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PERSONALIA NEWS the summer. Prior to joining Grayling, she was Head of Earned Media at We Are Boutique where she founded the company’s PR department. Christina Groves (née Stubbins, 97-08) studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College after leaving Pocklington. She is now clinical director at a veterinary practice in County Durham – the same practice she started at as a new graduate in 2013. Earlier this year, she completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Medicine. As reported earlier in the magazine, she got married to Lloyd Groves in June 2018. David Gray (92-00) completed 18 years as Principal of the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools in Edinburgh in July and has been appointed to take up the role of Principal of Brummana High School in Beirut, Lebanon from January 2019. David was Headmaster of Pocklington School from 1992- 2000. Edward Hetherton (00-05) recently got married to Hannah Lois as reported earlier in the magazine. The ceremony took place in Pocklington followed by a reception at the family home in Meltonby and a honeymoon in Mexico. Ed was in the band ‘Elliot Minor’ after leaving school with his brother Daniel achieving number 6 in the charts with their album and a number of charting singles between 2006 and 2009. From that, he went to gain a first class degree in Geophysics at UCL and a Masters at Imperial College in Petroleum Geoscience and now works for Exxon Mobil. Hannah works in advertising for Publicis Media. Ed is the first of the six Hetherton boys to get married. Jodie Hill (00-06) is a solicitor and managing director of employment and HR boutique practice Thrive Law based in Leeds. Earlier this year, she started a national campaign calling for a change in the law to require businesses to provide a mental health first aider for their staff in the same way as physical first aiders are required. Sam Hill (02-09) is now a fully qualified dentist and started a new position at Appletree Dental Practice in Scarborough in September 2018. He is working with fellow OP, Andrew Fordy (76-83), who is the Clinical Director and owner of the practice. Nils Junga (04-05) was only at Pocklington for two terms in the lower sixth, but says he still feels attached to the school and would be pleased to get in touch with anyone who remembers him. If you would like to be in touch with Nils, please let the OP office know. Nils did a degree in Aviation Management in 2010. More recently (2017) he did an MBA at Mainz University. He currently works in Cologne as a key account manager at Retail in Motion. The company specialises in the on-board retail business for the aviation industry. Tom Kay (97-07) is a professional actor and recently played Stephen Wraysford, one of the lead roles, in a touring production of the First World War Drama ‘Birdsong’. The opportunity to play this role came about whilst Tom was playing Captain Stanhope in ‘Journey’s End’, with Mesh Theatre Company, in Ypres, Belgium in 2017. A number 32 of OPs and school staff came to see the him in ‘Birdsong’ during its run at York Theatre Royal in June 2018. OP Chris Pollard (98-07) and his wife also came to support Tom on the opening night at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in January. After Pocklington School, Tom went on to study at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and like many in the entertainment industry, he has found carving a career as an actor to be less than straightforward. In his first paid acting job out of RADA, Tom worked at the National Theatre with director Katie Mitchell and has toured in Shakespeare productions directed by Jack Shepherd, who is better known for his portrayal of Wycliffe on the television. He also worked alongside Matt Smith in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre London. In the autumn, he returns to Belgium to resume playing Captain Stanhope in Journey’s End. Joshua Overington (01-04) and his wife Victoria, owners of French restaurant and bistro Le Cochon Aveugle and neighbouring bar Cave au Cochon secured a £50,000 funding package from the Business Enterprise Fund to expand their venture in York, including the creation of a bigger kitchen and the expansion of the wine bar. Since the expansion, Josh has introduced a new Saturday lunch menu alongside the evening tasting menu on Wednesday to Saturday. The restaurant also has a private dining room and hosts guest chef nights, and cooking masterclasses. Several new jobs have also been created as a result of the expansion. Edward Rook (91-01), a farmer, and his wife, Lucy, have renovated a dilapidated swimming pool on their farm in Market Weighton. After a year of work, the new indoor pool is now open and used by Water Babies for children’s swimming lessons. The pool is 1.2m deep and the water temperature is kept at 32 degrees so that it is suitable for babies from birth. 2010 - PRESENT Jonty Atkinson (06-17), Sam Bunce (09-16), and Liam Hessay (03-14) were invited to join a three week tour in July 2017 with 32 players from the Under-20 Yorkshire Terriers Rugby Union Development Squad in Australia and New Zealand. The Terriers played a total of five games, one in Australia and four in New Zealand. The first match was played in Sydney, only three days after arriving in the country. Training sessions were held at various clubs and schools including Dilworth School, where Sean Houltham (Former Staff 06-17). Dilworth School has also previously hosted several OPs on their gap year, including Liam. Tom Burke (01-12) met the Pope at an international conference to combat modern slavery held in the Vatican in February 2018. Tom is currently employed with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, where he works across a number of ‘International Affairs’ issues, including modern slavery, migration policy, and refugee resettlement, and provides support to delegations from the Catholic Church in England and Wales when they go to places such as the Holy Land, Nigeria, and Iraq. He met the Pope through his work organising the international conference of the Santa Marta Group, an initiative of the Catholic Church to bring together Church and law enforcement to combat modern slavery. The conference took place in the Vatican at the start of February, with representatives from over 30 countries attending as well as international agencies, such as Europol and the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. Sophie Burn (03-14) graduated from Leeds University with a 2:1 in Politics (BA Hons) in 2017. She started work as a Parliamentary Assistant for Julian Sturdy (MP for York Outer). The role involves resolving constituents’ problems and enquiries; drafting responses to constituents’ correspondence on a wide range of issues by liaising with government agencies, local council and others; attending advice surgeries with the MP; writing articles for the press, managing local campaigns, undertaking research and writing briefings on a variety of political topics. She is also going through the selection process to become a local council candidate in the Local Elections. If successfully elected, she will become one of the youngest local councillors in the country. Will Burns (14-16) is studying Mathematics at Leeds University and continues to excel in rugby in his spare time. He plays number 8 for Driffield RUFC when he is able to, and is in the first team for Leeds University. He played for the Yorkshire U20s in the 2017 season and started in the final at Twickenham. Will has again been a regular member of the Yorkshire U20s squad in 2018 playing in the final of the Jason Leonard Cup at Twickenham against Cornwall U20s in May. Will was also selected for the England Rugby North U20s squad and invited to an England selection weekend also in May. Jonny Chu (08-12) moved from his investment banking (mergers and acquisitions) job at Lazard to join Bain & Co as a strategy consultant in April 2018. In addition to having recently completed a highly rewarding strategy turnaround project for a client in the marketing services industry, he has also recently gone to global training in Virginia, US and will shortly be heading off to another training in Cancun, Mexico. Kyle Edmund (Lyndhurst, 02-06) reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open in January 2018. In March 2018, he was declared British No 1 male tennis player after overtaking Andy Murray in the world ranking for the first time. In April, Kyle reached his first ATP tour final in Marrakech, which unfortunately ended in defeat in straight sets against Pablo Andujar. A full update on Kyle’s progress is featured earlier in the magazine. Ben Elcock (07-16) has completed his second year