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OE News: March-June 2023

Jonathan Charmley (11068) has become the first Scout in the Bailiwick to receive the Cornwell Scout Badge, which is one of the Scout Association's rarest awards.  It is awarded to those under 25 years of age who have demonstrated great heroism or pre-eminently high character and devotion to duty coupled with great courage and endurance.  Jonathan has been involved with Scouting since he was a Cub and has close affiliation with the Bailiwick’s 4th Air Scouts, where he attended Cubs and Scouts, before taking on a Leadership Role. On moving to Reading University to read archaeology in 2019, Jonathan also joined the 73rd Reading (Park) Scout Group and became Reading’s Youth Commissioner.  Sadly it was shortly afterwards that Jonathan was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which severely affected his vision and turned his life upside down. Putting his study and plans aside Jonathan had various specialist treatments in both Guernsey and the UK. Admitting that his treatment and recovery had been tough, Jonathan said that the one thing that remained constant was being able to help out at Scouts. He praised the Leaders at the 4th who made adjustments for him and thanked the Scouts for their understanding and treating him normally, depite the fact he can't get involved with the more enthusiastic ball games.  Jonathan was presented with the Cornwell Badge at Rue Maingy in front of the 4th Scouts, Leaders and parents together with four current and former Bailiwick Commissioners all of which were involved in his nomination.  Jonathan and his parents then attended the Scouts’ National Day of Celebration & Recognition at Windsor Castle where he has been invited to meet Bear Grylls and other senior members of the Scout Leadership Team at a special reception.  Jonathan has made a successful return to Reading University and is still volunteering at Scouts in both Guernsey and Berkshire.

Two OEs completed this year's London marathon in April.  Doran Good (10318) ran to raise funds for Maggie's at Southampton Hospital, which offers patients and their families a "home from home" while their loved ones are undergoing cancer treatment.  Doran's dad, Mike, received treatment at Southampton Hospital for ten months before sadly passing away in September 2022.  During that time, Doran and his family utilised Maggie's for support and an escape from the hospital.  Tim Paluch (9046) also completed the challenge with work colleagues from Ocorian, who very generously matched the sponsorship that they had raised.  Tim's chosen charity was the Children's Ward at St Francis Mission Hospital in Zambia, via the local charity Guernsey Aid.

Congratulations go to David Warr (6106) on being awarded an OBE for his charitable services.  He becan volunteering in 1992 as the secretary of the Association of Guernsey Charities, and was one of the founders of the Guernsey Sports Commission, the Guernsey Community Foundation and the Ray Lowe Foundation where he is still a trustee.  David now chairs Vive La Vallette, the organisation formed in 2018 to redevelop the Bathing Pools.  

Professor Sir Ian Chapman (9031) is now a Fellow of the Royal Society.  He is a plasma physicist whose focus is on developing fusion as an energy source and became CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 2016.  

There has been a change of President at La Societe Guernesiaise with Roy Bisson (4861) handing over to Trevor Bourgaize.  Roy took over the role just as the islands returned to normal after the pandemic.  Roy said that Covid completely devastated so many aspects of La Societe's work and paid tribute to the members to get onto the job.  

The Little Chapel Foundation has a new Chairman.  Andrew Warren (6352) has taken on the role, and was pleased to have enjoyed a special service in May to mark a centenary since the construction of the chapel where a bust of Brother Deodat, the Christian monk who wanted to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes, was unveiled.  One of the new committee's next aims is to improve access for disabled and less mobile visitors.

The trade union which represents civil servants locally has a new President.  Eliot Gallienne (10281) has been elected to lead the Association of Guernsey Civil Servants, which is a branch of the national union, Prospect.  Eliot is an executive officer in the States of Guernsey team of parliamentary officials.

Steve Forrest (7596) has passed his NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.  This has led to him being awarded Graduate grade of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) and therefore permits him to use post nominal designation of ‘GradIOSH’. 

Moving onto sports news, Guernsey forward Tim Ap Sion (11619) has signed a new professional contract with Bristol City FC for the 2024-25 season.

Ahead of the Island Games, Josh Lewis (9804), Guernsey's top triathlete, achieved a career-high result with a second in place in Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.  This means that he has qualified to take place in the professional Worlds in Finland in August, but in the meantime is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd at the Island Games.

Will Peatfield (9375) was invited to play for MCC South v MCC North at the home of cricket, Lord's.  He says that the day was such an amazing experience, and would encourage any talented young cricketers to put their names forward to join the MCC South of England team.

Back in March, coaches Ben Swan (8853) and Tobar MacPhail (9610) took their Gracie Barra Guernsey squad to the Allstars Brazilian Jiu Jitsu European Open at Crystal Palace in London, where the competitors brought home gold and silver medals.  A-list actor, Tom Hardy, was also competing at the event, having entered late under a pseudonym.  The team are planning to take part in other off-island events during 2023.  

In business news, Kevin Boscher (6882) has been appointed Deputy Chairman of Guernsey Finance.  Kevin, who is Chief Investment Officer at Ravenscroft, has taken on the role which will provide support to the board of the island's promotional agency for financial services.  

Tom Carey (7909) is the new Managing Partner at Carey Olsen, taking over from Russell Clark (7633) who, after 17 successful years on the local management team, will continue to be a partner and active member of several of the firm's management committees.

Julius Baer has appointed James Swaisland (8146) as its new Chief Risk Officer.  James worked in London and Edinburgh for 17 years before returning home to Guernsey in 2012.  

Manus Carvill (7645) is now Associate Director at Mourant Consulting, bringing with him a wealth of experience in financial services regulation, with particular expertise in the banking and insurance sectors.

The Guernsey office of Deloitte is celebrating a number of promotions, including Stuart Crowley (8028) who has risen to the role of Associate Partner in the Audit team.

The island's largest construction company, J W Rihoy & Son, has announced new Board appointments.  Gavin Rihoy (7078) who has been Managing Director for more than twenty years, will become Chairman with his new role focusing on pre-construction project procurement and tendering.  Current Chairman, Jeremy Rihoy (6259) becomes Non-Executive Director to continue his advisory role.  Dan Taylor (9626) has been appointed Managing Director and will focus on driving the overall performance of the company and leading the firm's strategic direction with the Board.

James Christian (10858) will start studying for a PhD on the potential of using the Covid-19 virus to develop a vaccine which could boost the immune system and destroy cancer cells.  After university, James spent a placement year at the University of Southampton's centre for cancer immunology and he will be returning there in September for his four-year PhD.  

Sam Hamperl (10127), Joe Baines (10141), Matt Ashworth (10140) and Will Steele-Moore (10159) established the Second Meridian Brew Co, known as 2M, in 2018 and have achieved their goal of brewing beer through solar power.  Sam said that using renewal energy was always very important; brewing beer will mean nothing without a healthy planet to drink it on.  The 2M brewery is powered by sixteen 460-watt panels, generating 7.4kwh of energy.  Their beer is available at local outlets and has been served at the Herm Beer and Cider Festival.

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