Rhubarb 2019

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OSE at Work 1969 Robin Allan (G, 1965-1969) sends details of Sugarloaf Lodge, a stylish custom-built bed and breakfast where guests can enjoy privacy and comfort in beautiful surroundings. The Lodge is nestled on two hectares of lush countryside and orchards, near the delightful village of Matakana, which is under one hour north of Auckland City, and has stunning sweeping views over the Omaha valley and out to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. A comment left in the guestbook reads ‘What a special place .... and those remarkable views. We were lucky to find this quietly sophisticated gem.’ www.sugarloaflodge.co.nz

Graeme Wright (D, 1983-1988), after a number of senior roles at four HMC schools, has taken on the role of Headmaster at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (AGSB) in Cheshire. AGSB consistently ranks as one of the highest performing all-boys selective schools in the country.


1998 Sophie Baxter (née Lavender) (J, 1997-1998) set up a London-based PA and secretarial recruitment company called Lavender Jones Recruitment - www.lavenderjones.co.uk - after her first daughter was born and she is now back at work following Florence’s arrival. The company source admin staff for SME businesses across all industries from finance to fashion as well as private PAs for busy individuals. Francis Heybrook (D, 1993-1998) and his wife Diana Diaz Nieto are living in Galicia, Northern Spain. They have chosen this unspoilt region to set up an innovative language camps business www.4elementsgalicia.com which welcomes students from excellent schools both in the UK and Spain. The camp works like a live-in exchange: Spanish and English children spend all their time together enjoying immersive activities against the backdrop of inspiring rugged landscapes. Continuous and active collaboration with their peers fosters friendships and language and cultural exchange happen naturally. The nationalities are only separated for intensive language workshops which are designed in collaboration with their school teachers to give the children confidence for effective communication. Francis fondly remembers his 1st XV days at Teddies and thanks Mike Stanfield (G, 1955- 1960) and Ed Hobart (K, 1985-1989) who enabled him to further his A level interest in Spanish under Vaughan Abigail (MCR) by organising a life-changing gap year in Cuba teaching rugby to Olympic athletes and English at the University of Havana. He has moved around the world from Cuba, to Colombia, to Argentina and now resides with his family on the coast near Santiago de Compostela.

Francis Heybrook

2003 Lucy Smith (née Smart) (K, 2001-2003) graduated in English Literature at Leeds University in 2007 and then spent a number of years in the City working in public relations. She has now re-trained to be a Pilates teacher and has started up her own practice in Godalming, Surrey. Lucy would be very happy to welcome any OSE interested in participating. There are four group classes held in Surrey each week and she also offers private sessions face-to-face or via Skype. Prices range from £9 per class. Having had a baby in 2016, Lucy specialises in Pilates for pregnant and postnatal women and runs two specialist mother and baby classes per week. She is planning to run Pilates retreats throughout the UK in the future. For more information please contact Lucy Smith on 07879 841383 or via lucy@lucysmithpilates.co.uk Lucy is also on Instagram and Facebook: @lucysmithpilates

Robin Allan

1979 Mike Vernon (B, 1974-1979) has recently taken over as Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office in Buckingham Palace. This position is one of the five Department Heads in the Queen’s Household.  1984 James Pierce (D, 1979-1984) was recently appointed as a permanent sales assistant in the gift shop at ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park, selling toys and gifts to the visitors to fund vital conservation work. currently serving in the Royal Thai Armed Forces, holding the rank of Captain (Navy), which is equivalent to a full Colonel. Surasant’s current appointment is Director of International Cooperation Division, Office of Policy and Plans, Directorate of Joint Operations, Royal Thai Armed Forces. He has invited any OSE to get in touch when passing through Bangkok. Contact him at surasant_k@hotmail.com. 1988 Surasant Kongsiri (H, 1983-1988) is

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Lucy Smith

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