Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Alumni

Hallam Amos
Wales International Rugby Union player, whilst studying medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine
Alex Lodge
ITV Wales Reporter
Prof Julian Stevens
Leading Eye Surgeon, Moorfields Hospital
Prof Jane Glover CBE
Conductor, musical scholar, composer

The Schools aim not only to prepare pupils for examinations but also to provide them with the skills needed to succeed and thrive in the wider world.  The high achievements of past pupils across such a wide selection of careers, we believe, reflects the well-rounded education on offer and demonstrates how we help to develop each pupil’s individual talents and strengths. Amongst the Schools’ alumni are those with outstanding careers in the arts, academia, sports, the media, the Armed Forces, retail, the Church, politics and the Civil Service.

There are close links in place with past pupils and opportunities for them to keep in touch with the Schools and one another.  Attendance at school events and the number of alumni who are now themselves parents or even grandparents bears testament to the deep and lasting attachment forged between the Schools and their pupils, past and present.

We have listed just a small cross-section of alumni to highlight the diverse and inspiring career paths they have chosen.

Monmouth School Alumni

This list is ever-expanding, and is by no means exhaustive, but gives a flavour of the wide range achievements of our many distinguished alumni.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT

Sir John Beddington Retired Chief Government Scientific Officer 
Sir Frank Davies CBE Former Chairman, Health & Safety Commision
Derek Ezra, Lord Ezra Liberal Democrat peer, former chairman of the National Coal Board
Brian Strong Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council. Read more about his appointment

THE ARMED FORCES

Angus Buchanan VC (1894-1944) Awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. More detailed biography here
Lt. Col. Simon Butt Commanding Officer, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Colonel John Chaston MC (1916-2010) OBE, CBE, MC, Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. For an obituary, please click here
Flt Lt. William Clifford Townsend CGM DFM (1921-1991) RAF pilot; awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for part played in the ‘Dambusters’ raid during WWII; later businessman and civil servant

THE CHURCH

Tom Collings Bishop of Keewatin, Canada, 1991-1996
Christopher Herbert Bishop of St Albans 1995-2009

ACADEMIA

Prof Richard Carwardine President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Professor of American History; Fellow of the British Academy
Prof Paul Langford Professor of History, Oxford University; former Rector of  Lincoln College, Oxford
Professor Ben Quash Professor of Christianity & the Arts, King’s College, London
Dr Will Sutherland Professor of Astronomy at St Mary’s London

SCIENCE, DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Robin Herd Engineer, designer and businessman. Senior Scientific Officer on the Concorde Project, distinguished career in developing F1 racing cars. Former chairman, Oxford United Football Club
Dr Mike Tunstall (1928-2011) Doctor, inventor of Entonox, better know as ‘gas and air’.  For obituary, click here
Prof Julian Stevens Leading Eye Surgeon, Moorfields Hospital 

BUSINESS

Bob Blake Pharmaceuticals and Benefactor Lincoln College Oxford and Monmouth School
Warren East CBE  CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, Engineer and Philanthropist.
David Hitchcock Chairman, Grant Thornton Banking Services – Read about David Hitchcock in the press
Carl Leaver Group Chief Executive, Gala Coral
David Malpas Former Managing Director of Tesco
Noel Manns Co-founder and Principal, Europa Capital LLP
Mark Neale Founder and Chief Executive of Mountain Warehouse 
Richard Booth QC Barrister
Patrick Worsnip United Nations correspondent for Reuters (Retired 2012)
Marcus Taverner QC Leading London Barrister 
John Ryder QC Leading criminal silk on Damilola Taylor case
Mark Fox Managing Director, Starbucks UK 
Paul Faulkner  CEO Nottingham Forest FC 

SPORT

Hallam Amos Wales International Rugby Union player who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons
Wayne Barnes International rugby union referee
Eddie Butler Journalist, sports commentator and former Welsh rugby union player (British Lion, Captain of Wales)
David Broome Former international show jumper
Gareth Davies Telegraph boxing correspondent
John Gwilliam Former Welsh rugby union player
Steve James Former Glamorgan and England batsman, now Sunday Telegraph cricket columnist
Keith Jarrett Former Welsh international rugby player
Tom Lucy GB rower (silver medallist in men’s VIII, Beijing 2008), now serving officer with Royal Marines
Lord Colin Moynihan Former British Olympic cox, politician, businessman and former Chairman of British Olympic Association
Lewis Oliva Professional cyclist and GB team sprinter, contracted to British Cycling, U23 Academy
Richard Parks Former Wales international rugby union player, now international explorer and charity fundraiser – Website
Charles Wiggin Rowing commentator, bronze medallist 1980 Olympics, men’s coxless pair
Robin Williams World and Olympic rowing coach; coached Heather Stanning and Helen Glover to gold medal in women’s coxless pair in London 2012 Olympics; former GB rowing international and medallist
Mark Waller Head of NFL (National Football League) USA

MEDIA, PERFORMING ARTS

Angus McBean (1904-1990) Internationally-renowned, surrealist photographer
Grant Nicholas Lead singer and guitarist of rock band ‘Feeder’
Victor Spinetti (1929 – 2012) Actor, comedian and producer (click here for obituary)
Glyn Worsnip (1938-1996) Actor and broadcaster (click here for obituary)

 

HMSG Alumnae

Faye Baker Fashion Designer
Sarah Melvin Chief Operating Officer, EMEA Retail at BlackRock. She will take on her role in addition to her current responsibilities as head of the strategic client programme and chief of staff to Mr Fink.
Liz de Havilland Shoe Designer
Jackie Ballard Chief Executive at Alcohol Concern
Irene Barclay Britain’s first female Surveyor
Helena Bevan Military – one of the first female officers to lead a battery in combat in Iraq.
Alexandra Butler Executive Headteacher, Head of Hamsptead Norreys CE Primary School and The Willows School
Dr Helen Cugnoni

Director of Medical Education at Homerton Hospital Trust, London. 

Appeared as trauma consultant on BBC documentary Trauma

Marina Diamandis

Singer-songwriter, performing as ‘Marina and the Diamonds’. 

Runner up, BBC Sound of Music 2010, Critics’ Choice nominee, Brit Awards 2010

Frances Donovan BBC Wales Sports presenter, BBC Wales News presenter
Holly Evans “Haydn” Company Stage Manager, The National Theatre.  Currently working on Great Britain in the West End
Prof Jane Glover CBE Conductor, musical scholar, composer
Alison Guill

Opera singer and actress

Sandra Huggett Actress (Holby City)
Charlotte Hume Freelance TV Presenter and Author of ‘The Great Big Vegetable Challenge cookbook
Daniella Lloyd Model; former Miss Wales
Giulia Mori Fashion Designer
Becky Morgan Professional golfer (US-based LPGA tour, Ladies European Tour)
Olivia Orchart International fencer, currently ranked 28th in the UK
Lisa Rogers TV Presenter
Sarah Rossiter Represented England in the Long Jump
Ethel Teague First Mayoress of the Borough of Monmouth
Laura Tenison Founder of JoJo Maman Bebe, an internet maternity and Babywear Company
Emily Webb Inventor of the ‘Webway’ handle, an ergonomically designed rowing handle, now patented in 5 countries
Lucy Wisdom (1956-2009) Performance Artist and Conservationist. For an obituary, please click here