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Classnotes - 1990s

Hatice Akkoc
EdD in Mathematics Education 1999-2003
Hatice has been working at Marmara University in Ýstanbul, Turkey since 2003. Recently she was promoted as an associate professor and appointed as a vice dean in the Faculty of Education.


Andreas Antoniades
MA International Political Economy 1998-99
Andreas is Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy and Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex. He has just published a new book entitled Producing Globalisation: The Politics of Discourse and Institutions in Greece and Ireland.


Christine Ashford
BA Art History 1994-97 and MA History of Art 1998-99
Has co-written a jewellery design book (with her sister). Spellbinding Bead Jewellery (David & Charles) was inspired by mythical and fictional characters.
Pamela Beesley
Certificate in Continuing Education 1991-92

Pamela recently celebrated her 80th birthday. For the third year in a row she performed a recital of English Art Songs in the Conservatoire for the Arts Fest.

Jane Berry
BA Renaissance & Modern European History 1998-2001
Has published her first book, The Guides of the Chalet School. You can find more information on the publisher's website.


Philippa Bevan (née Hollidge)
BSc Microbiology and Virology 1995-98
Started her own business, Accelerate Associates, in 2007. Accelerate Associates is a marketing and market research service for SMEs operating in the medical and science markets. Prior to this, Philippa worked for Bibby Sterilin Limited and NHS Innovations. On a more personal note, Philipa gave birth to a daughter, Chloe Elizabeth on 16 May 2008.
Gavin Bishop
Gavin Bishop
BSc Accounting and Finance 1996-99

Gavin is a Chartered Accountant who joined the insurance industry in Bermuda in 2003. He is Vice President and Controller of Validus Reinsurance Ltd and responsible for heading their Finance and Operations Departments. He has recently been awarded the prestigious Young Industry Leader of the Year Award by the Bermuda Insurance Institute.


Sharon Bolton
MBA 1991–92
Her second novel Awakening (Bantam Press) was published in April 2009. A thriller, it is the story of a young veterinary surgeon with a dark secret and the aftermath of the day she saved a baby from a snake. Sacrifice, her first novel, was published in 2008 and won the Amazon UK Best New Read. Sharon is married to Andrew Burtenshaw (MBA 1991-92) and they live near Oxford with their seven year old son.


Guy Brickley
BA English and Theatre Studies 1998-2001
Currently working in India for an educational NGO called the Purkal Youth Development Society. Guy has been living in India for a year and is studying for an MA part-time. He originally went to India to study yoga and planned to stay for a couple of months, however something grabbed him as he travelled around the country and he ended up staying and totally changing his life.
Patricia Carswell
MBA 1998-2002
Working in the West Bank working as an ecumenical accompanier (sent by the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel).
Catherine Casey (née Tomlin)
BA Educational Studies 1995-99)
Has been awarded chartered status in her field of independent financial advice, one of only 200 women out of around 1,500 Chartered Financial Advisers in the UK.
Benjamin Chatfield
BA French Studies 1993-96

Benjamin has just completed his first book, Mediterranean Homesick Blues: From Coventry to St Tropez to Coventry, which features many Warwick references. Mediterranean Homesick Blues is a diary cum guidebook cum cultural smorgasbord about a year Benjamin spent split between a role as a language assistant in Cannes and as a beachseller-waiter in St. Tropez.


Sue Child
BA Sociology and Education 1996–99
After graduating from Warwick, Sue went to Plymouth University to read for a PhD in Sociology. After successfully completing this in 2003 she celebrated by going on a world cruise the day after her viva! She has since been employed in various lecturing roles at Plymouth University. From September 2009, Sue has had a new role as a Research Fellow at the Peninsula Medical School on a University of Exeter appointment.
William Clothier
BSc Management Sciences 1994-97
William is continuing to expand the Brody House Group of businesses based in Budapest. This comprises property development, short and long term accommodation, art, design and music studios, events and hospitality and cultural happenings.

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Trevor Cooper
MA Education 1990-92
Trevor has recently published Who Goes There: A Challenge to Humanity a moral and ethical appraisal of social influences of the lives of human beings.
Emily Curtis (née Peel)
BSc Mathematics 1993-96

This academic year sees Emily celebrating 25 years since treatment began for scoliosis and as such she would like to say that the university did much to aid her recovery from the two major operations she underwent as a young teenager. In 2004, Emily achieved her career ambition of ‘working with numbers’ and became an accounts clerk with a small firm of chartered accountants. After five years of work and training in this role she moved house and found contract work as a taxation adviser. In 2010, Emily gave birth to her first child and has since been a full-time mother – with baby number two expected in May 2013.


Nick Davidson (BA History and Politics 1990-93) and Shaun Hunt (BA History 1990-93)
The pair have recently published Modern Football is Rubbish (Sportsbooks Ltd), ’a book for those of you who pine for cup upsets, muddy pitches and ridiculous sideburns’. Nick and Shaun met playing for the same football team (Athletico Spleenectomy). The team is still going strong after 18 years and plays every week at the Sports Connexion in Coventry.
Rossana Favero-Karunaratna
LLM Law and Development 1993-94

Currently a PhD candidate (Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo) in the area of immigration, intermarriage and citizenship. Published a book on these issues in 2002 (Sudu-The legal status of foreign spouses in Sri Lanka).

Worked as a tutor for the programme of Conflict Resolution organized by Bradford University in association with SSA. Edited a book on South-South experiences in conflict resolution. Published a book "Condors and peacocks-from Latin America to Sri Lanka" based in personal experience, would say it is part of the so called diasporic literature. Published short stories for children for Perera Hussein Publishing House, Iguana Magazine in the USA and Channels Literary Journal in Sri Lanka.

Happily married to Kahandawala Parakrama (LLM Law and Dev. 93-94) who is involved in an environmental legal consultancy at the moment and proud mother of two children - one already graduated from Havana University (Knowledge Management).

Warren Fitzgerald
BA English and Theatre Studies 1992-95
Since graduating Warren has been a professional singer and has worked with children and adults with disabilities. He has undertaken several voluntary projects overseas including building a health centre in Kibungo, Rwanda (the setting for his new novel, The Go-Away Bird). He lives in London.
Jonathan Fogarty
Jonathan Fogerty
BA History 1991 - 94

Jonathan is a serious injury solicitor with Fentons Solicitors, Manchester. He specialises in acting on behalf of those with spinal cord injuries and amputations. Having been a trustee for 12 years, he has recently been elected the Chair of the Spinal Injuries Association, the national charity working on behalf of those affected by spinal cord injury in the UK.


John Forth
MA Industrial Relations 1994-95
Cambridge University Press has just published John's new book The Evolution of the Modern Workplace. The book provides an analysis of the extensive changes that have taken place in employment relations within British workplaces over the past 25 years. It charts the decline of trade unions and the rising importance of the law.
Nicole Foss
LLM Law in Development 1996-97
Nicole runs a finance website called The Automatic Earth and is an international lecturer on energy and finance. With her partner she has been explaining the credit crunch, and where it goes from here, online since January 2008. She recently launched a video of one of her presentations. It can be found here.
Avinash S Ganu
LLM in International Economic Law 1995-96

Avinash is the founder of Avinash Ganu and Associates, a law firm in Pune, India. He has been in legal practice since 1976 and teaches law and economics at Gokhale Institute Pune.

Alexandra Griffin de Leon
MEng Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology 1999-04
Alexandra has been living and working in Ecuador since graduating in 2004. She works in the jungle with HCJB Global to help communities build their own drinking water systems.

Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall
MA Labour History; PhD Social History 1996-2000
Duncan has just published his second book. His first was an academic history book, based on his PhD thesis, but this new book, Brambleholme Summer, is a children's adventure story!


Janet Harris (née Dash)
MA English Language Teaching for Young Learners 1995–97
Left Barbados to take up a position as a Spanish teacher in the Cayman Islands. She is now Head of her department and Senior Tutor at her school. Janet was recently awarded a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Barbara Hornby
MA Local and Regional History 1994-96
Was appointed Honorary Editor of Northamptonshire Past & Present, the annual journal of the Northamptonshire Record Society. She has just completed her second issue. In 2000 she wrote the biography of George Freeston, “recording angel” of Blisworth, Northamptonshire.


Rob Hubbard (BEng Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology 1993-96) and Tess Robinson (BA German and Business 1993-97, MA Organisation Studies 1998-99)
Rob and Tess now own their own e-learning consultancy, specialising in e-learning strategy development, the design and delivery of innovative learning solutions and e-learning training. They have also recently launched a rapid e-learning development course using 3D gaming, social networking and collaborative learning. Their websites are at and
Philip Hurst
BA History 1992-95

After three successful years as deputy head teacher at the Philip Morant School in Colchester, Philip will take up post as head teacher of Thomas Mills High School, Framilingham. He has worked in education since graduating and has completed an MA and MBA.

Ed Jewell
BA Philosophy & Literature 1995-98

After completing an MA in Librarianship at Sheffield University Ed worked in a variety of role at the Guille-Alles Library, Guernsey and continued his studies, completing an MSc in Library & Information Services Management from the University of Aberystwyth in 2013. In February 2014 he moved to a new role, as Chief Librarian of the Jersey Library Service.

Amie Joof
LLB 1993-96

Having practiced as a private legal practitioner, Amie joined the bench as a judge of the high court of The Gambia. She was elevated as a judge of The Gambia Court of Appeal and in May 2013 was appointed as the Attorney General & Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia.

Somchai Kiatgamolchai
PhD Physics 1995-2000
Since leaving Warwick Somchai has been working as a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Talip Kucukcan
PhD Ethnic Relations 1992-97
Talip is a Professor of Sociology at Marmara University and has been elected to the Turkish Parliament as an MP with the ruling Justice and Development Party. He is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Benny Nam Sang Lam
MSc Parallel Computers and Computation 1992-93

Benny is the founder and director of Right Station Ltd., a cloud solution service provider in Hong Kong

David Layton
MEd Continuing Education 1991-93

Since graduating, David has been engaged in numerous areas of work at Walsall College where he began his Further Education teaching career in October 1981. After leaving Warwick he became involved with a university partnership to enable students to progress to Higher Education and was instrumental in Hospitality and Travel Programmes offered at the College.

He also undertook a HEFCE funded secondment, was a curriculum manager for several years for hospitality, travel & tourism and languages. He has also established study programmes with partner institutions in Russia and more recently held the role of international tutor for those overseas students who follow our programmes at Foundation and Graduate Diploma level; linked to a number of partner universities – a role which he is thoroughly enjoying and hopes to expand.


Maureen MacDonald
PhD Sociology 1992-97
Maureen has been appointed to the cabinet of the Government of Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly since 1998 and is Minister for Health, Health Promotion and Protection; and Gaelic Affairs.


Seema Malhotra
BA Philosophy and Politics 1991-94
Seema was a freelance management consultant with over 10 years' experience of working with organisations such as Accenture and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. After leaving Warwick she also developed a political career which included running for the London Assembly, advising politicians and government on diversity issues and becoming the first Asian chair of the Fabian Society. She was recently elected MP for Feltham and Heston.
Annabella Matute-Castro
Annabella Matute-Castro
LLM Law in Development 1994-95

Soon after Warwick Annabella set up her own company back in Peru providing legal services and project management to the third sector. Back in the UK now, she has incorporated a partnership which trades locally and overseas: M C International Links Limited. Among other things, they provide the best suited volunteers in community and development in the UK and India. She is loving every minute of her job: rewarding, exciting and very down to earth. Fancy volunteering in India after Warwick? Take a gap!

Helen McCrorie
Distance Learning MBA 1990-94

After adding a Warwick MBA to a BEd, Helen worked in consultancy for 16yrs. Even in turbulent economic times, her MBA has helped ensure employability and Helen has recently joined Circus Space, the UK’s premier circus school, as Head of Business Development.

Joanne McCudden

Joanne McCudden
PhD Biological Sciences 1999-2003
Since graduating Joanne has moved into the 'dark side' of the biotech industry, otherwise known as sales and marketing. She is currently Director Marketing and Sales at SynCo Bio Partners in The Netherlands, a contract manufacturing organisation, producing recombinant proteins and vaccines for clinical trials or the commercial market.
Jon Meredith
Jon Meredith
BA French Studies 1995-99
Jon, who visited campus recently with his wife and two young sons, has been awarded the GB LTA tennis coach of the year award for 2014. This is a national award for the most successful tennis coach in the country. Jon runs one of the LTA tennis academies and has nurtured several players who have played for GB and over 40 national players in the last eight years. Warwick is still at the core of some of Jon's best memories and life experiences. While a student here he ran the uni tennis club which had success in winning the BUSA trophy.
Rebecca Mitton (née Oakley)
BA French Studies 1995-99

Rebecca completed an MA in Applied Translation Studies at the University of Leeds after graduating from Warwick and then moved to south east England to work for Canon Europe. She worked initially as a Localisation Engineer and then as Localisation Project Manager, working with the organisation for 11 years before leaving to start a family.

She has two children and has retrained as a yoga therapist, which enables her to be self employed and work around. She is relocating to Cambridgeshire.


Wim Naudé
MSc Quantitative Development Economics 1990-91
Currently senior research fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics of the United Nations University. He has just co-edited a book entitled Vulnerability in Developing Countries. With over a billion people living in extreme poverty, this volume pulls together essays from leading scholars. It focuses on critical dimensions of vulnerability in developing countries such as the relationship between poverty and vulnerability
Colin O
Colin O'Hare
MMath 1993-97

After graduating in 1997 Colin became an actuary with Watson Wyatt in Birmingham working in the trustee pensions consulting field. He worked over the next nine years in various pensions consultancies in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Belfast.

In 2008 he moved into academia and set up the actuarial science and risk management degree at Queens University Belfast. The highly successful degree has around 40 students per year graduating and going into high level actuarial employment. He is enthusiastic about good teaching and engagement with students and has been successful in winning many awards for his teaching activities. Most notably he was awarded a QUB teaching award in 2010 and in 2011 was a finalist in the Times Higher Education's Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

Kwok Kit Samson Ong
Kwok Kit Samson Ong
MSC in Manufacturing Systems Engineering 1990-91
Kwok is running a concrete manufacturing plant in Wuxi, China.
Jennifer Phillips
BA History of Art 1996-99
Has recently been appointed general manager of Aberdeen's City Moves Dance Academy - one of Scotland's three national dance academies.

Sylvia Pinches

Sylvia Pinches
BA Historical Studies 1990-94
In July 2009 Sylvia published the first of two books on the history of Ledbury, a Herefordshire market town. For the past four years she has been working for the Victoria County History Trust in Herefordshire, writing the books and involving local people with the research. Ledbury: a market town and its Tudor Heritage was by a companion volume, Ledbury: people and parish before the Reformation, early in 2010.
 Sian Price
Siân Price
BA History 1994-97

Siân is a multi-award-winning television and radio documentary producer, specialising in history and military. Television credits include Time Team, Coal House and Beyond Boundaries. After graduating from Warwick, she went on to study for an MA in Film Archiving & Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has recent published her first book, If You're Reading This, a moving collection of ‘farewell letters’ written by servicemen and women to their loved ones, which was inspired by her BBC Radio 4 documentary of the same name that won a New York Festivals Radio Award for History. Siân now lives in Cardiff.

Siddharth Raja
Siddharth Raja
LLM International Economic Law 1997-98
Siddharth is a commercial and transactional lawyer and a founding partner of the Bangalore-based law firm, Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja. Although founded only in early 2006, NDR is already ranked by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a Tier 1 law firm in Bangalore. Siddharth himself is ranked in Band 1 amongst private equity lawyers in India.
William Robson
PhD Biological Sciences 1999-2004

William has been teaching in Malaysia for the past two years. He taught science and was head of the biology department. The headmaster was an ex-Warwick student as was the proctor.

James Rothwell
PGDip History of Art 1992-93

James works for the National Trust and recently became Senior Curator in the London and South East Region. He continues to be the national adviser on silver and in 2011 was admitted a Freeman of the Goldsmith’s Company and Freeman of the City of London. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Seiichi Saito
MBA 1994-95
Seeichi now works for Alternative Investment Capital Limited in Tokyo which is a gatekeeper and fund of funds manager specializing in private equity funds.
Shubert Silomba
LLM Law in Development 1997-98
Shubert returned to Zambia after graduation. In July 2002 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Zambia where he is still serving. He is grateful for the exposure he had at Warwick, especially from Professor Baxi.
Lee Smales
Lee Smales
MORSE 1995-98
Lee graduated in 1998 and spent several years working for Citigroup in London. He got married and moved to Sydney in 2006. For the past three years he has been teaching and working towards a PhD in Finance. As of the start of next year, he and his wife (Lucy) will be moving to Perth, WA as he takes up a full-time academic role at Curtin University. It's another big move for the two of them so they would be happy to get in touch with any other Warwick alumni based there.
Chris Smart
PhD Biological Sciences 1991-94
After Chris left Warwick he spent five years as a post doc in Reading. Following this he moved to work for Cadbury Schweppes (great job - too many meetings with bowls of mini eggs though!) and has been at the University of Nottingham for just over three years. Chris really enjoyed his time at Warwick, misses the old place and would like to say 'hi' to anybody that knows him.
Alan Smith
MEd Practice of Community Education 1996-99

Alan, is Head of Youth and Community Work at Leeds Beckett, was awarded one of 55 National Teaching Fellowships in 2015. Alan has been involved in the professional education of youth and community workers for more than 21 years and is highly-regarded throughout the UK, having held key roles in TAG - the professional association of lecturers in youth and community work - for most of that time. He is also Vice Chair of the National Youth Agency Education and Training Standards Committee - the professional body which validates youth and community work courses in England, and is Co-Chair of the Joint Education and Training Standards Committee for England, Scotland, Wales and All-Ireland.

Greta Solomon
Greta Solomon
BSc Psychology 1996-99

Greta is the author of Just Write It! a guide to writing skills for university students, published by McGraw-Hill. She is a freelance professional writer, journalist, PR practitioner and writing coach. She also creates and delivers bespoke writing skills workshops for corporate clients. She is currently based in Norway but works internationally. Visit for more information.

Denise Suen
MA Translation Studies 1999-2000
Denise went back to Hong Kong in 2000 and worked in the media. She is now the chief editor of Marie Claire (Hong Kong edition). 2011 will be her fourth year as the chief editor of this monthly magazine. Meanwhile she does some translations from English into Chinese, one of which, Detox Your career by Patrick Forsyth, was published in Hong Kong in 2007.
Alexander Tebbitt
Postgraduate Diploma in Politics 1994-95
Alexander is currently working in procurement for the MOD in Bristol and serving in the Territorial Army in his spare time. He is also studying for membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. In June 2012 Alexander climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
Teh Chi-Chang
BSc Accounting and Financial Analysis 1990-93

Chi-Chang will soon be taking another break from his investment research career to spend more time with family and on tai chi. Baby Herng Shan was born in December 2009. His other 2009 "baby", The Budget: How the Government is Spending OUR Money, has been a best-seller in Malaysia where he is also the University's alumni ambassador.

Mike Thirlaway
MSc Business Management Systems 1993-97
Mike is working at Strategic Thought Group, selling enterprise risk management software Active Risk Manager to international private sector organisations.
Augusto Turcott-Moguel
LLM international Economic Law 1992-94

Augusto is currently living in Mexico City, involved in Civil and Commercial litigation. He is General Director of Enlace Legal y de Negocios, S.C.


Diane Turner (née Nicholas)
BSc Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry 1994–97 and MSc IAMBEC 1998-99
After graduation, Diane started her own business, Anthias Consulting. Anthias Consulting specialises in gas chromatography (GC) and works with manufacturers, analysts and universities around the UK and Europe. Diane previously worked as an applications chemist at Anatune and in her spare time races cars in the Toyota Sprint Series and surveys coral reefs with Coral Cay Conservation.
Guido La Volpe
MA International Political Economy 1997-98
Is working in Rome for energy company Enel in the purchasing department.
Daniel Ward
MMaths 1999-2003

Dan graduated in 2003 from the MMath program and since 2007 has been in New York working with BNP Paribas in quantitative analysis and trading positions and most recently as head of Anti-Fraud for the North America region. He married Jennie Ward in 2009 with ceremonies in both Richmond Virginia and Ipswich England and now has a son Aiden Lee Ward who was born in October 2012.

John Weeks
MBA 1994-97
John has been awarded an MA degree (with merit) in Shakespeare and Theatre after two years of study at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tony Williams
BSc Mathematics with Computing 1996-2000
After spending five years working at London 2012 helping to deliver a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tony married Nikki Holland in September 2012.
Lindsay Willott
BA English & American Literature 1995-98

Lindsay founded the feedback app Customer Thermometer in 2010 and it now serves thousands of businesses around the world including BT, RE/MAX and Red Cross. She also advises a number of technology marketing businesses.


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