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Dear ODs

It's been another busy and fulfilling year for our branch. Thank you to all of you who participated in the events and functions, wrote to me about OD matters or sent in interesting information and memories. Your support and encouragement for all things Bishops and the ODU are much appreciated.

In particular I would like to thank all our mentors who give so willingly and freely of their time, wisdom and experience. The feedback from our young OD mentees for this valued ODU service is very positive.

More and more I see the purpose of the ODU - "ODs helping ODs" - being fulfilled. The days of the ODU as merely a drinking and sports club, wonderful as that is, are pretty much redundant so the emergence of the OD network as something which can be appropriately leveraged for mutual benefit is gratifying.

Our diary (see bottom) next year is starting to fill and will get fuller as the year progresses. I do hope that as many of you as possible will find something of interest.

Lastly, if you come across ODs in the UK who are not receiving the newsletter (check spam and junk folders) and would like to, please let me know who they are or get them to contact me.

With personal best wishes for a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

Nicky
Our congratulations go to Trevor Torrington (F, 1978) who has been appointed Chief Executive of the Priory Group. Previously, Trevor headed up the Priory's Healthcare Division. This is a massive role and we wish him all the best.
I forgot to mention in last month's newsletter our very convivial Oxford lunch (now an annual event) held at the end of October. We were delighted to have Tony Honoré (F, 1939) and his wife Deborah with us together with many other ODs local to the area. To see the full report and pictures, click HERE. In the photo are Katie Hofman (nee Hutchins) (G, 1981) and Matthew Golesworthy (K, 2011).
Bishops launched the Bishops175 Campaign in Cape Town last month. The School, sorely in need of capital and endowment funds, is seeking to raise R175 million from the wider Bishops community which includes parents, past parents, friends and, of course ODs. The ODU, while not a fundraising body, will nevertheless be working closely with the Bishops Trust to assist in any way it can. We are very proud of and grateful for the extraordinarily generous gift to the Bishops175 from Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948), our President, who kickstarted the appeal with a donation of R20 million. In the photo above at the launch is Raymond, Mike Bosman (Chairman of the Bishops College Council) and Michael Watermeyer (Patron of the ODU). The UK launch will take place in London in the second quarter of 2017. Details to follow.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to take a look at the Bishops175 brochure to get an idea of the vision the School has for its future. Click HERE.

It is hoped that ODs everywhere will understand the importance of this appeal and find it in their hearts (and wallets) to give generously.
Last-Thursday-of the-Month drinks resume on 26th January. We'll be mixing up the venues (suggestions welcomed) and details will be announced in January's newsletter. Please do try to make it if you're in the area.
2016 UK ODU Year-end Drinks Party

The juxtaposition of Stonehage Fleming's (SF) beautiful and serious offices just off the Haymarket and the informality of ODs doing what they do best - partying - makes for interesting chemistry. But it works very well. And last week over 50 ODs gathered together to drink to the end of a good OD year and successful and happy 2017.

Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992) a partner at SF very kindly - and bravely - hosted the annual gathering and, as bosses do, delegated the welcoming speech to the witty and charming Adrian Bottega (W, 2000) who together with Thomas Whittington (W, 2000) constitute a powerful Bishops force making their presence felt at SF.

Wines for the evening were very kindly donated by Bruce Jack, ODU Chairman, and were rapidly consumed and much appreciated. SF provided the catering with an almost invisible and incredibly efficient Neil ensured that no glass was empty.

In the photo are Tom McLennan (G, 2009), Chris Molteno (G, 2010) and James Husband (G, 2010). For more photos of the event and the list of the ODs who attended, please click HERE.

Aarjan Snoek (O, 1997) and his wife Seetal (pictured) both doctors, are heading to Toowoomba (Australia for those who didn't know) on sabbatical. We wish them well and look forward to welcoming them back in the not too distant future.
OPPORTUNITY FOR EUROPEAN SALES MANAGER
(Nanotechnology sector)

Michael Enotiades (F, 2007, right) having completed his Masters in Material Science and Engineering, is now working for OCSiAl, the first international advanced materials company to commercialise the breakthrough technology for the synthesis of high quality industrial carbon nanomaterials. He writes, "In 2015 OCSiAl produced more SWCNT than has ever been manufactured by all other producers combined since the discovery of the material in 1991. In 2015 OCSiAl began the construction of the Graphetron 50 set to launch in 2017 with an annual capacity of 50 tonnes.  The growth is set to proceed with 800 tonnes planned for 2020 and 3000 tonnes planned for 2022".
 
If you can understand any of this, then you should be talking to Michael who is looking for a European Sales Manager to be based in Germany, reporting into Luxembourg.
 
If you have the appropriate experience and qualifications, please email Michael who would love to hear from you.
I made the most interesting trip last month to visit Anthony Record's (S, 1956) innovation centre in Caerphilly, Wales. ICE (Innovation Centre for Enterprise) is a growing, bustling and hugely creative hub which provides capital and commercial support for over 100 (and counting) start-ups on one very large and growing campus. Anthony, who sponsored the wine for our dinner in July, and who is inviting ODs to visit his wine estate in the Languedoc later next year (see diary below), has business and charitable interests around the world and is passionate about entrepreneurs and those with the vision and courage to start their own businesses. In the picture is Anthony and I in front of one of the boards displaying the companies/ventures being supported by ICE.
It was good to meet up with Nick Heesom (W, 1961) and Wendy last month in Cape Town of all places. I was able to show them around The Mitre and then introduce them to Melvyn Wallis-Brown who took them and their son Dudley for a tour around the School. Hopefully now Dudley, an Old Radleian, will decide to send his son to Bishops.
The JOB-SHOP and OD MARKET PLACE resume next month. If anyone is looking for or offering employment opportunities or has goods or services to offer, please email me.
 
If you're looking for a MENTOR, please click HERE.
Click on the left picture above for the full December 2016 Magazine or on the right for just the OD section
SAVE THESE DATES


FINANCIAL SERVICES NETWORKING GROUP
Thursday 16th February
(venue to be advised)

For anyone working or interested in asset management/financial services, this is a network of likeminded ODs who will share ideas, meet other players in the field and from time to time, listen to experts  in specific investment areas.

If you've not yet registered your interest, please do so by clicking HERE


WINETASTING
Wednesday 22nd March
(venue to be advised)
Haileybury (Julian Johnsen) v Bishops  (Bruce Jack) Winetasting

Julian, an Old Haileyburian, is the owner of Vondeling, the beautiful wine estate situated on the slopes of the Paardeberg. Bruce (G, 1987) formerly the winemaker of Flagstone, now produces under The Drift label. This will be a very sociable opportunity in a non-competitive (sic) environment to compare and contrast the haileybury and Bishops approach to winemaking.
Invitations to follow

 
WALKING AND WINETASTING TOUR OF THE LANGUEDOC
May
This will be a two-night-three-day tour of the largest wine-producing area in the world and will take in Anthony Record's (S, 1956) vineyard and restaurant on his Gayda estate. The walking tours will be led by Peter Elliott (W, 1965) who lives in the region
Details to follow shortly

 
ANNUAL UK OD BLACK-TIE DINNER
Friday 30th June
Carlton Club


OD TOUR OF THE WESTERN FRONT
3rd-5th October

The tour, led by David walsh (Old Tonbridgian) is for ODs and their families from all over the world. There will be a special service at St Georges Chapel, Ypres, for the dedication of a permanent memorial to ODs who gave their lives in WW1.
If you haven't yet registered, do so by clicking HERE
 
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There are several other events and functions in the planning stages. These will be announced when they are finalised. If anyone would like to arrange an OD even/function, please let me know.
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