Bolton School Former Pupils

OBA Ambassadors

The Old Boys’ Association (OBA) Committee has been harnessing the enthusiasm and contacts of some of the younger Alumni in the run up to the Association’s 125th Anniversary, in 2020, by creating roles for a number of “Ambassadors”. Their remit is to raise the profile of the OBA within their peer group, and to play an integral role in shaping the OBA as a vibrant business networking community. 

Old Boys Richard Washington (1986-1993), Chris Eatough (Class of 1993), Stefan Horsman (1988-1995), Paul Wheatcroft (1988-1995), Mike Shaw (1981-1988), Adam Syddall (1984-1998), Irfan Ravat (1992-1999), Ross Taylor (1991-2004) and Paul Greenhalgh (2001-2015) have already been recruited as Ambassadors by the Committee, who would be delighted to hear from any other Old Boys who would be interested in learning more about this role. Please contact the OBA Secretary, Jon Twist, via the Development Office, for more details.

Meet the Ambassadors

Mike Shaw (1981-1988)

Mike was very much involved in Drama at School, performing in the Miniature Theatre and participating in the Joint Senior School productions. He was a Monitor in his final year. His fondest memory of Bolton School was the A Level Geography field trip to West Berlin and the Netherlands – he made some very good friends and learned an awful lot (although none of it was Geography …).

Mike gained a degree in Law from the University of Oxford and is now a Partner at international law firm Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP.

Irfan Ravat (1992-1999) 

After leaving School, Irfan attended The Turner Dental School at the University of Manchester. He is now a Partner at Ravat and Ray Dental Care and has been instrumental in expanding the business, which now has 11 branches in the North of England. In 2014/15 Irfan was elected Vice President of the OBA and enjoyed attending numerous Alumni events in that capacity.

He has fond memories of Bolton School, in particular of his crazy classmates in the Sixth Form!

Ross Taylor (1991-2004)

Ross studied International Management at the University of Manchester and Lund University in Sweden. Inspired by his time at Bolton School, he then completed a Masters in Education and taught in Kenya for two years. After leaving the teaching profession he trained as a Chartered Accountant in tax at EY before joining the family business, Taylor & Taylor Financial Services, based in Bolton.

Highlights of Ross’ time at Bolton School include the Ski Trip to France in 2000, a trip to Russia and Trek Camp in 2002 – ‘one of the best trips I’ve been on’. He was Captain of the 3rd XI in the Upper Sixth and still enjoys playing football in his spare time.