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06 December 2010 I left school in 1952 and joined a firm of Chartered Accountants, qualifying in 1958. I subsequently joined PriceWaterhouse and worked for them in London and Paris before starting my own investment banking operation in 1967. In 1974 I was appointed a Justice of the Peace and served on the bench for 31 years, retiring in 2005. During my working life I have held a number of appointments, both on and off the bench, such as a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, as a Director of the Securities and Futures Authority, as London Regional Chairman of the Legal Services Commission Duty Solicitors' Committee and a variety of Company Directorships. I am also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners. I am a regular watcher of cricket at Lords and an active tennis player. I have two children, both of whom have been called to the Bar, and they have five children between them, which keeps my wife and I very busy with grandparent duties.
18 November 2010

I left Brighton Coll in 1986 and was an undergraduate at UCL as well as completing an MA and PhD there. I turned my PhD into a book which was awarded the Anderson Medal by the Society for Nautical Research. It was also nominated for the Mountbatten Maritime Award for the Best Literary Contribution. The book was 'The British Naval Staff in the First World War' (pub Boydell and Brewer).
The Medal was awarded on October 28th at the Institute of Directors by Patricia, Countess Mounbatten of Burma at a dinner organised by the Maritime Foundation.
The book is £60, but a paperback is coming out next year - £15.99 or so...
In addition, we had a second daughter, Florence, born on Nov 5th (8lbs 4oz). A busy year.

30 September 2010

"Majors' Minor!" - Abigail Brown (nee Sprankling, F. 1992-97) married Adam Brown in August 2005, having met at East Midlands University Officer Training Corps.

09 November 2010

It was a pleasure to meet Headmasters Dr Richard Cairns, and Brendan Law as well as other officials at the recent BCAD event at the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi on the 4th November 2010. A number of Old Brightonians were present and it would be good to keep in touch with those in the GCC region, as well as trying to make contact with colleagues from 1965 to 1969 when I was at the College.

08 November 2010 John Page (former staff) writes, 'In my local paper last week there was a notice of a lecture by Dom Timothy Bavin on 'A Monastery as a Sanctuary'. T J Bavin had been a clever boy in my Sixth Form in 1954, together with Bob Alexander & David Quayle. They all duly secured A grades in Latin without much help from me.
08 October 2010 David and his wife, Cristina, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hugo Bayne Lawrence on 8th October 2010, weighing 7lbs 1oz.
19 October 2010

Dear OBs, as many of you know, I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Fortunately the onset has been fairly slow but the big problem with this disease is that not many people know about, there is no cure and there has been hardly any research to find a cure (if you would like to know more about it go to

23 September 2010 Together with the charity Dig Deep (, registered number 1121493) a friend I studied with at Nottingham University and I hope to construct a biogas digester at Enkare Nairowua Primary School in Majimoto, Kenya.

We began researching and fundraising in August and will travel to Majimoto to manage the project on a day to day basis in November until completion early February.

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