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THE OD

20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1989

For the second year

running, SVH Chief

Executive

Mike Bolsover

was voted into the “Asian

Gaming Power 50”, noting

the successful IPO of Silver

Heritage on the Australian

Stock Exchange.

1992

Edward Barnett

has been

appointed as Head of Boys

Games at Haberdasher

Aske’s School, with

teaching commitments in

the senior school. Edward

feels that the Dragon

gave him an excellent

grounding in all sports and

he feels lucky to have been

a pupil. Ed is delighted

with his ‘dream job’.

1993

Richard Price

studied PPE

at St Catherine’s College,

Oxford, and completed his

DPhil in the philosophy of

mind at All Souls College,

Oxford. After finishing

his DPhil, he moved to

San Francisco and started

www.Academia.edu

. Its

mission is to ensure that

every academic PDF ever

written is recorded on the

internet, available for free,

and to foster engagement

and discussion around

academic papers. Around

35 million people use

the service each month.

Richard lives in Berkeley

with his wife, Adele, and

their two sons, Felix and

Simon.

Frances Houghton

was

part of the women’s eight

rowing team which won

silver at Rio 2016 – her fifth

Olympic Games. Frances,

a treble silver medallist,

opened the Dragon Sale

last year and enjoyed

showing her silver medal to

the children. She was also

awarded the Oxfordshire

Sportswoman of the Year

Award in 2017. Frances

has now retired from

competitive rowing and has

moved to Cornwall.

1995

Cassie Watson

(née

Cooper) completed the

Pembrokeshire Coast

Path - 14 days, 180 miles,

and a 35,000 feet ascent,

through Storm Doris. She

walked in memory of her

husband, Ed Watson who

died last August. She was

supported by her siblings

- all ODs - and has so far

raised over £15,000 for the

Royal Marsden Sarcoma

Research Fund.

Barney Townsend

took a

Masters in Enterprise at

London South Bank and

is now Course Director.

He is also an active

member of the British

Paramotor Team. He

serves as the UK delegate

to the international

sporting commission for

microlight and paramotor

competitions. He married

Anna in 2012, and they

live in North West London,

where he is also involved in

property development.

After studying Polish at

UCL,

John Beauchamp

completed a Masters degree

at Jagiellonian University in

Kraków. Before establishing

his own podcast company,

Homegrown Media, John

was head of the English

Section of Polskie Radio.

He was recently appointed

editor-in-chief of

www.

culture.pl

, a website run

by the AdamMickiewicz

Institute.

Julia Gray

had her

first

book

, The Otherlife

,

published and was

nominated for the

Carnegie Award. She

says, “I could never have

written

The Otherlife

without having gone

to the Dragon; it’s very

inspired by my time at the

school in many ways - not

least because I have used

my Norse Mythology

homework circa 1991

almost throughout.” See

Bookshelves on page 8.

Adam Brown

lives in

San Francisco and, apart

from hitch-hiking and

living in a boat commune,

he teaches Relativity at

Stanford, and researches

quantum gravity, quantum

computing, and the

moments just after the

Big Bang. He recently

wrote a popular article

for

Scientific American

entitled ‘How to Mine

a Black Hole’ about the

engineering challenges of

trying to extract energy

from a black hole.

Louisa Nye

is a barrister

and Chairman of the

Young Bar of England &

Wales.

1997

Dominic Gordon’s

business

“Waternook Lakeside

Accommodation” - two

17th Century properties

on a private 26 acre estate

in the heart of the English

Lake District National

Park - has been ranked

as being in the “TOP 3”

places to stay in England.

The award was made

by Visit England at the

“Visit England Awards

for Excellence” event held

at the Waldorf Hilton in

London. Dominic said,

"I am thankful that I was

offered the best start in

life at the Dragon School.

The education, support

and guidance I received

set me on the right course

and I look back with fond

memories." Dominic is

offering a 15% discount to

Old Dragons. Please email

him with your name and

date you left the School.

www.waternookonullswater.com

1998

Olivia Darlington

and

Sophia de Rivaz

took part

in the Ely Half Ironman

in August 2016. This

included a 1.9 km swim,

a 90 km cycle and a 21.2

km run. They raised more

than £5,000 for the EHE

Rare Cancer Charity.

Mark Quartley

played

Ariel in a highly acclaimed

RSC production of

The Tempest

. The

production has been

shown in cinemas

around the country and

had a successful run in

Stratford-upon-Avon. The

production moved to the

Barbican this summer.

1999

Alec Ash

spoke to Dragon

scholars’ classes about

his book

Wish Lanterns

,

which was Radio 4 ‘Book

of the Week’. Alec has

recently spoken at the

Cheltenham Literary

Festival and had an

extensive article in

The

Guardian

about education

in China. See Bookshelves

page 8.

After working insanely

long hours for eight years,

Sophie Dear

left her job

as an assistant director

in TV to become a yoga

teacher. She is teaching

Vinyasa Flow yoga classes

in Fulham and says, “With

busy lives and hectic

schedules it’s important to

take time to breathe and

re-energise.”

Laura Dowley

has finished

training to be a lawyer

at a corporate law firm

in the City. In January

she moved to Chiapas in

Mexico to work for the

NGO, Asylum Access,

where she is giving legal

advice to refugees and

asylum seekers.

Ivo Elliott

completed his

training in Microbiology

and Infectious Diseases

in 2015. He was awarded

a Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowship and

is now doing an Oxford

University DPhil. Ivo lives

in Vientiane, Laos, and

has two children, Alexia

born in October 2014 and

Tristan born in August

2016.

2000

Tommy Jay

has been

chosen as part of the

architectural team to build

the Church of England’s

new public library and

archive at Lambeth Palace.

Tommy has published a

fascinating book,

Change

& Continuity

, with

drawings and photographs

of the architecture of

Oxford colleges as you

rarely see them. See

Bookshelves on page 9.

2002

Swashbuckling actor,

Ben Lamb

, appeared in

the

Wars of the Roses

(‘the

White Queen’), a horror

movie (‘End of Term’, set in

a school) and is appearing

on the History Channel in

Knightfall

. To add romance

to daring, he has married

Louise, whom he met

while filming in Bruges.

Jessie

,

Rachel

(2003) and

Polly Quick

(2005) ran

the Edinburgh marathon

on 28 May to raise money

for Macmillan Cancer and

Breast Cancer Now.

2003

Nick Pelly-Fry

is now

a design director of

Grand Design Blinds. He

specialises in blinds for

tricky shaped windows.

2004

Rob Callender

performed

in Milton’s

Comus

at

the SamWanamaker

Playhouse (the Globe) in

October and November

2016. Rob has already

distinguished himself

in ‘Another Country’,

receiving rave reviews.

2005

Dr Jessica Riley

(BVSc

MRCVS) graduated from

Bristol University last

summer. She is now a

small animal vet on the

north Cornwall coast

with a special interest in

exotic species (anything

that isn’t a cat or a dog).

She is hoping to gain an

advanced certificate in

exotic medicine. When

not working, Jessica is out

on Dartmoor with her