News snippets

Katya Sheath (KES 2010-2017) has illustrated a children’s book that has just been published and is available on Amazon. The book is entitled ‘Leo helps Max get better’ and takes young readers through the journey of being treated after injury showing that being seen at a hospital is nothing to worry about.

Marsha Allan-Burns (KES 2010-2015) is reading Experimental Psychology at Oxford. She has been awarded a Beilby Exhibition by Somerville College in recognition of her consistently high academic performance.

Harrison Lewis (KES 2006-2013) has graduated from Aberdeen University with a first class honours degree and the prize for the best in the year.

Elinor Cooper (KES 2009-2011) graduated from Bristol University with a first class degree in Music before working for BBC Music Magazine as editorial assistant for two years. She is now a freelance conductor, singer and teacher for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Bristol Youth Choir and Clevedon Choral Society and in September will begin an MA in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff.

Caroline Taylor (KES 2004-2010) is in the second year of her MMus in Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying as a soprano under Louise Winter. She has been a finalist in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss, a soloist in the Bach St John Passion and won the RNCM Brodsky Cross-School Prize with her chamber ensemble; ‘The Lucrezia Trio’. She has been cast as the title role in RNCM Opera’s winter production of Massenet Cendrillon (Cinderella). She has toured Scotland performing as a soloist and with the Kellie Consort ensemble and will make her role début as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Vivo D’Arte in November.

Kat Poole (KES 2000-2007) was recently named editor of Emerald Street, a lifestyle email magazine (and sister brand to Stylist magazine). She has also written her first book, which will be released next year through Scribe Publications. Called ‘Being an Adult: The Handbook’, it is an entertaining and useful guide to those grown-up things you don’t get taught in school!

Matthew Scarborough (KES 1988-1995) won the New Zealand Open Snooker Championships last month and is now the number 1 ranked player in the country.

David Hoxey (KES 1980-1987) is a civil engineer and works for Sir Robert McApine. After the completion of West Quay phase 2 in May, he undertook a charity ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, along with 10 others from work, covering 1040 miles in nine days to raise money for Maggie’s Day Centres. He has just finished his latest project working on Bloombergs’ new £1 billion European HQ in the City of London which is the world’s most sustainable office building!

Matthew Cunio (KES 1976-1982) has lived in Bristol for more than twenty years but came ‘home’ to Southampton this year to take part in the Southampton Marathon. It was the first full length marathon held in the city for more than thirty years, Matthew’s second marathon and he finished in three hours and fifty two minutes.

Michael Birch (KES 1975-1981) studied medicine at Nottingham upon leaving KES and trained as an eye surgeon. He was appointed as a consultant in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1997 and three years ago relocated to the much sunnier Newcastle, New South Wales, continuing work as an ophthalmologist. He is enjoying exploring Australia with his family, playing tennis and remains a long distance Saints supporter.

Tim Manns (KES 1965-1972) recently joined the BBC in Devon. He has spent nearly 38 years in broadcasting, initially in overseas radio and TV and latterly in UK commercial radio. Joining the BBC fulfils a lifetime ambition. After stepping down as Managing Director of Radio Plymouth he was offered a part-time role by BBC Radio Devon and is currently presenting weekend breakfast shows.

Jonathan Gammon (KES 1963-1970) studied at the University of Surrey upon leaving KES and whilst there spent his year in industry working for contractor Marti AG in Switzerland on the Felsenau Bridge. He has recently retired having enjoyed an international career as a civil engineer, specialising in ‘ground engineering’ in its widest sense and embracing geotechnical engineering, onshore and offshore, and tunneling.

Richard Jeneway (KES 1965-1967) spent two years at KES. After attending Brockenhurst Sixth Form, he worked as trainee estate agent at Fox & Sons studying property surveying and valuations in which he worked until 1980. Thereafter, he worked with a Housing Association covering the South of England before becoming an Associate Partner in Estate Agents and Surveyors in Brighton and then from 92-96 working for two national estate agent companies in Somerset and London. Following a car accident in 1989 he lost the sight in his left eye and took early retirement in 1996 due to early onset glaucoma. Since being registered blind in 2003 he has qualified as a counsellor and works in a voluntary capacity. Richard lives in Brighton with his second guide dog Clover and would like to hear from anyone who remembers him from KES. If you would like to get in contact, please email the Development Office on edwardians@kes.hants.sch.uk and your details will be passed to him.

Richard Hucker (KES 1957-1964) now lives in Bournemouth. Several years ago he was awarded an MBE for Services to British Business. He was Head of a Costain team responsible for construction and consultancy operations in the Kurdish region of Iraq, including the construction of an international airport and preparation of a 10-year development plan for the region.