. (2016)

Jenny Simmons (2003)

I moved to the island of Java, Indonesia in 2016, to establish the marketing function at British School Jakarta, a co-ed international day school with 1400 students. I worked previously as the Communications Manager at Harrow School. (2017)

Paras Maalde (formerly Shah) (IC 2004)

I’d like to share my good news! I recently became a father to a lovely boy whom we have named Evren Shah. Evren was born on 11 January 2018 in London and weighed in at 7lbs. My wife, Mehwaesh, and I are thrilled with our new bundle of joy! (2018)

Julia Sutton-Mattocks (2004)

After a degree in Russian at Bristol and a Primary PGCE at Cambridge I worked for several years for a company advising overseas families on British education (particularly boarding schools). This included several very enjoyable trips back to Sevenoaks! I left the job in 2014 to do an MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture at UCL, and am now in my first year of a PhD at Bristol and Exeter (jointly supervised under the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership). I am focussing on aspects of inter-war Russian and Czech literature and film, and I am loving it. I still sing regularly, particularly with London-based Voce Chamber Choir, which has been keeping me very busy for the last few years!

Helen Taylor (OS 2004)

I returned to the UK this summer after a rewarding three-year exchange posting with the French navy. On return to the UK I had the honour of being promoted to Lieutenant Commander in October 2018. (2018)

Patrick Jenkinson (2005)

Patrick and his friend Douglas Flynn completed their incredible ‘Tri Untested’ challenge in Rwanda, to raise awareness and funds for people living with disability in Africa. The pair came up with the idea of undertaking three arduous challenges: a ‘Wheelchair Marathon’ of 26.2 miles in racing wheelchairs; a ‘Blind Marathon’ of 26.2 miles, blindfolded; and a two-kilometre ‘No Leg Swim’ across a lake with legs tied together, using only their arms. (2017)

William Spiller (2005)

Having left Sevenoaks to read PPE at Warwick, I changed career track somewhat and am now a practising doctor in South London. (2016)

Sonia Chandaria (OS 2006)

On 18 November 2017, I became the first winner of the European leg of the Kalashram Kathak Competition held in London. I thus represented the entire Indian diaspora at the Grand Finale held in Mumbai on 21 December, alongside the winners from various Indian cities. The competition aims to provide a public platform for young, upcoming Kathak dancers to showcase their talent to a more mainstream audience. At the London final, Pandit Birju Maharraj’s premier disciple Saswati Sen expressed her joy to see such a high standard of Kathak dance in the Indian diaspora and an excitement to show India the beauty and uniqueness that non-resident practitioners bring to the art form. I am currently on a corporate career break pursuing Kathak dance as a full-time profession. My recent highlights include performing at Somerset House for London Fashion Week (February 2018) and featuring in Vogue for the same. In April, I returned from a performance tour across the USA with the Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, and in May I performed as the headline act for the Inspire Women Awards. (2018)

Alessa Popovic (GIH 2006)

I took on a new challenge in May 2018 as Senior Business Development Manager at BTL, a young blockchain technology firm listed on the Venture board of the Toronto Stock Exchange. I have moved to London and am looking forward to meeting Old Sennockians in the city. (2018)

Alice Hopkinson (Austen 2006)

I married Adam Caines in Tuscany on 24 June 2017.

Sarah Campin-Fordham (née Fordham) (GIH 2006)

In February 2018, I married Michael Campin in Wellington, New Zealand; and we became the Campin-Fordhams. Wellington has been my home for the last five years, and I love it dearly. In April, I started an exciting new job as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Conservation, joining a team that is developing policies for the protection and management of New Zealand’s unique natural heritage. When not working, I have been getting involved in local performing arts. I enjoy singing, dancing and acting with different groups around the city. In June I tried my hand at production management for the first time. If you are an Old Sennockian living in or visiting NZ, it would be great to hear from you. (2018)

Alice Dawe (2007)

I am engaged to be married next summer to James Grabowski whom I met whilst doing teacher training in Cambridge. We will be marrying at my old college, Jesus, and are both now working at King’s College School, Wimbledon. (2017)

Robert Malan (2007)

Robert has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for an MBA at Harvard Business School. This follows an early career at HM Treasury on the Civil Service Fast Stream where he worked as a private secretary to Chancellor George Osborne and, most recently, Philip Hammond. (2017)

Samuel Johns (Taylor 2008)

Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in partnership with PSD Nepal, a local Nepali organisation, I’m helping to set up and run the first ever in-country Himalayan plastic recycling scheme. Based in the oldest national park of Nepal, Langtang National Park in Rasuwa district, established in 1976, we are recycling and upcycling plastic waste in the park. At present we are clearing around 15,000 plastic (PET) bottles per month, to be recycled in Pokhara Industrial Park, at Himalayan Plastic, and also converting plastic waste into petrol, kerosene, and reduced diesel fuel, using a pyrolysis machine, in partnership with the Nepali Academy of Science and Technology. The scenery is stunning. The work is exhausting, yet rewarding. The local communities are a blast to partner with. And the Nepali mountains and Himalayan range never fail to amaze. (2018)

Rosanna Kong (Sennocke 2008)

Josh Parker (School House 2008) and I are getting married in September – we met in Mrs Hackett’s GSCE Geography class at Sevenoaks School and have been together since 2005. (2016)