Tom Nottidge (Fenton 1971)

Passing the milestone of 65 a few weeks ago, I can reflect on how much I learnt at Sevenoaks. My 2014 (perhaps last?) career step into hands-on building relies on Mr Gilbert’s tuition in woodwork and Bert Dinham’s productivity-enhancing shortcuts acquired while working at repairs in the school buildings most holidays, and building the cricket scorebox on sports afternoons. Yes, great academic education got me degrees and enjoyable roles in engineering and law, but the fun of building is amazing and this instinctive grasp of how materials behave I owe to the school. What else from Sevenoaks will I have used by the time I’m really old? Thank you for developing rounded people and not just exam machines; please keep it up. (2019)

Peter Wyard (Caxton 1972)

In 2018 I resigned from my post as Vicar of Colnbrook and Datchet, and after a period of cross-cultural training and language learning, I am now with my wife Patricia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are with the Church Mission Society, in the Diocese of Aru (NE Congo). Patricia is a doctor, and I am teaching in the theological college here, as well as helping with the work of Christian education in some pretty remote parishes. We are blessed that this little bit of Congo remains free from conflict, and from Ebola. (2019)

Professor Sir Jonathan Bate (Wordsworth 76)

I am standing down from the role of Provost of Worcester College, after eight demanding years, and returning to my first loves; teaching and writing. I will continue to work on Shakespeare but also develop the strand of my work that explores the arts and humanities in relation to environmental issues. I will remain a Senior Research Fellow in Oxford, but my primary role will be as a Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Sunshine beckons. I have been a Sevenoaks School Patron since 2013. (2019)

Gavin McGillivray (Park Grange 1976)

I am living in New Delhi, where I head the UK government Department for International Development (DFID) India office. (2019)

Tim Procter (Taylor 77)

Having retired from the charter airline business I’m now back in it again with two VIP Boeing 737s and some Kingairs flying the football teams about, lots of fun but hard work. Discount given to any OS who want me to manage their private aircraft! My youngest is still at school, enjoying his cricket for 1st XI. Guess I’m the oldest OS dad still with a current pupil? (2019)

Eddie Marsh (School House 1978)

After 36 years working in HR, the last 21 years based in Switzerland, I have retired from the corporate world and moved to southwest London (Teddington). I am a Trustee and Board Member of Pepal, a charity working with multinational companies to solve social and health issues in developing countries, and also a Trustee and Board Member of the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital. I am still in touch with John Prossor (Taylor 1978) and Nick Birch (School House 1978). (2019)

Tim Nottidge (Fenton 1970)

I now have a daughter, Misiyashe Joy Rose Nottidge, who celebrated her first birthday on 29 April. Misiyashe is a Shona name and means ‘In God’s time’. Raising a child is a delightfully life-changing event and fulfils a long-held ambition for both of us, though I never expected my first child to arrive quite so many years after I left the school in 1970! The upside of course is that I get to spend more time with her in the formative years than if I was still working full-time. Otherwise, we are still in Watford, and I continue to do some business and career coaching, and enjoy helping Chris Miller (Caxton 73) and the team at Marine Entertainment Systems Ltd. (2016)

Trevor Nicholson (School House 1972)

As you may know, after 15 years together, I got married last summer to Cathy Gilliat-Smith, a sports teacher at Sevenoaks School and ex-England Hockey International. We have four-year-old twins, Charlotte and Stanley, who are already preparing to follow their dad to Sevenoaks School! I am an independent property developer and currently Chairman of Sevenoaks Rugby Club. (2016)

Steve Sklair (Wordsworth 1972)

After years working in television, I have set up my own company, Sklair Films Ltd, to make films for people about themselves or their parents. As some of our relatives get older it is wonderful to turn their lives and memories into a film for all members of the family and friends to see. I believe everyone’s life is fascinating and worthy of the documentary treatment. It’s very exciting to start something from scratch and dip my feet into the unknown waters of marketing and the web!! (2016)

Adam Taylor (Caxton 1972)

Last November, my verse translation of ‘Le Cimetière Marin’, a poem by the French poet, Paul Valéry, was published in an edition of Long Poem Magazine, which was launched by a reading at the Barbican Library in London. The translation (the first, so far as I know, into English verse since Cecil Day Lewis’s in 1945) represents homework, delayed by over 40 years since I was a pupil of Brian Scragg, late Undermaster at Sevenoaks School. (2018)

Marcus de Mowbray (Johnsons 1973)

Based in London, Marcus is a musician, inventor, maker of instruments, props for TV and museums, automata and mechanical toys. He has almost completed his fourth solo album, an epic music story with strong baroque/classical, prog, folk and world music influences. (2016)

Matthew Diebel (Caxton 1974)

In June 2016, I made a flying visit home (for my uncle’s 90th birthday) and did a side trip to meet up with some former Sevenoaks Chronicle colleagues and Old Sennockians – among them Ian (Jim) Bruce (Grote 74), Mark Gorringe (IC 75) and Nick Parnell-Smith (Fryth 74) – at the White Hart on Tonbridge Road. In early 2017, another Chronicle and school alumnus, Keith Blackmore (Sackville 75), and I met up for a couple of pints in New York City’s oldest pub (McSorley’s; highly recommended). Meanwhile, I continue writing and editing at USA TODAY, America’s largest newspaper. My daughter, Lydia, 17, just graduated from Hunter College High School and is headed to Macalester College in Minnesota in September. Unlike his father, my son, George, 15, excels on the sports fields and won Most Valuable Player honours on Hunter’s baseball team. He also came fourth citywide in fencing for the 15-18 age group while his school came third. My wife, Barbara, is now executive director of Rodeph Sholom, one of the big synagogues in Manhattan. Among the congregants is Jerry Seinfeld, who did a hilarious stand-up show this spring in the synagogue’s basement. (2017)

Andrew Ingram (Groves 1976)

I recently started a new band here in Maidenhead – we call ourselves Acoustic Grandads, which gives a flavour of the sort of nonsense we peddle. Available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, egg and spoon races etc. (2018)

Tim Procter (Taylor 1976)

I’ve just been elected to the Council of the Baltic Air Charter Association. I’m proud that I began my Aviation Career straight from Sevenoaks School and have never looked back since! (2016)

Tim Connolly (Fryth 1977)

I was delighted, earlier this year, to meet up with Ian Huish, who was an inspirational teacher of German A-level to me at Sevenoaks. Ian is now semi-retired but still practising part-time as a psychotherapist in Oxford and remembers his time at Sevenoaks very fondly. (2017)

Mark Clinch (Sackville 1978)

I retired from a long career with PwC in December 2016. Last year, I bought a home in English Harbour, Antigua, to pursue my passion for sailing. I completed my first serious offshore race, the Caribbean 600, in February; and crossed the Atlantic in April in a 90-foot sailing yacht. My eldest son, Alasdair Clinch (OS 2009) now with Deloitte, joined me for Antigua Sailing Week. Max Clinch (OS 2011) is currently in Japan working and skiing; and Oliver Clinch (OS 2016) is reading Business and Management at Exeter University. (2018)

Nicholas Khan QC (Park Grange 1978)

After qualifying at the Bar, I have spent most of my professional life in Brussels, advising and representing the European Commission, focusing in recent years on major competition matters against companies like Mastercard, Microsoft and Intel, with Google also figuring prominently in current work. Whatever the uncertainties of Brexit, I’ll have to keep working for quite a while yet as my two sons are only 10 and 12. Consistent with doing everything important later in life, on being appointed Queen’s Counsel this year, I found that I had been called to the Bar years before any of the others. Taking silk was an excuse for a drinks party in London, where guests included Nick Cramer (Park Grange 78), who lives not far from the Channel Tunnel and whom I try to see when coming over by car. With the family based in Brussels and the pressure of work, it is many years since I last visited Sevenoaks, but I realise we are approaching 40 years on and although I have not managed to make it to any of the previous annual dinners. (2018)

David C Adams (IC 1979)

David has left Reuters after four years and joined Univision Communications, the largest Hispanic media firm in the United States. He is based in Miami and is a Senior Editor in Digital News. (2016)

Peter Cornthwaite (Hardinge 1979)

Old schoolmates Peter and Tim Cooke (Sackville 79) have been reunited, working for the World Wide Fund for Nature, Hong Kong. WWF-HK has the ambitious target of transforming Hong Kong into Asia’s most sustainable city and is in the privileged position of having several locations which can be used for education and for visitors to enjoy. These include the world-renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve and Island House Conservation Studies Centre. Recently retired from his last position as an Assistant Commissioner in the Hong Kong police force after 35 years’ service, Peter became CEO of WWF-HK in July this year. Based in Bangkok, Tim has had a long and successful career in the hospitality industry in the UK and Asia and is currently offering hospitality management and consultancy via his company Siam Ease. So, when Peter needed some expert assistance to develop and improve the visitor experience at the WWF-HK centres, he knew who to contact for a successful partnership. (2017)

Simon Olley (Fenton 1979)

My ceramics were awarded Best Decorated Exhibits at the 2017 London Potters’ Annual Exhibition held in November at the Morley Gallery, London. I continue to make pottery, inspired by the life (sometimes imaginary) of my black Labrador, Uly, and have also exhibited at Artichoke and Twenty galleries, with others lined up for 2018. (2018)