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)

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)