Notable OFs

Professor Sir Colin Alexander St John Wilson (Follyfield 1935-40)

During his professional life “Sandy” Wilson (g35-40) became Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University and architect for the new British Library, which is situated beside St Pancras in London. One of Wilson’s key tenets of architecture is that “it is all about what happened inside” and this is certainly true of the British Library with the calm of the reading rooms, soaring entrance hall and the spectacular surround  view of the “Kings Collection” of  volumes with which the library was started. As well as many remarkable and brilliant buildings in England, he was also a great teacher; his fellow countryman and former pupils owe him a debt of gratitude and Felsted can be very proud of him.

Professor Lucilla Poston (Manor 1970-72)

Professor Lucilla Poston is Head of the Division of Reproduction and Endocrinology and Director of Maternal and Fetal Research Unit at Kings College London, UK . She graduated in Physiology from University College London and undertook her PhD at London University. After a Senior Lectureship in Physiology, in 1995, she was appointed to Tommy’s the Baby Charity Chair of Maternal and Fetal Health at King’s College and founded the Maternal and Fetal Research Unit, an interdisciplinary research team investigating pre-eclampsia, pre-term labour and developmental programming of adulthood disease.
Lucilla Poston is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK), a Senior Investigator of the National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK). Her current research funding portfolio includes grants from the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), British Heart Foundation, and NIHR. She has published more than 200 original research papers.

Andrew Tyrie MP (Follyfield 1970-75)

After Felsted School Andrew went to Trinity College, Oxford, the College of Europe in Bruges and Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is a former Woodrow Wilson scholar and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Before becoming an MP, Andrew’s previous work has included advisor to the then Chancellors of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson and John Major, and Senior Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Andrew has twice been voted The Spectator’s Backbencher of the Year’ by leading journalists. The first time he won this prestigious award it was for his "formidable grasp of tax, the euro, and the issues surrounding reform of the House of Lords", according to the citation. His 2009 award recognised his work on cross-examining Britain’s leading banking chiefs on the Treasury Select Committee.

General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC (Preparatory 1960-64)

In 2006 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the army, and was succeeded by General Sir David Richards on 28 August 2009. He has served in Northern Ireland where he was awarded the Military Cross. In a distinguished career, he has served Commander of the 1st Battalion, 4th Armoured Brigade, Commander of the British Forces in Kosovo, Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the ministry of Defence, Commander of NATO’s Allied Rapid Response Corps and Commander-in-Chief, Land Command.

Sir Martyn Arbib DL (Follyfield 1953-56)

Sir Martyn Arbib, a chartered accountant, was founder of  the investment management business Perpetual plc, in 1973. Perpetual went public in 1987 and was sold to AMVESCAP (now Invesco) in December 2000.  Sir Martyn is Chairman of the Henley on Thames River and Rowing Museum and his charitable foundation, The Arbib Foundation is the main benefactor to the museum and the Langley Academy.

Nick Knight (Preparatory and Stocks's  1978-88)

Nick Knight is a former England cricketer. A left-handed opening batsman and a fine fielder, Knight played in 17 Test Matches and 100 One Day Internationals before announcing his retirement from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup. He won the Daily Telegraph 'Young Cricketer of the Year' award in 1989 and he played cricket for Brentwood cricket club in 1989/91. In domestic cricket, he began his career with Essex in 1991 before transferring to Warwickshire four years later. He was captain of Warwickshire from 2003 to 2005, and led them to victory in the 2004 County Championship season. He retired from first-class cricket after the 2006 season and is now a member of the Sky Sports cricket commentary team. He finished his career with 16,172 runs at 44.18 and 40 hundreds. His highest score was an unbeaten 303.

Sir Marcus Setchell KCVO (Windsor's 1957-61)

Sir Marcus Setchell is the retired Surgeon-Gynaecologist to Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Household. His profile increased dramatically when, on 2nd July 2013, he safely delivered the future King of England, Prince George, third in line to the throne. Setchell also delivered Lady Louise Windsor, the first royal child to be delivered at an NHS hospital, Viscount Severn. Sir Marcus has also recently been appointed as President of the Old Felstedian Society.

Sarah Brook (Garnetts 2006-08)

Sarah Brook is the founder of ‘Sparkle Malawi’, a charity whose aim is to build and maintain an orphanage for children in Zomba, Malawi. Sarah set up the charity whilst studying at Exeter University, following a hugely emotive response to a gap year experience. Her long term plan is to build a hostel, encouraging gap year students to volunteer at the orphanage and to provide monthly visits from a doctor, delivering lifesaving vaccinations. Sarah does all this on top of working full time in PR and Media in Dubai and continuing her love of sport.

Matthew Spacie MBE (Montgomery’s 1983-85)

Matthew is a UK citizen with residency status in India and lives with  his wife Ashima, in Mumbai. He first came to India in 1986 when he worked as a volunteer with The Sisters of Charity in Calcutta. Following his graduation and a number of management positions in the UK, he was posted to India ten years later working as the Chief Operating Officer for Cox & Kings, then India’s largest travel company. In February 1999, Matthew founded Magic Bus, working with children from the Akanksha Foundation. Having played international rugby for India, he used this as his platform to start the sports programme for Magic Bus. He resigned from his job in 2001 and now works full-time for Magic Bus. In July 2002, Matthew was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and in 2007 he was awarded an MBE for services to children in the Commonwealth. He is also a founding partner of Cleartrip, India’s 4th largest online travel portal. Matthew was previously Chairman of the Magic Bus India Board and from 2008 has taken on the role of CEO.

Sean Fletcher (Stocks's 1987-92)

Sean  is a well-known reporter and presenter. He trained as a music producer, before embarking on a career in the BBC, reporting initially for BBC Radio Wales, before moving to London with Radio Five Live. In 2011, he made the move to Sky Sports News,
where he has become an increasingly frequent
presence on our television screens. Sean now co-hosts ITV's Good Morning Britain.