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OEA News: December 2019

News from around the network.
Sad news from the OEA Committee in that Adie Peacegood (8218) is stepping down as Honorary Treasurer due to a work-related conflict; however, he will be staying-on as a committee member. We would like to thank Adie for all his hard work and support over the last 2 years.
We are pleased to announce that James Legge (9441) will be taking over as Honorary Treasurer; further details on the appointment will follow shortly.
A recent article in the Times quoted Ian Chapman (9031), Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Ian was discussing who would pioneer nuclear fusion first, following the announcement of the construction of new fusion reactor at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy backed by Boris Johnson. Their goal is to have commercially viable fusion reactors by 2040.
Two OEs have recently featured as Jurats of the Royal Court; one outgoing and one incoming. After nearly a decade on the bench, Jurat Niall McCathie (5619) is retiring to be closer to family in the UK. A civil engineer by training, Niall first entered Guernsey politics in 1991 as a member of the States, first as a douzaine representative and then as a Deputy. He was instrumental in the launch of Floral Guernsey which has become a huge feature in island life and was also a founder of Victim Support which is now an essential part of the Guernsey court system. Paul Burnard (6081) has been elected as a Jurat; he spent 30 years working for BDO and has had a varied track record of volunteering in the island.
Andy Priauix (8109) is back on winning form in Macau. He won the final race of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup in his Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR. The victory was made all the more special for the triple world champion as he won the race on his daughter’s 16th birthday.
Major Scott Benest ((9596) has been appointed as Commandant of the United Kingdom Cadet Rifle Team 2022. Scott is a former Ashburton Shot, team coach and Master of Shooting at College. He is first Guernseyman to hold this post.
Paying tribute to Scout Association volunteers who received awards from the Lt-Governor, Nick Paluch (9576) thanked the group for their enthusiasm and the difference they make to the lives of many children across the Bailiwick. Most notably, Gary le Huray (6009) was awarded The Silver Acorn at a ceremony at Government House.
Chris Simpson (9153) has announced his retirement from professional squash; he reached the heights of the world top 20 playing in 10 tour titles and he has been a professional player for over 14 years. Chris is currently retraining for a “normal job” which he will be starting in Leeds in January next year. However, he has not ruled out representing Guernsey at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
Appointments wise, Oliver Fattorini (8545) has been called to the Guernsey Bar; following his qualification as a solicitor in London in 2011, Oliver returned to Guernsey as a litigation specialist for local firm ABT. Oliver de la Fosse (9035) has been appointed as a corporate finance manager at Oak in Guernsey. A chartered accountant by training, Oliver has extensive experience in advisory, operational services and digital transformation. Ben Le Marchant (9745) has joined Livingroom’s creative team; with a degree in graphic design, Ben will work on agency publications, branding and media content.

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