The class of 1993’s 25th reunion

Beautiful weather, lifelong friendships, and wonderful memories were just some of the successes of this reunion.  38 alumni from the class of 1993 (and 1992) came back to school to celebrate, on Thursday 19 April.  We could not have asked for a more perfect evening.  The OGs joined us from all over the UK, some travelling as far as Leeds.  But a massive thank you and credit must be extended to both Martin Burns who travelled from California and Gill Knuckey (nèe Tubb) who travelled from Canada.  Gill combined her trip with a visit to family, and Martin was passing through on his business travels.

The Old Georgians were welcomed with a prosecco reception in the Orchard Hall.  Our guests were delighted to see Margi Lamey, former Head of Sixth Form.  Margi was a member of teaching staff at St George’s for 26 years.  She joined as a part time Physicist – and she was the first women scientist at the College.  After two years she went onto a full time role as the Director of Studies with Steve Walford.  Margi was then made joint Head of Sixth Form with Joe O’Brien who was then succeeded by Auden Witter.  After all this she then became Head of Sixth Form and finally Head of Sections until she left in 2010.

Margi wrote to us and said “It was wonderful to catch up with so many past students and hear where their different paths have led them! The evening was a great success and it was clear how much SGC meant to all present, both in the past and in maintaining their current friendships.”

So what have the alumni been up to for the past 25 years?  We asked a few to share their journes with us: 

Jamie Madath, always remembered as the tennis freak while at school, never did pick up a racquet again.  After three years at Kings College London studying for a BA in War Studies, Jamie ‘fell into’ marketing within health and beauty, spending a number of years at Coty and living nearby in Wimbledon.  He married his university friend and pediatric nurse, Candi, on the hottest day of 2001, honeymooning in Brazil.  On the day they moved into their DINKY Tooting maisonette, they found out Candi was pregnant with their first child, Harriet – born in Oct 2004.  A change of scene was required and the family moved to Bath, where they still live today.  Jamie found work with Dyson for five years, where the job often took him away for months at a time.  Away from the family, he was still lucky enough to spend a year in Tokyo, and months at a time in Sydney and Chicago – finally moving out there in 2011 where Beatrix, their 2nd (and last!) child was born. More recently, Jamie spent four years in London as a Commercial Director for ColArt – swapping that out recently for a role at Shark vacuum cleaners in Wakefield as VP Sales.  Somehow magnetized to long distance commutes and motorways, 4am starts and Airbnb are par for the course and the Audi ever the welcome 90mph steed.  When not spending time at home with the girls, he enjoys classic cars and singing (when he gets the chance). 

Michael Stather, spent a wonderful three years studying Zoology at The University of Sheffield; a place where he also met his wife, Rebecca.  After an interesting stint working as a Scientific Officer for the government he then made the decision to enter teaching as a long term profession, so enrolled onto a PGCE Biology course.  Studying at The University of Cambridge for a year fulfilled many ambitions, not least the opportunity to play hockey against Oxford in the annual varsity match.  His love for hockey has continued, and Michael now play as regularly as possible for the Old Georgians’ Hockey Club.  Ewell Castle served as his first teaching post; a school that he still hold in great esteem.  However, after three years there, and with the possibility of returning to St. George’s on the horizon, he grabbed the opportunity immediately and returned with relish.  Seventeen years on and Michael has never looked back.   The school has changed immensely since he was here as a student, but the ethos and values have remained the same, and it’s lovely to see a few faces from “the old days” wandering the corridors still.  Michael was incredibly proud to take over the mantle of Head of Biology in 2014, especially given that he remains only the 5th ever Head of Biology at the school, dating back over the past 80 years.  He therefore holds a certain guardianship over the position and he is honoured to be able to fulfil and develop the role.  Michael’s three children all attend and love the Junior School, and his daughter is moving up to the College later this year he is most definitely part of the Georgian family now.

Sally Westbrook, says that her time at St Maur’s and St George’s were the best years of her education.  After leaving St Maur’s in 1991 as Deputy Head Girl she went onto complete 3 A Levels at St George’s.  Sally then did a four year BA (QTS) Primary Teaching Degree at St Mary’s College. In the summer of 1997 she was offered a job in the City doing IT recruitment which was the start of her career.  After working in an agency she quickly went in-house and worked for Vodafone and Dell until her most recent role at BT where Sally has been for 10 years.  Sally got married in 2015 to her husband Phil after being introduced to him by Lucy Woolhouse.  Danielle Kay, Caroline Kennedy and her sister Gemma were bridesmaids – I am now a step mother to Imogen aged 13, and God Mother to Danielle’s son and Caroline’s daughter.

Thank you to everyone who made this an incredibly wonderful reunion.  There were sadly many who were unable to join, and you were most definitely missed by your friends. 

"It was fantastic to see so many faces from our past. It was a real pleasure to Mrs Lamey and amazingly, she was exactly the same".  Laith and Victoria Anayi

"It was so special to see everyone again after 25 years so thank you" ! Jo Charles

"Thank you for such a lovely evening yesterday it was so great to catch up with everyone. Thank you to the Development Team for all their hard work in putting it together; it was brilliant. Mike Curtis 

Alexander Bushell and James Stather

Alexander Bushell and James Stather

Brian Hemmings and Jim Lambeth

Caroline Charles and Jenny Ardley

Danielle Roberts, Francesca Rogers, Caroline Charles, and Jenny Ardley

Curry Buffet Dinner 

Nibbles - Poppadoms and chutneys

 

Emma Taylor, Gil Tubb and Joanna Charles 

Gill Tubb and Porche Waddell (Jeremy Ottley in the background) 

Jamie Madath and Dan Pickles 

Joanna Charles, Lucinda Morgan and Caroline Charles 

Leo Stretch and James Stather 

Margi Lamey and Deirdre Neill 

Michael Stather and Deirdre Neill

Patrick Carney and Cris Cicirello

Patrick Carney and Jim Lambeth

Sally Westbrook and Dan Levy 

 

List of Attendees: 

Laith Anayi
Helen Burgess
Martin Burns
Alexander Bushell
Lorna Wilson
Patrick Carney
Francesca Rogers
Cris Cicirello
Michael Curtis
Lucinda Morgan
Mark Giffin
Brian Hemmings
Sophie Aspinall
Victoria Hockham
Deirdre Neill
Andrew Hollis
Dione Innes
Danielle Roberts
Caroline Charles
Gill Tubb
Jim Lambeth
Margi Lamey
Daniel Levy
Jenny Ardley
James Madath
Sally Westbrook
Richard Nicholson
Jeremy Ottley
Daniel Pickles
Emma Pitt
Jane Muller
Benjamin Simon
James Stather
Michael Stather
Claire Beglan
Leo Stretch
Porche Waddell
Laurence Watts
Joanna Whittaker
Lucy Meadows