I was at LWC from 1964 to 1970, starting in Junior House when Oliver Tweedie-Stoddart was Housemaster, and then in Sutton House where Raymond Bacon (no relation) was in charge. In common with many of my era, LWC education included spud-picking, forestry, swimming in luxurious outdoor unheated pools, cross country, rugby, cricket (3rd XI), hockey (a late developer in goal for Sutton through the house competition to get into the school 1st XI).
I studied Geography, Geology and Statistics at university before I moved from Bristol to London to join the Civil Service in the early 70s. A gradual shift towards computing led eventually to a move to the private sector joining IT company Hoskyns (now Capgemini) in 1994, where roles included Quality Manager and Service Delivery Manager across a range of clients. I was fortunate to be able to retire while still in good health (touch wood) a couple of years ago.
I am married to Frances and have a son and daughter and twin granddaughters.
Chris left LWC in 1970 to become an accountant but then found himself in Sales & Marketing for a multinational. Chris runs a family business supplying personalised promotional, corporate & sports clothing and merchandise. Chris is married and lives in the New Forest. Daughter, Katie and son, James are both married and have presented Dad with several grandchildren. Chris has been on the Committee for over 12 years and is a strong supporter of LWC! Interests include Golf, DIY, Tennis and Camping.
I was at LWC from 1963 – 70 – first in Junior House and then in Sutton House with Raymond Bacon and Peter Seelig. I went to the Universities of Reading and Durham and started teaching History at Stamford School in Lincolnshire in 1974. In 1989 I moved to the USA (after having had a year’s teaching exchange in the States) and taught History at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. I stayed there for 23 years and then returned to the UK to look after my godmother who had Alzheimers. Sadly, she died the following year but it enabled me to settle back into an area of the country I knew well (my mother and father had had a farm in Winchfield) and I was able to renew my contacts with LWC. As Archivist there are many issues that I want to explore but I am delighted that the College and The Sternian Association has recognised the contribution that John Gates had made to our understanding of the Founder: Sydney James Stern, 1st and only Baron Wandsworth.
Charlotte is a former Foundation pupil who left LWC in 2011 to study English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, where she was awarded a first-class honours degree and a scholarship to complete a Shakespeare Masters. She has spoken on behalf of the Foundation at various events including The Foundation Dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground and the HMC & IDPE School Bursaries Conference and continues to show her support and appreciation of LWC through her position on the Sternians’ Association Committee.
Bruce left LWC in 2008 to study architecture at the University of Kent. From there he went on to the University for the Creative Arts, gaining his Master’s in architecture in 2015. He has previously worked for Populous, Guy Hollaway Architects, AECOM, and currently works for AR Architecture in London. He was captain of canoeing at LWC and helped extensively with the DofE program when in the sixth form. He continues to pursue whitewater kayaking and mountain biking, and is a keen skiier. His main interests within the Sternians’ Association are around careers and business, and engaging with young Sternian leavers and graduates.
Dudley is a solicitor and for many years was City Clerk for Bristol. Former president of Bristol Law Society and National Chairman of the Law Society’s. Local Government Group. Currently running his own legal training consultancy. Also involved in organisations like the Mary Rose Trust and Bristol Municipal Charities. Past Chairman of the Sternians.