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Tillotson Lecture To Virtually Discuss Covid

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Bolton School Boys’ Division’s Tillotson Lecture will, for the first ever time, be staged virtually, on Monday 23 November 2020.  The annual presentation has run since 1971 when it was inaugurated and supported by the late Marcus Tillotson, the grandson of the man who started The Bolton Evening News.

At the lecture, Old Boys Prateek Buch (Class of 1999), Ashish Chaudhry (Class of 1999), Hetain Patel (Class of 1999), and Nick Johnson (Class of 1984) will offer insights from the public policy, medical, arts and hospitality sectors as they debate the question: ‘How will Covid-19 change our society?’, in a panel discussion chaired by Headmaster Philip Britton.  

The lecture will be staged via Zoom and will start at 7pm.  To register to attend, please email BDInfo@boltonschool.org

Short bios of the speakers are below. 

Dr Ashish Chaudhry  is a General Practitioner working in Salford. He has a passion for medical education, narrative medicine, and mentoring. He maintains a strong connection with school through supporting MedSoc and careers events in recent years, hoping to inspire future doctors in the process.

He embarked on his undergraduate medical training at the University of Leicester, after which he completed Membership examinations for both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners before returning to Greater Manchester to practice. He went on to develop further educator skills at Harvard University and currently teaches undergraduate medical students from the University of Manchester as well as being a postgraduate GP Trainer, all whilst pursuing a Masters in Medical Education.


Throughout the pandemic, he has implemented innovative ways of working to meet the demands of health care delivery to his patients, whilst negotiating a challenging summer with 2 young children!


Prateek Buch is Senior Data Advisor at the National Leadership Centre (NLC) in the Cabinet Office, curating and disseminating the best available research evidence on developing collaborative, impactful public service leaders. 

Prior to joining the NLC, Prateek led cross-government policy initiatives to improve the use of data. He's an active member of the global OneTeamGov community, promoting radical reform of public service through inclusive, collaborative, practical action. Through OneTeamGov he's helped organise and facilitate innovative interventions such as hackathons, including on improving public sector bureaucracy, and global unconferences, including on collaboration and on climate change

Prateek is a recovering academic, having spent 11 years developing gene and stem cell therapy for blindness at UCL, and several years as a civil society advocate for the better use of evidence in public life. He's also a father, sports nut and northerner in exile.


Nick Johnson attended Bolton School between 1974 and 1984. Nick knows he was taught in class sizes of 33 because he came 33rd in every subject. He did however have a great time at Bolton School, made lifelong friends and his academic achievements don’t seem too have held him back.

His background is in regeneration, at Urban Splash he spent the best part of twenty years working with some of the UK’s most creative architects on some of the most daring and challenging regeneration projects.

During that period, he was a Commissioner at CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) he also Chaired Marketing Manchester and between 2006-2008 he was the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Yale School of Architecture in New Haven and a subsequent guest critic.

He is still into regeneration by different means – crafting and curating young talent running a company responsible for Altrincham Market, Mackie Mayor and the Picturedrome in Macclesfield feeding over 25,000 people each week and attempting to effect transformational change in those places.


Hetain Patel is a London based visual artist and performance maker. His live performances, films, sculptures, and photographs have been shown worldwide from the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate.

Patel made his first dance company work for Candoco in 2014, which toured internationally for five years. His work exploring identity and freedom, using humour, choreography and text appears in multiple formats and media, intended to reach the widest possible audience.

His video and performance work online have been watched over 50 million times, which includes his TED talk of 2013 titled, ‘Who Am I? Think Again’. Patel is the winner of the Film London Jarman Award 2019, Kino Der Kunst Festival’s Best International Film, 2020, and was selected for the British Art Show 9, a Hayward Touring exhibition launching in 2021.

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