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Alumni in the Spotlight

Every month we feature a different Old Boy or Old Girl, asking how they have they progressed in their chosen career, what impact Bolton School has had on their development and what advice they would give to current students considering a career  in a similar field.

If you would like to be an 'Alumni in the Spotlight', please contact the Development Office. 

Tamar Wisemon (née Tammy Woolf, 1983-1988)

Tamar is a Senior Technical Writer in the Dell-EMC Israel Center of Excellence, at RSA, the cyber security division.  She considers Bolton School to be one of her most formative influences. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School?  We had so many excellent teachers.  My favourite subjects were History...

Chris Redfern (1982-1992)

Chris is Head of Flight Operations at Babcock Mission Critical Services. He flew military helicopters with the RAF for 16 years before becoming an Air Ambulance pilot and Flight Examiner. Recently, he was promoted to Line Manager for the Company’s nearly 100 pilots. He has been married to Pamela for ten years, has three boys aged 11, 9 and 7 and...

Heather Boyce (1987-1994)

Heather is Head of Education Development at The Anne Frank Trust UK What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? English and Humanities were always my strong point and interested me the most.  I liked discussion and critical thinking as well as how these subjects shine a light on who we are and how we...

Chris Norman (1989-1996)

Chris spoke to pupils about web and app design at the Year 9 Careers Afternoon in March What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I enjoyed languages and the humanities, although I was very interested in sciences, if not terribly good at them! Mr Ash my Russian teacher was a big influence on me and led to...

Alex Brodie (1989-1996)

Alex is a GP Partner at Torkard Hill Medical Centre in Nottingham.  Last September he returned to School to talk to Year 11 pupils about Men's Health. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I tended to favour the sciences and this may have been because Messrs Hilton and Spielmann and I would often be...

Ben Lomas (1988-1994)

Ben Lomas (1988-1994) Ben is Private Client Director at Brown Shipley Banking in Manchester What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I favoured the sciences over the arts, so choosing Maths, Physics and Chemistry in the Sixth Form was an easy decision. I even took Further Maths which was fairly rare at...

Jenny Hepburn (1986-1993)

Jenny is a strategy consultant in the pharmaceutical industry – here she talks about following a career in science What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I always enjoyed Science and Maths but Chemistry was definitely my favourite. Mrs Fairweather and Mrs Hall in particular transferred their passion for...

Michael Yates (1986-1993)

Michael spoke to the Year 13 boys via a live link with Hong Kong, giving an insight into what qualities and skills companies are looking for in young people today. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? English Lit, History, Geography and German.   Messrs Winder, Freem, Eames, Wright and many...

Tim Hatton (1985-1999)

Tim, an architect based in York, visited School to speak at the Junior Careers Carousel. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects were Maths and Art.  My favourite teachers were probably in those subjects too.  Mr Harrison, who I think is still there today, taught me at several...

Phil Taylor (1966-1976)

Phil is the Clinical Director for Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Clinical Lead for Restorative Dentistry at Barts Health NHS Trust in London and here he explains how a Bolton School education helped him on the path to a successful career in Dentistry What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at...

Anthony Shum (Class of 2004)

Anthony is an Associate in the Deal Advisory, Infrastructure section of KPMG in Manchester.  Earlier this year he returned to School to speak at the at the World of Work Day. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I really enjoyed English, especially in my later years.  Dr Britton, Mr Wadsworth,...

Alice Couriel (2000-2007)

Alice is a Trainee Solicitor at JMW Solicitors LLP.  Here she explains how Bolton School has shaped her career. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects were English Literature and Religious Studies and, unsurprisingly, my favourite teachers taught those subjects.  Dr Brown was an...

Lucinda Ball (1995-2002)

Lucinda is a Chartered Financial Planner at Moore and Smalley LLP in Preston What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I used to love IT and Textiles.  Strangely enough, my current job is not at all creative.  Favourite teacher has got to be Mrs McCann … physics lessons were always so lively! What further...

Victoria Southern (1998-2008)

Victoria is the People Operations Programme Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Google. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I always loved languages at School, and I would have to say my favourite teachers were Mrs Patterson and Mrs Garthwaite.  You could tell they were passionate about...

Andrea Cockram (1989-1996)

After reading Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at New College, Oxford, Andrea spent ten years working in London before moving to Paris where she has set up her marketing and communications agency, IMPACT.  What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? French, Spanish and English.  My favourite teachers...

Shakti Patel (2004-2011) (1)

Shakti is studying for a Masters Degree and she returned to School to inspire current pupils into Engineering How did you progress to your current role and what does it involve? This is the fourth year of my Masters in Engineering and I am currently completing my industrial placement year with a leading multinational defence company, MBDA.  I...

Janette McCormick (1979-1986)

Janette is Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary and she was the Keynote Speaker at the annual Year 12 Business Enterprise and Skills Training (BEST) Day held in September What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I have to say Mrs Fisher and Mrs Keenan whom I saw recently when I went back to...

Rachael Gasper (née Matthews, 1992-2003)

Rachael’s PhD studies have revealed an interest in all things medieval and this has inspired her to start up her own business … What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? Reflecting on my years at Bolton, I didn't really have 'favourite subjects' per se; it was more that I had favourite moments or...

Rob de Maine (1995-2002)

Rob recently featured in The Bugle alongside his father, Derek de Maine, former Head of Art in the Boys' Division - here Rob explains how Bolton School helped him along his chosen career path. Who was your favourite teacher at School? After time in the military I've learnt that a Squadron is only ever as good as the Commanding Officer and that...

Group Captain Mark Northover (1977-1984)

Mark returned to School in June to give a lunchtime lecture on Leadership to Year 12 boys and girls.  Here, he explains how Bolton School helped him along his chosen career path. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I particularly enjoyed Maths with Mr Jim Dawson, who somehow managed to deliver...

Andrew Linney (1997-2005)

Andrew is a Large Animal Vet in Cumbria - here he describes the long, hard road to becoming a vet - and how all the work is worth it!  What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? At school my favourite subjects were Geography and Biology, and consequently my favourite teachers were in these subjects also....

Sheridan Edge (2003-2007)

Sheridan is a Paralegal at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP.  She recently came into School to talk to the Junior pupils as part of the Year 6 Careers Carousel. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subject at School was probably English, but I also loved History and Religious Studies.  My favourite...

Fiona Edmonds (1996-1998)

Occupation: Senior Lecturer in Celtic History in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I loved all my subjects (History, German and English Literature), but I particularly enjoyed History, and I remember very fondly the...

Sophia Saunders (1993-2007)

Sophia is the Resourcing Manager for Team24, a medical recruitment agency which is part of the Capita Group.  She recently returned to School to speak at the World of Work Day where she told Year 12 pupils about her experiences of gaining a place on a Graduate Scheme experience, and the career opportunities this has provided. How did you progress...

Paul Hutton (1997-2006)

Paul is an RAF Officer and recently came to School to talk to the infants and juniors about his career What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I particularly enjoyed Physics and Maths at school.  Miss Taylor (Chemistry) and Mr Brace (German), although they didn't teach my favourite subjects, were my...

Winni Lam (2002-2004)

Occupation: Computer Software Developer What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subject was Maths, especially the discrete and decision module and the pure maths modules. Mrs Hanrahan has had a great influence on me, and still has. Mrs Ward was great and she showed her brilliance in the mere...

Nicola Rigby (1993-2000)

Occupation: Nicola is a Director at GVA, a commercial property management and consultancy, based in Manchester What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? Geography and History, I think consistently all the way through School.  My first memory of the School was my older sister’s Open Day before she joined,...

John Wood (1998-2003)

Occupation: Architect at Ellis Williams Architects What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I quite enjoyed the sciences when I was at school, particularly physics and maths.  But I also took an interest in music, art and geography.  Having said this, the lessons I remember standing out when I look back...

Joyce Tyldesley (1964-1978)

Occupation: Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Manchester What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite, and best, subjects were History and English.  Unfortunately, I only truly realised this when I had taken the rather perverse decision to study Physics, Chemistry and Biology for A...

Ravi Bhatiani (1994-2001)

Occupation: Director Legal Affairs at Independent Retail Europe, based in Brussels What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects at school were German, History and Biology.  My favourite teacher was Mr Hiepko who gave me a passion for languages, especially German which I use every day in...

Vanessa Barber (1998-2005)

Occupation: Senior Fashion and Graphics Designer for Focus International  What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I really enjoyed History and Textiles at school.  I liked learning about life in different eras and Mrs Head, my then History teacher, really brought each topic to life and made each class...

Victoria Lyle (1980-1990)

Occupation: Physiotherapist Vicky returned to School in February to speak about her work as a physiotherapist.  She was one of a number of Old Girls and Old Boys who shared their experiences with GCSE and A level students considering careers as health professionals. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at...

Melissa Bailey (1982-1989)

Melissa has recently had her first novel, The Medici Mirror, published.  Here she shares her experiences of Bolton School and how she was inspired to become an author.   What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I loved English and my favourite teacher was Mrs Todd.  She was a complete inspiration –...

Laurie Ashworth (1994-2001)

Occupation: Singer/Teacher What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? Although I obviously enjoyed music, my favourite subjects were my languages, Spanish and French.  I had fantastic teachers – Madame Hutchings, Mrs Shafiq and Mrs Patterson – and in a way I wish I’d gone on to study languages at...

James Ducker (1988-1998)

Occupation: Northern Football Correspondent for The Times newspaper What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? English Literature by some distance.  Charles Winder was a gentleman, Steve Holland wonderfully eccentric and Mel Shewan the best teacher I ever had – he recognised the importance of not sticking...

Amy Durrant (née Grace, 1993-2003)

Occupation:       Project Support Engineer, Test and Validation Department, Bentley Motors Qualifications:    MA Automotive Engineering, Qualified Chartered Engineer How did you progress to your current role and what does your job involve? I received sponsorship from Leyland Trucks whilst at Loughborough University, where I completed a Masters...

Dominic Speakman (1984-1994)

Occupation:       CEO of Destinology, one of the UK's leading luxury tour operators Qualifications:    MSc Operations Management Awards:            Named as one of Startups Business Young Guns of the Year 2007   What is your fondest memory of studying at Bolton School? That would definitely be captaining the water polo team to the national...

Jonny Christmas (2001-2008)

Name: Jonny Christmas (2001-2008) Occupation: Marketing Executive, Woodley Equipment Company Ltd. Qualifications: Consumer Marketing MSc, Geography BSc Awards: None Yet!   What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects were Mathematics  with Mr Holmes & Mr Stevens, Geography  with...

Sara Ariff (1990-2000)

Self-employed translator, proof reader and interpreter, specialising in financial translation. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese), M.A. Translation and Interpreting What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects at school were French, Spanish and...

Jack Sunter (1995-2002)

Post Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford Qualifications: BA, MSci, MA, PhD What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? My favourite subjects were biology and chemistry and I particularly enjoyed lessons with Mr Prince. What further study have you undertaken since leaving School? I read...

Stephanie Perplus (1991-2001)

Barrister, 15 Winckley Square Chambers, Preston Qualifications: BA English and Spanish, Graduate Diploma in Law, Bar Vocational Course Favourite subjects and teachers at school: I always loved English and had my head in a book for most of my childhood! I really enjoyed doing English Language and English Literature at school as it enabled me to...

Emma Rhatigan (1991-1998)

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Sheffield Qualifications:   BA Hons, MSt, DPhil Career History: My favourite subjects at School were English and History. And I've never stopped studying them! I did my undergraduate degree in English Literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford and then moved to Magdalen College, Oxford where I...

Michael Holmes (1995 - 2002)

Michael Holmes (1995 – 2002) Pilot, First Officer, Flybe Qualifications:Multi-Crew Pilot Licence Awards: Air League: Flying Scholarship Oxford University Air Squadron: Most Promising Pilot Flight Training Europe: Highest scores in Groundschool Exams Bolton School gave me an excellent all-round education, a healthy balance of academic and...

Sian Pledger

1. Name Siân Pledger   2. Current Occupation Gap year - Full time athlete in Malta and part time gym instructor   3. Favourite subject at school Geography   4. Best & worst memories of school days Best - The many fun filled school trips: the field trips in sixth form where we had lots of giggles and ended up soaking wet and up to our...

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen left Bolton School in 1958.  Below is an article from the TES in which Sir Ian reminisces about his days at the School and on the Edwardian gentleman with a posh accent who set him on the path to meet Gandalf, King Lear and the X-Men: "From the age of 12, I was at Bolton School, which was direct grant then. The Headmaster was...

Ben Thornley

Former Bolton School pupil Ben Thornley founded his company Sitcom Soldiers in 2003. Ben, who has a 1st degree in 3D digital design from Salford University, fused his passions for film and music to form the basis of his music video production company, which has since grown to provide digital media creation for worldwide artists. Artists, labels...

My Favourite Teacher by Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe left Bolton School in 1976.  He went on to become one of the country's most respected music broadcasters on radio and television.   He recently returned to his old school to judge the annual battle of the bands competition and was reunited with his favourite teacher, Charles Winder, who is now President of the Old Boltonians'...

Kate Long (1976-1983)

Kate is the author of seven novels, the first of which, The Bad Mother's Handbook, was adapted into an ITV drama starring Catherine Tate. What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School? I tended to like subjects because of the teachers, so I enjoyed Latin because I loved Mrs Tate’s anecdotes, and art because...