News headlines – November 2016

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29 Nov 2016    Dinner in Bangkok for Old Eastbournians
24 Nov 2016    Banking, broking and asset management industry networking
24 Nov 2016    Topping-out ceremony celebrates Project 150 milestone
21 Nov 2016    Donald Perrens meets Headmaster Tom Lawson
21 Nov 2016    Sydney reception and dinner
17 Nov 2016    Insurance industry networking
16 Nov 2016    Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers held in Chelsea
16 Nov 2016    Singapore reception and dinner
15 Nov 2016    Tim Ellerton (Pennell 1991–96) appointed commercial director at British Olympic Association
13 Nov 2016    Capt Andrew Jelinek (Craig 1998–2003) lays OE wreath at Act of Remembrance
10 Nov 2016    Pub evening at the Dolphin in Eastbourne
10 Nov 2016    Hong Kong reception and dinner
10 Nov 2016    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) wins award for documentary on Parkinson's disease
8 Nov 2016    Society members enjoy talk on English antiques
7 Nov 2016    John Ryley (Blackwater 1975–80), Head of Sky News, interviewed in The Guardian
3 Nov 2016    Georgia Ingham (Blackwater 2010–12) graduates from Lloyds Scholars programme
2 Nov 2016    Jonathan Shalit (Gonville 1975–78) interviews Simon Cowell on BBC Radio 2
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29 November 2016 - Dinner in Bangkok for Old Eastbournians

Philip and Gillian Broadley took the opportunity of a brief visit to Bangkok, while on holiday in south east Asia, to host a dinner for Old Eastbournians in Thailand.

They were pleased to be able to entertain Richard Bones, Chris and Carole Cracknell, Liz Cracknell who was also on holiday, Wirapich and Vivan Sarakitprija and Pranisa Techasith.

While enjoying an excellent dinner overlooking the always bustling Chao Praya river, guests watched a video message from Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jessica  and heard about current developments at the College. Memories of the College from the 1950s to the 2000s were shared.

The party is pictured in the Authors’ Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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24 November 2016 - Banking, broking and asset management industry networking

The latest in our series of networking events was held on Thursday 24 November for OEs, parents and current pupils interested in financial services, specifically the banking, broking and asset management sectors, and professional services firms serving those sectors.

We had a good turn-out of pupils from the College, and a number of OEs currently studying at university.

The guest speaker was John Capaldi (Craig 1974–79), pictured centre, who spoke about developments in the hedge fund industry and how he has progressed his career to date.

John is director of product development at Penso UK; he previously worked at Brevan Howard for five years, and spent eight years at one of the world’s leading hedge fund or funds businesses, FRM, where he was a managing director and head of product management. John started his career at JP Morgan, where he worked for 14 years.

The event was kindly co-sponsored by Darren Meek (Blackwater 1982–87), parent and College governor.

More pictures of the evening are available in our members area. You will have to be registered and logged in to access these; full details of how to do this are on the members area page.

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24 November 2016 - Topping-out ceremony celebrates Project 150 milestone

On Thursday 24 November, a traditional ‘topping-out’ ceremony was held to celebrate the imminent completion of Phase 1 of the Project 150 development.

This phase will include the new pavilion, academic block, school shop and ICT centre, as well as a full-height glass atrium linking the new building to the side and rear of the College Theatre (Big School).

Senior College staff were joined by representatives from Miller Bourne Architects, VINCI Construction, Northgates consultancy and Eastbourne Borough Council. Headmaster Tom Lawson was particularly pleased to welcome the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Hearn.

Gary Dixon, Director of VINCI Construction UK Ltd, led the ceremony by placing a tree branch on the top level of the building. He explained that the topping-out ritual is said to date back to pre-Dark Ages Scandinavia, with the practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits exiled by its construction.

As Mr Dixon placed the branch, he congratulated the construction team on reaching this significant milestone. He commented: 'They are an excellent team, expertly led by Mike Rozier, supported by Miller Bourne, Gyoury Self, FT Allan and Northgates, and we thank them all very much for their considerable efforts. We hope the achievement of this milestone serves as a source of renewed enthusiasm for Eastbourne College and their students as they look forward to taking residence in what will be a fantastic new facility, a great legacy for the College on their 150th anniversary, and something we are very proud to be delivering.'

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21 November 2016 - Donald Perrens meets Headmaster Tom Lawson

Donald Perrens, who taught at the College between 1946 and 1981, paid a visit to the school on Monday with his daughter Pip Kirtley.

During Donald's 35-year career at the College, he had been head of science, housemaster of Blackwater, in charge of the CCF, and coached tennis and hockey. He served under four headmasters and was himself Acting Headmaster in the early 1970s.

He met Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jess and spoke about the many changes he had seen over the years.

He then had an opportunity to look at the progress of the Project 150 building works, not put off by the wet and windy weather.

Donald, who will be 98 in January, is keen to return to see the first phase of the new building once it is opened in 2017.

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21 November 2016 - Sydney reception and dinner

The final stop on Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart's recent trip to Asia and Australia was at the reception and dinner in Sydney on Monday 21 November.

The annual Sydney reunion has always been popular, and this year's attracted a large number of Old Eastbournians and parents of pupils, together with their spouses and partners.

It was an opportunity for David to pass on the latest news about the Project 150 development at the College and to explain how the fundraising campaign is progressing.

President of the Eastbournian Society and Vice-President of the Eastbourne College Charity David Winn (School 1954-59) was also there; he has been a regular guest at the Australian reunions for many years.

As we are about to embark on our anniversary celebrations in 2017-18, the get-together gave the guests an early chance to raise a glass to the College in honour of its founding in 1867.

We are grateful as ever to Sam Miller (School 1960-65), the ES rep in Sydney, who organised hiring the venue at the Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay with its superb views across the water to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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17 November 2016 – Insurance industry networking

The latest in our business and career-networking events was held on 17 November 2016 in the City of London.

Old Eastbournians, current pupils, parents and staff were invited to the insurance evening at Davy's Wine Bar in Mincing Lane.

The guest speaker was Johnny McCord (Gonville 1996-2001), pictured centre, who started his career at JK Buckenham as a junior marine reinsurance broker in 2002.

Two years later he move to ARB International as a marine cargo placing broker.

Johnny was a founding member of Roanoke International Brokers, starting up in 2010. He is currently a marine cargo producing broker but handles various other marine classes too.

Johnny provided a fresh perspective on the marine insurance market with a particular focus on cargo, and spoke about his career progression so far.

It was also an opportunity for networking for those in the insurance sector, as well as to pass on careers advice to the College pupils who had travelled up to London for the evening.

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16 November 2016 - Reunion lunch for 1979 leavers held in Chelsea

A reunion for Old Eastbournians who left the College in the summer of 1979 was held on Wednesday 16 November.

The group met for drinks at The Surprise, a gastropub in Chelsea, followed by lunch.

Organised by Rob McNeilly (School 1974–79), Paul Mansell (School 1974–79) and Richard Vidal (Gonville 1974–79), this was the second reunion for the class of 1979, following the success of the lunch at the same venue last year.

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16 November 2016 - Singapore reception and dinner

Members of the Eastbournian Society, including Old Eastbournians, parents of pupils, and other friends and supporters, enjoyed a drinks reception and dinner in Singapore on Wednesday 16 November.

The event, held in the Gilmour Room at the Singapore Cricket Club, was attended by Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart, who brought news from the College about the Project 150 development and talked about the current fundraising campaign.

The guests were also able to hear from new Headmaster Tom Lawson and his wife Jessica, who had recorded a special video message for the occasion.

Our thanks go to the Eastbournian Society rep in Singapore, Richard Austen (School 1967-72), who also attended.

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15 November 2016 - Tim Ellerton (Pennell 1991–96) appointed commercial director at British Olympic Association

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced that Tim Ellerton (Pennell 1991–96) has been appointed its new commercial director.

Tim will take up the position in the New Year, with responsibility for all of the BOA’s commercial activities, including sponsorship, licensing, fundraising and retail partnerships. He will also sit on the senior leadership team.

He spent eight years at Heineken as global sponsorship manager, in charge of the company's association with the Uefa Champions League, the Rugby World Cup and Formula One.

Before that Tim was sponsorship manager for Coca-Cola Great Britain where he worked on global partnerships including the Fifa World Cup, the Olympic Games and domestic sponsorships in the UK for the Football League and the RFU.

Tim commented: 'It’s an exciting time for Olympic sport in the UK and I’m delighted to be joining the BOA. Following on from the success both on and off the field of the play over the past few years, there is a fantastic challenge to build on those accomplishments and one I’m really looking forward to.'

'It’s a privilege to be joining a successful and winning team in all regards and working with an outstanding portfolio of existing partners.'

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13 November 2016 - Capt Andrew Jelinek (Craig 1998–2003) lays OE wreath at Act of Remembrance

Capt (retd) Andrew Jelinek (Craig 1998–2003) laid the OE wreath at the College's Act of Remembrance on Sunday 13 November.

Andrew served in the Life Guards (Household Cavalry Regiment) and was injured while serving on operations in Afghanistan. He left the Army after convalescence and rehabilitation and now works for the National Trust.

The College was delighted and honoured to welcome him back to College to lay the wreath on behalf of all Old Eastbournians.

The morning had started with a service in the College Chapel led by the chaplain, Revd David Ibbotson.

Col Anthony Lamb, Eastbourne College CCF Contingent Commander, then gave the homily in which he talked of the need to remember those who have made the supreme sacrifice in past world wars while ensuring that we support in every way possible those who continue to make sacrifices on our behalf in the armed services of today.

This was followed by the Act of Remembrance on College Field where all three sections of the CCF paraded in front of other pupils, parents and friends of the College.

Meanwhile in Eastbourne town centre, 30 College cadets, under the command of Lt Dan Fathers and Cadet Sgt Tom Alston, did the College proud and marched as part of the town's Remembrance service.

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10 November 2016 - Pub evening at the Dolphin in Eastbourne

Our latest pub get-together was held at the Dolphin in South Street, Eastbourne, on Thursday evening.

Lulu Brown and John Thornley from the ES office were on hand to welcome the attendees and buy the first drink.

We hold pub evenings in both London and Eastbourne during the year, and welcome all members of the Eastbournian Society: OEs, staff, parents and other friends and supporters.

These are informal events and are a chance to get to know other members of the society in a relaxed atmosphere. Some of those who attended are pictured here.

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10 November 2016 - Hong Kong reception and dinner

The Hong Kong Club was the venue for an Eastbournian Society reception and dinner on Thursday 10 November.

David Stewart (Eastbournian Society Director) was on hand with news about the progress of the Project 150 development, and gave an illustrated talk explaining the building work that is currently underway at the College.

It was also an opportunity to have an early celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the school in 1867, and so it was good to see such a large turn-out of former pupils, parents and others.

We are grateful to the ES rep in Hong Kong, Jeremy Newton (Gonville 1964-69), for organising the event, spreading the word and taking bookings, and to Tim Freshwater (School 1958-63) for arranging access to the Hong Kong Club.

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10 November 2016 - Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) wins award for documentary on Parkinson's disease

Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967–71) has won an award for a BBC documentary about the funny side of living with Parkinson's disease.

Paul, a scriptwriter who co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley and has worked on a host of other comedy programmes, was named best documentary presenter at the Grierson Awards, which celebrate the UK's best documentaries.

The ceremony took place at London's Mermaid Theatre on 7 November.

Paul's programme, Parkinson's: The Funny Side, was shown on BBC One's Inside Out in March this year.

The chair of the Girierson jury Liesel Evans said: 'What sets our winner apart is his use of humour in tackling a complicated subject in a way that felt genuine and persuasive whilst being completely charming and insightful.'

The Grierson Trust is a charity that promotes documentary film-making and is named after the 'father of documentary' John Grierson.

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8 November 2016 - Society members enjoy talk on English antiques

Eastbournian Society member Merton Cox has given an illustrated talk to fellow members about English furniture and clocks.

Merton, who used to work in Harrods antiques department, described the development in furniture styles between 1600 and 1700.

With references to the types of wood used, the techniques involved and the changes in fashion, it was a fascinating insight into a subject about which Merton is clearly passionate and well-informed.

He also talked about the development of clocks during the period, describing the many people involved in making not only the mechanism, but the case, the dial, the inlay work and gilding.

A second talk has been scheduled for Tuesday 21 February 2017, which will cover the next century, 1700 to 1800. More details about that will be added to our events listing in due course.

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7 November 2016 - John Ryley (Blackwater 1975–80), Head of Sky News, interviewed in The Guardian

John Ryley (Blackwater 1975–80), the Head of TV news network Sky News, has been interviewed in today's Guardian newspaper.

John is upbeat about the future of live rolling news, pointing out that Sky is currently making the biggest investment in its news operation since it began in 1989.

One recent change has been the introduction of the new 'glass box' studio, a minimalist design which is situated above the open-plan atrium in the Sky complex near Heathrow Airport.

With some recent departures of on-screen presenters, John says that money is now being invested in specialist journalists. He also talks of a wider reinvention of Sky News, with a more co-ordinated approach to apps and mobile devices.

John has been Head of Sky News since 2006, having previously worked there as an executive producer and editor. He started his career as a BBC News trainee in 1987 and worked on the BBC Nine O'Clock News before moving to ITN's News at Ten in 1989. You can read the full interview here.

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3 November 2016 - Georgia Ingham (Blackwater 2010–12) graduates from Lloyds Scholars programme

Georgia Ingham (Blackwater 2010–12), who was a music scholar while at the College, has graduated from the prestigious Lloyds Scholars Programme.

After leaving the College, Georgia studied music at the University of Bristol, and succeeded in joining the Lloyds programme after a competitive application process.

While studying, she had to commit to completing at least 100 hours of volunteering in the local community.

The Lloyds Banking Group provided a dedicated mentor, as well as two paid ten-week internships and other financial assistance, helping to build relationships with future employers and boost employability with transferable skills.

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2 November 2016 - Jonathan Shalit (Gonville 1975–78) interviews Simon Cowell on BBC Radio 2

Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE (Gonville 1975–78) has interviewed record company boss Simon Cowell for a two-part programme on BBC Radio 2 called It's a Yes From Me.

Jonathan is a talent manager and chairman of ROAR Global and Cole Kitchenn.

He was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to the entertainment industry and given an honorary professorship in 2012 by Henley Business School and Reading University in recognition of his contribution to the arts, music and broadcasting.

Jonathan interviewed Cowell, famous for television talent shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, at Cowell's London home. The two are close friends and their informal conversation reveals some never-before-heard details about Cowell's life and career.

The programmes are available on BBC iPlayer for up to 30 days after broadcast.
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