Notable Old Brentwoods

David Acfield
(OB 1957 - 1965)


First-class cricketer and champion fencer

David Laurence Acfield (b.24 July 1947, Chelmsford, Essex) was a First Class and List A cricketer and champion fencer from England. He was part of the successful Essex team of the late 1970s and early 1980s and formed a famous county spin partnership with Ray East. He was a right arm off break bowler and right hand tail end batsman. He played for Cambridge University from 1966 to 1968 and Essex from 1966 to 1986. He also appeared for MCC in 1973/74 and 1974. He was awarded his Essex cap in 1970 and had his Essex benefit season in 1981.

He took 10 wickets in a match 4 times and 5 wickets in an innings 34 times. His best first class figures, 8 for 55, came against Kent.

After retiring he remained in the game and served on the ECB's management committee. Acfield was also an Olympic fencer, taking part in the 1968 and 1972 Games,[3] and also won a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

Attended Brentwood School 1957 - 1965 and graduated in history from Christ's College, Cambridge.

Douglas Adams (OB 1959 - 1970)

Author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.

Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams's contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame.

Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who; he also served as script editor for the show's seventeenth season in 1979. A posthumous collection of his works, including an unfinished novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

Adams was known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, and as a "devout atheist".

Keith Allen (OB 1966 - 1968)

Comedian, actor, singer and writer (father of singer Lily Allen)

Keith Howell Charles Allen (born 2nd September 1953) is a Welsh actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author, and television presenter. He is the father of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, and brother of actor and director Kevin Allen.

Peter Allen (OB 1957 - 1965)

BBC broadcaster and journalist

Peter Edwin Allen (born 4th February 1946) is an award-winning English radio broadcaster with 40 years' experience in journalism. He has been with BBC Radio 5 Live since it started in 1994, and presented the Drive programme for 16 years from 1998 to 2014.

Sir Hardy Amies (OB 1919 - 1926)

Couturier and Dressmaker by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen

Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO (17 July 1909 – 5 March 2003), known as Hardy Amies, was an English fashion designer, founder of the Hardy Amies label and best known for his official title as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, from her accession to the throne 1952 until his retirement in 1989.

He established the monarch's crisp, understated style of dress. "I don't think she feels clothes which are too chic are exactly very friendly," he told one fashion editor. "The Queen's attitude is that she must always dress for the occasion".


Peter Barker (OB 1995 - 2002)

Professional Squash player

Peter Barker (born 26 September 1983 in Harold Wood, England) is a professional squash player from Upminster, England.

Barker reached a world ranking of 13 in November 2007, the same month that he was selected to represent the senior England team at the World Team Championships in December 2008, held in India.

Peter Barker has 12 professional tour titles to his name out of 15 final appearances. In September 2008, Barker defeated David Palmer twice, with a decisive 3–0 victory over David Palmer in Chicago at the Sweet Home Chicago Open, and a 3–2 victory in Baltimore at the Merrit Properties Open. Barker's highest world ranking of 7 was reached in May 2009.

In 2010, Barker won the bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games squash men's singles event in Delhi after defeating Mohd Azlan Iskandar from Malaysia in straight sets, 11-5, 11–4, 11–2. The match ended in 45 minutes.

Barker attended Brentwood School from 1995 to 2002.

Martin Bartlett (OB 2007 - 2010)

BBC Young Musician of the Year

Martin James Bartlett is an English classical musician. He has twice been a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest, keyboard category, winning the competition in 2014.

Bartlett began his musical studies at age six, first with the piano and then two years later with bassoon and recorder. He appeared on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2012, at the age of 15, as a finalist in the keyboard category. At that time, he was studying for the GCE Advanced Level in music and physics. In 2014, he was again selected as a finalist in that category.

In October 2014 Bartlett was selected to record the God Only Knows charity single for BBC Children in Need. He collaborated with many other international artists including Nicola Benedetti, Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, One Direction, Elton John and Emile Sandé. The recording was broadcast on all BBC TV channels and received over 11 Million hits on YouTube. The single also launched BBC Music.

In 2015 Bartlett was one of the youngest ever soloists to debut at the BBC Proms. He performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in the sold out concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He received overwhelming reviews in The Telegraph and The Times praising his musical insight and maturity.

Most recently Bartlett attended the 'Progress 1000' party hosted by the London's Evening Standard celebrating London's most influential people. He was nominated as one of Londons most influential musicians.

Charles Bean (OB 1891 - 1894)

Journalist, Correspondent and Official Historian of the Australian involvement in the First World War, and a founder of the Australian War Memorial

Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (18 November 1879 – 30 August 1968), usually identified as C.E.W. Bean, was an Australian World War 1 war correspondent and historian.

He is remembered as the Editor of the 12-volume Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian War Memorial, and of the creation and popularisation of the ANZAC legend.

Sir Charlie Bean (OB 1961 - 1971)

Economist and Former Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England

Sir Charles Richard Bean (born 16 September 1953) is a British economist and was Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England from 1 July 2008 until 30 June 2014. From 2000 to 2008, he served as Chief Economist at the Bank.

Bean attended Brentwood School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was a contemporary of the comedian Griff Rhys Jones at both and the writer Douglas Adams at Brentwood School. He gained his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 with a thesis titled Essays in unemployment and economic activity under the supervision of Robert Solow. In 1990 he was visiting Professor at Stanford University in 1990, and then a lecturer at the London School of Economics, becoming a professor in 1990 and head of the Economics Department in 1999.

He has published articles on European unemployment, the Economic and Monetary Union, and on macroeconomics generally. He was Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies from 1986 to 1990. Bean has also served in a variety of public policy roles, such as consultant to Her Majesty's Treasury and as special adviser to both the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons and to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. He was a special adviser to the House of Lords enquiry into the European Central Bank.

He was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to monetary policy and central banking.

Baron Black of Brentwood (OB 1971 - 1981)

Executive Director of the Telegraph and former Director of the Press Complaints Commission

Guy Vaughan Black, Baron Black of Brentwood FRSA (born 6 August 1964) is Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and a Conservative Life Peer member of the House of Lords.

His career has spanned politics and the media. In the Media Guardian Top 100 listings in September 2012, he was ranked 55. He is a member of the Association of Conservative Peers.

Black was director of the political section at the Conservative Research Department from 1986 to 1989 when David Cameron was his deputy.

George Soper Cansdale (OB 1921 - 1927)

Zoologist and Broadcaster

George Soper Cansdale (29 November 1909 – 24 August 1993) was a British zoologist, writer and broadcaster. He was Superintendent of the Zoological Society of London, and one of the best-known presenters of wildlife programmes and items on British television between the 1950s and 1980s.

Patrick Carter, Lord Carter of Coles (OB 1957 - 1964)

Politician and life peer

Patrick Robert Carter, Baron Carter of Coles (born 9 February 1946) is chairman of the review panel examining the future of NHS pathology. He recently reviewed the procurement of legal aid in England and Wales, and was chair of Sport England until September 2006. He co-founded private nursing home company Westminster Health Care in 1985 with Martin Bradford.

Carter was made a life peer as Baron Carter of Coles, of Westmill in the County of Hertfordshire on the advice of Prime Minister Tony Blair on 8 June 2004. He takes the Labour whip.

Carter was educated at Brentwood School where he was a contemporary of politician Jack Straw. In his autobiography Straw describes Carter as his closest friend.

Carter was president of McKesson corporation's International Operations Group and was responsible for the businesses' product portfolio.

He was reckoned by the Health Service Journal to be the ninth most influential person in the English NHS in 2015.

Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain (OB 1871 - 1873) 

Army Officer, Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary and inventor of snooker

Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain KCB KCVO KPM (1856 – 28 May 1944) was a British Army officer, and later Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary who resigned in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. He is credited with having invented the game of snooker while serving in Jubbulpore (Jabalpur), India, in 1875.

Alex Crutchett
(OB 1995 - 2008)

Commonwealth Gold Medalist in Men's Sabre Fencing

British International Men's Sabre Fencer
September 2005 – Present (9 years 8 months)
- Represented Great Britain at 2013 European Fencing Championships
and World Fencing Championships
- June 2013 British Senior Men's Sabre ranked No1.
- 2011 Senior British National Champion
- 6 time National Championship Medallist
- Currently ranked in the top 3 in the Senior British National Rankings
- Member of the British Senior International Squad and Team.
- Junior Commonwealth Double Gold Medallist
- Former British No1 at both Cadet and Junior levels
- Twice Varsity match winner and recipient of a sporting ‘Blue’ from Oxford University
- Double Gold Medallist at the inaugural UK Schools Games
- Public Schools Fencing Champion at Mount-Haes and Senior level.
- Eastern Region Champion at all age groups.

Sir Robin Day (OB 1934 - 1938)


Sir Robin Day (24 October 1923 – 6 August 2000) was a British political broadcaster and commentator.

Day's obituary in The Guardian by Dick Taverne stated that "he was the most outstanding television journalist of his generation. He transformed the television interview, changed the relationship between politicians and television, and strove to assert balance and rationality into the medium's treatment of current affairs".

Ralph Dellor (OB 1955 - 1967)

Cricket commentator and sports journalist

Ralph began his career in 1970 with BBC local radio before progressing to national radio and television, presenting programmes like Grandstand and Today's Sport as well as a host of commentary and reporting assignments for programmes such as Match of the Day and Test Match Special. He won the Jack Fingleton Award as Cricket Commentator of the Year in 2000.

Denis Dunlop (OB 1905 - 1908)


Denis Dunlop (1892-1959) was a sculptor working throughout England during the first half of the 20th century. His work is instantly identifiable for the bold use of stylised Art Deco forms, breath-taking attention to detail and ingenious composition.

Dunlop joined the London Scottish Regiment as a private in 1914. After the war, he became a clerk on a cargo ship sailing between London and Vladivostok. He studied at St. Martins and Central School of Arts and Crafts before going on to become an assistant in the studio of Alfred Gilbert, the sculptor of Eros in Piccadilly Circus. In 1932, he married acclaimed modernist artist, Aletta May Lewis.

He exhibited in the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy on three occasions: Ant (1930); Pegasus (1933); Head of Harold Lewis (1948). On many occasions, Dunlop worked with architectural giants, Whinney Son & Austen Hall - his works forming the centre-piece of their designs. Much of his work was part of the regeneration of London after the war.

Sir David Eady (OB 1954 - 1960)

High Court Judge

Sir David Eady (born 24 March 1943) is a retired High Court judge in England and Wales. As a judge, he is known for having presided over many high-profile libel and privacy cases.

He was called to the bar in 1966 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1983. He was a member of One Brick Court chambers and, as a lawyer, specialised in media law until he was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen's Bench division) on 21 April 1997. As of November 2014, he continued to sit in the High Court as an additional judge.

Noel Edmonds (OB 1960 - 1967)

Disc jockey and broadcaster

Noel Ernest Edmonds (born 22 December 1948) is an English television presenter and executive. Edmonds first became known as a disc jockey on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, and has presented light entertainment television programmes for more than forty years. Originally working for the BBC, these have included Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Top of the Pops, The Late, Late Breakfast Show and Telly Addicts. From 2005 to 2016, he presented the Channel 4 game show Deal or No Deal.

David Eldridge (OB 1985 - 1992)


David Eldridge (born 20 September 1973) is an English dramatist, born in Romford, Greater London, United Kingdom.

His plays have been performed at major new writing institutions in the UK, including The Royal Court Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Finborough Theatre and the National Theatre. His stage adaptation of the film Festen transferred from the Almeida Theatre to the West End and Broadway. His play Market Boy, informed by his childhood working on a stall at Romford Market, played at the National Theatre's largest space, the Olivier in June 2006. In July 2008 his play Under the Blue Sky was revived at the Duke of York's Theatre starring Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate and Francesca Annis.

In March 2011 his play The Knot of the Heart played at the Almeida Theatre and starred Lisa Dillon, for whom the role of Lucy was written and in February 2012 his play In Basildon, played at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Dominic Cooke starring Linda Bassett and Ruth Sheen. Both plays opened to critical acclaim. The Knot of the Heart won the Off-West End Theatre Award for Best New Play and In Basildon was voted The Guardian Theatre Critics and Arts Writers No.1 Theatre of 2012. In April 2012 the Royal Exchange Theatre presented his new version of Miss Julie by August Strindberg, starring Maxine Peake. In July 2014 his play Holy Warriors played at Shakespeare's Globe.

David's screenplay for a ninety-minute single film, The Scandalous Lady W, based upon Hallie Rubenhold's book Lady Worsley's Whim, was broadcast on BBC2 in August 2015 starring Natalie Dormer and directed by Sheree Folkson. In October 2017 The National Theatre will present the world premiere of his play Beginning in the Dorfman Theatre.

Dr Stephen Fleet (OB 1948 - 1951)

Master of Downing College, University of Cambridge

Stephen George Fleet (September 28, 1936 – May 18, 2006) was a Master of Downing College, Cambridge, the Cambridge University Registrary and a researcher in mineral sciences and crystallography.

Stephen Fleet was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, Lewes County Grammar School, Sussex and St John's College, Cambridge, where he received his doctorate. His research fields were the crystal structure of minerals, particularly phase transformations in minerals and meteorites.

In 1963 Fleet moved to Fitzwilliam House and was a founding fellow when Fitzwilliam achieved collegiate status in 1966. In 1974 he moved to Downing College as bursar and fellow and later served the college as Vice-Master (1985–1987, 1991–1994 and 1997–2000) and as Master from 2000 to 2003. Between 1983 and 1997 Fleet was the University Registrary, the chief administrative officer of the university.

He died from cancer at the Hammersmith Hospital, London on 18 May 2006.

Keith Hopkins (OB 1943 - 1952)

British historian and sociologist

Morris Keith Hopkins (20 June 1934 – 8 March 2004) was a British historian and sociologist. He was professor of ancient history at the University of Cambridge from 1985 to 2000.

Hopkins had a relatively unconventional route to the Cambridge professorship. After Brentwood School, he graduated in classics at King's College, Cambridge in 1958. He spent time as a graduate student, much influenced by Moses Finley, but left before completing his doctorate for an assistant lectureship in sociology at the University of Leicester (1961–63).

Hopkins returned to Cambridge as a research fellow at King's College, Cambridge (1963–67) while at the same time taking a lectureship at the London School of Economics, before spending two years as professor of sociology at Hong Kong University (1967–69). After a further two years at the LSE (1970–72), he moved to Brunel University as professor of sociology in 1972, also serving as dean of the social sciences faculty from 1981 to 1985.

In 1985 Hopkins was elected to the Cambridge chair in ancient history. The fullest account of his career and significance as an ancient historian is in his British Academy necrology (W.V. Harris, Proceedings of the British Academy 130 (2005), 3–27).

Lord Howard Flight (OB 1959 - 1966)


Howard Emerson Flight, Baron Flight (born 16 June 1948) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom and a member of the House of Lords who was a Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs from 1997 to 2005. He held several Shadow posts: Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury 1999-2001, Shadow Paymaster General to 2002, then Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Fabian Hamilton (OB 1964 - 1973)


Fabian Uziell-Hamilton (born 12 April 1955) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North East since 1997.

Neil Harris (OB 1988 - 1993)

Professsional Footballer and coach

Neil Harris (born 12 July 1977) is the manager of League One club Millwall. Harris is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker, and is Millwall's all-time record goalscorer, with 138 goals in all competitions. He broke the previous record of 111 goals, held by Teddy Sheringham, on 13 January 2009, during a 3–2 away win at Crewe Alexandra. He has made fourth most appearances for the club, with 432. He also played for Cambridge City, Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest, Gillingham and Southend United. Harris retired from professional football in June 2013 and took up a coaching role at Millwall. Having briefly acted as caretaker-manager after the dismissal of Steve Lomas in January 2014, Harris was given the same role following the dismissal of Ian Holloway in March 2015 and was confirmed as permanent manager of Millwall on 29 April 2015.

Professor Eric Ives OBE (OB 1939 - 1949)

British historian

Eric William Ives, OBE (12 July 1931 – 25 September 2012) was a British historian and an expert on the Tudor period. He was Emeritus Professor of English History at the University of Birmingham. In 2001 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to history.

Chris Jarvis (OB 1980 - 1987)

Television Presenter

Martin Christopher "Chris" Jarvis (born 20 April 1970 in Romford, London) is a television actor and presenter who has appeared on BBC television since 1992, apart from 2000–2002 when he was working with ITV and Channel 4.

Nic Jones (OB 1958 - 1962)


Nicolas Paul "Nic" Jones (born 9 January 1947) is an English folk singer, fingerstyle guitarist and fiddle player who was most active in the years 1964–1982. He recorded five solo albums, and has been a frequent guest performer.

Charles Kortright (OB 1880 - 1885)


Charles Jesse Kortright (9 January 1871 at Furze Hall, Fryerning, Ingatestone, Essex – 12 December 1952 at Brookstreet, South Weald, Essex) was an English cricketer, who played for Essex and Free Foresters. In his obituary in the 1953 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, he was described as "probably the fastest bowler in the history of the game", a testimony fervently supported by countless of those who saw and faced him.

Frank Lampard OBE (OB 1985 - 1995)

Professional Footballer

Frank James Lampard OBE (born 20 June 1978) is an English former professional footballer and children's writer. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, where he played for 13 years, and is considered by a number of journalists and football experts to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, in addition to being regarded as Chelsea's greatest ever player by some Chelsea players, such as previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate John Terry.

Lampard began his career at West Ham United, for whom his father Frank Lampard, Sr. had also played. He secured a place in the first team by the 1997–98 season, and the following year helped the team finish fifth in the Premier League, their highest-ever Premier League placing. In 2001, he moved to rival London club Chelsea for £11 million.

From his debut, Lampard was ever-present in the Chelsea first team and made 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, a record for an outfield player. He established himself as a prolific scorer at the west London club and was a key part of the sides which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004–05 and 2005–06 and a domestic cup double in 2007. He signed a new contract in 2008, becoming the highest-paid Premier League footballer at that time, and scored in his first Champions League Final that year. He won a second FA Cup winners' medal in 2009, scoring the winning goal in the final. In the 2009–10 season, Lampard helped Chelsea secure their first league and FA Cup Double, and also had his most prolific season with the club, scoring 22 league goals and 17 league assists. In 2012, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League success and a year later to their first UEFA Europa League title.

A three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Lampard is the club's all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in all competitions. Lampard is one of seven players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is second in the Premier League's all-time assists table, behind Ryan Giggs. In 2005, Lampard was voted FWA Footballer of the Year and was runner-up in both the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d'Or. In 2010, he received the FWA Tribute Award. He has won 13 trophies in his career.

Internationally, Lampard was capped 106 times by England since his debut in October 1999, and scored 29 international goals. He was voted England Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. He played in Euro 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament after scoring three goals in four games. He was top scorer for England in their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with five goals, and played at three World Cups. He is England's most prolific penalty taker with nine goals, surpassing the previous record holders, Ron Flowers and Alan Shearer.

Since December 2015, he has been married to television presenter Christine Bleakley. Lampard currently serves as a team captain on the ITV sport panel show Play to the Whistle.

Lord Andrew Lansley CBE (OB 1968 - 1974)

Former Secretary State for Health

Andrew David Lansley, Baron Lansley, CBE, PC (born 11 December 1956) is a British Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Cambridgeshire from 1997 to 2015.

Lansley was born in Hornchurch, Essex and studied Politics at the University of Exeter. He worked in the civil service before entering politics. He ran the 1992 general election while at the Conservative Research Department and later was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party at the 2001 general election.

Lansley was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health from 2004 until 2010, the Secretary of State for Health from 2010 until 2012, and Leader of the House of Commons from 2012 until 2014. As Health Secretary, Lansley was responsible for the government's controversial Health and Social Care Act 2012. He announced his intention to stand down as an MP in 2015, and was awarded a life peerage in 2015 Dissolution Honours.

Ian Martin (OB 1959 - 1966)

Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN

Ian Martin is an English human rights activist/advisor and sometime United Nations official. His most recent UN assignment was as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. He is currently Executive Director of Security Council Report.

Louise McKinlay (OB 1989 - 1996)

Youngest ever female Council Leader in the Country 

Louise McKinlay has lived in Hutton since the age of 16. Born in Essex and educated at Brentwood School, she studied at Loughborough University, where she obtained a BA (Hons) and MSc.

Louise was elected to Brentwood Borough Council in 2004 for the Hutton North Ward and was re-elected in 2008. Louise was elected Leader of the Authority in May 2009, as the youngest ever female Council Leader in the Country.

She was re-elected again in 2012 and continued to lead the Council and the Conservative Group until May 2014. Louise remains the Leader of the Conservatives on Brentwood Borough Council.

Sir Ralph Murray (OB 1922 - 1927)

British journalist, radio broadcaster and diplomat

Sir Francis Ralph Hay Murray KCMG CB (3 March 1908 – 11 September 1983), was a British journalist, radio broadcaster and diplomat.

In 1935, he married Mauricette Vladimira Marie Reichsgräfin von Kuenburg, an Austrian aristocrat, the only child of Count Berhard von Kuenburg. They had four children; Ingram, Nicholas, Georgina and Simon. The comedian, TV personality and prospective parliamentary candidate, Al Murray, is his grandson.

Stephen Murray (OB 1922 - 1930)

English cinema, radio, theatre and television actor

Stephen Umfreville Hay Murray (6 September 1912 – 31 March 1983) was an English cinema, radio, theatre and television actor.

He was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. He Is also the great uncle of the comedian Al Murray.

Chrystall Nicoll (OB 2003 - 2004)

British No. 1 ranked Women's Sabre Fencer

Dorset-born Chrystall Nicoll was Britain's No 1 sabreur in 2010 and Britain's top woman fencer in 2011 and 2012, she won two bronze medals at the World Cup as well as a string of British titles.

Nicoll, who trains in Brentwood, attended Brentwood School from 2003-2004.

Alex O'Connell (OB 1995 - 2006)

Team GB Men's Sabre Fencer

Alexander O'Connell (born 1988) is a sabre fencer who competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games, where he seeded 39th and was eliminated by Nikolay Kovalev in the first round of competition.

In 2005, O’Connell won the junior world championship in Austria. In the following year, he was selected for the England Under 20 team in India, where he won gold as a team. In 2007, he placed 2nd at the Junior Men's Sabre World Cup in Göppingen, Germany.

Hal Ozsan (OB 1988 - 1995)

Actor and singer-songwriter

Halil "Hal" Özşan (born 26 October 1976) is a Turkish Cypriot-born British actor best known for various series regular and recurring roles on shows such as The Blacklist, Graceland, Impastor, 90210, Kyle XY, and Dawson's Creek.

Eric Peters (OB 1976 - 1987)

Professional Rugby Player

Eric Peters (born 28 January 1969) is a Scottish former amateur and professional rugby union player, usually playing at No8, who rose to captain the Scotland national rugby union team.

Michael Peppiatt (OB 1952-59)

Writer, Art Historian and Exhition Curator

Michael Peppiatt (born 9 October 1941) is an art historian, curator and writer, who graduated from Cambridge University in 1964, and joined The Observer as a junior art critic. He then went to Paris to take up an editorial job at Réalités magazine, where he remained until 1969, when he was appointed arts editor at Le Monde. In the mid-1970s he began reporting on cultural events across Europe for The New York Times and The Financial Times, becoming Paris correspondent for several art magazines, notably Art News and Art International. In 1985, Peppiatt became owner and editor of Art International, which he relaunched from Paris, devoting special issues to the artists he most admired.

In 1994, Peppiatt returned to London with his wife, the art historian Jill Lloyd, and their two children, where he wrote the biography of Francis Bacon (1909–1992), whose close friend and commentator he had been for thirty years. Chosen as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times and translated into several languages, the biography is considered the definitive account of Bacon’s life and work.

Peppiatt has curated numerous exhibitions worldwide, notably travelling retrospectives of the School of London, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Christian Schad and Antoni Tàpies. In 2009, Peppiatt curated an exhibition of sculpture by Dado for the Venice Biennale, a Maillol retrospective for Barcelona, and a Caravaggio-Bacon exhibit for the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

In 2005, Peppiatt was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Cambridge for his publications on 20th-century art. He is a member of the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature, and since 2010 he has been on the board of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

In 2012, Peppiatt published Interviews with Artists, a book of more than forty interviews with personalities ranging from Jean Dubuffet, Balthus, and Oscar Niemeyer to Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Antoni Tàpies. An exhibition on this theme was shown at Eykyn Maclean in London.

More recently Peppiatt curated a Miró exhibition that travelled from the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg to the Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf, in 2014-15. Peppiatt's latest memoir, 'Francis Bacon in Your Blood' was published by Bloomsbury in August 2015.

Griff Rhys Jones (OB 1965 - 1971)

Comedian and actor

Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He has starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith.

Rhys Jones came to national attention in the early 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones alongside Mel Smith. With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group and later in 2005, he started the production company Modern Television.

He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work. He currently presents the television bloopers show It'll Be Alright on the Night for ITV, replacing Denis Norden in 2008.

Rhys Jones has fronted a number of documentary series for both the BBC and ITV including Mountain in 2007, Greatest Cities of the World between 2008 and 2010 and A Great Welsh Adventure in 2014.


John Rist (OB 1944 - 1954)

Known mainly for his contributions to the history of metaphysics and ethics

John Michael Rist (born 1936), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is a British scholar of ancient philosophy, classics, and early Christian philosophy and theology, known mainly for his contributions to the history of metaphysics and ethics. He is the author of monographs on Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicurus, Plotinus, the dating of the Gospels, and Augustine. Rist is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Toronto, part-time Visiting Professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome, holds the Father Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Chair in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. During his lengthy academic career he has also been Regius Professor of Classics at the University of Aberdeen (1983-1996), and the Lady David Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1995).

His work has been important in the fields of ancient philosophy and historical theology for two main reasons. First, Rist is noted for a level of conceptual reading comprehension in ancient texts that is exceptionally high; he thereby produced studies marked by "acute observations," singular "insights," and "valuable interpretations." Second, Rist's work executes meticulous scholarship and detailed discussion of problems while engaging large philosophical and theological themes, setting both within their relevant historical contexts.

Stewart Robson (OB 1978 - 1981)

Former English Professional Footballer

Stewart Ian Robson (born 6 November 1964) is an English former football player and TV and radio football pundit. He played for Arsenal and West Ham United where he was their player of the season in 1988, and Coventry City. After his footballing career ended he took on a role as a TV and radio pundit for Arsenal TV until 2012, TalkSPORT and as ESPN's Italian football co-commentator.

Sir Nick Scheele (OB 1950 - 1962)

Former president of the Ford Motor Company

Sir Nicholas Vernon "Nick" Scheele KCMG (3 January 1944 – 18 July 2014) was an English business executive who served as President, from 2001-05, and Chief Operating Officer (COO), from 2001-04, of the Ford Motor Company, and also as Chancellor of the University of Warwick from March 2002 to July 2008. Prior to being Chief Operating Officer for Ford, Scheele was responsible for European operations and has also been Chief Executive of Jaguar, then a Ford subsidiary.

Born in Brentwood, Essex, the elder son of Werner J. Scheele and his wife, Norah E. Scheele (née Gough) He was educated at Brentwood School and went on to study at St Cuthbert's, Durham University. After graduation, he joined the Ford Motor Company.

Scheele was fluent in German, French and Spanish, which served him well when he became the chairman of Ford of Europe. An advocate of private funding for universities and strong links to business, in an interview for the BBC, he said: "I think in the future, education and industry need to become even more closely linked than they have been historically. As government funding changes, the replacement could well come through private funding from companies, individuals and grant-giving agencies."

Scheele was also chairman of the Prince of Wales Business and Environment Committee, and chaired the manufacturing group of Foresight 2020. Foresight is a UK government programme which aims to identify the UK's future needs and to build bridges between industry, science and government.

Scheele became a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco in February 2005.

Scheele was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2001 for services to British exports. He died at the age of 70 on 18 July 2014.

Daryl Selby (OB 1994 - 2001)

Professional Squash Player

Daryl Selby, (born 3 November 1982 in Harlow) is a professional squash player who represented England. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 9 in April 2010. His sister is the professional squash player Lauren Selby. He attended the UK Brentwood School, Essex as his secondary school between 1994 and 2001.

Sir Michael Snyder (OB 1961 - 1968)

Senior Partner at Kingston Smith LLP, Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation

Michael led Kingston Smith as Managing Partner, combining it with the role of Senior Partner, until 2016. Michael is now a Consultant with KS and his understanding of how growing businesses operate and the aspirations of their owners is highly respected by his clients. He is also non-executive Director of Metro Bank PLC.

Michael is a well-known supporter of small and medium-sized businesses, having spent many years advising the UK Government on the issues affecting growing businesses, as well as sitting on the Small Business Council and Small Business Investment Taskforce. He is particularly adept at finding new ways to help business grow, helping to set up the National Business Angels Network and acting as its chairman between 1999 and 2002. He is the current chairman of GLE Loan Finance Ltd, an alternative source of finance for growing small businesses based in the capital.

Michael’s commitment to the accounting sector is evident through the significant investment of his time providing guidance to key organisations and holding leadership roles. He has served on several Institute of Charted Accountants Committees and was also the Chairman of the Association of Practising Accountants, a group of senior and managing partners of medium-sized firms of chartered accountants.

Michael was  Co-Chairman of the Government’s Professional Business Services Council (PBSC), an important body which sees the UK’s largest industry sector and Government working together to strengthen the country’s economic position.  He has helped to promote the importance of professional and business services in the UK, advising past and present Government leaders.

Michael is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation and has represented the Ward of Cordwainer since 1986.  He has chaired several Committees, including Finance, before taking the leadership of the City Corporation as Policy and Resources Chairman between 2003 and 2008. He led a period of considerable reform; the foundation of three academies for the City of London, as well as opening offices in Brussels, India and China.  Michael also led the City’s support for the London’s Crossrail project, culminating in a major financial contribution from the City and influencing key players to bring this nationally important project to the starting gate. He was Knighted in 2008 for his services for business and for the City of London.

Michael is a longstanding Governor and Chairman of Brentwood School and was Chairman of the Governors for the City of London School for Girls. He has been a Governor of The London Guildhall University and subsequently of the London Metropolitan University, where he also chaired the Audit Committee as well as being a member of the City Academics Sponsors Trust.

In what little spare time he has, Michael enjoys music, gardening and narrow boating.

Sir Peter Stothard (OB 1962 - 1969)

Former editor of The Times

Sir Peter Stothard (born 28 February 1951) is a British author, journalist and critic. From 1992 to 2002 he was editor of The Times and from 2002 to 2016 editor of The Times Literary Supplement, the only journalist to have held both roles. His four books of diaries cover both political and classical themes.

He was the son of Max Stothard, an electrical engineer who worked at the Marconi Research Centre, Great Baddow. He grew up on the nearby Rothmans Estate. He was educated at Brentwood School, Essex (1962–68) and Trinity College, Oxford, where he became editor of Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell, after which he joined the BBC and wrote for the New Statesman, New Society and Plays and Players. He joined The Sunday Times in 1978 and The Times in 1981 where he was chief leader writer, deputy editor and US editor, based in Washington. He was knighted for services to the newspaper industry in 2003. He published Thirty Days: An Inside Account of Tony Blair at War in 2004 which was based on observations inside Downing Street during the Iraq War.

During Stothard's editorship, The Times reached a circulation of more than 900,000 - the highest in its history. This was, in part, the result of the so-called "price war" that started in 1993 when The Times reduced its cover price and started intense circulation battles against The Daily Telegraph and The Independent.

Rt Hon Jack Straw (OB 1957 - 1964)f the old Boy


Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Former Foreign Secretary

John Whitaker "Jack" Straw (born 3 August 1946) is an English politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He held two of the traditional Great Offices of State, as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 under Blair. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice throughout Brown's Premiership. Straw is one of only three individuals to have served in Cabinet continuously under the Labour government from 1997 to 2010, the others being Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling.

After the Labour Party lost power in May 2010, Straw briefly served as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Justice Secretary, with the intention to stand down from the frontbench after the subsequent 2010 Labour Shadow Cabinet election.

Dr Michael Tompsett (OB 1950 - 1959)

Physicist and inventor of the CCD imager

Michael Francis Tompsett is a British-born physicist, engineer, and inventor, and the founder director of the US software company TheraManager. He is a former researcher at the English Electric Valve Company, who later moved to Bell Labs in the United States. Tompsett designed and built the first ever video camera with a solid-state (CCD) sensor. Tompsett received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2017, with Eric Fossum, George Smith and Nobukazu Teranishi. Dr. Tompsett has also received two other lifetime awards; the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 2010 Pioneer Award, and the 2012 IEEE Edison Medal. The thermal-imaging camera tube developed from his invention also earned a Queen's Award in 1987.

Dr. Tompsett is known particularly for his work on infrared imagers and CCD imagers. He pioneered compact, low power, high performance and low cost solid-state infrared imagers, CCD imagers and digital cameras and made contributions in several fields with patents and publications over an extended period of time. He is credited with applying the principle behind the charge-coupled device to invent the CCD imager, used in devices such as digital cameras.

Ed Woodward (OB 1983 - 1989)

Executive Vice Chairman and a Director of Manchester United Football Club.

Edward Gareth "Ed" Woodward (born 9 November 1971) is a British former accountant and investment banker, and is the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United F.C. In his current role, Woodward has overall responsibility for the operation of the club

Sir Denis Arthur Hepworth Wright (OB 1921 - 1929)

British Ambassador

Sir Denis Arthur Hepworth Wright, GCMG (23 March 1911 – 18 May 2005) was a British diplomat. A long-serving ambassador to Iran, Wright's expertise and knowledge of Iran and Persian culture led him to write and edit several books on the region, as well as conduct a covert mission to inform the deposed Shah of Iran that he would not be granted asylum in Britain.

Stephen Yardley (OB 1950 - 1958)


Stephen Yardley (born 24 March 1942) is an English actor, known for his work on British television between 1965 and 2004.

Best known for his role as Ken Masters in the British TV drama Howards' Way (1985–90), Yardley most recently appeared in the British TV comedy Hex (2004).

In the mid-1960s, Yardley was a permanent member of the company at Dundee Repertory Theatre. He also made early appearances on TV in the 1960s, in series like Danger Man, and had an extended run during 1967–68 in Z-Cars, but his best known work was in the 1970s and '80s. These included performances as semi-reformed cat burglar William "Spider" Scott in The XYY Man (1976–77), Max Brocard in Secret Army (1978) and Police Inspector Cadogan in Virtual Murder (1992). He has twice had roles in Doctor Who - Sevrin in Genesis of the Daleks (1975) and Arak in Vengeance on Varos (1985) - and also took a part in the science fiction series Blake's 7 (1981) and the BBC TV adaptation of The Day of the Triffids (1981). Later he appeared as Vince Farmer in five's soap opera, Family Affairs (1999–2003).