OSA Alumni Award 2020 – Malcolm Grimston

Alumni Award 2020.

At the 2021 Prize Giving, the Guest Speaker was  former student, Malcolm Grimston who gave a meaningful, insightful and inspiring speech to all present, reinforcing both the necessity and benefits of working hard, but also for being brave and strong to grasp any opportunity that presents itself in the future, as when these doors are opened, you never know quite where it may lead.

Malcolm was also honoured as the 2020 OSA Alumni Award winner which was announced last year when the College held a Virtual Prize Giving. This Award, which was introduced in 2013, is given to recognise the achievements of a member of the OSA in the hope that it will inspire the next generation of Scarborough College students to go out into the world and be the best they can be.

Malcolm was at College from 1969 to 1976, under the headmastership of Denys Crews and Richard Wilkinson. He was a member of Lodge House and focussed on science and music. After A levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Music and General Studies (all Grade A) he went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences, specialising in Psychology in his third year.

He sang with the Cambridge University Music Society chorus and was a member of the Standing Committee of the Cambridge Union (debating) Society. He was also a Choral Exhibitioner, taking part in the Sunday service each week in the College Chapel under the expert guidance of the Organ Scholar, Tim Kirkup – later to be Headmaster of Scarborough College.

Graduating in 1979, he spent an extra year taking a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, which led to a seven-year career as a chemistry teacher, first at Stowe near Buckingham, then at Millfield in Somerset. At both schools he kept up his interest in music, producing and conducting a staff-school joint production of Britten’s Little Sweep at Stowe and taking various roles with the Strode opera Company in Somerset.

His life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in 1986, when he spoke from the floor in a debate on nuclear power while visiting a friend at the University of Birmingham. He got into a protected correspondence with the late John Collier, the Chairman-designate of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, which led to a post being created for him at the UKAEA doing something in the public understanding and presentation sphere – neither Malcolm nor John had a terribly clear idea what precisely this would involve – and he moved to London in 1987 to take up the position.

After 8 years with the UKAEA, writing, researching and speaking on the wider issues of energy and nuclear power (three of which were on secondment to the trade body, now called the Nuclear Industry Association) Malcolm was appointed a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College in 1995 (he is still a Honorary Fellow at the Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and does a few lectures a year); four years later he started a spell in a similar position with the Royal institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Always a prolific writer on energy issues, while at Chatham House he wrote his first two books, with the late Peter Beck: Civil Nuclear Power – Fuel of the Future or Relic of the Past? and Double or Quits – the Global Future of Civil Nuclear Energy.

Meanwhile, in 1994 he was elected as a Councillor to serve West Hill Ward in the London Borough of Wandsworth, in which role he was to have front bench responsibility for Housing, for Education and for Environment & Leisure and was for a time the Conservative spokesman on education for London local government.

However, energy and nuclear power remained his main focus and he became a regular media contributor, notably after the earthquake and tsunami which engulfed the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan in 2011. In 2016 he published his magnum opus, Paralysis at the Heart of Energy Decision-Making, and continues to take part in conferences and presentations on the wider energy debate. He resigned the Conservative Whip in 2014 and has sat as an Independent Councillor since, winning the highest number of votes of any candidate in London (4,002) in the 2018 Council elections. His 2017 book, West Hill and Wimbledon Park Side – story of a Council Ward has sold nearly 1000 copies locally. In 2006 the local orchestra performed his Wandsworth Symphony. Since 2012 he has been in a blissful civil partnership with his Cuban partner Carlos.

Malcolm looks back on his time at College with great affection and is still in contact with many of his friends such as Paul Artley, Jamil Hamed, Rod King and Russ Pressney. When Tim Kirkup invited him to give the Founders’ Day lecture in 2004 it was wonderful to see such long-retired figures as Denys Crews, Peter Burton and John Alderson – and Colin Brooke, who had joined the Physics Department during Malcolm’s time at the College and was still there!

Malcolm received his award, albeit a year late, from former member of staff and OS John Precious.


Photo credits to Keith Meatheringham



OSA Alumni Award 2021 – Jason Liversidge

This was awarded to Jason Liversidge who was unable to attend the ceremony but joined the school community in the evening at The OSA Ball, with over 350 guests, to receive his award in person from OSA President Miles Cartwright.  His Award was recognised at the Prize Giving and the following was read out at this occasion.

Jason attended both Lisvane & Scarborough College from 1984 until 1992.

After leaving school Jason trained and worked as a mechanic for 9 years. He joined the family business before opening his own business in 2003. In addition to working hard he continued to enjoy an adrenaline filled lifestyle including skiing, grass tracking, motor biking and fast cars.

Jason met his wife Liz in 2009 and after a whirlwind romance, they married less than a year later and soon became proud parents to Lilly and Poppy.

In 2012 Jason’s life began to change. He started experiencing symptoms including weakness and muscle loss in his right hand, tingling down the left side of his body and slurred speech.  He was eventually diagnosed with Fabry Disease in November 2012. Fabry Disease is an extremely rare, life limiting condition, which causes toxins to build up in the body leading to global organ damage, including kidney failure, heart failure and eventually death.

If this wasn’t enough for Jason and his family to deal with and accept, his symptoms continued to progress.  He was subsequently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in August 2013, at the age of 37.

MND is a rare, rapidly progressive illness that strikes without warning and can kill within months. It damages the nervous system leading to weakness, muscle wasting, severe disability, paralysis and death. The victim is unable to move, speak, swallow and eventually unable to breathe.  Professor Stephen Hawkings, former Rugby Union international Doddie Weir and Leeds Rhinos Rob Burrow have all been diagnosed with MND.

As a family they were devastated.  With two daughters aged 22 and 4 months old they didn’t know how they would cope or what the future would hold for them. Their plan was simple – Live every day like it was their last.

Since his diagnosis, Jason has achieved some amazing things and raised much needed money and awareness of MND through some amazing challenges and continued to enjoy life.

They were acutely aware that Jason would eventually need to use a wheelchair and as a result would need to adapt their home. This is where Jason first featured on our TV screens, through BBC 1’s DIY SOS. It was an old school friend and OS Catherine Brennand who suggested they should apply for DIY SOS and helped with the whole project, which as a result has been a godsend.

Jason also had a bespoke voice (complete with a Yorkshire accent) created for him, again with the help and samples of his Scarborough College school friends.

Since his diagnosis and failing health, Jason has raised thousands of pounds for charity by undertaking some incredible challenges including;

  • Conquering the Longest Zip Wire in Europe and the Fastest in the World.
  • He became the first person to summit Mount Snowdon in an Electric Wheelchair*
  • He has abseiled off the Humber Bridge (whilst paralysed) and he has abseiled into Lancaster Hole, a 100 feet deep pot hole, which is part of the largest caving system in Britain
  • In 2020 he set a Guinness World Record for the Fastest Electric Wheelchair achieving a whopping speed of 66.826mph. *

As a family they have supported charitable organisations such as Dove House, Marie Curie, the Motor Neurone Association and Fire Fighters Charity.  He has also raised money for the Bendrigg Trust an organisation that provides out of bound activities for severely disabled and disadvantaged children.

Jason has two terminal illnesses, he is paralysed from the neck down and he is unable to speak, eat or breathe on his own. He needs round the clock care and everyday is a challenge, but he will never give up and still hopes that one day there will be a cure.

Many people call him inspirational, although Jason doesn’t like the word and believes that he is just an ordinary man making the most of the time he has.

Jason is an example to others. He has highlighted what can be achieved with a positive ‘can do’ attitude and true Yorkshire Grit, even in the face of extreme adversity.

*featured on  the news pages of the website

Photo credits Richard Ponter


OSA Alumni Award 2019 – Charlotte Cundall

This Award, which was introduced in 2013, is given to recognise the achievements of a member of the OSA in the hope that it will inspire the next generation of Scarborough College students to go out into the world and be the very best they can be.

Charlotte attended the College and its prep school, Lisvane from 1992-2003.  She was a typical Scarborough College student. Average in terms of her academic ability, but willing to throw herself into all aspects of school life Outside school she made extra time for her passion of horse riding.  She left the College with a reasonable set of A Levels but decided to decline all of the University offers she had received in order to pursue a career with horses.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and Charlotte soon realised that perhaps she should have taken the advice of her teachers and continued her education at university.  This would have ensured she had qualifications that would act as a backup in case the horse career didn’t work out and she needed to find an alternative career path.  The staff at the College were more than happy to help Charlotte reapply to university culminating in her gaining a place at Newcastle University to read Agri-Business Management the following year.  Friday 13th April 2007 Charlotte handed in her dissertation.  University life complete, and a busy three years it had been.

Monday 16th April 2007 Charlotte’s life changed forever.  While Charlotte was out riding she had an accident and ended up in hospital being told the devastating news that she had broken her back.  The next year consisted of two spinal operations, months of rehab and a lot of tears. Not what she had planned but luckily university had given her that back up plan in the form of a first-class honours degree.

Charlotte’s recovery was amazing and she was eventually given the all clear to ride again.  She became Yorkshire Novice Ladies point to point Champion, she evented to International 3*** level and life was good again.

July 2010, 3 years on from her accident, lightning struck Charlotte for a second time. Another minor fall and the devastating news that she had broken her back again, but this time the nerve damage was so much worse. Charlotte underwent full spinal fusion surgery. The surgeon told her that it was time she got a ‘proper job’ as her riding days were over for good.

Over the following four years along with her rehab and recovery, she completed a graduate programme. She spent time working at both Goodwood and York Racecourse in both marketing and accounting roles and latterly worked as the accounts manager for a successful Motorsport Team.

Charlotte was lucky.  She had a plan B and after two serious accidents was incredibly lucky to be able to live a normal life.  But on the inside she suffered from depression and always felt something was missing. With the support of her family, she went back to her beloved horses.  Having to learn how to ride all over again, Charlotte soon realised that she would have to compromise and dressage was the only option she could even consider.  This lady has some serious Yorkshire Grit!

In 2014, it was brought to Charlottes attention that due to her injuries she could be classified as a para-athlete.

Charlotte has worked her way up the levels within the sport and in 2016 was rewarded with selection for the World Class Programme which is funded by UK Sport and The National Lottery. She has been fortunate enough to compete in many international competitions and this year reached a World Ranking of 5th in the world in her disability grade. With Tokyo 2020 Paralympics less than a year away, preparations  are well underway for her Olympic team selection campaign

Charlotte always dreamt of representing her country and nearly did at under 18 level, but never did she think that  she might compete in the Paralympics. One of her dreams might soon become reality.

Charlotte’s message to all of you, students and adults alike is: ‘You must never stop dreaming, you might just have to slightly tweak that dream if things change along the way!’

Charlotte says ‘I would like to think that my time at Scarborough College gave me the determination, tenacity and grounding to deal with things that have come my way since leaving school. There are people that were part of my life at the college that gave us all the discipline to work hard, train hard, celebrate the success, but also to work on the weaknesses when success just wasn’t quite there.   The mental attitude and skills that it takes to win and be successful become second nature when you are surrounded by such inspiring, understanding and supportive people at such an important stage of your life.’

Another of Charlotte’s champions from her school days, PE teacher, Wendy Craig-Tyler was instrumental in Charlotte’s nomination for this award. In her comments, Wendy says:

“It was a privilege to nominate Charlotte Cundall for this prestigious award.

A true sportswoman, whilst at College, she played in every possible school team whilst competing her horses at a high level in the world’s most dangerous sport, Eventing

Severe life changing injuries have never daunted her and she now competes very successfully at international level in Para dressage. I’m sorry I can’t be here to see the  presentation to one incredible, funny, self-effacing, tough lady. Charlotte is the embodiment of all Scarborough College strives to give to its students.”

Edward Bradley, one of the key members in the College’s equestrian team who has also recently represented the North of England, presented the award to Charlotte.


The 2018 recipient of the Old Scardeburgians’ Alumni Award is Dr Mark Precious

Mark attended the College and its Prep School Lisvane from 1963-1974 as a full-time boarder.  He excelled throughout his school years both academically and on the sports fields through hard work and determination. Entry to Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics, & Economics followed, and he gained a first-class degree and continued with his studies to become a junior research fellow and lecturer.

After 9 years at Oxford he took a change of tack joining the Foreign and Commonwealth office working hard to establish diplomatic relations in Argentina in somewhat frosty post-Falklands conflict times.  Subsequently, Mark’s diplomatic and economic skills were engaged by the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked closely with the governments of the Dominican Republic and Mongolia to help to achieve financial stability.  A somewhat natural progression was to move onto the City where he excelled as a global emerging market strategist working for the investment bank UBS and latterly as head of research for Winton Capital, an algorithmically derived hedge fund.

However, Mark has not just excelled in his working life.  At the College he was an extremely talented hockey player and cricketer. He was selected to be a part of the U18 England Schools’ Cricket team. Focusing  on Hockey at Oxford he gained 7 blues, moving on to play for Hounslow. In 1984 he was a member of Great Britain squad for the Los Angeles Olympics; luckily Great Britain had only qualified because the Soviet Union had boycotted the games. Unexpectedly GB won the bronze medal beating Australia 3-2 and Mark was the only player to play in all seven of GBs matches.

Having been posted abroad he had to bow out of his international career but always kept his hockey up to the highest possible level.  He has played and captained many masters’ hockey teams to world championship glory and is at present captain of the over 60 men’s masters.

As part of being the recipient of the award, we ask our Alumni Award winners to come in and spend some time with the current students, to educate and inspire them.  Dr Precious spoke to the Sixth Form in their assembly about his career, his experiences and his lessons in life to date.  Concentrating on working hard, being passionate about your work, sports and hobbies and taking the opportunities that life presents you.  He later spent some time with the Sixth Form economists concentrating more on the workings and his involvement at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and life within the Investment Banking sector in the City.


Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres – Robert Hastie – receives the 2017 OSA Alumni Award

The OSA Alumni Award is awarded to a member of the Old Scardeburgians’ Association in recognition of their achievements in their life after Scarborough College.  Members of the OSA are invited to nominate fellow members to be put forward to the committee for consideration. This year’s winner is Robert Hastie (1998-1995) a theatre director and former actor, he is the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres.

He started at Scarborough College in 1988. His father and uncle had been here in the 1960s, and his grandfather during the 1920s. Robert’s brother Richard – who now lives in Australia – joined him in 1991. Robert and the Hastie family are leading members of our exclusive OSA 3 Generations Club

From his early days at College, Robert discovered a love of music and drama. At that time drama and performing arts were not recognised subjects, but Robert got involved in every extracurricular theatre-based activity going. He regularly performed in the annual school musical, and with the encouragement of Mrs Mack, Robert and his friend Oliver Herford set up an after-school drama company. Between them they produced and directed several productions of Shakespeare plays, including ‘Macbeth’, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘The Tempest’. In his final year Robert played ‘Richard III’, and Professor Moriarty in a musical version of ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

Again, encouraged by Mrs Mack, Robert joined the National Youth Theatre, and spent two summer holidays taking part in courses and productions in London. During his other holidays, Robert worked at the Stephen Joseph Theatre-in- the-Round, tearing tickets and selling programmes. His first time on a professional stage was in a group of College boys who were cast as schoolboys in Alan Bennett’s play ‘Forty Years On’, the first production produced in the McCarthy Theatre at the Stephen Joseph when it moved into its current home in the old Odeon opposite the station. Robert played Treadgold, the school rugby captain, which is as close as he ever got to excelling on the sportsfield, though his father remembers a games report from Robert’s first year at College, which said “when Robert manages to get the ball and run in space, he does look like a rugby player.”

After leaving College, and travelling in India and Canada with his classmate Ben Taylor (now a very successful TV director) Robert began his studies in English at Peterhouse, Cambridge. After receiving an unconditional offer, Scarborough College received a feedback letter from the Admissions tutor involved in Robert’s interview process. He wrote: “There is, of course, always a slight worry about someone quite as strongly committed to drama as Hastie is. However, I always remember Sam Mendes, who took a First in English at Peterhouse in the 1980s, as well as laying the foundations of his currently glittering career. My sense of Hastie is that he is mature enough and interested enough to manage all this. None of us had any hesitation. He seemed to us to be a really interesting candidate, one whom we shall enjoy teaching very much”.

Once at Cambridge, again he found himself heavily involved in the drama scene. He took shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, performed in ‘Hamlet’; on a tour of European universities, and acted in a production of Arthur Miller’s ‘View from The Bridge’ which was selected to come to the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough. He also developed his passion for directing, though at that point and for many years following his time at Cambridge, he pursued his ambition to act. Robert trained as an actor at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At the end of his final year, he won the BBC Carlton Hobbs award for Radio Drama, and spent 6 months working on Radio 4, though never once managed to get a part in ‘The Archers’.

His first professional stage role was at the Sheffield Crucible, the theatre he now runs. Over the ten or so years Robert was an actor. He performed on stages all over the country, including through contracts with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a year at the National Theatre. His last stage role was alongside Robert Lindsay in the West End. But by that point our Robert had switched his focus to directing, and had taken a job as an assistant on a production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. His job was to edit the text for performance, a skill he had developed during his time at Scarborough College putting on Shakespeare plays in the old school hall, now the drama studio. He went on to do the same job for a production of ‘Coriolanus’ starring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss, and began directing his own shows shortly after. He has directed productions of ‘Henry V’ at Regents Park Open AirTheatre, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennessee Williams at the Welsh National Theatre, and ‘Breaking the Code’, a play about Alan Turing and the Enigma codebreakers, at Manchester Royal Exchange, which won the award for best production at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

The last time Robert was in this hall, he was collecting a prize for drama on his final day at Scarborough College. Among the books that he was presented with for his Theatre Award was a Complete Works of Shakespeare and a copy of a play called ‘My Night With Reg’, by Kevin Elyot, which Robert had seen on a trip to London with the National Youth Theatre, and which was to become very important to him over the years. He used a speech from the play to audition for drama school, and twenty years after collecting the script for his prize at Speech Day, Robert was nominated for an Olivier Award and a London Evening Standard Award for his direction of a new production of the play. The show was his big break in London Theatre, and it soon transferred from the Donmar Warehouse, where Robert became an Associate Director, to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, where it sold out and won 5 star reviews.

Three years later, Robert became Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Britain’s largest theatre complex outside London. He runs the three theatres that make up the complex, including The Crucible, world famous both as a theatre and as the home of the world Snooker championships. The first production to open during his tenure was Harold Pinter’s ‘No-Man’s Land’, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Since arriving in Sheffield Robert has set up a scheme to give free theatre tickets to young people taking drama or performing arts as an option at school, and a programme aimed at helping young people with learning disabilities get involved in making theatre. Last year he was the highest new entry in the Stage newspaper’s list of the most powerful people in British theatre. ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which he’s currently rehearsing, opens at the beginning of December in the Crucible.

Finally, when recently who or what influenced him the most.  Robert replied –  Brian Cant and ‘Play Away’ – a show all about dressing up and pretending and Mrs Mack – his English teacher who encouraged, supported and inspired him in the field of English and Performing Arts. When asked what he had wished he had known at the start of his career, his response was very simple  – “No one else’s map will work for you”. So his message for students  is follow your passion and create your own map!

Mrs Anna Mack, Robert’s inspiring English teacher presented Robert with the 2017 OSA Alumni Award.


Niki Doeg is the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Award

On 19 November 2016 we will be honouring the recipient of this years Alumni Award – Mrs Niki Doeg (nee Rhodes) 1983-1989.

On 20 December 2015, Yorkshire Rows set off on a herculean challenge to row 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic ocean.  It is no surprise that more people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, and sleep deprivation. That is why this race is one of the toughest races on earth.  Niki and her crew achieved their dream and successfully arrived in Antigua in 67 days picking up a world record, the oldest women to row any ocean.

Niki will be receiving the 2016 Alumni Award as part of the College’s Prize Giving Ceremony at Queen Street Methodist Hall on Saturday 19 November and will be attending the OSA Black Tie Ball that evening, with other members of the Scarborough College and OSA community.

It would be very fitting to see as many of Niki’s old school friends and Bankory House contemporaries back to help share in her amazing achievement and this special award. For more information about attending the ceremony or the Ball please contact Zoe Harrison on 01723 360620 or via info@scarboroughcollege.co.uk.  We hope some of you will be able to make it back and celebrate with Niki, the College and the OSA.


Alumni Award 2014 winner Peter Caton

The Old Scardeburgians’ Association Alumni Award was introduced in 2013. It is awarded on an annual basis to a member of the OSA in recognition of their achievements after leaving Scarborough College. OSA members are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Committee, who select the recipient for the OSA Alumni Award.

This year’s recipient is Peter Caton.

Peter attended Scarborough College from 1987 to 1992 and was fully involved in the life of the school. Reports describe him as a lively and enthusiastic pupil whose natural exuberance was an asset, particularly where oral work was concerned. Peter could not be described as a high-flying academic and certainly found this side of school life challenging. However, it was – his parents write – the grounding and support he received during his time at the College which has influenced and shaped his life and career to date.

In his final year, everything changed. Ian Parkinson, Head of the Art Department, took Peter’s class on a photography outing. Ian felt that Peter showed some natural ability and encouraged him to concentrate his class time on photography.   This encouraged him to believe that he had the ability to make a career in the subject.

Peter was accepted to study photography at Cleveland College of Art & Design in 1994, where he was the only student to specialise in social issues rather than the more popular sport and fashion programs.
He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography in 1998 and determined to make his way as a freelance photojournalist. Peter’s next step was to raise funds to purchase photography equipment, and he spent time working in a club in London where he experienced social issues rather different to those he would encounter later in his career!

In 2000 Peter and his camera set off to explore India. During his travels, he was asked by Greenpeace to document the 18th Anniversary of the Bhopal disaster where 20,000 people died from a toxic chemical leakage. Peter stayed on in Bhopal, living in the slums and focussing his photography on the problems experienced by the women who lived there.  This resulted in a seven page article in various Marie Clare magazines around the world. He then undertook freelance work covering the fight to eradicate leprosy, spending time living in a leper colony in India.  This resulted in three of his photographs being exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Greenpeace subsequently commissioned Peter to act as photographer on the Rainbow Warrior in their Cut Coal Save Climate campaign. Subsequently, Peter committed himself to living out of two rucksacks and basing himself in India as a freelance professional.  More work was soon to come his, way including a study of climate refugees in the Sundarban regions of India which increased his interest in global warming. This work was subsequently.


OSA Alumni Award 2013 – Richard John

Richard M John – Lisvane and Scarborough College 1974-1985

Everyone knew Richard “Pooh” John was going to join the Army, but even he surely questioned his choices as he negotiated his way across war torn Bosnia to rescue the abandoned hospitals for handicapped children, in Drin & Backovici, west of Sarajevo – at the height of the Yugoslav conflict in June 1993.  However, this was his most challenging assignment to date; responsible for the lives of dozens of aid workers and journalists, as well as racing against the clock to save 247 children who had received no food or water for three days.

At Lisvane, his red jumper and love of honey quickly earned him the name of “Pooh”, a nickname that stuck with him until he graduated from Scarborough College in 1985, with four A Levels; the Head of Hartford Boarding House, a senior member of the CCF and a stalwart of the College rugby team.  He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, commissioning into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1986.

Despite rising rapidly to the rank of Major, Richard left the Army in 1994, but returned immediately to Sarajevo working with UNHCR, managing the airlift operation for one third of its duration, and leading aid convoys through front lines and providing a besieged city with 10,000 tons of food and medical provision every month.

This was the start of 20 years of work in aid and development, constantly pulling Pooh to places of conflict and hardship, using the skills and training provided by the Army, but drawing on the values instilled by, he says, “his parents and Scarborough College”.  His work has been at the heart of major world events, including post war Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Nepal.

More recently, Richard moved to Ethiopia where he worked on Human Rights programming, as well as initiatives to counter violent extremism in Somaliland.  This year he is working on Conflict Prevention initiatives in the Yemen, and is currently looking towards Syria for his next assignment.

Throughout his time in these fragile and violent places, he holds dear to himself the values and standards that he learnt in Scarborough College; he speaks of honour, integrity, team and family, and the school motto, “Pensez Fort” – Think Hard.

The Committee of the Old Scardeburgians’ Association were proud to award Richard “Pooh” John the 2013 OSA Alumni Award, in recognition of his achievements so far.