Recently returned from the US where resided for the past 14 years. Now living in
East Yorkshire. Marketing manager for European Division of Kay Chemical.
Married to Andy, 3 children (8, 5 and 6 months): Hannah, Luke and May. Looking
forward to a reunion of fellow KJS classmates at the 400th anniversary dinner!
Chairman/Treasurer 59 (Huddersfield); Secretary Royal Air Force Association
(RADA) Huddersfield; President Huddersfield Commercial Travellers Association
(HCTA); Director and Shares Secretary, Marsh United Bowling Club Ltd (MUBC);
now semi retired with two children and four grandchildren. Ex committee man for
Worked in Reading as a computer manager for a small company after leaving
Reading University. Now live in Southampton with two young children, Louise (6)
and Richard (4) and married (happily) to Steve. Also have one hairy dog Honey.
Miss the views and hills of Huddersfield, but enjoy the warmth and sun down
here. Have just purchased a yacht, so will probably get cold and wet.
Having left KJS in 1995, I attended Greenhead College and then continued my
studies at Oxford University, from where I graduated with a Maths degree in
2000. I then moved to London and worked at the Investment Bank, JP Morgan for
almost six years, in a trading floor role selling derivatives. During my time
at JPM I also met my husband Niall and we were married in Huddersfield in April
2005. In 2006 we both gave up our city jobs and spent six months travelling the
world before moving to start a new life in the South of France. We have now
lived in Cannes for almost a year, setting up a property rental company. We
have bought, renovated and now rent apartments in the centre of the town for
holidays and conferences. We have a website at www.chicgites.com. I get back to
Huddersfield two or three times a year to follow the fortunes (mis) of ‘Town’ from afar.
With the big five – oh only 4 months away, life is taking on major shifts for me. After almost 15
years with Kodak, I was recently sold off with the rest of the health group to
become Carestream Health in Hemel Hemstead, where I have strategic purchasing
responsibility for warehousing and transport across Europe, Africa and Middle
East. (That stalwart of the Photographic Society, NK Parsons is still at Kodak)
After 10 years with our local youth football club, I have no team to coach next
season, but it took only 2 weeks of looking forward to being ‘just a Dad’ to get myself roped into senior club Buntingford Town as vice chairman, where
the assistant manager is a former 1st X1 opponent from St. Gregorys, one Tony
Galvin, who was also a contemporary of mine at Hull University before his glory
with Spurs and Ireland. One constant is home with Hilary, long suffering wife
of 26 years and sons, Liam (17) and Jordan (13) in rural mid-Bedfordshire. We
have just reached 19 years residence in Clifton (which is not as long as near
neighbour, Barry Livesey, who was at KJGS some years before me). The school ’s 400th anniversary coincides with the 40th year since my year group took its
first nervous strides down St. Helen ’s Gate. Anyone fancy organizing a reunion? It’s not my turn: D.G.C and I did it 20 years ago!
After leaving school, I went to Sheffield Polytechnic and gained a BA in Public
Administration. This led to a career in Housing Management in Sunderland and
then NE Derbyshire District Council, where I was head of housing for 20 years.
In 1999 I left to join the private sector and am now a Housing and Regeneration
Consultant. I left Derbyshire after 28 years to move to Formby on Merseyside
before Christmas with my wife Susan. We have two grown up children, Jennifer
who has emigrated to New Zealand and Andrew who lives in Manchester. My brother
Andrew, four years younger, who also went to KJGS is also married with two
grown up children, lives in Bradford and is an Inspector in the West Yorkshire
Police. I still keep in touch with Bernie Hoyle, Pete Vickerman and Stu Sykes
Mechanical Engineering degree at Leeds University. Worked at ICI (Huddersfield),
David Brown Industries, Stone Platt Industries, Oldham Hansen Transmissions,
Kent & Leeds BTR Industries and finally Brook Motors and retired in 1996. Was
secretary of the OAS in the early 60s.
Since leaving KJS I trained to become a P.E. teacher at St. Paul’s College, Cheltenham, gaining Honours degree at Bristol University. Taught for
28 years in Birmingham, becoming Head of P.E. faculty at Holle School in Aston.
Returned to North Yorkshire in 2000. Took up a writing career and published ‘Are You a Proper Teacher, Sir?’ – memoirs of a P.E. teacher in the inner city. I am working on a novel and a
third book, hoping for publication in 2008. Huddersfield Town season ticket
holder and member of Bedale Golf Club.
I escaped a trip down the Bunk on Day 1 of my school career when the approaching
2nd formers discovered that I had the same name as one of their classmates (G
Douglas Boothroyd, also on this page) and took me to meet him. Progressed
through to Transitus Science, and finally gained 'A' levels in Biology,
Chemistry and Physics. Followed that with a 2.1 degree in Biological Chemistry
at Manchester University, marrying an ex-Greenhead girl, Theresa, just 3 months
before my finals. Spent a year at Hollybank College of Education to gain a
Cert. Ed. (Tech), then like my namesake became a teacher, this time in Biology
and Chemistry - making good use of Jack Taylor's organisational skills and Dave
Bush's classroom management. Moved to Rutland for my first job in a Sixth Form
College where I gained experience and two children, Lynda and Philip. From 1980
I worked at Stamford College of Further Education, and over the following 30
years I divorced, married Mary (Mrs B Mk II), became Deputy Head of Department,
Head of Science, and finally Head of 'A' levels. In 2001, I took advantage of a
period of convalescence with a broken back to engineer a demotion to being a
plain classroom teacher again, my primary vocation. Retired in 2011, and
instead of being a teacher who cycles I am now a cyclist who occasionally
teaches, or at least tutors, when needed. Useless at sport at school, I grew
into a reasonable club runner, keen orienteer (thanks Fred Hudson for the
map-reading skills) and a passionate cycle-tourist. In March 2021 I passed the
250,000 mile mark on my running total on a bike and I am still counting.
Left school in 1969 and went to work at the then College of Technology on
Queensgate (subsequently the University of Huddersfield). Employed as a
technician in the Dept. of Chemistry. Studied for a degree in Biochemistry with
Clinical Chemistry. Promoted through Senior Technician, Chief Technician
through to Superintendent of Labratories. Studied for a PhD in Biochemistry,
which I obtained in 1991. I then studied for the Diploma in Occupational Health
& Safety and was appointed as the University Health & Safety Advisor. In 1996 I was appointed as the head of the office of Health & Safety and Occupational Health and a member of the senior staff of the
University. I took early retirement for the University in 2005 at the age of
52. Now an independent consultant, married to Bernadette for 32 years with two
daughters in their 20s. Hobbies include motorhomes and photography. Currently
chairman of the local camping and caravanning club.
I trained in the electricity supply industry, taking the part-time route to
professional qualifications as an engineer. Apart from two years in the Royal
Air Force, I worked for the whole of my career in electricity generation.
Having been drawn into the Scout movement I worked for some years with young
people and then became as Assistant County Commissioner training adults for 18
years. I am retired now, with a wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.
There is still time for a few voluntary jobs though!
I entered the school after the war and made friendships that endure to this day.
After school, I served two years of National Service, as a non-combatant. Then,
being idealistic, I trained as a nurse at Storthes Hall Hospital, Kirkburton.
After six years, which I enjoyed, I turned to education. I qualified as a
teacher and taught for five years in FE in Leeds. In 1970 I applied to the
Ministry of Overseas Development and was sent to Zambia. I worked as HOD
English in a secondary school and in teacher training. Toward the end of my six
years in Zambia, I married Hope, and we have enjoyed a wonderful marriage. In
1977, again through the Ministry of Overseas Development, we went to Botswana.,
and stayed for twelve years. On our return, I worked as a lecturer at Bolton
University (then an Institute), teaching English to foreign and Commonwealth
students studying for the Master's degree. I have had published many textbooks
- for Anglophone Africa, Turkey and China - and novels (the latter usually
under pseudonyms) from Macmillan, Pearson International imprints, Continuum and
Profile Books. My best-selling novel has been Dead Men Don't Talk by John Tembo
from Pearson/Heinemann. If you want to sell in Africa, you need an African
pseudonym. My wife and I still live in Huddersfield. We have three adult
children who are all doing well in their chosen professions.
Graduated university College London, 1973-LLB, called to Bar 1974, Queen’s Counsel 1995. Practice from 18 Red Lion Court, London. Chairman of Bar Human
Rights committee 2003-2005.
Have worked for Midland Bank (now HSBC) for 35 years, with an interlude on army
service from 1941-1946, serving with The Royal Deccan House, Indian Army for
three years in India and Burma. Past member of Headingley, Leeds and Wakefield
Golf Club, an active walker and bird watcher. Have now retired with my wife to
the RMBJ Home at Connaught Court, York.
Since my last contact with the OAS, when I was one of the ‘class of 1948’ who attended the 1998 dinner, I have had no direct contact with Huddersfield.
Our family are now living across the UK, Margaret and I have been living in the
Isle of Man since 1997. We moved there after I took early retirement from my
job as Principal of Harrogate College. Since then I have developed another ’career’ as a management consultant with clients in the Isle of Man, North West England
and The Channel Islands. I keep saying each year that I will retire, but never
actually do anything about it. However, the fact that I have just reached 70
and have bought a 2nd home in France might prove to be a catalyst! I received
letters from John Dyson and John Earnshaw (members of the 1948 brigade)
following my 70th birthday and hope to meet up with them and other friends from
the past at the 2008 dinner.
On leaving school in July 1963 I immediately went to work for a firm of
chartered accountants in Huddersfield. In the September I went to Huddersfield
Tech to enrol for ‘A’ level English and found the tutor to be none other that the renowned Jock
Anderson. In 1967 I joined the civil service. My ‘postings’ included a spell at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where I came into contact with David Morphet, who had been
head boy at KJGS during my first year. Apart from a 7 year spell of self
employment I have been in the civil service ever since and now work for HM
Revenue & Customs. I continue to support, remotely but passionately, Huddersfield Town. I
enjoy most kinds of music, play the piano and am currently Chair of Charlton
Male Voice Choir in Nottingham. I have three married daughters, three
grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. I am married for the second time
and my wife has a son and a daughter.
Left KJS in 1987 with little but good memories to show for it. Survived in
retail for the following years with long breaks in Southern Europe until
becoming aware of the importance of a sound education. Entered University of
Portsmouth through Access (the easy and only option) to complete a Degree in
International Trade with Spanish and Italian, miraculously finishing with an
Upper Second! Still not sure what to do in life, I spent two years living out
of a rucksack travelling the world, then decided that a return to the States
would be the best option. I spent the next five years in Miami, South Florida
where I dabbled in finance and finished as a teacher of Spanish at Stranahan
High , an inner-city school in Fort Lauderdale. Met my wife and started a
family (daughter Mia). Returned to Huddersfield to train at Castle Hall, Mirfield to become qualified
Language teacher. For the last three years I have been working as a
Spanish/Italian/French teacher at Hornsea Language College. Still enjoy a spot
of fishing, playing the guitar and nice long breaks in Spain.
Past Chairman of OAS on two separate occasions.
Head of survey department and director of Boultons Estate Agents.
Director and joint owner of Thorpe House Nursing Home, Almondbury.
Trustee of KJS Foundation (only recently!)
One daughter currently at the school (Year 7)
Two daughters are past pupils, Bethany is now doing a BSC in Psychiatric Nursing
at Manchester University and Lucinda is reading Maths at York University.
I left AGS in July 1943 and on August 12th started a new life as an apprentice
with Huddersfield Corporation Waterworks Dept. I intended to become a civil
engineer as Huddersfield corporation intended to design and build Digley
Reservoir with direct labour.
I was based at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, but by the summer of 1944 I was working
with the Government, surveying and checking the construction of anti dive bomb
nets around the reservoir. We had intended the ‘bouncing bomb’ to attack the German dams and had to prepare for retaliation. It was a good day
to eventually watch a Lancaster Bomber check our work and give us the ‘thumbs up’. Then my call up papers arrived, conscripted as a bevin boy to work in the coal
mines – demob No. 64. So December 1944 to January 1948 saw me at the coal face at
Lepton Edge Colliery. After being keen on football in the AGS 1st Eleven, I had
permission to work Friday day shift and go back in Friday night shift to have
Saturday off for footballing. I trained with Huddersfield Town AFC but on May
14th 1947 I broke my leg playing and the Huddersfield Town trainer Bill Bott
said I was slowing down going into a tackle, so I had to find another sport!
Table tennis - private lessons in Leeds - up and down the country for
competitions and reserve for Yorkshire. In 1948 my demob arrived – Digley Reservoir was going to a private company. So I moved to the electrical
department and took higher national certificate and many endorsements for the
institution of electrical engineers and my chartered engineer status. I then
worked in Leeds for the Generating Board in the technical/protective
gear/commissioning department and studied nuclear engineering at Leeds & Bradford – moved to Nottingham for commissioning tests on Willington & High Marnham Power Stations. Then followed a three year period at Harwell
Nuclear Research and Dungeness ‘A’ Nuclear Power Station. Founder member of the British Nuclear Engineering
Society. Finally I moved to Guildford in Surrey for the engineering projects
required with the new 400kv transmission system. I retired in 1987 and moved
back to ‘Yorkshire Roots’ with my wife Jean who I married in 1958. At Guildford I was sent on a three
year management diploma course and became an active member of the British
Institute of Management. This helped me to become chair for seven years of
Bisley Parish Council, Chair of Surrey County Association and sit on the
National Executive committee and the S.E. & London Sports Council under Roger Bannister. A relaxing part of all this work
was for my wife and I to attend three Buckingham Palace Garden Parties and have
a talk to some of our Royal Family.
Since leaving Almondbury I was educated in South Wales and Warwickshire, then
Trinity College Cambridgeshire. I trained as a language teacher at Leeds
University and taught French, Russian, German and Spanish in various secondary
schools. At present I am tutoring adults in Welsh at a language centre and
BSc in Zoology at Sheffield University. Went into IT Project Management roles
across Europe. Wrote book Project Skills (Amazon). Formed own consultancy company in 2002.
After early years commuting from Berkhamstead, Herts, to agency jobs around
London, broken by a four year spell in Kingsberg, Norway, I moved to the United
States in 1994. Now a permanent US resident, living in suburban Houston and
working as a Structural and Marine specialist engineer on deep water oil and
gas developments, primarily subsea structures. Will be celebrating silver
wedding to Susan in July 2007. Daughter Emma, 21, is studying sonography and
son Benjamin, 19, is studying pharmacy. I enjoy sailing in Galvestan Bay most
weekends and am trying to explore further down the Gulf Coast when time and
hurricane seasons allow.