OEA News January 2019
News from around the network.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Alexander C Morris (7720) from his friend Matt Birtwistle (7478). Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
Paul Garrard (8186) has been appointed the new President of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). The CISI has over 45,000 members globally, and 23 branch committees in the UK. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and he now heads the Channel Islands investment management department for Kleinwort Hambros.
Christopher Wolley (5862) has received the Royal Yachting Association Lifetime Commitment Award from Princess Anne. Chris now lives in Folkstone, but regularly returns to Guernsey with young people and vulnerable adults as part of the Rona Sailing Project.
Charlie Buchanan (9092), a teacher at Elizabeth College, has illustrated a new book entitled The Invasion of the Wavelets, written by her husband Magnus Buchanan (also a teacher at Elizabeth College); they have collaborated on two previous books, The Soul of the Sea and Osmond The Owl Boy. Charlie studied fine art at Falmouth University College, and she has exhibited her works in the UK, Spain and Guernsey.
Will de la Mare (10429) was featured in a recent episode of Channel 5’s Life at Sea. He is progressing his naval career aboard HMS Duncan.
Two OEs have joined the board of Grow Limited, the local charity that provides training and sheltered occupation to over twenty clients with learning disabilities. Retiring Chairman Patrick Palmer (5479) is being replaced by Mark Dunster (7566), with Mike Tidd (6154) also joining the board.
Daniel de Kock (10428) has returned to the Guernsey Raiders following time with Leicester U20s and then playing for South African team Maties. Maties are a very historic club based in the University town of Stellenbosch, with the team having produced more Springbok players than any other.
Simon Geall (9155) has joined Randall & Loveridge as a partner at the law firm. He specialises in civil litigation, principally in banking, trust and contractual disputes and professional negligence claims.
Hubert Nicholle (7373) has been appointed a Director of Altair, an independent director services business. Hubert has a career in financial services spanning over 16 years with specialist experience in the funds and fiduciary sectors, primarily private equity and real estate.
Citiwealth’s IFC lawyer of the year 2018, Ben Havard (8322) has been promoted to a partner within Collas Crill’s dispute resolution team. Ben is focussed on contentious and semi contentious trust work. He is STEP qualified and is a member of various industry bodies including ACTAPS, ConTra and the Chancery Bar Association.
Two OEs have been appointed to key positions ahead of the 2021 NatWest Island Games in Guernsey. Dr Ian Gee (6596) has been named as chief medical advisor, and Andrew Deane (6228) has been appointed as head of merchandising. Ian has been the doctor for the Guernsey Island Games Association for over 10 years, have now attended six Island Games. Andrew from Channel Island Toys has over 25 years’ experience in the personal garment industry. Dame Mary Perkins thanked both Ian and Andrew for their essential support of the upcoming Games.
Tobyn Horton (9137), a professional cyclist with the Madison Genesis team, was unlucky at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. A slip of his chain denied him a medal in a sprint for the finish line – it was “the most gutting result” of his career. Now based in Geelong in Australia’s famous Bay Crits, Tobyn is contemplating whether to make a return to mountain biking for the next Commonwealth Games. However the aim for 2019 is for Madison Genesis to win the Tour Series.
Professional squash player Chris Simpson (9153) ended 2018 ranked 40th in the world, although he has said that he considers this position to be disappointing. Chris’ next 3 PSA Tour events are all in the US, New York, Detroit and then Chicago, followed by the British Nationals in Nottingham. His aims for 2019 are to make a quarter final of a World Series event and also to win the Nationals.