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Classnotes - 1970s

Stephen Allsopp (Postgraduate Certificate in Education 1978-79) and Lesley Allsopp (née West, BA French Studies 1975-79)
Stephen and Lesley have retired to Devon. Stephen had to give up teaching due to multiple sclerosis but keeps himself busy around the house and garden. Lesley has been deeply involved in the Fair Trade movement for over 25 years. She also looks forward to researching her family history having moved back to her roots. Their younger son Peter (MEng 2002-06) married Muhaimina Said (BA Economics and Economic History 2002-5) in Kenya last year.


Jean Bews (née Colley)
BA Philosophy 1970-73

Jean is a teacher, writer and philosophy for children trainer. She has published two books. One is a children's novel entitled Cauldron of Rebirth which has philosophical themes running throughout. You can find out more at The other book is Chez Moi!, a resource for primary French teachers. (Jean won an award in the Primary French Teacher Awards 2008 and is a Lead Teacher of French).

Rakesh Bhanot
BA Philosophy & Literature 1970-74

Rakesh has taken early retirement from Coventry University. In April 2009, a book edited by Rakesh and Eva Illis was launched by the renowned linguist, academic and author David Crystal. Best of Language Issues is a compilation of articles from the first 20 years of NATECLA's ESOL journal. Rakesh is a regular participant at, and a Patron of, The Guardian Hay Festival.

John Bird
BA History and Politics 1973-76

A study of Britain's treatment of enemy alien civilians during the First World War by John is to be published in early March 1915 by Routledge, one of the world's leading educational publishers. The hardback book, and an accompanying ebook version, are part of the Routledge Revivals programme, which the company say is 'an opportunity to purchase out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world's most eminent academic scholars.' Dr Bird's book was first published in 1986 by Garland, New York, in its series, Outstanding Theses from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gillian Brookman (née Hancock)
B.A. (Qualified Teacher Status)[Sci. Ed.] 1979-83

After spending 20 years in Reading doing youth and community work, Gillian has moved to Bristol where she now works in public health establishing health promotion in schools.


Jackie Calver (née Clark)
BA French Studies 1976-79

After being told 4 and a half years ago that she had incurable cancer she's still here, still well and still living life to the full!

Pam Calvert
Pam Calvert
BA English and European Literature 1972-75

Pam's career has been in journalism and public relations since graduation. Nearly 25 years ago she founded her own reputation and communications consultancy called Communications Management. They specialise in working with organisations which have education at the heart of what they do: schools, FE colleges, universities and business schools; workplace performance and development companies and vocational skills providers; research organisations; museums and arts organisations; private sector education partners. They also develop and run public education campaigns.

Her company is the third largest consultancy in the UK in terms of public sector business, a top 100 UK agency and a top 50 independent agency outside London. Pam is now Chief Executive and the proud winner of a Best Boss award!


John Casson
BA English and European Literature 1971-74

In 1998 John invented the Communicube, a multi-purpose communication tool for use in therapy, education, and play. The transparent, five level structure was created during PhD research into therapy with people who hear voices but has subsequently been found to be useful in many different contexts and practices. The structure is now used internationally by therapists and teachers and is marketed by Communicube Ltd. The Science Museum has accepted three early prototypes including the very first structure John made during Christmas 1998. These will become part of the National Collection of objects and materials used by psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists. Another prototype has been acquired by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Psychology Department.

Chris Collard
BA History and Sociology 1971-75

Chris retired as a full time teacher (Head of the Expressive Arts Faculty at a Nottinghamshire comprehensive) in 2007 and now examines Performing Arts for OCR and AQA, does some supply teaching and continues to pursue a musical career in folk and acoustic music clubs. While Chris was a student at Warwick he was a third of the University's best known acoustic trio 'Bretton' who featured at a 2003 reunion on campus. If anyone would like to buy a copy of his new 15 track solo C.D.'Passing Time' please send a cheque for £5.50 inclusive of P@P to:Chris Collard 19 Stanford Way Walton Chesterfield S42 7NH.

Elizabeth Cruse
BA History 1972-75

Elizabeth has published a book of poetry: Is this Really Me?. She has had a portfolio career that has included teaching, nursing , health promotion and is at present managing a web-based copywriting agency, for the friend that owns it. She is nowhere near retirement.

John Dunkerton
MEd 1978-80

John is now chief examiner for biology A-level with Edexcel and assistant head teacher at a specialist science college in Coventry.

Alistair Edwards
BA and MA Politics 1972-77

Alistair is married to Vivien Lyons (BA Sociology 1973-76). They have two children. Alistair taught at Manchester University until 2005 then worked in the Insolvency Service until retirement in 2014.

Afifa Emathuallah (formerly Anne Sutherland)
BA Philosophy and Literature 1972-75

Afifa is focussing on Sufi practice and art/calligraphy. She is a follower of Maulana Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil, the world leader of the Naqshabandi Sufi order.

Karen Fill (née Davis)
BSc Computer and Management Science 1975-78

Karen is now retired and living in Cheltenham. She is married to Chris Fill, who she met at Warwick in 1975 and married in 1978. He did an MSc in Business and Management, 1975-76. He is semi-retired but continues to write his very successful textbooks in the fields of marketing communications, advertising and corporate reputation. They have two sons in their twenties; one is a researcher in materials science at Oxford, the other is a housing outreach officer in London.


Richard Gradie
BA English and European Literature 1974-77

Living in Vancouver, he has published three books for English-as-a-second-language learners: 1200 Words You Need to Know, 1200 Words You Need to Know Advanced Edition, and Writing Skills Workbook: 101 Grammar Exercises. He has also authored 52 resource guides for tutors and students on such classics as Hamlet, 1984, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and others.


Claire Holman
BSc Molecular Sciences 1973-76

After Warwick Claire did a PhD in air pollution and a post doctoral Fellowship. Her career has taken her from non-profits through the education sector to environmental consultancy work including projects for the European Commission. She now works for Peter Brett Associates leading their air quality team.

 Mark Horgan
Mark Horgan
BSc Microbiology and Virology 1979-82

Mark is group accountant for Microworld, a London-based computer and mobile phone retailer. When not working he enjoys badminton, football and athletics.

Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson
MA Economics 1972–74

Has recently become the Provost and Dean of Campus Development at the University of Ulster – Coleraine. Formerly Dean of the Ulster Business School, Robert has been involved with the Coleraine campus for over 35 years.

Philip Jackson
Philip Jackson
Mathematics [PG] 1975-76

Philip completed a PhD in topology at the University of Sheffield in 1980. He worked as a Senior Analyst/Programmer at the JET Joint Undertaking also known as the Joint European Torus. A Tokamac Fusion Research Establishment in Oxfordshire. He is single and lives in Glastonbury, Somerset, in a bachelor apartment overlooking the Tor.

Annamarie Jans
BA English and Italian Literature 1978-81

Annamarie recently returned to the UK after 10 years in Rome. She is now settling back into UK life in Canterbury.


Fatima Silva Leite
PhD Control Theory 1979-83

After her PhD at Warwick she became an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She is now a Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the same university and a leading researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra.

Michael Leyton
BSc Mathematics 1974-77

Michael has been a professor at Rutgers University near New York for twenty years. He has published a number of books in Springer-Verlag, MIT Press, and Birkhauser. The mathematics he has developed has been used by scientists in over 40 disciplines. He is also a well-known painter.


Brian McCaughey (LLB Law 1973-76) and Sarah Riches (LLB Law 1973-76)
Brian and Sarah met at Warwick and later married. Sarah taught law and is now the Director of Planning and Policy at the University of Bolton. Brian continues to teach law at the Manchester College and is a member of the Employment Tribunal and the Adjudication Panel for England. Their son, Ciaran McCaughey, began a History and Politics degree at Warwick in 2008.
Thelma Manley (née Dalton)
B.A. (Qualified Teacher Status) 1978-81

Thelma was head teacher at Westgate Primary School in Warwick from 1997-2005. She took retirement and re-married in 2008/09. She is now the first lady president of the Rotary Club of Warwick and vice-chair of the Warwick Hospital League of Friends.

Paul Mansfield
BA History 1973-76

Paul has spent most of his working life in adult social care, employed by local authorities in London and the East Midlands. In a late career switch, he has been teaching Social Work at the University of Lincoln since late 2011.

David Morris
BSc Engineering Science 1975-78

David worked in the manufacturing industry in mechanical design and production engineering roles for 12 years and then as a computer business systems implementation consultant for 19 years. He is now using his information systems skills to provide improving information and guidance to teaching staff in an 850 pupil 11-16 secondary school and really enjoying it.

Max Moulin 
Laurence 'Max' Moullin
MSc Management Science & Operational Research 1974-75

Max has left his full-time post at Sheffield Business School to set up the Public Sector Scorecard Research Centre, which focusses on improving outcomes for public and third sector organisations, including value for money. More detail at www.public sector He also had his first grandchild in 2012.

David Noble

David Noble
LLB 1973-1976

In late 2007 David accepted an invitation to take up the post of Chief Parliamentary Counsel and Compiler of Statutes for New Zealand after working in the Government Legal Service in a number of departments in London and in the European Commission in Brussels. This office is responsible for drafting and publishing most of New Zealand’s primary and secondary legislation. Best wishes to colleagues and friends from the 1973 intake.

Pippa Norris
BA Philosophy and Politics 1971-74

Pippa was one of the winners of the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Pippa, who is professor in political science at Harvard University, was acknowledged for having systematically investigated and highlighted the importance of human values and value change for political behaviour and societal life.


Tony Peake
BA History and Sociology 1973-76

Tony's first book, Is There Life After Death? has sold over 30,000 copies in just over two years and has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Czech. His second book, The Daemon has just been published. Tony is also a professional member of The International Association of Near-Death Studies, The Institute of Noetic Science and The Scientific & Medical Network (SMN). For more information, visit

Trevor Pike
BA Physical Education 1972-75

Trevor attended Canley (Coventry College of Education) attached to Warwick University from 1972-1975, studying Physical Education. He went on to teach in Peterborough at different schools for 39 years and is retiring at the end of 2014. He met his future wife at College and married Joanne (Chambers) in 1977. It would be good to be contacted by friends who remembers them

 Sharon Plant
Sharon Plant
BA English and American Literature 1973-77

Sharon is a published writer on the subjects of art, design, architecture and food. Her most recent novel The Last Supper describes the fall from grace of the sitter who models as Christ for Leonardo da Vinci. The book sells in the Milan church where the famous painting is disintegrating on the refectory wall. Her company, The Art of Food, hosts events and publishes books about entertaining: The Art of Food: Mushrooms will shortly be followed by The Art of Food Offal, Chocolate and Colour.

Maureen Prior
BEd 1971-75
Maureen taught fulltime at Manor Park School in Nuneaton until 1990. She took early retirement but did supply teaching in various schools in the area until she was 60. Maureen is enjoying her retirement since then will family, friends and hobbies.
Gillian Pritchett
(MA French Studies 1977-78)

Gillian did her MA in French by research under the guidance of Professor Coe, graduating in Warwick Cathedral. She then went on to become a chartered accountant, worked for the National Audit Office for several years before joining the Thomas Cook Group which took her all over the world working on mergers and acquisitions.

She emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1999, lives her life in French, moved from M & A to marketing, teaches on the MBA programme at HEC Montréal and delivers her own programme Idea to Launch at McGill University. This program is part of the offerings on her site She also gives talks and does consulting on social media ( She comes back to the UK for several weeks four times a year and teaches in two universities in Prague and one in Holland. She has travelled to most parts of the world except South and central America, climbed a few active volcanoes, run a few half marathons and the London Marathon, and a few years ago started painting again and this August will have her first solo exhibition in Montreal.

Simon Robinson
BA Political Science 1979-81

After graduation Simon spent several years working in advertising. He then became a TEFL teacher and went on to set up Simon & Simon in 1995 ( This is now the UK's no.1 provider of experienced language trainers to the private sector, running hundreds of language courses every week for employees in companies across the UK and worldwide.

David Roebuck
David (Ronnie) Roebuck
PGCE Chemistry 1973-74

On leaving College David was appointed as a chemistry teacher at Coundon Court School. In 1977 he moved to King Henry VIII School Coventry in the same role and then in 1982 he was appointed as Head of Chemistry at Barnard Castle School in County Durham. After nine years at Barney he was appointed Head of Science at Leicester Grammar School in 1991 where he remains. For those who remember him he was in Hampton and played first class rugby as well as for the College.

Dipesh Shah
BA Economics 1971-74

Since graduating, Dipesh has become chief economist for BP Oil UK then chief executive of several BP businesses, chief executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Chairman of Viridian Group PLC, Chairman of HG Capital Renewable Power Partners. He is married to Annie with a son and daughter. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to the energy industry.

John Shedden
John Shedden
BEd (Physical Education) 1970 -73

John taught PE at his local secondary school before being tasked by the governing body of skiing with setting up a national coaching scheme for the UK with specific access for English skiers. (1975 - 98).

As Vice-Chairman of the British Association of National Coaches John proposed a core curriculum resource for coaching in all sports and so became founding Director of the National Coaching Foundation (now 'Sports Coach UK'). He also enjoyed several technical roles with the FIS (International Ski Federation), coached at Olympic Games and worked with many elite skiers including technical consultant to Franz Klammer.

Since 2000 he has been a self-employed coaching consultant providing expert reports to the legal profession, working with SAP (business software company) and on designs for indoor snow slopes including Ski Dubai, Moscow, Atlanta and Houston.

John is most proud of his contribution to coaching during the past three Olympiads (which grew out of his work at Warwick), developing coaching tools around 'feedback' and information processing models of skilful performances, with Olympic coaches from judo, sailing, gymnastics and track cycling.

Caroline Sheldrick
BA Philosophy and Literature 1970–73

After Warwick Caroline took a postgraduate Cert Ed at St Johns, York, and taught for a few years in a huge comprehensive school near Leeds. She then moved into educational publishing, going freelance in 1989. She took a BSc in Herbal Medicine in 2003, and now practises as a Medical Herbalist in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. She has a teenage son, Robert.

Michael Simmons
BA History 1974-77

Michael stayed the night at Warwick a few months ago, the second time he had been back in 33 years. A bizarre coincidence, on a display of the history of the University was this picture. That's Michael at the back in the centre behind the blonde woman with glasses, aged 20, late 1976 he thinks. But who else is in the picture? Click to enlarge and see if you recognise anyone."

 Simon Springett
Simon Springett
LLB 1975-78

Simon is a Commando-trained Royal Navy Chaplain, due to deploy to Afghanistan with 3 Commando Brigade in 2011, and retiring from the Royal Navy in 2012. He has just completed a Masters degree in Theology and Ministry, and is actively seeking for the next step once a civilian again.

Keith Warrender
BSc Engineering Science 1973-76

Keith is still working at 60 in broadcasting engineering and projects. He's just had a nostalgia attack of Yes and Genesis. My goodness, will it ever go away?

Jane Webb
BA Philosophy and Education 1970-73

Jane was a primary school teacher for 30 years, specialising in special needs in later years. She took early retirement because of multiple sclerosis but is keeping busy. She loves to volunteer in a friend's classroom where she has the opportunity to listen to children reading. She also writes a column for a local magazine in Eltham.


Ken Wharton
BA Politics 1972-74

Ken is the author of two oral histories of the Northern Ireland troubles A Long, Long War (2008) and Bullets, Bombs and Cups of Tea (2009). He will be publishing his third book in 2010.


Bogusia Wojciechowska
BA History 1972-75 and MA Comparative Modern History 1975-76

Bogusia has published Waiting To Be Heard (The Polish Christian Experience Under Nazi and Stalinist Oppression 1939-1955). The book is an attempt to give voice to those who, in fear of their lives or in anticipation of an eventual and triumphant return, found themselves exiled across the world.

Helen Walters
BA History 1972-75

After leaving Warwick Helen began work in the information technology business, first as an employee and later as a consultant with her company. She also studied and qualified in various forms of alternative therapies with a view to practising when the IT work became too much for her. Unfortunately ill health and several major operations prevented her from fulfilling this ambition and she died in October 2012.

Margaret Worsley
Cert Ed 1971-74

Since graduation Margaret has gained four further degrees and published three books. She retired as a teacher/librarian in 1999.

Wendy Zones
Exchange Student 1977-78

Wendy has been living in Geneva for eight years doing training/development and executive coaching for multinational organisations. She would love to hear from anyone she knew during that time. Especially her flat mates and anyone who was in the Xmas pantomime of "Alice through the Looking Glass." Wendy was the Cheshire Cat and it was her last theatrical performance on stage.

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