1. What are you doing now?
I run the Old Master Paintings auctions at Sotheby’s where I have worked since 2003. I live in Chiswick with my wife Georgie, two daughters and a son.
2. What is your most lasting memory of your time at Brambletye?
Cricket on Top Field! My memories are mostly of hot summers and embarrassingly pink blazers, pre-match nerves, and endless, disappointing batting performances! Oh, and chips on Fridays.
3. Who was your most influential teacher at Brambletye and why?
Either Glenn Smart, who noticed somehow in me an element of ability with a paintbrush; or David James for his all-round enthusiasm both as a teacher and on the sports field
4. What extra-curricular activities did you take part in at Brambletye?
I think I got in involved in most, one way or another. Weirdly I have fond memories of Wednesday afternoon carpentry and my ‘creations’ still litter my parents’ home.
5. What was your favourite thing to do at break time?
Going to the woods and building camps! Something I now do with my 7 year old son.
6. What is your funniest memory of your time at Brambletye?
The Colts being bowled out for 12 by Ashdown House in the annual grudge match (1990 I guess). It was started early at 11am to allow for a proper innings for each side, but was all over before lunch!
7. What values did you learn at Brambletye that you’ve used in later life?
The independence and responsibility that was both enforced on me by being sent to board at Brambletye at such a young age, but also that which the school allowed and promoted, has I think given me a self-confidence that might otherwise be lacking. It was a particularly friendly place (with only a very small handful of mean teachers!) and that sense of camaraderie is something I refer back to a lot.
8. What advice would you give your 18 year old self now?
To put a bit more effort into the academic side of university!
9. Describe your Brambletye experience in 5 words?
Active, outside, dormitories, fun, unconscious-learning (i.e. I learned a lot (by osmosis), but don’t really remember actively trying to learn anything)
10. Are you still in contact with friends from Brambletye? Who?
Just a few regularly (Max Bickford being one) but I regularly come across old friends or acquaintances in London.