OA 2024 Issue 05



2023 was an especially busy and productive year for the Association. Under the chairmanship of Nick Howe (74–80), we have moved forward with a number of projects including introducing reunions in Leeds and Edinburgh and the expansion of our professional networking programme. In addition, there has been work done on the development of a three-year strategy, with a particular remit to support young OAs under the age of 30. Part of this process included consultation with the Senior Prefect team at the College and resulted in a review of our contribution to the College’s prizes, which we have long supported across a wide range of academic subjects and co-curricular activities. This year the Association has launched a new set of Service Leadership awards which are given to students who have shown outstanding contributions in the fields of Selflessness, Sustainability and Inclusion. Last year we highlighted the work of The Uganda School Project (TUSP), a charity co-founded in 2016 by two young OAs, Sean Richardson (02–07) and Harry Bucknell (00–05). This year the OAA is very proud to support TUSP as its charity of the year, mirroring the lead taken by the College, who have nominated TUSP as their Senior School charity for 2023/24. Look out for details of the OAA golf day on 30 May, which will culminate in a fundraising dinner at the College for the charity. As always our Clubs and Societies have been busy. The Old Alleynian Association Football Club (OAAFC) continues to go from strength to strength. The club regularly fields three teams in the Arthurian League and the 2023/24 season is the tenth since its inception. One of the highlights of last season came at the end of April when, in a thrilling final, OAAFC IIs lifted the Junior League Cup with victory against Old Kimboltonians. The Sailing Society had another full year of activities, FROM THE EDITOR


Matt Jarrett Director of Development

Trevor Llewelyn Secretary of the OAA

Laura Jones Philanthropy Manager

Joanne Whaley Head of Engagement

Isabelle Beckett Alumni Relations and Events Officer

Sarah McAvoy-Edwards Donor Engagement Manager

culminating in a splendid dinner to celebrate their 40th anniversary. They must be congratulated on their continued organisation of the Boys Sail Training week, which has allowed many College students over the years to learn the basics of sailing in and around the Solent. After several years of early exits in the Halford Hewitt golf competition, a predominately young team saw teh OA Golfing Society progress to the quarter-final for the first time in a decade. We wish them well as they play in the competition’s centenary year just after Easter. As I write, the finishing touches are being put on the first phase of the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Lower School. The Raymond Chandler Library portacabin has been demolished (it didn’t take long!) and in its place a brand new three-storey Knowledge Hub has been constructed which will provide library facilities and break-out spaces, as well as ICT and robotics. We interview Tristan Wigfall (90–00), co- founder of lead architects alma-nac, about his role in the project and how sustainability lies at the heart of modern building techniques. The OA writing community continues to be both extremely prolific and highly diverse in its choice of subject material. The film Oppenheimer recently became the largest grossing biographical film of all time, although we are particularly proud of Peter Prince (52–60) who wrote a seven-part BBC drama about the father of the atom bomb some 40 years before the release of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster. Last summer we were delighted to welcome back to the College Patrick Humphries (63–69), who spoke about his latest book, Cleopatra and The Undoing of Hollywood . We are also delighted to highlight the work of College student Zaki Kabir who won the Daniel Phelan Prize for Journalism in 2023 with an essay which argued that as a society we must realise the value of the NHS more than we currently perhaps do. We continue to spotlight the careers of OAs, and during the year I had the opportunity to speak with Ian Russell (79–86), who as Head of International at ITN leads their documentary and short-form originals team; Gidon Gautel (04–15), who has followed his dream of working in the space industry; and rising star of badminton, Felix Wright (18–23). Peter Evans (76–85) has been associated with scouting at the College for over 40 years and as he looks to take a step back, he reflects on how scouting has changed over that time. On 27 June the College will be open to all OAs for our Summer Reunion, and in particular we look to welcome those celebrating decade or half- decade reunions with leaving years that end with a four or a nine. There will be food and music to help us celebrate as we catch up with old friends and reacquaint with present and past members of staff. Finally, I must thank those members of the Alumni and Development Office who have worked so hard to help put this edition of the OA Magazine together. In particular Isabelle Beckett, Joanne Whaley and graphic designer Lucy Baragwanath who have spent many hours writing, designing, editing and proof reading.

Taneisha Armstrong-Dalling Development Administrator

Rebecca Runge Development Officer (Fundraising)

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