Professor Jeremy Crang (Grote 1979)

I am Professor of Modern British History and Dean of Students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. (2020)


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 1976)

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 1977)

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)


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)

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)

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)

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)