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Issue 15 | Spring 2016
Welcome to Alumni News
An e-newsletter produced by Queen Elizabeth's School
for all our old boys. We trust you will enjoy reading
it and will also take the opportunity to visit the alumni
section of our website.
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Headmaster's update

It is always heartening to begin the New Year with positive news, so I was naturally delighted to receive the highly laudatory report that followed our Combined Cadet Force's biennial inspection in the first few days of January. Major Andrew Hart praised not only the numerical strength of our contingent, but also the cadets' commitment and motivation, as well as the creative training they receive and the excellent state of their morale.

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MBE for one of QE's
most loyal friends

Alison Mihail, daughter of notable Old Elizabethan Ronald Orton and herself an ardent supporter of the School, was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Alison, who has since received the MBE from the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, was recognised for a long record of outstanding service to young people. This includes raising more than £1.4m for The Prince's Trust over the past 18 years.

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Leading young leaders

Alec Pearson is using the skills he has gained from a career in both industry and academia to grow a business that helps companies and educational institutions develop employability and leadership skills.

Glasgow-based Alec, who was at QE from 1986 to 1990, established his company, Pearson Communication, in 2012.

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Entrepreneur and academic: Demis remains at technological forefront

In financial terms, artificial intelligence expert, neuroscientist and computer game designer & player Demis Hassabis is almost certainly the most successful ever Elizabethan, having sold his start-up technology company to Google for a reported £400 million in January 2014.

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Friend films feat of endurance

A friendship forged at QE between Jonathan Ho and Johan Byran has remained strong – despite their careers following very different paths: Jonathan is a successful film and video-maker, while Johan is a medical doctor. Now Jonathan is making a documentary about Johan's marathon-running exploits and his determination to beat his own rheumatoid arthritis, focusing especially on his training for next year's famous Marathon des Sables (the Sahara marathon), billed as the 'toughest footrace on earth'.

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Patently successful

Intellectual property specialist Joel Vertes is – officially – a rising star of the legal industry and has just been promoted to Partner at his international law firm.

In each of the past three years, Joel (OE 1991-1998) has been named both as a Rising Star in IP law and a Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers publications.

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Award for medical research

Dr Robert Aldridge has been named the winner of a national medical prize for his research into tuberculosis among vulnerable people.

In a varied career to date, Robert (OE 1988-1995) has been a management consultant in the City, a hospital doctor and is now a medical academic.

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"A major new thriller talent"

Richard Davis (OE 2001-2008) is celebrating the publication of his first book – a hard-boiled thriller set in the USA.

Chosen by Amazon to be in its monthly book promotion alongside blockbuster authors Harlan Coben, Clive Cussler and Marcia Clark, he now shares a publisher with Eric Idle and the New York Times best-selling crime novelist C J Lyons.

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Family matters up for debate at annual dinner
Award-winning academic and Old Elizabethan Mustafa Sarkar returned to QE... Find out more

Founder's Day
Saturday 18th June 2016

OE Association Dinner
Friday 18th November 2016

For more information about alumni events, please contact the Headmaster's Office

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