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Adam Binnie [2002] front page reporter for the St Alban’s and Harpenden Review.

‘We were left to fend for ourselves’ writes Adam Binnie on the front page of the Review on Wednesday February 26th. The article chronicles the disruption and trauma inflicted upon several prospective newly weds hoping to have their wedding receptions at the Harpenden House Hotel which has just announced its imminent closure leaving Harpenden without a single hotel.

Adam has written over 1100 articles for the Watford Observer.

RPS alumni now have two prolific journalists on the local newspapers with Adam at the Review/Watford Observer and Monique Hall at the St Albans Advertiser.

Kate Vale 2014

Kate Vale [1983] – Food Bank Coordinator and more.

Kate attended Roundwood Park School, Harpenden from 1976 – 1983 before going on to the College of St Paul and St Mary, Cheltenham from 1984 -1987 to gain a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Geography and Geology. Kate has been heavily involved in working in schools helping children on the autistic spectrum. Most recently she has worked as a Food Bank Coordinator for  One Can Trust, which is a charity that facilitates community based projects. The first project is the One Can Trust Foodbank. The foodbank provides support to those in food poverty that are referred by professional agencies in the High Wycombe & South Bucks area. Last year [2013] they provided over 2000 parcels. Kate’s current role as a Project Leader – Foodbank & One Can Hope covers the day to day operations management, volunteer support & encouragement, public speaking & schools engagement and attempting social media support!


Claire Annesley A 2014

Claire Annesley [1991]

In the Sixth Form, Claire studied Economics, French & German at A level. Claire Annesley is Professor of Politics and Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She was awarded the Richard Rose Prize in 2011 by the UK Political Studies Association for her distinctive contribution to the study of British Politics. She is the winner of the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for research on Women and Politics, awarded by Iowa State University, USA, for her research on gender and executives with Karen Beckwith, Susan Franceschet and Isabelle Engeli.

In 2012 she won Best Comparative Policy Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s Public Policy section for the paper ‘The Profile of Gender Equality Issue Attention in Western Europe’ (co-authored with Francesca Gains and Isabelle Engeli), presented at APSA 2011.

Claire is a member of the European Commission’s network on gender equality, ENEGE, and was the UK expert for its network in the fields of gender equality, social inclusion, health and long-term care (EGGSI) 2008-11.

Claire is on the Management Committee of the UK Women’s Budget Group.

Claire holds a BA in German and Politics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. Claire was a visiting fellow in the Centre for the Future of the European Social Model at Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen (Sept 2005-Feb 2006) and a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) in 2002.

Most recently Claire was brought to our attention by a R4 broadcast* on on Women’s Hour.  Thanks to Ms Christine Hood who heard this.  *www.wbg.org.uk/press-releases/wbg-in-the-media/‎   BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 4 December 2013 Dr  Claire Annesley speaking about budgeting for gender equality …


Tariq Khan 2014

Tariq Khan [2005]

After studying Business, Economics, ICT & General Studies in the Sixth Form, Tariq went on to gain an honours degree in Business and Management from Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Tariq joined TUI IK & Ireland in 2010 as a graduate trainee and has progressed within the company where he is now the Commercial Manager UK.