Notable OBs

The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history. 

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John Richardson Mainwaring Simmons (1902-1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870-1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869-1907). Died: 1985.

Oliver Heath is a young and talented designer who joined BBC One's Changing Rooms team in 2000.

Neville (Born: 1937, Calcutta) says he was something of a nomad before he founded one of the UK's top quality restaurant chains, the Groupe Chez Gerard plc which he sold in 2003.

Art

Born: 14 November 1945, Esher, Surrey, UK - Internationaly renowned environmental sculptor with a career spanning 30 years.

Lunch with... Jonathan Palmer - When a career in medical science beckoned, he had other ideas. Simon Arron hears how a young doctor became first a racing driver, and then a formidable businessman.

Comedian, author, escort to fridges in Ireland... doesn't ride skateboards, apparently. Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author.

A loyal MP in the Thatcher years, now a tireless champion of good causes, most notably in the area of asylum and immigration... Keith Best attended Brighton College before attaining both his BA and MA in Jurisprudence from Keble College at Oxford.

Bijan is an associate director at the National Theatre where his recent work as a director includes The Kitchen, Greenland, and Our Class.

Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company and barrister specialising in commercial, business and financial law... Skilful advocate who led the takeovers and mergers panel and then served for ten challenging years as chairman of NatWest.

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