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August 2017
Eddie Millett (BB, 2007-12)
Recently spoke at a conference focused on technology and mental health hosted by academics from Cambridge and Columbia. He appeared (by video link) on behalf of the organisation he works for, Zimam, about tech, mental health and peacebuilding in the Palestinian context. The conference was held at the School and, prior to his appearance, he commented:

"It won't be the first time I have been back to the school since 2012 but certainly the first in a working capacity!"

Joanna Vymeris (WW, 2011-13)
Joanna set a contemporary circus company 'The Feathers of Daedalus Circus' in October and start planning her first professional show 'Coppélia'. The company aims to specialise in surrealist storytelling, demonstrating the potential for circus to be a powerful narrative voice.

March 2017

Alexander Campkin (WW, 1997-2002)
'Opus Anglicanum commissioned 'by still waters', a piece scored for vocal ensemble of 5 singers and narrator. It sets a text by Love Maria Willis, and is in memory of Mary Rowlands-Pritchard (www.opus-anglicanum.com). Alexander has been appointed composer in residence with Cantorum Choir, conducted by Elisabeth Croft. The first commission will be premiered in October 2017, and the choir will perform Alexander's music a number of times before then (www.cantorumchoir.org.uk). The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus have commissioned Unwatch’d, a poignant setting of In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson for upper voices. It will be premiered by their Women’s Ensemble, conducted by Michael Kerschner. Last year the Tallis Scholars commissioned Alexander to write a new setting of Miserere mei as a partnering piece to Allegri's Miserere mei, Deus. The Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Phillips have been touring Miserere mei in performances in Europe. Read more about these performances online (www.alexandercampkin.com).'

January 2017

Lionel Stanbrook (RR, 1970-74) 
"I moved to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire in November last year where I took up the post of Head of Communications at the African Development Bank and Speechwriter to the President."

August 2016

Itzhak Rasooly (QS, 2008-13)
"I have just launched OxTute, a tutoring agency operating in London and Oxford. Two things set us apart from other agencies.  First, all of our tutors have been educated at Oxford University. Second, our rates are extremely competitive, starting at just £25/hour."

Daniel Koehler JD (MM, 1998-2003)
"I am settling into New York where I practice real estate and corporate law."

July 2016
Robert Woodward (AHH, 1951-56)
"The history of Larkhall Natural Health is now available as PDFs from robertwoodwardlnh@dr.com."

June 2016
Peter Morrell, (AHH, 1957-62)
"I am now a published author of fiction and my first two published novels are available on Amazon, titled: The Rector of Pepynbridge and The Islamist of Pepynbridge. A summary of each is on the Amazon website. The third and last novel in the series, The Honourable Member for Pepynbridge, should be published this October."

Sarah Black (RR, 1972-74)

"I retired from the NHS in March 2014 and now sit as a medical member on the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health)."

Humphrey Palmer (KS, 1944-49)
"Work in progress: second edition of How Parables Work (Lulu, USA 2001)."

May 2016
Tim Goodman (RR, 1981-86)
"Marrying Susan Alison Thomas on 25th June 2016 at Larmer Tree Gardens Wiltshire."

Basher Savage (GG, 1996-2001)
"I have completed my first year as Housemaster of a boarding house at Brighton College."

Michael Attenborough (BB, 1963-68)
"Recently left the Almeida Theatre after 11 years as its Artistic Director."


Andrew Lownie (Rigaud's, 1980-84)
"I have just published Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess."

Michael Baron (GG, 1942-46)

"With my daughter I have written a chapter for a book to be published in January 2016 by Jessica Kingsley . Our chapter is headed ‘Ageing With Autism-Improving Health,Improving Rights. The tile of the many contributor book is  Autism Spectrum Disorders in Mid and Later Life.

And I have written a foreword to a British Institute for Learning Disabilities book on end of life care for people on the autism spectrum to be published in December 2016."

Peter Pomeranzev (WW, 1992-96)
"I have just been long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Guardian First Book award." (September 2015)

Ralph Wood (GG, 1976-80) 
“I was recently appointed Senior Contracts Manager at PROTEUS Technologies, a software development and engineering company here in Maryland, and I am now solely responsible for all contract related matters for the organisation.”

Julian Francis (AHH, 1958-62)
"I thought that as I am possibly the only ‘Old Wet’ in Bangladesh – I have lived and worked in Bangladesh for 24 years and in Asia, mostly South Asia, since 1968 - and I write regularly in the local media, I should send you some of my writings which may be of interest in some way and to some people [available through the Development Office]. 
In addition, to inform you that alongwith a number of other Britishers, I received an award in 2012 in recognition of the work I did in 1971 among 10 million Bangladeshi refugees who fled to India at which time I coordinated the relief programme on behalf of Oxfam."

Oli Da Costa (RR, 1990-95)
"Last year, I had the pleasure in working on an ITV documentary, made in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, staring John Hurt, titled "The Pity of War: The Lives and Loves of the War Poets". Hurt plays war poet, Siegfried Sassoon, and ITV's press release can be found here, although a final broadcast date is not yet scheduled. I designed the documentary's title sequence and was also the joint online editor for the project (although I don't work at ITV myself...I run my own post production studio). I just though I'd pass that on to you as I'm very proud of the hour-long documentary, which is visually stunning and relates an extremely poignant story."
John Patrick Asher (LL, 2004-07)
"Thomas Milo Raphael Asher was born on 23rd September 2014 at Liss Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv and was christened on 31st March 2015 at Beit Immanuel, Jaffa. My wife Dalia and I met and married while I was a foreign volunteer in the Israeli Army (2012–14). We are returning to the UK on 4th September 2015 and will be living in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Dalia is pregnant again and due to have a second little one around Christmas."

Jemimah Steinfeld (BB, 2000-02)
"My first book, Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China (pictured right), will be published shortly by IB Tauris. I've already received advanced praise from several literary heavyweights in the China world, such as Xinran, and am looking forward to interviews with Reuters amongst other places. The road to this book was definitely paved at Westminster, where I wrote a "sex" column for the school magazine Pink and was always encouraged to critically think and be creative."

Tamiko Dooley (PP, 2001-03) and Benjamin Dooley
Celebrated the arrival of Vincent Tomohiro Dooley born 9 December 2014.

Simon Wroe (BB, 1995-2000)
Published Chop Chop (Penguin, 2014). The story follows a young graduate behind the scenes of a coarse and raucous Camden gastropub. The book received good notices in the UK and US, including a New York Times review which praised its "wit, vigour and gleeful, necessary profanity". Simon adds: “I’d like to thank all my English teachers at Westminster, and to retroactively state that any profanity in my writing, including homework assignments, was deemed necessary by the New York Times."

Robert Insall (QS, 1978-82)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in April 2014.

Paul Castle (QS, 1976-80)
Completed a certificate in African Studies at Basel University, Switzerland and continues to commentate on international rowing (broadcast and print).

Vivian Woodall (QS, 1975-79)
Welcomed a new addition to the family, becoming an uncle for the first time in 2014.

Christopher Catherwood (AAH, 1968-72)
Published an e-book on the history of Allenby's conquest of Jerusalem and Damascus in 1917 and 1918 respectively. The book is priced at £1.99 and details can be found here.

Felix Barber (WW, 1966-70)
Published Collaboration Strategy: How to Get What You Want from Employees, Suppliers and Business Partners (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Richard Pine (AHH, 1962-66)
Curating the Durrell Library (www.durrelllibrarycorfu.org) and editing its website. Published The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World (2014).

Richard Hall (WW, 1958-63)
Author of Theatres of War which was announced the winner of The People's Book Prize (Fiction) 2013/14. Further details may be found here."

Michael Davies (AHH, 1957-63)
Published International Organisations, A Companion (2014) jointly with Richard Woodward (University of Hull). It is designed as a core text for undergraduates studying international organisations and its main emphasis is to examine international organisations in practice, to look at the issues they have confronted and access their challenges.

Jonathan Fenby (LL,1956-60)
Published the following in 2014: Will China Dominate the 21st Century? The Battle of Tsingtao On the Brink - France in the new century Awarded French Legion d'Honneur China Research Director, Trusted Sources Board Member of China Dialogue.

Andrew Chadwick (BB, 1956-60)
Designed an aircon-less office for 1000 staff in India (Andrew is Principal at Chadwick International architecture firm). Jan Simon (BB, 1953-56) Awarded a Fellowship by the University of Hertfordshire in 2013.

Frank Herrmann (BB, 1940-1945)
Donated to the School library a collection of works by George Bernard Shaw, and critical books about him; also a small collection of first editions of novels by D.H. Lawrence and a folio volume (1675) containing the collected sermons of John Hacket (OW), Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry.

Frank also provided the following personal and professional update: “I presented the Wallace Collection with my many files of research papers, assembled for my book, The English as Collectors: a Documentary Chrestomathy (1972, 1999, 2002), and in part for my Sotheby’s: Portrait of an Auction House (1980). The Wallace Collection has kindly offered to preserve them in a specific Frank Herrmann archive.

My wife and I [celebrated] our Diamond Wedding in October 2014. We have four children and eight grandchildren, all of them – unlike me – disturbingly computerate."

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