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NEWSLETTER
February 2015
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Tim Ibell, professor of Engineering at Bath University, was inaugurated last month as the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. This is the world's largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.
For the first time in a long while, the ODU is doing a root-and-branch review of its strategy. There have been big shifts in the expectations, needs and lifestyles of ODs and the ODU knows that it has to keep relevant and meaningful to the greatest number. Your opinion matters and, if you haven't done so already, you can share your views with the ODU via this questionnaire. Click HERE or on the picture. The results will be published in April.
Click on the badge to have a look at the Royal Ashdown Golf Course and HERE to have a look at the team. Email Alex Price by clicking on his name or calling him on 07779775408
Anton Cartwright chairs iKhaya le themba (Home of Hope) a Cape-based Charity school (92 children and 12 staff) he's been actively involved with for over 15 years. Anton was head of Founders in 1990 and a Bishops Rhodes Scholar.  He has appealed to ODs for support. Those interested in finding out more about iKhaya le themba can click HERE or on their logo above. Or, if you're planning to be in Cape Town and would like to visit iKhaya le themba, email Anton to arrange. He'd be delighted to arrange this for you.
The UK ODU offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of Ted Roy (1947), Dr Denis Gibbs (F, 1944) and Harald Copenhagen (1950) who passed away since the last newsletter. 
For the Diary:

5th June:
UK OD Black-tie Dinner

14th August:
Simply Blue

12th September:
Oxford Family Day
Dear ODs

I think we've exceeded the statute of limitations on wishing everyone a happy new year. All the same, I do hope as we head towards the end of the first sixth of 2015 that it's been good to everyone so far.
                                                                                        
It certainly has for Tim Ibell (O, 1984) to whom our congratulations go on his inauguration as the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers (see side panel).
 
The UK OD Mentoring Programme has launched. Over 40 UK ODs have offered to mentor other ODs who are either seeking career guidance, or advice about settling and working in the UK. This is a fantastic and generous response and the ODU is very grateful for this abundance of spirit. Thank you. Mentors represent a wide range of disciplines and expertise which include: agriculture, accountancy and auditing, the airline industry, archaeology, architecture, asset and investment management, banking, broadcasting, the Church and Christian Ministry, civil service, counter terrorism, engineering, higher education management, law, life assurance, marketing, medicine, Middle Eastern studies, the military, mining, NGOs/Charities, pharmaceuticals, police, private equity, property (and property development and investment), psychology and psychiatry, sales, school and university teaching and academia, research, IT and technology, and general support and coaching. 

There are still gaps in advertising, fine arts, journalism, politics and the civil service, professional sport, sports management, public relations, publishing, retail, short-term insurance, social work, and tourism. If any OD feels he could help in one or more of these areas, or even ones we already have covered (to help spread the load) then please do sign up by clicking HERE or on the picture to the left.

Some ODs are already taking advantage of the programme and if any other ODs, wherever they are, would like to access our Mentors, please get in touch with me.

Senior ODs enjoyed lunch with the ODU President Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948) last month. Ages ranged from just under 60 to almost 90 (and yes, I was the youngest OD there). Raymond spoke positively and honestly about Bishops, the ODU and South Africa and how the lasting influence of the school had guided him in his business career. He was upbeat about the future and encouraged all ODs to recognise the fantastic developments at the School and the role ODs have in maintaining Bishops's reputation as one of the premier schools in the world. Those present judged the format a success and so I think the Senior OD Lunch is here to stay. Photos and report HERE.

Rob Johnston (G, 2010) who is studying at the University of Reading is also a formidable rower and a member of the illustrious Leander Rowing Club at Henley-on-Thames. He has kindly agreed to put together two OD events to coincide with the Henley Royal Regatta in July; the one a more languid sit-down lunch at the Leander Club on Wednesday 1st July. The other is on Finals Day, Sunday 5th July, and is intended to be an informal slip-slops-and-T-shirt picnic on the banks of the Thames for ODs and their families. Both naturally will provide plenty of opportunity to take in the rowing. Further details which hopefully will include any update on whether Bishops will be sending a rowing team will follow. Please save one or even both of the dates.

Alex Price (M, 2008) has finalised the dates and venue for our golf tournament against The Old Tonbridgians. The match will be held on Sunday 12th July at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, a 125-year old course, set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, the backdrop to AA Milne’s famous Winnie-the-Pooh stories (so just the place for ODs who like big surprises). Alex, our captain (and will remain so unless I hear compelling reasons why he shouldn't be) has selected a team and reserves (see side panel) from those who sent me their names. If anyone else would like to play - enough so we're able to put a second team together - please get hold of Alex as soon as possible. Non-golfing ODs are encouraged to come along to motivate our team. This can mean either following the gofers around offering valuable tips and advice, or remaining in the club bar all day to ensure our returning athletes get a seat when they come off the course. Details to follow closer the time, but do save the date.

I am mindful that most of the UK OD events over the past 18 months have been on the formal side. So if anyone is around the Chancery Lane area on Thursday 26th March from 6pm, think about dropping into Ye Olde Mitre (Ely Court, 1 Ely Place, EC1N 6SJ) for a drink on the ODU. No RSVPs necessary; just drop pop in if you're in the area. 

Always, as far as I'm concerned, the objective of all our events and functions is not only to have fun and enjoy each other's company, but also to use these occasions to widen and strengthen personal and professional networks.

Speaking of objectives, a questionnaire has been distributed to ODs around the world asking for input for the upcoming ODU strategic review on 6th March. Some of you have already completed this. If you \re one, thank you. If you haven't and would like to give your views (before close on 13/2/2015) and help shape the strategy, do so via the link on the side panel or clicking HERE. Speak now!

Lastly, on a very different note, I receive many requests from ODs asking to use this newsletter to garner support for their special charities. All of these charities are deserving, but I'm reluctant to use the newsletter to advertise them since it would very much alter the nature of the communication. However, I do make editorial exceptions when ODs themselves are actively involved in the charity, having either set it up or oversee its governance or day-to-day operations. Then I think - but do let me know if you feel I'm wrong - it is important for the ODU to recognise these efforts, at least by publicising them. One such charity is iKhaya le Themba (Home of Hope), chaired by Anton Cartwright (F, 1990). To find out more, see the side panel.


With very kind regards

NICKY BICKET
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