News headlines – October 2018

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25 Oct 2018    Alan Gardner 1932-2018
16 Oct 2018    Large turnout for Eastbourne history talk
15 Oct 2018    Rebecca Hoedemaker (Watt 2010-12) runs for charity in Beachy Head Marathon
12 Oct 2018    Andrew Brooks (Powell 1979-83) to become chairman of Lloyd's Market Association
10 Oct 2018    Banking, broking and asset management networking event
6 Oct 2018    Reception for parents of new pupils
5 Oct 2018    Nik Askaroff speaks at the London business lunch
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25 October 2018 - Alan Gardner 1932-2018

Eastbourne College is sad to announce the death of Alan Gardner.

Alan taught languages at the school between 1974 and 1992. He was also housemaster of Wargrave from 1975 to 1985.

A family statement said that Alan 'sadly passed away from cancer on 23 October 2018 aged 86'.

The funeral is being held at St Peter's Church, Cockfield, Suffolk, on Thursday 8 November at 1.00pm.

An obituary will be carried in the next edition of the Old Eastbournian magazine, which will be published in early 2019.

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16 October 2018 - Large turnout for Eastbourne history talk

There was a large turnout for the Eastbournian Society talk on Tuesday 16 October about life in Eastbourne in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nearly 40 members of the society gathered in the Long Room of the Howell Pavilion for the illustrated talk given by local historian and College archivist Paul Jordan.

Paul started by showing pictures of some of the bomb damage that the town had suffered in the Second World War, and the disuption that this had caused to shops and hotels. Gradually during the 1950s the bomb sites were built on and shops relocated.

Paul also looked at entertainment on offer, ranging from cinemas, bingo halls, theatres and coffee bars, as the times changed from an era of rationing in the early 1950s to the more upbeat 'Swinging Sixties'. He also touched upon some of the more controversial new architecture that appeared, including South Cliff Tower and the modern extension to the Cavendish Hotel.

The talk was much appreciated by the attendees, who also enjoyed sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee provided by the College catering team.

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15 October 2018 - Rebecca Hoedemaker (Watt 2010-12) runs for charity in Beachy Head Marathon

Rebecca Hoedemaker (Watt 2010-12) is to run for charity in this year's Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday 27 October, in memory of her late husband.

Rebecca, daughter of former College chaplain Chris Macdonald, tells her story:

'In December last year I tragically lost my husband, Tristan, to a very rare sarcoma cancer. We were together for almost five years, had just moved into our new flat, and were very much making plans for the rest of our lives together.

'On 17 November 2017 Tristan became unwell with flu-like symptoms and abdominal pain. One week later he had some blood tests and a CT scan... and we were told it could be cancer.

'Just two weeks after this, on 11 December 2017, Tristan tragically passed away in St Wilfrid’s Hospice. He was 27 years old. As his last wish we got married three days before, and it was an incredibly beautiful, albeit emotional, day.

'Before Tristan died I promised him I would start an animal charity in his memory. In July last year Tristan had just started his dream job training to be a veterinary nurse at St Anne’s Vets. He absolutely adored animals so it was only right that we started an animal rescue charity in his memory. We have named the charity 'Tristan's Pawprints'.'

Rebecca tells us that she and Tristan had run a number of marathons and half-marathons together and the Beachy Head Marathon was going to be their next big challenge. She will be running with five friends, including Lucy Hyde (Watt 2014-16).

If you would like to help with Rebecca's fundraising please follow this link to her JustGiving page:

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12 October 2018 - Andrew Brooks (Powell 1979-83) to become chairman of Lloyd's Market Association

Andrew Brooks (Powell 1979-83) is to become chairman of Lloyd's Market Association (LMA) with effect from 1 January 2019.

Andrew, who has worked in the Lloyd’s Market since 1983, is chief executive officer of Ascot Group Ltd and Ascot Underwriting Ltd. He joined Ascot Underwriting at its inception in 2001 and was promoted to chief underwriting officer in 2005 and chief executive officer in 2008. Andrew was also appointed CEO of the newly formed Ascot Group in 2017.

He has served on the LMA board as a member since 2012, and will succeed Neil Maidment, who will be retiring as chairman at the end of the year. Andrew commented: 'I am honoured to be appointed LMA chairman and will seek to build on Neil’s successful work in ensuring that the LMA effectively represents the interests of Lloyd’s managing agents. I am also keen to see market modernisation delivered effectively and for the LMA to continue to play a vital role providing technical support to the underwriting community.'

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10 October 2018 - Banking, broking and asset management networking event

The latest of the Eastbournian Society's networking events for OEs, parents and current pupils was held on Wednesday 10 October.

It focused on financial services, specifically the banking, broking and asset management sectors, and professional services firms serving those sectors.

We are grateful to OE and College governor Darren Meek (Blackwater 1982-87) for hosting the event at the offices of PwC near London Bridge.

The guest speaker was Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96), co-founder and CEO of Dabbl, the new mobile app which allows potential investors to make cost-effective investments in the companies behind the brands that they see every day.

Dabbl has recently been selected as part of the UK trade mission to San Francisco, one of only five companies chosen.

As well as hearing from Mark, current pupils were able to chat about career prospects with those in the financial world and gain some useful insights into the professions involved.

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6 October 2018 - Reception for parents of new pupils

The Eastbournian Society held a reception for parents of new pupils on Saturday 6 October.

Following a drink in the foyer of the Birley Centre, the guests went into the auditorium for a welcome to the College by Headmaster Tom Lawson.

Eastbournian Society Director David Stewart then gave a short presentation about the activities of the society (pictured), explaining how pupils can benefit particularly from the regular business and career networking events that we hold.

He also talked about social events such as walks, talks and theatre trips, as well as our overseas visits, the most recent one being the trip to Normandy in May.

Back in the foyer, the parents then had a chance to socialise over sandwiches and drinks.

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5 October 2018 - Nik Askaroff speaks at the London business lunch

The annual London business lunch was held at the Phoenix Victoria gastro pub on Friday 5 October.

Old Eastbournians and College parents enjoyed an informal meal and were informed and entertained by Nik Askaroff, whose children went to the College, about his experiences in business.

Nik is EMC’s founder and CEO, and has extensive experience of running companies of all sizes in numerous sectors. He is the leading corporate financier in the South East, having won the prestigious ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ title in 2015/16 and 17. He is pictured here on the right of the group.

Nik spoke about how he started out in business and the challenges he had faced as an entrepreneur, the importance of flexibility and the need to have a good business plan.

As well as hearing from a guest speaker, the lunch also offers an opportunity to make new contacts and for young OEs a chance to talk about career prospects.

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