The Hamptonian - Alumni Newsletter- August 2018

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Inside this issue: • Alumni News • Ben Wheeldon OH (1998) • School News • Walter Bailey Cup • Inspiring Hamptonians • 1988 Rowing Triple • OH Section News



THE 1988 TRIPLE In 1988, after winning the Schools’ Head of the River and the National Schools’ Championship Eights, the Hampton crew secured the ‘Triple’ by defeating Eton and winning the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley. The victorious crew reunited after 30 years to row the famous Henley course once again.


ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS Frank Keenan OH (2004) Director of Development & Alumni Relations 0208 783 4406

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Welcome Welcome to the second edition of our alumni magazine, The Hamptonian. The impressive variety of exploits and achievements detailed in these pages says a great deal about the remarkable talents of OHs and current pupils alike. Another exhilarating School year has just concluded and we are pleased that many of our alumni have been able to return for visits and events. We are particularly grateful to those who have come back to share their post-Hampton experiences, as a key reason behind the establishment of a dedicated Alumni Office was to enable more of these inspiring links between School generations. Our returning Hamptonians have ranged from entrepreneurs to a leading barrister, a top-flight advertising executive and an economic strategist at a leading think tank. Each OH has offered our boys valuable advice and insight into their chosen professional pathway and will no doubt have inspired some to follow in their footsteps. There was a colourful and compelling sight to behold at Henley in July, when 30th anniversary celebrations took place

for the Triple-winning Hampton 1st VIII of 1998. Our cover story reveals that our rowing champions of yesteryear donned some rather special blazers, fashioned from the Main Hall curtains, to mark the occasion. These ‘curtain’ blazers for Triple winners are a unique Hampton tradition and one which we hope to see repeated before too long by another crew. At the end of the Spring Term we were delighted to announce the establishment of The Fitzwygram Foundation at the annual Old Hamptonians’ Alumni Dinner. TV scientist and presenter, Patrick Aryee OH (2004), treated us to a most entertaining speech, supported by video clips of his close encounters with skunks and baboons. Patrick also expressed his profound gratitude for his assisted place at Hampton and pledged his support for our new dedicated charity’s aim. The Fitzwygram Foundation is our new dedicated charity to provide funds to offer transformative, completely free places to boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton education.

Our School has a long tradition of providing an exceptional academic and all-round education, with financial support given to boys whose families could not otherwise afford fees. We are grateful for the support and generosity that we have already received, and we are thrilled that the first two Fitzwygram Scholars will be joining us in September 2018. These boys would not be coming to Hampton without our benefactors’ generosity and I cannot tell you how grateful the School is. Enjoy reading The Hamptonian and I hope to be able to greet you personally during a visit to our School soon. With kind regards and best wishes

Kevin Knibbs Headmaster

The Fitzwygram Foundation The Fitzwygram Foundation: providing free places at Hampton School Our new dedicated charity, The Fitzwygram Foundation, will provide funds to offer completely free places at Hampton School to boys from all backgrounds. Our aim: to provide an additional 50 Free Places, called Fitzwygram Foundation Scholarships, at Hampton School by 2025. Why Fitzwygram? Fitzroy Fitzwygram was a Victorian benefactor and local vicar who used his own money to fund schooling for Hampton children. He maintained the tradition of our first Benefactor, Robert Hammond, and set out the example for our future.

Why 2025? It is the 50th anniversary of Hampton becoming an independent school in 1975. Why 50? One for each year of our independence, so an extra 50 free places for 50 years on. The School is fully committed to this cause and we are doing all we can. In 2018-19, Hampton School is providing over 40 Free Places, while providing financial help to another 40 boys’ families. We aspire to do a great deal more, but Hampton has no historic financial endowment and this limits the number of pupils we can currently support.

An additional 50 Free Places will more than double those available to local boys, who would benefit beyond measure from an education at our School, as so many Hamptonians can attest. This is why The Fitzwygram Foundation will make a huge difference. We hope that many of you will share our vision and support the Fitzwygram Foundation, you can find out more at the webpage linked below: fitzwygram


Alumni News Paul Casey OH (1995)

Brian Littlejohn OH (1962)

It was the end of an era at the OHA Pavilion as Brian Littlejohn retired after many years of service.

Paul beat Tiger Woods by one shot to win his second PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship.

Mike Martin OH (2001)

Mike has released his third book on conflict. Why We Fight explores the evolutionary psychology of warfare and follows on from previous books, An Intimate War, and Crossing the Congo.

‘A pivotal book in the study of conflict.’ Sir Paul Collier, University of Oxford

Will Jarvis OH (2009) & Joe Snape OH (2009) Setting a new Guinness World Record Hamptonians Will and Joe highlight mental health issues and raise over £7,000 for the charity Mind by hugging for 36 hours!

Iain Morris OH (1991)

The acclaimed screenwriter, famed for The Inbetweeners, has a new film coming out this summer. The Festival is due to hit the screens in August


Khawar Malik OH (2002)

Patrick Aryee

Khawar was named as a ‘Future Leader’ as part of the EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Models 2018.

THE ExPEDiTiON 900km row down the Kafue River in 14 days, navigating past crocodiles, hippos and elephants through one of the largest game parks in Africa. The Kafue river flows into the Zambezi and is an important source of biodiversity, irrigation and hydro-power in Zambia. Part of the expedition involves coaching local rowers and the expedition will finish at the site of the Kafue River & Rowing Centre.

Patrick is back on our screens with Big Beasts: Last of the Giants . The three-part series explores Earth’s biggest creatures and their prehistoric ancestors.

55Km ROW TO mCBRiDES CAmP Chris mcBride is an avid conservationist, who wrote a book “The White Lions of Timbavati”, about a rare pride of white lions.

55Km ROW Camp by river.

START Friday 20th July, 2018.

75Km ROW TO DELAi CAmP meet Darrell Watt, who has transformed the musingashi Conservancy. 70Km ROW TO KAFWALA CAmP Huge rapids to navigate.

50Km ROW TO iLA SAFARi LODGE We will meet with Dr Kim Young Overton from the Panthera Project. ila Safari Lodge is an eco-camp boasting the first electronic Landrover in Zambia. The camp has an electronic boat and uses solar power and biogas.

Ben Wilde OH (2002) 58Km ROW TO KAiNGU CAmP We will use canoes to navigate the rapids and boulders.

85Km ROW Camp by river. 67Km ROW ACROSS LAKE iTEZHi-TEZHi 27th July 2018, we will see a total eclipse of the moon.

OH (2004)

75Km ROW Camp by river. 85Km ROW Camp by river.

65Km ROW Camp by river.

Francis Highton

75Km ROW Camp by river.

FiNiSH Friday 3rd August, 2018. 75km row, finish at the Kafue River & Rowing Centre.

OH (2009)

Francis is taking part in ‘RowZambezi 2018’, an expedition aiming to raise awareness of the issues surrounding access to clean and sustainable water in Southern Africa. To read more about the expedition please visit www.

Ben has been selected to the RFU national panel of referees. The Panel is a small group of around 35 officials who oversee officiating the top four leagues in the country. Rising through the ranks of the London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees and the RFU South East group of referees over the past five years, and after 200+ games in the middle, Ben has been selected along with four others nationally to join the panel.


Alumni News Max Kretschmar OH (2012)

Max was one of the players of the season in the National League South, scoring 23 goals in all competitions from midfield for Hampton and Richmond Borough FC. Max has recently signed for Woking FC, where he started the

Harry Baker OH (2015) Harry has been awarded a scholarship to study for a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music. His principal study will be Piano (Jazz) Performance.

Billy Harding Luke Harries OH (2014)

Luke won the Microsoft Prize at the University of Cambridge’s 2018 hackathon, HackCambridge, with his artificial intelligence app, which helps creates a better web experience for people with visual impairments.

OH (2011)

was selected for the England County Squad that toured Romania, scoring a try in the second match. Billy and England won all three matches on their tour.

Sam Seccombe OH (2016)

Sam has managed to squeeze in releasing an EP whilst also studying Architecture at Bath University. His EP is available to purchase here:


Jake MccGwire

OH (2012)

Jake was recently named as one of Irish Technology’s rising stars in The Sunday Business Post’s ‘30 under 30.’ His white-label ticket exchange platform Evopass enables ticket agents and self-ticketing venues to have their own fully operational resale market.

Ben Mackworth OH (2014)

Ben won the Men’s Lightweight Varsity race. Ben, a three times Boat Race winner, stormed across the line with Cambridge, finishing 1/3 of a length ahead in a time of 6 minutes and 26 seconds.

Andrew Condron OH (2017)

Andrew was part of the winning Cambridge golf team, which defeated Oxford 9.5–5.5 in the annual varsity match.

Chris Searle

OH (2017) The former School Captain has signed a summer scholarship contract with Hampshire CCC. Chris, who begins his studies at Oxford this year, earned the contract following a string of good performances for Hampshire 2nd XI this season.

Save the Date! After joining in 1993, Hampton School’s Director of Music, Iain Donald, takes his final bow at the Christmas Concert on Sunday 9 December at 5.00pm in The Hammond Theatre. Please join us to bid him a fond farewell.


Ben Wheeldon OH (1998) Crossrail Programme Director, Network Rail

The Crossrail project is world-renowned. Europe’s largest construction project, it is a feat of incredible engineering that will transform travel into and through London for generations to come. At the helm of the construction of a major part of this incredible new railway is Old Hamptonian, Ben Wheeldon. Having attended Hampton from 1991-1998, Ben has retained a strong connection with the School, playing football for OHA FC into his 30s and also as Chair of the Old Hamptonians Association from 2007-2009. In typically self-deprecating manner, Ben describes himself as an ‘unremarkable student’ but one that enjoyed his time at Hampton and represented the School in football and badminton. His favourite subject was Geography and the School’s Adventure Society opened his eyes to a love of travelling when he took part in an expedition to Kenya and Uganda in 1998. He has since studied Geography at The London School of Economics and visited 72 countries. Little wonder then that his career involves travel and transportation, even though it took a large twist of fate and, ironically, cancelled gap year travels to set him off on the career path that has taken him to the helm of Europe’s largest construction project. Ben explained, “I was due to fly to the States in September 2001, but two days before my flight to New York the appalling terrorist attack on the Twin Towers took place and my travel plans were cancelled. Of course this left me with an unexpected void, but one evening in the OH bar another Old Hamptonian offered me a stop gap job as an office junior at the Railtrack office at Waterloo station.” The rest, as they say, is history. He started the job within a week of that chance conversation and has been on a stellar rise through the ranks of the UK railway industry ever since.

As soon as he was able to, he applied for the next intake of Railtrack’s Graduate programme, an 18-month scheme. While Railtrack famously collapsed, by the time Network Rail (NR) emerged from its ashes, Ben was already making his mark and was promoted to Graduate Manager. This progression continued through the estate management team and he was given responsibility for stations on NR’s Wessex route including the Island Line on the Isle of Wight. It was in this role that external stakeholders, who had previously felt ignored, commended him for his strategic vision, proactive approach and pragmatic delivery. His proven ability to identify and deliver major railway improvements, landed him his next role leading Network Rail’s national enhancements bid for Control Period 4 (2009-2014) - the period that included foundations for the works needed for both Crossrail and Thameslink. This work successfully secured the £7.6bn funding for the national railway enhancements, and with experience of big set piece publications, it was a natural progression for Ben to lead the commercial bid for Crossrail works. He personally authored and led NR’s first and largest commercial tender (+£2bn) and became Programme Sponsor in 2009 – Network Rail’s youngest ever ‘Band 1’ employee. Ben said, “I feel incredibly proud to have been instrumental in bringing the programme to Network Rail and, after a decade’s work, being on the cusp of seeing it through to successful conclusion when the Elizabeth Line opens in December 2018.”

As well as leading the works (he managed the scope, client management and funding), Ben also got his hands dirty when, in 2013, he became Project Director for the construction of the railway infrastructure required for Crossrail East (the above-ground section of the railway from Liverpool Street to Shenfield in Essex and down to Abbey Wood in South East London). In this role, he had direct responsibility for safety of several hundred people, delivery of the works and an £800m budget. It was perhaps inevitable that he would be the man to see out the job and in 2017 he was appointed Crossrail Programme Director accountable for delivering the overall £3bn programme on time and within its funding. Ben is clear about how his time at Hampton helped prepare him for his rise through the ranks; “I made lasting friendships at Hampton School and these, combined with the experiences I gained there through sport and travel, as well as my studies, have undoubtedly been at the very heart of my career to date.” So what’s next after Crossrail? “That’s for the railway gods to decide!” says Ben “But with passenger numbers continuing their exponential growth, the UK’s railways will need more investment and expansion to make them fit for the future. If I can apply my experience to help make that happen, then I’ll be very happy to do so.”



School News

French debating finalists Hampton has once again reached the final of the National French Debating Competition. In a replay of last year’s semi final, the Hampton teams made up of Samuel Peters and Toby Tolson from the L6, and James Hughes, William Miller and Jacopo Olivieri (reserve) from the U6, competed against some of the

UK’s leading schools on topics such as the independence of New Caledonia, the financing of French private schools and the banning of the sale of bottled water. The level of debate and linguistic skills were exceptionally high and the boys were most impressive in their valiant efforts, particularly in the “lutte acharnée”.

BBC Young Musician Will Thomas Upper Sixth Former Will Thomas was named as a finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2018. It is the second time that trumpeter Will has reached the finals in this prestigious national contest. He will now compete against four other musicians in the Brass Finals on 19 March, in the hope of reaching the overall finals taking place in May at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Will started playing the Cornet at the age of eight, and soon added the Trumpet and then Flugelhorn. By the time he was twelve-years-old he had achieved Grade 8 in Trumpet (with Distinction), and was the youngest member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Over the past four years, Will has continued to excel musically, achieving his ARSM in piano with distinction, and a distinction in his DipABRSM on trumpet. Will is also a senior member of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2017, he won the Guildhall’s most prestigious award The Lutine Prize. At Hampton, Will plays in a number of ensembles and recently set up the jazz/funk band Funktion.

On overall aggregate scores, Hampton’s U6 team were able to successfully seal a victory and advance to the final at the French Institute on 20 March. All of those who took part should be proud of their prowess as well as being true ambassadors of the extremely high quality of language learning for which Hampton received much praise on the night.


King’s Cup Winners The U16s won the King’s Cup for the third year in a row after victories over St Paul’s School, King’s College School and Dulwich College.

Model United Nations

Captain Denil Manuel was on fine form scoring 85 not out in the final against Dulwich, who were all out for 120 runs. Pravin Kiritharan took three wickets for 16 runs and Jack Berg was a star behind the stumps with three catches and a stumping.

A team of seven Hamptonians represented Jordan in the Haileybury Model United Nations conference, winning six awards overall. Distinguished Delegate Awards went to Henry de Oliveira and Alex Mehta. Oliver Pulfrey Baker, Dara Sanwal, Fred Darley and Matthew Cresswell were presented with Highly Commended Awards. Haileybury is the largest annual MUN conference in the UK, with delegates from across the UK and overseas taking part.

Hampton Court Chorister

Schools’ Cup Semi-Finalists

A Hamptonian has been appointed Head Chorister at the Hampton Court Chapel Royal Choir for the second year running.

The U15s starred at Allianz Park in a tightly fought Schools Cup semi-final against Whitgift.

Third Year Jake Costen joined the famous choral group four years ago and is now one of the senior members of the choir. His investiture as one of two Head Choristers took place at Evensong last weekend. As well as rehearsing twice a week and regularly singing at services at Hampton Court every weekend, Jake has appeared on TV and has sung for Her Majesty the Queen. In his new role, Jake will lead the singing during choral performances and act as a mentor to the younger choristers. At 14, this is Jake’s final year with the Chapel Royal Choir and he says that he is delighted to have been given the title of Head Chorister.

A total of 256 teams competed in the RFU national tournament. Hampton clinched victories over heavyweights including Wellington College, Marlborough College and Millfield School to book their place in the final tour. A large crowd of Hampton supporters travelled to Allianz Park, home of Saracens. The team put on a skilful and spirited display against Whitgift School, whose size and strength eventually helped them to victory.


The Hampton 1988 ‘Triple’ by Ed Bellamy OH (1989) The academic year started on a high due to the fact that in the preceding summer Great Britain won their first ever junior gold medal in the coxless fours. The crew contained two Hamptonians, Jonny Searle and Rupert Obholzer with Rupert returning to Hampton for his final year, so for the first time in history we could build a British schoolboy 8 around a junior gold medallist! However, tragically the exertions of the previous year had caused some damage to Rupert’s back forcing him to sit out the start of the year and he was not available for selection when the first eight was put together for the Hampton Head. Worse still, the weather in the run up had been so wet that the Hampton Head was unable to be run on the Hampton stretch. However, as with many things back then, a few phone calls and the event was switched to the Tideway and was run from UL to the Bandstand. So the newly formed Hampton eight, with now only one member of the previous year returning and two J16s (the 16st Doran Tranmer and 13st Greg Searle), was able at least to defend the title. And happily we did, winning over Emmanuel by 5 seconds.

We then went to Bedford Head and won the Senior II pennant there, and then to the Schools Head where we won by 7 seconds, again over Emmanuel - the first win of the infamous “Triple”. Next came our week long training camp at Henley with luxury accommodation on the floor of the Remenham church hall (no showers!). Amazingly, Rupert’s back was better and he had been building his training back up to a point where he could now re-join the eight. Unfortunately, this meant that someone had to come out to make room. So there were a number of days of seat racing and videoing resulting in a very difficult decision for the coaches to choose one of our group to step into the second eight.

We prepared for our summer season where we first raced at the Metropolitan regatta, winning the Senior II eights event. Next came National Schools: Championship eights, the Queen Mother Cup - we progressed into the final and had a flyer on the start. Our coach, Jules Fox, had instructed us to squeeze on the “G” of go, which we did so effectively that we appeared to gain a quarter of a length. We led all the way and won by 1 length. The distance in those days for all Junior events was 1500m. The second part of the Triple was secure. We all also doubled up in Champ coxed and coxless pairs, and quads too - the quad also won. The regatta then was one day - a busy day!


Next we raced at Reading Amateur, where we won in a coxed four but lost in the eight to Tideway Scullers. Then on to Henley and the Princess Elizabeth Cup, where with two days to go before the Regatta started, Rupert’s back again started playing up and the decision was made that he couldn’t race. Our guest coach Derek Clarke rowed in the boat, so we could do our 2x500ms up near the lock so no one could see, while we tried to find a replacement. The issue was that in the reshuffle when Rupert returned for the summer, Ed Shorthose had swapped sides, so the space was now on strokeside. Fortunately, Tom Still was tracked down supposedly to where he was relaxing in the Swiss Farm campsite and asked if he could join us.

We then had to reshuffle, with everyone changing seats on strokeside and our former two man, Nick Horne, going to stroke. We had one outing in the new lineup before the regatta started. We progressed through to the final, beating Salisbury School USA and Monmouth. The showdown was against Eton, containing a certain M C Pinsent. The rain was back and Stewards was reduced to a quagmire. Eton lead us at both the Barrier and Fawley, but as we approached the Grandstand we had the most incredible surge in belief resulting in speed, allowing us to row down the toffs and take the victory and the final piece of the Triple set. We waded through the mud into Stewards to get our medals, which were presented by Princess Anne.

Tideway Scullers (the only crew who beat us all year) were also there, having won the Thames cup (in the same time as the PE!). So we had the Triple, but had won it with 11 rather than 9 of us - a mark of Hampton’s strength in depth and adaptability. The epilogue to the year being that 8 members of the first eight were selected to row for Great Britain at the Junior World Champs in Milan that year in the coxless four, quad, coxed four and eight.


The Walter Bailey Football Matches Forty-seven Hamptonians returned to the School for the annual Walter Bailey Memorial football matches. In the 2nd XI match, the Old Hamptonians started quickly, scoring immediately from the kick-off. A further eight goals followed with Old Hamptonians winning 7-2 to win the Alex Green Cup. Goals for the Old Hamptonians were scored by Jamie Williams OH (2015) (2), Hugo Sikuade OH (2010) , Mike Timbs OH (2010), Jack Scott-Gatty OH (2014), Alex Brown OH (2017) and James Randall OH (2017).

This year saw the introduction of the Alex Green Cup. Alex, who left the School in 2014 to study Economics at Bath University, tragically passed away in September 2017. Alex is well remembered at Hampton, particularly for his contribution to Hampton Football and as a Prefect. The Alex Green Cup will be awarded each year to the winners of the Hampton School 2nd XI vs. Old Hamptonians 2nd XI match.

In the 1st XI match, playing for The Walter Bailey Cup, the School took a first-half lead thanks to a goal from Freddie Hodgson. The Old Hamptonians made good use of their expansive bench in the second-half and equalised with a goal from Matt Lane OH (2013). Both sides had chances to win the game but keepers Adam Lee and Will Legg OH (2012) were not to be beaten again, with the game ending a 1-1 draw and honours shared.

Nottingham Alumni Dinner

Joint Networking Event

It was a pleasure to see so many Hamptonians from across the years come together for the Nottingham Alumni Dinner at the Corinthian Restaurant in March.

Over 80 alumni from Hampton and LEH came together for the annual Joint London Networking Drinks at The Refinery, Bankside on Thursday 24 May. We welcomed alumni from across the years from the 40’s to the 00’s. Amongst the guests were Barrie Newton OH (1944), as well as family

members, brother and sister James Mann OH (2013) and Rachel Mann LEH (2011), and father and daughter Justin Carter OH (1978) and Alexa Carter LEH (2006). Hamptonians took the opportunity to catch up with friends and exchange ideas with fellow alumni from a range of professions.


Inspiring Hamptonians JAMES ST VILLE OH (1985) AND SAM ELLIS OH (2000) James St. Ville OH (1985) and Sam Ellis OH (2000) each joined us for Assemblies earlier in the year; they spoke about their time at Hampton and the opportunities that arose.

He urged the boys to follow their dreams and aspirations, reminding them all that their paths are not set in stone and that they are the masters of their own destiny.

James commented that the counsel of teachers and the Headmaster, Gavin Alexander, steered him on the right path and helped him make decisions which have positively influenced the rest of his life.

Sam Ellis gave an engaging presentation on the future of the working world to today’s Hamptonians. He spoke about the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy and the need to embrace technology and harness the value of artificial intelligence.

James is now able to call upon his background as a chartered engineer specialising in electronics and optical communications, when practicing as a leading barrister in Intellectual Property.

With an increasing number of roles becoming automated, the alumnus reminded the boys of the need to constantly innovate.

DR NOMAN KHAWAJA OH (1998) Hampton Third Years enjoyed an inspirational careers talk from Dr Noman Khawaja OH (1998) Co-founder of Halal food company, Haloodies.

Noman talked to current Hamptonians about his own career-path and how, after working as a dentist for five years, he decided to follow a long-held ambition and establish his own food company. The brand, Haloodies, now in operation for four years, is being embraced by modern day Muslims who want to enjoy convenience foods without compromising their faith. “It is a great honour to be back at Hampton. I take great pride in being

JAMES BAKER OH (2006) AND BEN SOUTHWOOD OH (2009) James Baker OH (2006) and Ben Southwood OH (2009) returned to Hampton to answer some hard-hitting questions on Hampton Politics Radio.

James encouraged current pupils to find interests and build experiences, whether that be by joining the debating society or writing a review of the School play.

Shortly after qualifying as a barrister, James moved into public relations. He combines his career with a passion for politics and is a board member of the Tory Reform Group. James’ participation in the last election included knocking on doors and writing press releases.

Ben Southwood OH (2009), former Head of Research at leading international think-tank the Adam Smith Institute, tackled topics ranging from the Single Market to US politics, tariffs and liberalism. Ben, who studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford, was impressed with the boys’ questions.

a Hamptonian and appreciate the opportunity to give back”. Whilst speaking to the boys, Noman stressed the importance of making decisions for themselves and not being influenced by others. He also encouraged the boys to keep on learning and take pride in their work. ‘Work hard, be enthusiastic and show leadership. You may not end up where you think you will but it is important to have a plan and work towards it.’


Inspiring Hamptonians JAMES WARNER OH (2004) James Warner OH (2004), Chassis Dynamics Engineering Manager for McLaren roared back to Hampton in a McLaren 570GT and wowed our aspiring Hamptonian engineers and car enthusiasts alike in his Talk! ‘Engineering Supercars at McLaren’. After studying engineering at Cambridge University, James joined McLaren Automotive. He now manages the design and build of the physical components, including the suspension, steering, brakes and tyre development.

Creative Careers Eleven experts, including five Old Hamptonians, led workshops at the 2018 Creative Futures event offering an insight into their fields of work and the career paths they have followed. From cutting edge journalism and video games design, to music video production, advertising and acting.

The alumni speakers included: video games designer Momotaro Ushido OH (2012); copy-editor Cameron Harvey-Piper OH (2011); actor Sam Marks OH (2005); advertising guru Lawrence Weber OH (1995) and music video director Huse Monfaradi OH (1992).

James explained that there are many aspects to becoming an engineer including having a creative mind, a practical approach to solving problems and being a team player. In return, working as an engineer can offer a dynamic working environment that allows you to solve real world problems. The Royal Academy of Engineering has stated that we will need a million new engineers and technicians by 2020. What better time for our young Hamptonians to be inspired.


50 years On Reunion Lunch Over 30 Hamptonians joined us for the annual Cricket ‘Fifty Years On’ lunch and the School v Old Hamptonians cricket match on Friday. The annual lunch, in its 22nd year, was a wonderful occasion with Hamptonians catching up and reminiscing about their cricketing exploits. It was a delight to welcome new attendee George Mapouras OH (1971) with his wife Elena and daughter Ourania to the lunch, and a special mention must also go to Arthur Reynolds OH (1959) and his partner Marie-Therese for making the annual trip from Switzerland.

Many thanks to Ted Best OH (1947) and Mick Savage OH (1949) for hosting the lunch. On the pitch, there was an equally convivial match with a young School team taking on an almost equally young team of Old Hamptonians. The Old Hamptonians batted first, scoring a free-flowing 306, with Toby Godfray OH (2016) and Adam Lee OH (2018) scoring the majority of runs in a 158 run partnership.

Godfray was stumped on 70 and Lee finished 76 not out. The School began their chase admirably and scored in line with the run rate throughout. However, six wickets from Chris Madoc-Jones OH (2010) ultimately paved the way for an Old Hamptonian victory. Many thanks to all the Hamptoninans who returned for the lunch and the cricket!


OH Section News Cricket


After eight league fixtures, the OHCC sit top of the 1st and 2nd XI leagues whilst the 3rd XI (playing their first season of competitive cricket in many a year) sit second in their respective Surrey Championship divisions. Further to this, we turned out a Saturday 4th XI on June 23 June.

The club have also reached the inaugural Surrey Slam Quarter-Finals and will play Walton, whilst the U21 Lion Cubs continue to perform well against strong opposition.

The 2017/18 season saw OH Rugby move to Surrey, having been in Middlesex since the club re-formed in 2014. The move to Surrey proved equally successful for the Hamptonians as 14 wins, one loss and draw saw the club claim their fourth consecutive league title. With over 70 players turning out the team throughout the year, it was another positive year for the club. Notable moments from the season included; the greatest ever centre partnership of former England agegroup internationals Richard Coskie OH (2008) and Roman Malin-Hiscock OH (2016) playing together away at Battersea Ironsides and a come from behind 35-29 victory over Old Cranleighans under the leadership of Charlie Coltart OH (2013).

Former School Captain and Cricket skipper Chris Searle OH (2017) has been rewarded for a fine start to the season with a playing contract from Hampshire CC.

The club will look to build on its success next year, starting at the annual Cronk Cunis U23 Tournament on Monday 27 August, where the Old Hamptonians are defending champions.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rich Brown or Jacob Doherty by email

Nick Powell OH (2017)

The 1st XI reached the fourth round of the Surrey T20 Knockout competition having beaten Premiership sides Normandy CC and Weybridge CC.

Richard Brown OH (2005)

Golf Football At the close of the 2017/18 season, OH Football had a great deal to celebrate. Our 1XI secured a phenomenal fourth Premier Division title in five seasons; our 2XI finished a respectable 4th in the Senior Division 2 South following back-to-back promotions, and our 3XI clinched an exceptional promotion to Division 3 South. The club has become customary to success in recent years as it goes from strength to strength. Credit must go to all players, captains and the committee for their tireless commitment and desire to set such high standards.

The summer season began at Camberley Heath Golf Club with 15 golfers turning out for the match. The winner on the day with 31 points was guest Danny Hudson. In second place, with a very commendable 30 points, was Mike Pegram OH (1971). Best front 9 was scored by Berin Boyce OH (1960) with 17 points, and best back 9 by Mike Franzkowiak, also with 17 points. On 29 June OHGS hosted the 2018 Surrey Schools Golf Societies’ Festival (SSGSF) at Bramley Golf Club. This shotgun start event attracted entries from 9 societies, and a total of 67 players.

With a few months off to enjoy the summer, O.H.A.F.C will then return to pre-season at the end of July and we welcome new players – both Old Hamptonians and beyond – with open arms.

On another glorious summer day the course proved to be more testing than it appeared, as only 3 players were able to better their handicap. Old Hamptonians finished a creditable 4th with 156 points. On an extremely warm early July afternoon the annual match between the OHGS and the School took place at Fulwell Golf Club. The School won the match comfortably with a couple of the boys scoring over 40 points, to win the Les Stokes trophy. Best individual score for OHGS was Ian Court OH (1981) with 38 points, best front 9 was Patrick Mattar OH (1991) with 16, and best back 9 Steve Carleton OH (1971) with 20 points. The match was played in good spirit and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Hopefully next year we will win the trophy back!

Alex Kennewell OH (2008)

Martin Read OH (1972)

Nevertheless, our 1XI also reached the final of both the London Old Boys Cup and the Essex/Middlesex Senior Cup this season, but unfortunately tasted defeat at the hands of Old Carthusians and Old Parkonians respectively. Being deprived of an unprecedented treble was a difficult pill to swallow – yet this must be the source of motivation next season to win more silverware for the Dean Road trophy cabinet.


Hamptonians Remembering In our last edition, we encouraged Hamptonians to commemorate the centenary of the First World War by sending in details of their relatives who fought and died serving 100 years ago. We have received some wonderful feedback, excerpts from diaries, letters and photographs. Trevor Greenwood OH (1961) sent in details of his father Edward Greenwood, who was born in 1899 and volunteered to serve in the army - active from 1915 to 1918. The records show that Edward enlisted in the County of London Yeomanry and was initially in a cavalry unit, which converted to a machine gun corps serving in Palestine, Egypt, Salonika, Ireland and finished the war in the trenches in France. Thomas Betti-Berutto OH (2015) wrote with details of his Great Great Uncle, Bede Farrell, who was born in 1882 and died in Ypres on 24th April 1915 aged 33.

Bede, a Captain in the 1/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment was killed on the front during heavy artillery fire only after a week of landing in France. There are at least two reports of him being killed in action. An anonymous private diary report of an East Yorks officer described the battle as follows: “The men behaved as if they were doing an attack in practice in peace... As the attack developed we were met by high explosive shells and stinkpots. Everyone bobbed, and then on again… a hell of a machine-gun fire swept the place. All I could do was lie “doggo” as small as possible. When it was over I went on and found 2 platoons of “C” company who couldn’t advance any further. An order then came down to stay where we were until dusk. The enemies’ fire ceased and we, after some time, collected up and returned to trenches. Poor Farrell was shot through the heart close to me, and Theilmann in the body and he died on the way back.”

OH Mail Bag Adding to our archive collection, we were delighted to receive some old exercise books, Lion magazines and a School photograph from 1936. A big thank you to Martin Bates for donating these artefacts from his late father Gordon Bates OH (1938), who stored away his memories from Hampton, which thankfully survived in pristine condition. It is wonderful to see the work of a Hampton School boy from the 30’s, with impeccable handwriting, a few risqué doodles, and comments from his teachers at the time.

Another officer, Cecil Slack, wrote home 3 days later noting: “We advanced under showers of shrapnel into a small Hell… It is a miracle that we lost very few under the shells. After advancing about half a mile the bullets came, and men began to drop. We lost the Colonel, Major Theilman and Farrell, the senior captain, within a quarter of an hour of one another.” Should you wish to find out more about family members who may have served in the First World War advice and information can be found on the Great War Forum http://1914-1918. If you would like to send us information about family members who served in the First World War please email alumni@


Visit the School Old Hamptonians are always welcome to visit the School. To arrange your visit, please contact the Alumni Office. We are happy to arrange tours of the School and to help organise reunions. Please email or call 020 8783 4406. Recent visits have included Ron Keevil OH (1947), Roger Pusey OH (1958), James Gunn OH (1982) along his family who were visiting from Seattle and Bernard Jackson OH (1951) who quipped ‘Things change but stay the same’.

Save the Date! Bernard Jackson (1951)

Bernard Jack son (2018)

Events We are looking forward to a number of alumni events and reunions in 2018/19. To reserve your place, please call the Alumni Office on 020 8783 4406 or visit the School website to book online. Saturday 8 September Chris Mapletoft Festival of Rugby Thursday 13 September Joint Law Alumni Event for Hampton and LEH Alumni, The Law Society London Friday 9 November Oxford Alumni Dinner, Christ Church Oxford

Join us for the Old Hamptonians’ Dinner. Invitations and booking details will be sent out to all alumni soon. 106 years since the first dinner was held on 22 February 1913 at the Greyhound hotel in Richmond!

Hamptonian Merchandise Item Price (Including postage) Tie (Polyester)................................................................. £15 Tie (Silk)............................................................................. £25 Bow Tie (Polyester)....................................................... £15 Cufflinks............................................................................. £10 Socks.............................................................................. £7.50

Wednesday 19 December Recent Leavers Drinks, Richmond Thursday 28 February 10 Years on Careers Talk Saturday 23 March Old Hamptonians’ Alumni Dinner

Music & Drama at The Hammond Theatre, Hampton School 16, 17, 18, 19th October at 7.30pm Crazy For You’ School Musical with LEH 24 November at 7.00pm St Cecilia’s Day dinner and concert

Saturday 23 March 2019 Old Hamptonians’ Alumni Dinner

9 December at 5.00pm Christmas Concert II (Mr Iain Donald’s final concert) • 020 8783 4406

To order please contact the Alumni office or call 0208 783 4406