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CAREERS AND AWARDS (L to R: Julie Good, Sheena McNamee, Martin St Quinton) (83-88) and Lucy Holroyd (99-05), who all work at the law firm. Following an introductory speech highlighting the unique characteristics of a family business and the value they deliver to the UK economy, Christopher shared with guests his insights into the many aspects of working in a family business. This included the importance of earning and retaining staff loyalty, attracting new, non-family members to the business, how and why family businesses take long-term strategic decisions and an innovative approach to succession planning. The London event followed in April at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair, this time focusing on entrepreneurship and business leadership with guest speaker James Sweeting (81-88), director of award winning coffee roasting company Lincoln & York Ltd and the UK’s acclaimed ‘best snack brand’ Pipers Crisps. Both companies appeared in The Grocer’s annual ‘Fast 50’ list for 2017, which names the fastest growing food and drink businesses in the UK. James has also been named in the Sunday Times/Maserati MBE FOR POCKLINGTON SCHOOL GOVERNOR DARRELL BUTTERY Pocklington School Governor and former teacher Darrell Buttery (01-06) received an MBE in this year’s New Year Honours, for his services to heritage in York. Darrell came out of retirement to teach English at Pocklington School and now serves as a Governor. He was Chairman of York Civic Trust for five years, when his achievements included establishing and running Young York Civic Trust for sixth formers in and around York, including Pocklington School. He has been Governor of York’s Merchant Adventurers, Chairman of York Georgian Society and has authored several books on the city’s history. Darrell said he became involved with Pocklington (L to R: Sheena McNamee, Mark Ronan, Christopher Oughtred, Trevor Loten) top 100 entrepreneurs list, which recognises innovators in the business world. More recently, Lincoln and York was recognised for its international growth with a coveted spot in The Sunday Times HSBC International Fast Track 200. James left Pocklington School to become a trainee coffee buyer at Lyons Tetley Ltd, learning the trade and travelling widely. After five years, along with a business partner, James started Lincoln & York Ltd. 24 years later, the company supplies almost 19,000 coffee shop outlets and are experts in sourcing, roasting, packing and delivering completely customised coffee products. In 2003, James and his partner entered the speciality crisp market, with Pipers Crisps, producing gourmet hand cooked crisps to supply independent retailers. The crisps are now available throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA, and Pipers Crips has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.’ More recently, James and his partner diversified into machinery production and purchased Sumo (UK) Ltd, a manufacturer of agricultural cultivation School by “pure chance,” adding: “I was attending our Merchant Adventurers’ monthly lunch – 12 of us at a round table – and when the call came to take our places by incredible good fortune I found myself sitting next to a new member called Richard Haynes. I mentioned I’d just retired from teaching English and he told me he was Chairman of Governors at Pocklington. We then talked about other things. “Two days later I received a phone message from the Headmaster, Nicholas Clements (00-07), asking if I could provide teaching cover in the English Department for the last ten days of the Michaelmas term. I went to see him, thinking I would have to turn the offer down as I was too busy, but I liked everything I saw about the school so found myself saying ‘yes’. The rest, as they say, is history. Ten days turned into nearly five years. I had never been in such a wonderful school and if I started to give the reasons why, this article would be far, far too long.” and seeding machinery. The business is being restructured to enable it to supply farm machinery to dealers around the World. James shared with guests his insights into being an entrepreneur and how his belief in persistency, consistency and strong and focussed leadership has enabled him to successfully grow his businesses. This included understanding the importance of the break-even point, always looking out for good people even if you don’t have an immediate need and grasping opportunities as they arise. The next networking event will be at Pocklington School on Wednesday 12 November 2018 with guest speaker, Nick Pollard (69-76), who has a distinguished career in civil engineering and is currently group CEO at Cory Riverside Energy. The theme for his talk will be civil engineering, sustainable and renewable energy and working in the corporate environment. Drinks and canapés will be served and the event is open to OPs, current and former parents and staff. If you would like to attend, please contact Rachel in the OP office. Mr Buttery was invited to join the Board of Governors on his (second) retirement. He says: “The prospect of losing touch with school was unthinkable. I came to everything I could – rugby, cricket, plays, concerts... Then I was invited to become a Governor so I felt I was back on board! “In my previous schools we never saw the Governors or even had much of an idea about what they did. Joining the governing body at Pocklington was therefore a revelation. Here was a large team of experts dedicated to ensuring the school’s continued success. There are many committees assigned to different aspects of school life. We are therefore often in school for these as well as being invited to all events and having several full days a year getting to know school routine from boarders’ breakfast to late afternoon. Support from the Head and Bursar couldn’t be stronger or more appreciated. For Governors it is all voluntary work, and rightly so, but I enjoy it so 7