We are continuing our series of speaking to Old Brightonians who have set up their own businesses since leaving the College. Ami Savani (Wi. 2000-05) owns A Mermaid's Secret, a massage and beauty therapy business in Hove. Ami tells us how she went from studying physiology to setting up A Mermaid's Secret, and the teachers who made all the difference to her going after her dreams.
News from OBs
Peter Somerville (Le. 1967-72) has Brighton College in the blood: he is the grandson of Peggy Williams and grew up a stone's throw from the College. Peter moved to New Zealand in the 1980s, running a luxury lodge on the South Island.
Jon Filby (Le. 1972-77) has been appointed as the new Chair of Sussex Cricket.
Lange Powell (BCJS./Ha. 1955-65) is a retired civil servant, who has lived in Australia for nearly all of his adult life.
Linguist Lange shares his story - from being the school's sabre champion, to working in rural Madagascar and making a life for himself and his family in South Australia working with the government.
The Old Brightonians is a community of alumni that spans generations. Dennis Patrick Flynn (Ha. 1942-45) was a pupil at the College during the Second World War and is now 95. He retired to France in the late 1980s with his wife, Jean, and spoke to us about the challenges of being a pupil at Brighton in the 40s, and his career as an aircraft engineer.
World Trade Center Gibraltar, where Old Brightonians Ed Allison-Wright (Du. 2001-06) and David Lawerence (Du. 1984-94) are directors, have played a major part in the successful evacuation of 92 Afghani people from Kabul.
Amber Goodwin (Fe. 2013-15) has just launched Apparelle (www.apparelle.co.uk), which promises to change the way we buy activewear. Former investment banker, Amber, who is only 25, has already had an incredible career, and Apparelle is already making waves in fashion – and it has only just launched.
TogetherUkraine is a grassroots organisation, set up by Brad Vanstone (Sc. 2004-09) and a number of his friends, raising funds and providing humanitarian support to Ukrainian refugees.
Florie Evans (Wi. 2003-06) works in TV production, after an exciting career as a PA hopping across the Atlantic. She shared some great stories about working on TV programmes ranging from Married at First Sight to The Grand Tour and had some wise words for her school-age self.
Congratulations to Toby Harries (Sc. 2012-17), who is now the British men’s champion over 200m.
This month we spoke to Mark Simmonds (Al. 1976-81), a management trainer who has written two books about mental health. He shares his happiest memories of his time at school and a brilliant idea for what to take to a desert island...
Mark Simmonds' (Al. 1976-79) second book "Beat Stress at Work" will be published on 3rd March 2022.