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PERSONALIA PERSONALIA NEWS PRE - 1980 Tom Dawson (45-52) worked in the timber trade and joinery industry for many years before spending the last twelve years of his working life in the memorial trade managing a merchant and manufacturing business in Hull and Bristol. The firm imported headstones from South Africa, India, China and Italy, supplying the local family-run monumental business in the UK. He says the real bonus was that he visited all the suppliers, some on a regular basis. When he retired, he became chairman of one of Cruse Bereavement Care’s regions. Tom’s son, David (75-78), also attended Pocklington School. David Kingham (53-59) was a boarder in Lyndhurst, Wilberforce Lodge and School House. He is an artist living in France and recently moved to La Tremblade in the Charente Maritime. He has changed the focus of his art from traditional oil painting to digital art and has a new website to promote his work: Rev. David Post (47-58), now retired, fulfilled a boyhood ambition when he decided to cycle from his home in Lincolnshire to Land’s End, then from Land’s End to John O’Groats and finally from John O’Groats back to Lincolnshire – a distance of some 2060 miles! David used his challenge to raise over £9,000 for St George’s Church in Baghdad. During his cycle ride, he kept a diary of his journey, a copy of which is held in the school library. Mike Stathers (62-69) is a councillor for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and was appointed as a governor of Pocklington School in January 2018. The Very Revd Robert ‘Bob’ Wilkes (57-66), Vicar of St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford and Rector of the city, retired in October 2017 after 44 years of ministry, which included postings in Liverpool and Birmingham as well as 14 years in a parish in Afghanistan with the Church Mission Society prior to joining St Michael’s. In retirement, he continues as part-time Chaplain in Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre, helps in local Churches, and is Chair of Trustees in two charities. Having been a classicist at Pocklington and Oxford (under the leadership of Pitts-Tucker and Eggleshaw), he went to RSC Stratford earlier in the year for Imperium Parts 1 and 2 all about Cicero which made him think it was time to refresh his Latin and Greek! Julian Morgan (68-76) has returned to the UK and now lives in North Yorkshire. He has recently become something of a professional Yorkshireman: he has written three books of Yorkshire Puzzles and his most recent publication is Sonnets for Yorkshire Stars, a collection of 100 poems written about famous folk from the county. Old Pocklingtonians featured in the book are William Wilberforce and Adrian Edmondson. Visit for more information. 1980 - 1989 Steve Baker (75-82) now lives in Oxford with wife Susie and their three children, Charlie (reading Classics at New College, Oxford), Kathryn and Lizzie (both studying for A levels). Following a first in Engineering and post-graduate research into thin film semi-conductors at Churchill College, Cambridge, Steve joined management consultancy Accenture and spent 25 years with various firms advising banks and insurance companies. He has recently retired from Grant Thornton and is founding a craft brewery near home. Nick Derbyshire (77-86) is IT Service Delivery Manager for VocaLink Mastercard, based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. He continues to play team squash in Berkshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire as well as being seen regularly on the England Masters Circuit and major tournaments such as the British Nationals and British Open. Nigel Fletcher (77-82) has been residing in Auckland, New Zealand since 2001, is married and has one son, Sam, who is 17. He has worked in the Commercial Property sector for the last 28 years and has run his own consultancy and transaction business for the past 20 years. In his spare time, he still enjoys playing cricket! Mark Kendrew (73-83) following a rigorous selection process, took on the role of Special Constabulary Chief Officer (SCO) for Hertfordshire in December 2016. Mark is one of only two or three SCOs in England and Wales to be appointed as a direct entrant (i.e. without prior policing experience) to the role. He is a member of the Chief Constable’s leadership team based at Police HQ in Welwyn Garden City. He has specific responsibility for leading 240 Special Constables, who have the same powers as regular Police Constables. Last year, they volunteered a total of 60,000 hours of their spare time to police their local communities. In a first for the country, eight of Mark’s officers deployed in May 2017 to help a local NHS general hospital recover from an international ransomware cyber-attack. His team of professional IT and cyber specialists was formed up and deployed in just two hours, helping to recover the hospital’s network and 4,500 computers, many of which were infected with the virus. This is just one example that makes Mark very proud to lead the Special Constabulary in Hertfordshire. Richard Leonard (73-80), Central Scotland MSP, entered the political contest to replace Keizia Dugdale as leader of the Scottish Labour Party following her resignation in August 2017. The leadership campaign period saw candidates take part in ten hustings events across Scotland ahead of the party vote on 17 November 2017. 1990 - 1999 The Revd Charlie Allen (92-97) has taken up the post of Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral. Prior to this she worked as Diocesan Director of Ordinands within the Diocese of Salisbury, and has previously ministered within the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Chichester. Dr John Barnes (85-92) is now working at the Open University at Milton Keynes. He is still doing post doctorate research and in August 2016 was one of the co-authors of the report in the journal ‘Nature’ that discovered the planet Proxima Centauri. He has written a number of published papers and has travelled to many of the world’s large telescopes. Tor Carver’s (née Sweeting, 88-90) William’s Den, the adventure attraction in East Yorkshire she and husband Christian opened in 2017, has won a coveted Tourism and Leisure Award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for its inspirational and inclusive design. Over 45 of Yorkshire’s most impressive property schemes were nominated and William’s Den won one of just eight awards. ’The Den’, as it has become lovingly known, will go forward to a national awards final, to be held in November in London. Ed Pettifer (86-93) was awarded ‘Vet of the Year’ in the Yorkshire Post 2017 Rural Awards. The inaugural Rural Awards ceremony, held at the Pavilions of Harrogate, was hosted by BBC journalist Harry Gration. 2000 - 2009 Ollie Bostock (99-04) has been expanding his creativity since leaving school by creating films. Initially living in London, Ollie became a runner working on adverts, music videos and TV productions before becoming a freelance camera operator. As a camera operator he worked on projects for Nike, Sony, Festival Republic and Jet2 Holidays, working with production companies based all over the UK. After founding Hewitt & Walker, his own film and production company based in York, Ollie has become a creative director ensuring all projects are finished to the highest creative standard. Clients include Absolut, Reebok, Visit England and Taylors. Visit the website for more information www. Hannah Farmer (97-04), a solicitor specialising in agricultural and rural land matters, started a new position as Associate at law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors in July 2018. Hannah Farmer, who was recently awarded the Fellowship of the Agricultural Law Association, has advised rural land owners and farmers on a wide range of property matters including the acquisition and disposal of freehold land as well as agricultural tenancies and easements. She has also advised a number of commercial clients on matters such as the disposal and acquisition of freehold property alongside negotiating and completing commercial purchases from large workshops to industrial estates and public houses. She regularly advises the UK agricultural industry, as both an elected council member to the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and an active member of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). Sarah Gough (96-07) took up the position of Associate Director at global PR agency, Grayling earlier this year. In her new role, she is responsible for developing the client base of the Leeds office both locally and nationally, and also managed an office move to a new central Leeds location over 31