Matthew Cawthorne (IC 1980) 

After 27 years in the Royal Marines followed by nine years in Iraq, I am finally working from home in Watford, positioning advanced data analytics solutions for the Government.My interests include governance in education, a cappella singing with a variety of groups, directorship of a private members' club in Knightsbridge, and chairmanship of a local political association and a Russian club. A book on compliance in the armed private security 'Circuit' is in progress. (2020)


Peter Donia (Johnsons 1980)

I have relocated back to the Netherlands after spending several years living abroad, most recently in Malaysia (where I met several OS!). I am now running my own company, which advises small to medium-sized businesses on their internationalisation strategy. (2019)

Paul Hughes-D’Aeth (Fryth 1980)

After training as a Chartered Accountant I moved into the wine trade and have spent the last 20 years working at Hatch Mansfield as Finance Director. We are a UK Distributor working with brands such as Taittinger, Villa Maria and Louis Jadot. I have three children either at or recently at university, and live in Buckinghamshire. I still play some cricket, although age is catching up with me. I look out for news of other 1980 leavers and hope to make the next 1980 reunion to catch up with them. (2019)

Professor Tom McLeish FRS (Fenton 1980)

I have become the inaugural holder of a new Chair in Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York, where my research spans collaborations between sciences and humanities. My new book The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019) was The Times Higher Education Book of the Week on its publication, and formed the topic of an evening lecture at the school on 13 June. I served for five years as Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee. In that role, one of the projects I oversaw was a move to broaden all UK curricula post-16. Dr Katy Ricks has been extremely helpful in some of the working groups the Society has held. (2019)

Andy Stacey (Wordsworth 1981)

I have been living in Paris for the last 20 years working in European real estate, and in February I obtained my French nationality. David Bamford stated in my school report, ‘Andy thinks he speaks French better than he does.’ Despite those encouraging words I am pleased to say that my linguistic skills have improved a little bit over the years. (2019)

Raymond Ooi (School House 1983)

In September 2018, I was appointed Centre Leader for Ellel Ministries in Penang, Malaysia. Ellel Ministries (ellel.org) is a nondenominational Christian ministry that began in England in 1986 and is now established in over 20 countries around the world. Ellel Ministries offers personal prayer ministry to those in need and trains and equips people so that they can help others more effectively. I trained with Ellel Ministries at their Pierrepont centre in Farnham in Surrey in 2005. (2019)

Graeme Worsley (Johnsons 1983)

We moved from Sydney to South Australia a year ago – and wonder why it took us so long! We are in Roseworthy, a little further out of Adelaide, but on a five-acre block. We have, at last, found that mythical Australian lifestyle we came here for – the slower pace, the close community, and we work hard and play harder. We have many wine regions around us. Whilst Sydney was an experience, it is becoming ever more impersonal and uncaring, not how we want to raise the children or live our own lives. Within a few months of moving down here we met somebody else born in Sevenoaks (who went to the school at the other end of town). Was it really over 35 years ago that I left Sevenoaks?! (2019)

Andrew Marriott (School House 1984)

I left Sevenoaks School in 1982 (Class of 1984) and live in Singapore now. Is there anyone from that era who lives nearby? (2019)

Seema Alibhai (GIH 1988)

I have opened a drop-in centre for refugees and asylum seekers in West London called West London Welcome (www.westlondonwelcome.com), providing access to the services and support they need to live more fulfilled lives in their local communities. It opened its doors in January 2018 and is the first of its kind in the area. We are volunteer based and provide a warm space for people to have a cup of tea, socialise, learn English, share ideas, get legal advice, and escape often chaotic accommodation and isolation. (2019)

Anna Wilson (née Hankey) (Hardinge 1988)

I have three new books coming out for 2019-20. Nature Monthby-Month is a children’s almanac and guide to what to see and do in nature throughout the year, and The Wide, Wide Sea is a picture book for young readers about the effect of plastics on our oceans. Both are published by Nosy Crow in conjunction with the National Trust. My first book for adult readers, A Place for Everything, is a memoir investigating my mother’s late diagnosis of autism at the age of 72, published by HQ Stories. I continue to tutor in Creative Writing for Bath Spa University and for the Arvon Foundation as well as running workshops and talks in schools. I am starting a PhD in nature writing for children at Bristol University in January 2020. (2019)


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)

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)

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)