The Hamptonian - Alumni Newsletter - January 2020

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Inside this issue: • Alumni News

• Ludo Campbell-Reid OH (1987) • Events

• Inspiring Hamptonians • OHA Section News

Old Hamptonians’ Association and Hampton School Agreement A new era in the relationship between the OHA and Hampton School was marked with the signing of documents facilitating the transfer of the OH Pavilion and OH Sports Ground, to the School. This agreement ensures the long-term future of these facilities and allows improvements to be made.



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Welcome Our School continues to thrive, with Hamptonians making the most of their time here, achieving record-breaking public examination results, winning of the 2019 U18 English Schools’ FA Cup, singing with Voices of Lions at the Edinburgh Fringe, or leading a national genocide awareness campaign. Hampton alumni are also upholding our School ethos of aiming for personal success while supporting those around them with kindness. This edition of The Hamptonian highlights some of the achievements of alumni making a positive impact across the globe. We are delighted that so many of our alumni also give back to our School community by returning to share their expertise and to inspire our boys. This issue also features the flourishing links between the Old Hamptonians Association and the School. The transfer of the OHA Pavilion and sports grounds to the ownership of the School was the culmination of detailed discussions to achieve a successful and mutually beneficial outcome. The OHA will continue to enjoy use of these facilities, but they will now be maintained, administered and developed by the School to ensure their long-term future. I should also like to take this opportunity to join my predecessor, Barry Martin, in providing you with an update on the Fitzwygram Foundation. We are both passionately committed to its ambitious but realisable plans to support more boys from disadvantaged backgrounds to become Hamptonians. Our School’s most distinctive and precious asset remains its grounded and well-rounded atmosphere, with such warm, mutually supportive

relationships. In preserving this, Hampton must remain socially inclusive and accessible to boys from a wide range of backgrounds. Thus, the Fitzwygram Foundation has one simple but transformative aim: to increase the number of completely Free Places available at Hampton to boys whose families cannot afford fees. I am personally delighted that Barry is serving as Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation. I know he cannot think of a better way of retaining involvement with the School and we are really enjoying working together on this most important of causes. From September 2019, there have been five Fitzwygram Scholars on completely Free Places at our School, paid for by benefactors. Their fees and other costs such as uniform, kit, trips and travel are fully funded during their time here. I am very pleased to say that all five boys are thriving and love being Hamptonians. We have set ourselves the initial challenge of funding 50 completely Free Places by 2025. We are currently conducting our admissions procedures for September 2020, conscious that many talented boys may not benefit from a Hampton education due to lack of funding. So we are taking this opportunity to ask you to support the Foundation. There are many ways in which you can support

the charity: a single donation, regular giving to the Foundation’s 1557 Club, or making a legacy. 90 people giving £15.57 a month will enable us to give one more boy a Free Place at Hampton. The Fitzwygram Foundation is integral to the culture and essence of Hampton School. It takes us back to our roots, to when the School was founded in 1557 by a local businessman called Robert Hammond, who wanted to support his community. You can find out more about the Fitzwygram Foundation and make a donation at If you would like to discuss the Foundation, please do get in touch by email - uk. Barry and I would be very pleased indeed to see you. With kind regards and best wishes, Yours sincerely

Kevin Knibbs Headmaster


Alumni News Paul Casey OH (1995)

Congratulations to golfer Paul Casey OH (1995) who won the Porsche European Open title, held in September. It was the second victory of 2019 for the four-time Ryder Cup player, after success at the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour.

Finlay Bain OH (2010)

Congratulations to Finlay who joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in October, as Fourth Horn. In 2010, Finlay started at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar. In 2014, he joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Leverhulme Trust Scholar. Finlay has performed professionally with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of English National Opera, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the BBC Orchestras.

Ollie Stanhope OH (2016)

Congratulations to Ollie and the British Rowing PR3 mixed coxed four who have qualified for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games! Ollie claimed his second World Championship Gold medal in Austria, as part of Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four. The crew showed their dominance in the field as they set a new World Best time and won their final by 12 seconds. The GB crew also won the 2019 World Rowing Para Crew of the Year, for their outstanding rowing achievement. The award follows nine successive World and Paralympic Gold medals for the GB team.

Glen O’Har a oh (1993) Congratulations to Glen who was elected a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society in December. Glen is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Oxford Brookes University.


Sam Rowley

Upendr a Patel

OH (2013)

OH (1999)

and the ‘Station Squabble’ Congratulations to Sam, who has been nominated for the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, for his photograph of mice inhabiting London’s Underground. After leaving Hampton and Bristol University, Sam went to the Galapagos Island as a photographer for the Charles Darwin Foundation. He currently works for the BBC as a researcher for The One Show wildlife inserts. Go to to see Sam’s photo.

Upendra has been named 40 Under 40 by Incisal Edge Magazine in the USA. Upendra moved to America after Hampton and was the first person in his family to attend college. He studied at the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He now serves as a Faculty member at Pacific University.

David Merkel OH (1967)

David was named in The Shaw Trust Power 10 List, an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. David was admitted as a solicitor in 1976, and was instrumental in setting up the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society (LDD), working to support disabled students, trainees and lawyers, helping to reduce barriers to employment and career success. As chair of LDD and a Law Society Council member, he continues to work to keep accessibility issues high on the Law Society’s agenda.

Louis Lynagh OH (2019)

Congratulations to Louis, who made his senior debut with Premiership club Harlequins against Bristol in the Premiership Cup. Last year’s Rugby Captain, topped off a stellar schoolboy rugby career with a professional contract with the club’s Academy. Louis, who has six caps for England at U16, U18 and U19, joined Quins’ youth development programme as a 12-year old and has represented the club at all age groups.


Dr Barney Gilbert OH (2009)

Barney was named to the prestigious 30 under 30 Forbes list in science and healthcare. He co-founded Forward Health, to make it easier for doctors to communicate and keep patient data safe with secure digital messaging. Forward’s communication platform is rolling out across the UK’s National Health Service and has raised $5.4 million to date from investors.

Matthew Legg OH (2015)

Founded in 2018, FC Not Alone recently partnered with Heads Together and the FA for Mental Health Awareness Week. Matt cocreated FC Not Alone on the back of his battle with depression. The football-based platform centred around mental health allows men to feel comfortable with opening up about their mental health. Talking about the campaign Matt said “We are well on our way to start viewing mental health just as we view physical health. Everyone has it and anyone can suffer from mental illness”. Further information can be found at

Gwilym Bradley OH (2019)

Congratulations to Gwilym, last years’ Vice-Captain of Rugby at Hampton. He’s made a flying start to his rugby career, signing a professional contract with Cardiff Blues whilst playing for Bath University First XV and, most recently, a Wales U19 appearance against Scotland.


Toby Roland-Jones OH (2006) and Chris Searle OH (2017) Toby and Chris went head to head as Middlesex CCC took on Oxford MCC. Toby returned for Middlesex and Chris made his first-class debut for Oxford.

Adnan Ebrahim OH (2008)

Max Maharajh

OH (2009)

Max and his uncle decided to launch their own condiment business and after a busy year of fetes, fairs and markets, they turned to their customers to help them grow the business, launching a crowdfunding campaign. The family business achieved over £100,000 investment in just several weeks. Kit’s Peanut Chutney is a recipe that’s been in their family for five generations, and can be used as a condiment, spread, dip or marinade.

Adnan was named in The Sunday Times Influencer List 2019. Adnan is a vlogger and the CEO of Car Throttle, a YouTube channel and social media community of automotive enthusiasts, which features vehicle restoration videos and test drives.


Footballing Entrepreneurs

Bryn Hassan

Owning a football club is many a young boy’s dream and now seven Hamptonians have made that dream come true with a joint takeover of Walton and Hersham FC – at the age of 19!

Bryn has set up Slide Tribe with his brother Tom, providing custom sliders to universities, sports teams and businesses. The idea came to them whilst attending a rowing regatta.

Believed to be the youngest football club owners in the world, the Hampton alumni include Thomas Bradbury OH (2018), Reme Edetanlen OH (2018), Ben Madelin OH (2018), Jack Newton OH (2018), Calogero Scannella OH (2018) and Sartej Tucker OH (2018).

Every crew had matching kit but different shoes – and that’s where the idea to provide bespoke sliders with the organisation’s colours and logos on came from. To find out more take a look at

Max Kretzschmar

OH (2016)

OH (2012)

Congratulations to Max and Woking Football Club on their promotion to the National League! Woking have made a strong start to the 2019/20 season, and sit comfortably in the top half of the League table.


Francis Highton OH (2009)

Well done to Francis and the GB Men’s Coxed Quadruple Sculls crew, who finished in fifth place at the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Hong Kong. Francis returned to Hampton in September to take up a post as a Geography teacher.

Toby Godfray OH (2016), Tom Phillipson OH (2015) & Will Davis OH (2018) Congratulations to Toby, Tom and Will, who recently won the BUCS Football Trophy as part of the University of Nottingham’s men’s football team.

Doug Chesterton OH (2015)

Doug stroked the winning Oxford University boat, at last year’s Lightweight Boat Race, held for the first time ever on the championship course from Putney to Mortlake. Congratulations Doug!


Ludo Campbell-Reid City Planner & Urban Designer BETTER CITIES, BY DESIGN We recently caught up with Ludo Campbell-Reid, an Old Hamptonian who now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, Jo and two children.

“I have just moved to Australia to become the Director, City Design & Liveability at Wyndham Council in West Melbourne, having spent the past 13 years in Auckland. Where, most recently I was the Design Champion for Auckland at Auckland Council and General Manager of The Auckland Design Office, a team of multidisciplinary architects, city planners, landscape architects, Maori Designers and urban designers responsible for leading the redesign of the City of Auckland.” In 2018, Ludo was proud to be awarded Hon DINZ by the Designers Institute of NZ Board for his work in Auckland and across New Zealand. In 2017, he was nominated as one of New Zealand’s ‘Most Creative People’ by Idealog Magazine. In 2016, Property Council New Zealand also recognised his role in transforming and revitalising Auckland, with the coveted Urban Design & Architecture Award. When recognising him for his work, the Council said “Known as a lightning rod for transformation and a man of infectious energy and innovation, Ludo has lifted the design of Auckland to groundbreaking heights.” In addition, New Zealand’s Metro Magazine included him in their Auckland’s Top 50 Most Influential Individuals and Bauer Media branded him as “The Design Champion with an unshakable faith in Auckland.” Ludo is also a keen rower. Having been inspired by Martin Cross’ Olympic Gold medal at Los Angeles in 1984, he represented Great Britain at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Czechoslovakia in 1986 and was a member of the highly successful Hampton School First VIII from 1987,

having been selected from the Hampton School Second VIII. After stints at Leander and Molesey Boat Club, he went on to stroke the Oxford Brookes First VIII, whilst studying for his Post Grad Diploma and Masters in Urban Design. On a personal level Ludo likes to stay fit by surfing and rowing. Whilst in UK for Christmas in 2017, he managed to convince Jonny Searle to pull together a few former team mates and some legendary wringers for a row, down at Molesey BC.

sters Coxless Ludo is current NZ Ma ion 2018. mp Cha ing Row rs Fou IMAGE: Lake Karipiro

OH (1987)

UN says it will be 75% by 2050) and despite covering only 1% of the world’s surface area, cities consume 80% of the world’s energy and emit 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The way we plan, the way we design, the way we construct and crucially the way we govern our cities therefore, will determine the very future viability of the planet. If you are looking for your “Ikigai” (a Japanese expression meaning a reason to get up in the morning), then the role of built environment practitioners such as Planners, Architects, Urban Designers and Engineers, leading the charge to find innovative solutions to known current and future city challenges as well as challenges and opportunities as yet unforeseen, could not be more vital. And why? Because the future of our planet will depend on it.


Ludo writes this article for the Ham ptonian during a period of unprecedented change in Auckland and in Cities all over the world.


We all know that in business, success breeds success and success breeds confidence. That’s what Henry Ford generally said. Well it’s exactly the same in arguably the biggest, toughest, most exciting and most important business of them all: running cities. Bearing in mind that over 50% of the world’s population now live in cities (the

It is here in the exciting nexus between Architecture, Sustainability, City-Design, Urban Planning and Transportation that I have found myself embroiled in an exciting and diverse career spanning 25 years of working in cities all around the world as a City Planner and Urban Designer. I was privileged to be Design Champion for Auckland, a role I played since my appointment in 2006, by the then Mayor of Auckland City, Dick Hubbard following the recommendations of the Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design. Now regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities by publications and global benchmarking surveys such as The Lonely Planet or Mercer Quality of Life Survey, Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city) has being going through an urban renaissance.


the largest and most high-profile development schemes in London, such as the Olympic Bid Master Planning, Cross Rail and the ongoing redevelopment of Canary Wharf (see pic). This work led me to be shortlisted in the Mayor of London’s, London Planning Awards.” Taking a career break from City Planning after returning to the UK from South Africa, Ludo seized on the opportunity of a lifetime to work for Aylings Racing Boats, as their International Marketing Manager. During this time the Aylings Team developed a new Full carbon Rowing Boat known as the AX2, in which There are currently more cranes on Auckland’s skyline than any city in the US. The city is booming and is now one of the most exciting cities in the Asia Pacific region. The previously run down and neglected Waterfront has been revived as a vibrant place for people, and the Britomart Transport & Heritage Precinct has been preserved and restored as an exciting new contemporary commercial mixed-use district, with incredible new restaurants and businesses. Many of the city streets and laneways have been converted into lively pedestrian zones called “shared streets” where in some cases hospitality spending has risen by 440% as result of improvements. And then there’s the cycling infrastructure which is going through a revolution, signalled most powerfully by the iconic Te Ara Whiti “Lightpath” – a hot pink soaring cycling & walking superhighway constructed on a redundant motorway off ramp (see pic). Before being head-hunted from London to become Auckland’s Design Champion in 2006, I was the CEO of Urban Design London, a pan London organisation formed by the 33 London Boroughs, the Mayor of London, the UK Government and Transport for London, to raise the standard of urban delivery across London. Earlier in my career, as Senior Urban Designer at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, I worked on some of

on the ongoing master-planning of the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town’s Dockland areas (see pic).

During this time, I was also appointed as Chief Urban Designer & Technical Sporting Adviser to the Cape Town 2004 Olympic Bid Co, where my responsibilities included liaison with IOC Officials and the design of the overall Olympic Park Masterplan including stadium, athlete’s village and Olympic Rowing/Canoeing Course.


Sir Steve Redgrave eventually won his historic 5 Olympic Gold Medals with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Tim Foster at Sydney 2000. “Previously as Senior Urban Designer with GAPP Architects and Urban Designers in Cape Town, I worked

I may not have appreciated it at the time, but I now look back at my time at Hampton with huge fondness and a certain level of gratitude for the broad education I received and the friends that I made, many of which I communicate with to this day. Not necessarily known for its academic prowess in the 1980’s, I have been proud to watch from afar, Hampton School transform itself into one of the most successful and revered schools in the country, both academically and sporting. A big part of my Hampton life was focussed around rowing but I came to rowing late preferring to play Rugby in the early years. That all changed when I met Martin Cross my history teacher. All young impressionable young boys need strong male role models. Martin had won a Gold at LA Olympics in 1984 and he quickly became my hero.”


School News

Record A Level Results Hamptonians achieved a recordbreaking set of A Level and Pre-U results with 45% of all grades at A*, compared with the national average of 8%. 79% of grades were at A*-A confirming Hampton’s place among the UK’s highest performing schools. Over 90%

of our leavers now have places at Russell Group or other worldleading universities. Hampton’s GCSE results were equally impressive with 72% of all grades at 9-8, the equivalent of an A*. Over 90% of grades

were 9-7 (A*-A) compared to the national average of 21.9%. Well over half the Year Group received straight 9-7 (A*-A) grades and 53 Hamptonians chalked up a clean sweep of top grades.

Hampton are ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup Champions! The First XI entered the School history books after victory in the 2019 English Schools’ Football Association U18 Cup. It is the first time that a Hampton team has won this trophy and their success delighted Hamptonians far and wide. In addition to the many avidly following updates on social media, around 700 supporters including boys, parents, staff and alumni made the 170-mile journey to Shrewsbury Town FC’s ground, Montgomery Waters Meadow. It was to prove a very close game with the First XI winning on penalties after extra time. A big thank you to those alumni who travelled far and wide to show their support, and who watched online to help make it a day to remember.


New Sixth Form Study & Careers Centre The new Sixth Form Study Centre is now open, providing senior boys with a stunning, state-ofthe-art learning facility. The centre offers a range of spaces for boys to study both collaboratively and independently. The ground floor atrium is furnished with sofas and chairs, alongside individual study booths and a central learning pod. Upstairs there is a silent study room and a range of classrooms. Alumni are more than welcome to visit the new Sixth Form Centre or have a full tour of the School. To arrange a visit, please contact the Alumni Office at or call 020 8783 4406.

Voices of Lions

Hampton Bees An estimated 80,000 bees are now living in the Hampton hives. Members of the Beekeeping Club have been lucky enough to observe the honey bee’s famous ‘waggle dance’, which the insects use to indicate the nearest source of nectar. With the hot summer days and an abundance of flowers, there was plenty of Hampton honey available for the School community!

Historic Day for Hampton and LEH

Hampton’s male-voice choir thrilled audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

The Headmaster and LEH Head Mistress, Heather Hanbury, joined a group of pupils and staff for the official opening ceremony of the new Hampton and LEH gateway.

Over 50 Hamptonians travelled north for what was the Voices of Lions seventh show at the Fringe. Performing in front of record audiences, the group sang hits including Bohemian Rhapsody and Cole Porter’s Everytime We Say Goodbye.

The two schools continue to enjoy close links across many areas of school life including co-curricular activities, trips and the coach network. The new gateway will ensure boys and girls can cross between the two sites in the safest and quickest way possible.



Club C

In June 1951, Form 5C was taking the ‘O’ Level examinations and coming to the end of the School year. Form 5C had evolved over the years from 1C, the original form in 1946. At that stage in 1951, one had the choice of leaving to start work, going into the Armed Forces under the conscription laws or staying on in the Sixth Form. The Headmaster at the time, Mr Whitfield, was still relatively new and he wanted to expand the Sixth Form, so there was a drive to encourage students to stay on.

The boys in 5C had to make one of these choices, but there was a particular bond among them of genuine friendship, which existed in and out of school, and thus Club C was begun.

passed on. After Bill Yarrow died, we were graced by the presence of Paddy Sloane, Eric Waller and Bert Jago, all Form Masters during the existence of 1C through to 5C.

It was decided to hold a reunion dinner later that year, around Christmas time. It was duly held at Nuthall’s Restaurant in Hampton Court, attended by everyone who could and chaired by Bill Yarrow, the much-revered Form Master. The cost, the princely sum of one guinea!

In 2016, we held a lunch at the School, 70 years after we had started there. Our numbers were depleted and we had by then, also invited wives, widows and friends. It was thought that this would be the last reunion but ‘close bound in friendship’s ties’ we still remain and another was arranged in September this year.

This tradition carried on every year despite people dispersing around the globe for various reasons. The bond of friendship continued, in that a core of friends met, in addition to the reunions. Over the years, people

How long will we continue? Until the last on is standing to drink a toast to ‘absent friends.’ Alan R Stevens OH (1953)


OH Cricket and 50 Years On Reunion Lunch Over 30 Hamptonians returned for the annual Cricket 50 Years On reunion lunch, and the match between the School and the Old Hamptonians, as part of the OHCC’s inaugural ‘Cricket Week’. Now in its 23rd year, the annual lunch was a wonderful occasion for Hamptonians, their wives and partners, to catch up and reminisce about their time at Hampton and their various cricketing exploits and achievements. ‘Cricket Week’ started with the Old Hamptonians vs Hampton School staff match, seeing the staff team win by 29 runs.

The stakes were high, as the Old Hamptonians XI took on the Hampton School Second XI the next day in a Twenty20, which resulted in a tie. It was all to play for, when the OH team faced the School First XI, for what was a hard-fought match. Over 600 runs were scored in a spectacular game, with the School chasing 301 to beat the Old Hamptonians. Adam Lee OH (2018), 102 not out was awarded Man of the Match for the Old Hamptonians and Jack Berg, 80 not out, was named Man-of-theMatch for the School.

Arthur sadly passed away last year and Marie-Therese travelled from Switzerland to be part of the day. During his time with the Old Hamptonians’ Cricket Club, Arthur planted four trees along the boundary of the OHCC cricket pitch. In what was a poignant moment for all, Marie-Therese unveiled a plaque for ‘Arthur’s trees’, a fitting tribute to Arthur and his contribution to the School and the Cricket Club.

We were also honoured to welcome back Marie-Therese, partner of Arthur Reynolds OH (1959).

We look forward to seeing you for this year’s Cricket Week, which begins on Wednesday 25 June.

Thank you to all the Hamptonians who came along to the lunch and who watched or played cricket.


The Chris Mapletoft Festival of Rugby 2019 Over 50 Hamptonians returned to the School rugby pitches for the seventh annual festival of rugby in memory of Chris Mapletoft OH (2013). This year’s alumni Sevens touch rugby tournament was once again fiercely contested, with the 2012 Leavers, captained by Laurence Brown OH (2012), claiming their first title.

The main event of the day saw the Hampton First XV take on the 2019 Leavers. The School First XV proved to be the stronger side with a commanding 42-5 victory, winning the Chris Mapletoft

Trophy for the first time in four years. After refreshments, Mrs Lesley Mapletoft presented First XV Captain Theo Johnson with the Chris Mapletoft Trophy.

Sa ve T he Date 70 Years of Hampton Rugby Saturday 5 September 2020 On Saturday 5 September we will celebrate 70 years of Hampton Rugby. Rugby was first played at Hampton in the 1800s but ceased to exist at the School in 1885. Rugby was resurrected in 1950 and has been an integral part of the School ever since.

In September, we will celebrate the anniversary with a dinner in the Main Hall at the School, following the annual Chris Mapletoft Festival of Rugby. Further details will be available later this term, but we hope that year groups will

get together and arrange tables for the dinner. If you would be willing to organise a table for your year group, please do get in touch,


HLRA Henley Hog Roast We were delighted to see over 70 Hamptonians at the annual HLRA Henley Hog Roast, held at Henley Cricket Club. The event was an opportunity for Hamptonians to get together and catch-up during the luncheon interval at Henley Royal Regatta. Thank you to everyone who joined us! This year’s event will take place on Saturday 4 July. Further details will be sent out nearer to the event but do save the date!


First Day Fifty Years On On the first day of the Autumn Term 2019, we were delighted to welcome back Hamptonians from the Class of 1976, who, fifty years ago walked up the School drive for their first day at Hampton. We were amazed to see John Tye OH (1976) return in his perfectly-fitting old school uniform, as well as Andy Moore OH (1976), who sported his old school blazer

adorned with his sporting colours. It was also a pleasure to have in attendance Andrew Hodgson OH (1970), who joined his brother Richard Hodgson OH (1976), and Martin Carter OH (1977). The Hamptonians; Gerry Rhoades-

Brown OH (1976), Richard Alvey OH (1976), David Amos OH (1976), Robert Brook OH (1976), Geoffrey Caldwell OH (1976), Andrew Osgood OH (1976), Mick Fegan OH (1976), John Harrison OH (1976), Graham Marley OH (1976), Stephen Price OH (1976), Chet Selwood OH (1976), Simon Shields OH (1976) and Martin Smidman OH (1976) enjoyed a tour of the School and, over lunch, shared memories of their time at Hampton and beyond.

Joint Financial Services Alumni Reception with LEH Hampton and LEH alumni recently attended the Joint Financial Services Alumni Reception, held at the Brigade Bar + Kitchen in London. The evening was kindly supported by PwC and Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner. The evening brought together alumni with an interest in financial services and current pupils, who were interested in learning more about the sector.

We were delighted to welcome Peter Ainsworth OH (1976), Andrew Birt OH (1998), Paul Boon OH (1995), Christopher Heritage OH (2006), Harry Blaiklock OH (2012), Alex Kennewell OH (2008), Kurran Tailor OH (2014), Fauzi Waraich OH (2001) and Richard Wicks OH (2010).


Obituaries Colin Street OH (1966) December 1947 – February 2019

A tribute from Stephen Kramer OH (1966), with help from Louise Street as well as Colin Gordon OH (1965), Danny James OH (1966), Colin Jones OH (1966), John Plumb OH (1966) and Andy Walker OH (1966).

Colin was a much-valued friend who left us all too soon after a life and careers in which he achieved and gave so much. His accomplishments at Hampton Grammar School were manifold. He shone at English, acting and public speaking. His love of Shakespeare started when he was eight years old and saw an open-air production of A Winter’s Tale in Shepperton where he then lived. At Hampton he developed his talents for public speaking with humour, with his winning recitation of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ at the Junior School Public Speaking Competition. He acted in many school plays, notably playing Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. He not only acted in English but in French at a Linguists’ Evening in 1966 at which the Lion records that “…S Kramer and C Street gave polished performances” in Ionesco’s La Cantatrice Chauve. His theatrical abilities enabled him to direct too - in a junior play competition (with me which, much to our surprise, we won) and in a School Play, “The Fire Raisers.” Outside English and acting he played rugby for the Second XV when, as the Lion put it, “…the team had the pleasure of seeing Street score the hundredth try of the season.” His standing, service to the School and popularity earned him appointments first as a prefect and then in 1965 as

School Vice-Captain. He followed that up in 1966 with the award of the Fitzwygram Prize, “the most prestigious award at Hampton School. It is presented to the most outstanding Upper Sixth Former (normally but not necessarily the outgoing School captain) for his contribution to the School.” His academic achievements took him to Birmingham University where he obtained a BA (Hons) in English. His love of theatre continued unabated there where he was in a Dramatic Society production of Brecht’s Galileo, one of five finalists out of 90 entrants in the NUS Dramatic Competition. He went on to study at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon as well as obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He then began a successful career as a teacher, eventually, in the 1990s becoming Head of English at Harlow College. In 1985 he also found the time to obtain an MA with a dissertation on “Shakespeare in Secondary Schools.” In his 50s his career took a different turn after he had been on a tour of the Globe Theatre. He retired from teaching and became a guide there and subsequently a City of London Green Badge Guide for which he required an in-depth knowledge of historical, architectural and contemporary aspects of the City. He went on to obtain the highest qualification of Blue Badge guide in which his ability to impart knowledge resulted in him lecturing on the Blue Badge course and becoming an examiner for the City of London course. He enjoyed that second career; his special subjects included literary figures in the City,

Jack the Ripper and Lanes and Alleys of the Old City as well, of course, as Shakespeare in the City of London (and/or on Bankside). He carried on acting in amateur dramatics. In the 1980s he acted at the Harlow Playhouse where, unknown to them both, his future wife, Louise, was in the audience for two of the productions. They actually met in 1985 when both were teaching at the same school. He had a prodigious memory not only for literature but also for humorous episodes at school and for radio comedy shows with which he could regale his friends, much to their amusement. Among his friends and contemporaries, Danny James remembers him as “a generous, funny, sensitive and basically shy friend.” Colin Gordon regained contact after many years and comments that he was still “…the kind, committed and enthusiastic Colin I remembered from school.” John Plumb describes him as a man with “humour, amiability and ability to infect others with his interest and enthusiasm, a real educator and a fount of knowledge, particularly on literary matters.” To use Colin’s own words to Andy Walker when asked what the Fitzwygram Prize was for, he replied that it was because he was “an all-round jolly good egg.” Typically, modest, for he was much more than that. It is such a sadness that the agitated depression that took hold of him in the seven months before his death led him to take his own life. Louise and, we, his friends will miss him.


Norman Britnor

A personal tribute to Norman Britnor by Barry Martin Headmaster (1997 – 2013)

I think I first met Norman on 15 May 1996. I was on my first visit to see the School as a candidate for the headship. Graham Able had met me and then passed me over to Norman for a tour. About 40 minutes later, I had decided that it was the one thing I wanted to do next in my life more than anything, and that was entirely due to Norman. We walked round the School. The boys clearly respected him. The same could be said of all the teaching staff. He was a million miles from the Draconian stereotype of a principal deputy of an all-boys’ grammar school. There was a warmth and humanity that were evident in abundance. We immediately found a lot of common ground. He had started at Hampton Grammar School in September 1961 which was when I had gone to Kingston Grammar School on an 11+ Surrey place. His philosophy of education, plainly had the happiness of boys at the centre of it, and not just their academic ambitions but also the whole person, with the out of classroom development just as important, if not more so, as an education for life. It was evident that he was a man of great intelligence, integrity and decency but also someone who was completely at one with his surroundings. That was why he had stayed at Hampton for 35 years at that point, about to be 37 by his planned retirement in 1998. When I spoke to the School Captain of the day, he told me that Mr Britnor never needed to raise his voice, that all the boys had too much respect for him to play him up, and for that reason they would do what he said. As I got to know Norman more and more, my admiration increased. The first impressions of a gentle and caring man proved to be correct. When we got down to the real nittygritty of trying to run a school, it was

absolutely crystal clear that, despite the sometimes almost innocent and cherubic demeanour, he knew exactly what was going on, he was well up to dealing with any stratagem thrown at him by boy, parent or occasionally colleague, and his understanding of his peers was entire and perfect. And while worldly wise, he bore no man any ill will or rancour. He also had a twinkle in his eye, and I can imagine as a younger man that he played something of a part in the innocent and harmless fun and games that used to inhabit any happy and successful common room. Norman’s colleagues loved him and appreciated him. Norman knew exactly where the boundary was between fun and poor taste and his judgement was impeccable. When I first met him, Norman did not tell me that he had been a school hero at St Paul’s, being Head of School and Captain of the First XV, as well as I understand Captain of the Third XI cricket. Rugby was, of course, his forte and he latterly took up refereeing. Many thought he could have gone all the way to international level. He was also so reasonable. He could see every point of view and put himself in anyone’s shoes. He was probably the most empathetic person I have ever met. That is not to say he didn’t know his own mind. And it is also not to say that he was not the greatest loyalist. In my time with him I never doubted at all his loyalty to the School and the complete integrity of all his relationships between Deputy and Head, and with his colleagues. I was delighted when the Boat Club named a boat after him. Ironic really in that I understand Norman did not much care for water. Nevertheless, the Boat Club enjoyed his full support and admiration. He taught at Hampton for 37 years and covered pretty well every role

from Form Tutor, Careers Master, Head of Year, Deputy Headmaster and Headmaster from January till April 1997. He also was invited to become a governor of Hampton School. He was overjoyed to be asked. He served with great distinction for 12 years as the voice of experience, calm and reason. I think he must be the only person since 1557 to be a teacher, headmaster and a governor of Hampton School. Norman spent his entire professional life at Hampton. I think the School meant everything to him and he saw it certainly in giving him so much. Reciprocally, I do not think any man has ever given greater service in so many roles to any school. I shall treasure every moment I spent in the presence of Norman Britnor. He always struck me as completely content within his own skin. He understood others. He knew his own mind. He had worked it all out. He had no envy or a trace of side. He was a great example of how to lead a good life. My final and most enduring memory of Norman will be the last time I saw him before Christmas when I was sitting in the back room at Arch Cottage, overlooking that magnificent and long garden. We were sipping some delicious tea. Norman was sitting in his special chair. There were two huge dogs at his feet both gazing up at him in utter adoration - I suppose the biscuit he was holding in his hand might have had something to do with it - and he said all of a sudden, a propos of nothing, “I’m very content with my lot. I don’t want for anything. I’m very comfortable. I’m a very happy man.” His attitude to life, whatever fate had for him, was nothing short of inspirational. Thank you, Norman. You were the finest example I ever knew of a great tradition: the post-war all-round and academic English School Master. God bless you, Norman. Rest in peace.


Inspiring Hamptonians We’ve been delighted to welcome back many Hamptonians to the School for careers lunches and talks. A big thank you to all who have supported our programme of events.

Life After Hampton 2019 Eight alumni returned to Hampton, to share their work and life experiences with current pupils. The returning Hamptonians took part in the annual ‘Life after Hampton’ event. All have pursued a variety of career paths

ranging from marketing and social media to law and the Royal Marines.

work hard, enjoy what they do and not be afraid to be different.

Speaking about their lives after leaving Hampton, the alumni, who all left the School in the past 12 years, encouraged the Sixth Formers to pursue a path they are passionate about. One of the key messages of the day was for pupils to

Thank you to Chris Wood OH (2010), Max Maharajh OH (2009), Alex Burford OH (2008), George Danker OH (2008), Ed Slater OH (2008), Adnan Ebrahim OH (2008), Tim Dyer OH (2007), Rob Blythe OH (2007).


James Lawson OH (2009)

“The best application of AI is when you don’t know AI is being used.” Ten years after leaving Hampton, we were delighted to welcome back James Lawson OH (2009), who gave a fascinating insight into the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI), when he joined us for an assembly recently. After leaving Hampton, James went on to read PPE at Oxford before joining Deloitte as a management consultant. James has spent the last three years working in AI, supporting business to transform through AIpowered products, including Robotic Process Automation and Intelligent Automation. James also gave an interview to Hampton Radio and shared his experience and advice at a well-attended careers lunch with current pupils.

Nick Metcalfe OH (2004) Stephen Harris OH (1978) Nick Metcalfe OH (2004) and Stephen Harris OH (1978) each joined us for a careers lunch and spoke to current pupils about their time at Hampton and their career paths. Nick, who is a sports chiropractor and owner of two multi-disciplinary clinics in South West London, spoke about how he became interested in sports medicine, after being treated for a bad back whilst rowing at the School. After treatment, he was able to go on to row in the Junior European Championships,

chiropractor. As well as his as private clinics, Nick also works at Fulham Football Club.

winning a Bronze medal. This recovery drove him to learn more about the role and to shadow a practitioner, which ultimately led him to his career as a

Stephen Harris OH (1978) is a Director at an independent advisory group and an internationally recognised expert in Private Public Partnerships (PPP). He spoke passionately about his diverse career and the path he took after leaving the School. After studying law at Brasenose College, Oxford and working as a solicitor, he moved into international financial services and PPP.


Careers Convention 2019 Fifteen Old Hamptonians returned for our 2019 Careers Convention, an annual joint event with LEH.

Umesh Kumar OH (2007) Returning Hamptonian Umesh Kumar OH (2007) gave a thought-provoking presentation on what it takes to build a business. Umesh is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, having wide experience in start-ups, innovation, social enterprise and charitable initiatives. Currently a Director and CEO of an exciting food start-up based in London providing healthy, Michelin star quality food to office workers across the city, Umesh offered current pupils valuable advice on how to have a successful career after Hampton: “Be different – choose the road less travelled but most importantly, be yourself.” He also talked about the importance of taking the entrepreneurial spirit into all areas of life and encouraged pupils to: “Constantly evolve, think entrepreneurship and intrepreneurship in everything you do and you’ll succeed.”

Many thanks go to Matthew Nolan OH (2014), Matthew Horrocks OH (2003), Cameron Sutherland OH (2014), Kareem Ralan OH (2010), Dr Saj Sivanadarajah OH (2008), Owen Wyatt OH (2003), Piers Grundy OH (1988), Adam Rachlin OH (2010), Sushil Kumar OH (2001), Harvey Tomes OH (2015), Will Loughborough OH (2003), Eui-Sik Suh OH (1993), Richard Freeman OH (1986), Captain Dominic Weldon OH (2005) and Lt. Adam Swann OH (1999), who all volunteered their time and expertise.

James Connor OH (1993) We welcomed back James Connor OH (1993), who had a busy day on this return to Hampton; speaking in assembly, being interviewed for Hampton Radio and sharing his journey from playing with Millwall FC to co-founding Broadley Wealth Management, at a well-attended careers lunch.


Creative Futures 2019 Twelve industry experts, including seven Old Hamptonians, led workshops at Hampton’s annual Creative Futures event, offering an insight into their fields of work and the career paths they have followed.

Dom Joseph OH (2002) From performing as a professional drummer with bands such as The Killers and The Bravery, to Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of Captify, a Search Data Powered Ad Platform, Dom recently gave thought-provoking assembly talk to current pupils.

Industries included journalism; video games design; sculpture and installation making; publishing to public speaking; marketing, brand and design, architecture, and insight into what life is like as a composer, orchestrator and performer. Some of the industries featured included journalism; video games design; sculpture and installation making; publishing; public speaking; marketing; brand and design as well as architecture. The event also gave pupils an insight into what life is like as a composer, orchestrator and performer.


Fond Farewells Jon Cook and Dr Tim Leary In the summer, the School also said goodbye to Jon Cook and Dr Tim Leary. With a combined 67 years of teaching between them, they will be greatly missed. Historian Mr Cook, had been both Head of History and Head

of Cricket, coaching the First XI between 1990 and 1997 and introducing the first overseas cricket tour. Dr Leary joined Hampton in 1989 as a Classicist and progressed to lead the Classics Department from

1998 to 2007. Dr Leary, the author of several scholarly works, took on the role of Archivist and has collated a remarkable record of the School’s history.


OH Section News Rugby

In a season of rebuilding for the club, the Old Hamptonians’ Rugby team have made a solid start to the 2019/20 season. Entering the league structure for the first time in a number of years, the club currently sit in third place in Surrey Division 4, with five wins from eight games. A challenging opening day loss to Raynes Park was followed up with good wins over Wandsworthians and Haslemere. A visit from table-topping Croydon proved a stern test in midNovember, but our youthful speed

on the 3G proved to be the deciding factor, as we came away with a wellearned 26-18 win. Our final game prior to Christmas was far from a classic, but a dogged performance away at Reigate was capped off with a match-winning last minute try from Greg King OH (2013). Sitting on 25 points, just two off the promotion places, this is still very much the aim as we look forward to the


The OHACC met on Saturday 4 January for our AGM. Having reviewed minutes from 2019, those present had the pleasure of electing Toby Godfray (OH 2016) and Harry Mayes (OH 2015) as First XI and Second XI Captains for the 2020 season. The committee was keen to announce that OHACC covers have been purchased, which will aid the quality of wickets for the coming season and encouraged the membership to look

If you would like to get involved please contact Club Captain Nick Powell OH (2017), email: or call: 07716 940 218.

at Hampton School begin on Thursday 19 March at 7pm.

for other ways to develop club life beyond what we do now. We look forward to welcoming back past, present and new players to the club in 2020. Training begins at The Oval indoor cricket centre on Tuesday evenings from 4 February 7-8pm and sessions


We cater for all abilities from league First to Third XIs in the Surrey Championship, as well as Saturday friendly Fourth and Fifth XIs. We are looking to develop our Sunday U21 Development XI in the Surrey Trust League, which will be stewarded by Hampton’s 2019 First XI Captain Joe Wheeler. If you are keen to join our growing club, please contact Club Chairman Rich Brown OH (2005), email: ohacricket@ or call: 07832 105 393.

need a good second half to ensure survival in Senior 1 South. The Third XI have played some good football to ensure mid-table security going into the final stages of the season.

After a hugely successful 2018/19 season O.H.A.F.C have made an equally strong start to the 2019/20 year. The First XI currently sit atop of the Amateur Football Combination Premier Division Premier Division and hope to maintain form in the second half of the season to secure a sixth title in the past seven seasons.

second half of the season. As always, we welcome players new and ‘old’ to join the club.

Comparatively the Second XI have had a tough start to the season and will

New players are always welcome at the club, for more information, please contact Alex Kennewell OH (2008), Club Captain, email:



Bowled over by Keith Hanman OH (1953)

We were delighted to receive a note from Keith Hanman OH (1953) along with his School Cricket Season scorecard from 1947. Keith commented “In my last year at HGS, I did play for the School Second XI, so there is some claim to fame”. It was lovely to see a scorecard from the 40s, with scores and doodles of friends’ nicknames.

Dave Gardener OH (1965) and Tony Gibbs OH (1965)

If you have been back to the School in recent years, you may have noticed that the Pavilion walls are adorned with Hampton sporting memorabilia. On a recent visit back to Hampton, Tony Gibbs OH (1965) noticed that the walls were missing a mention of his good friend, David Gardener OH (1965), who played rugby for England Schools’ 15 Group in 1962. Fortunately, Tony got in touch with David and we were delighted to add his England Schools’ Cap and a programme from a game against Wales to the Schools collection.


Upcoming Events We’re looking forward to a number of Alumni events and reunions throughout 2020, some of which are listed below. For a full-list, further information and details on how to book, visit the School website at or call the Alumni Office on 020 8783 4406. Thursday 27 February Life After Hampton (10 Years On)

Visit the School Old Hamptonians are always welcome to visit the School. To arrange your visit, please contact the Alumni Office. We are also happy to arrange tours of the School and to help organise reunions. Please email alumni@ or call 020 8783 4406.

Friday 28 February Cambridge Alumni Dinner Combination Room, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge Friday 20 March HSPA Comedy Night Saturday 21 March Old Hamptonians’ Alumni Dinner Saturday 28 March Walter Bailey and Alex Green Memorial Football Matches Wednesday 6 May Upper Sixth Leavers Reception Thursday 21 May Joint London Networking Event with LEH The Refinery Bankside Sunday 14 June HSPA Summer Picnic Friday 26 June OH Cricket and 50 Years On Reunion Lunch Saturday 27 June 10 Years of the Hammond Theatre – A Celebration Wednesday 1 July OH Golf v the School Saturday 4 July Hampton Lions Rowing Alumni (HLRA) Henley Hog Roast Henley Cricket Club Thursday 3 September First Day 50 Years On Saturday 5 September Chris Mapletoft Festival of Rugby 70 Years of Hampton Rugby Thursday 17 September Club C Reunion Lunch Saturday 10 October Fitzwygram Foundation Gala Dinner • 020 8783 4406

Music & Drama at The Hammond Theatre, Hampton School A full diary of events can be found on the Hampton School website.

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