Sarah Graham [2003]

Sarah gained a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

After an internship at Bloombergs, Sarah joined the Graduate Programme as a UK Associate at Fortis Bank. From there she joined BNP Paribas as an Analyst in Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance. She moved up in the company as an Associate and is currently (2016) a Vice Principal in Leveraged Finance at BNP Paribas in London.

David Minto 1998

Our man in Princeton – David Minto (1998)

After his A levels, David went to Cambridge University where he gained a B.A. in English Literature. He also holds an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations.

He then moved to the USA to take up a Ph.D. fellowship. His doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics’. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of post war Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects.

David is currently a professor at the University of Princeton where he is a lecturer in the Council of Humanities and History. At Princeton he will hold the fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In spring 2015 he taught a course on Queer Utopias.

David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. Professor Minto gave a talk entitled ‘Toward an Intimate Atlantic: Transnational Precursors to Post war Homophile Activism’ for the American History Association at Atlanta, GA in January 2016.

Matthew Collison [2010]

Matt joined RPS in the Sixth Form to study his A levels. He then went to Southampton University and gained a BSc , 1st class honours, in Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry.

He then spent a year at the University of Leeds, within the School of Biomedical Sciences, on an internship within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, where he investigated training patterns and injury in elite and amateur triathletes.

He returned to Southampton to complete his Master of Research (MRes) in Clinical and Health Research.

Currently Matt is working as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Podiatrist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust hospital.

He is also a Specialist Podiatrist to the department of rheumatology at King’s College, London.

Carmen Grace Walker 2009

Carmen Grace Walker (2009)

Carmen Grace gained a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Nottingham Trent University.

She is currently the PR Manager for True Religion Brand Jeans in London. Previously she worked in the Media department at Purple as Head of Media and previously as a Press Assistant at Liberty Ltd.

Elliot Pettigrew 2008

Elliot Pettigrew (2008)

Elliot gained a BA (hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield. He then gained a PGCE in elementary education and teaching from the Institute of Education ( University of London). He then experienced a variety of occupations from business credit control, crew member for Easy Jet, and two years doing Teach First at a primary school, before going back to retail management where he is currently a Planning Manager at Sainsbury’s in London.

Sophie Whitwood Johnston 2005

Sophie (whitwood) Johnston (2005)

After her A’levels Sophie gained a BA in Early Childhood Studies and Deaf Studies from the University of Wolverhampton. She then went to City University, London, where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma (merit) in Speech and Language Therapy.

Her first post as a Speech and Language Therapist was at the central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. From there she moved to New Zealand to take up a similar post at Sommerville Special School in Auckland. This was a full time position working in a special school in Auckland City catering for children 5-21 years with learning disabilities and complex needs. The school was set across a ‘base school’ as well as a number of satellite classes within local mainstream schools.

Sophie has returned to the UK and is now a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

David Pankhurst 1993

David Pankhurst (1993)

David gained a BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds and then a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of  Cambridge. After working in Materials Science at the University of Oxford for a few years, David then moved to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) in London as a Principal Scientific Officer. His current role is Universal Credit Policy Analysis which involves childcare and various aspects of earnings/earnings policy. Complex microsimulation modelling of caseloads and costings. Ministerial and public briefing. Engagement with broad range of external stakeholders on analytical issues within policy. Lead on all issues to do with entry to the Operational Research Profession in DWP.

Medals galore for Baggio at champs

Max Baggio [2010] will need a bigger case on his return from the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships – after securing six medals from eight events.

The Harpenden skier claimed one gold, four silver and a bronze at the championships in the French resort of Tignes, which decided both national and junior titles. His one success came in the junior downhill where he went one better than the senior race.

The super G, a similar event to the downhill, saw the 20-year-old pick up silvers in both age groups while the giant slalom races saw him come away with a silver and a bronze. Unfortunately he failed to finish in both slalom events.

Speaking after winning gold in the downhill, Baggio said: “It’s a good feeling. I was happy with the top section of my run, I came to the Rossignol jump and then there was a compression and I got a bit low and late there but apart from that I was happy with it.

“When I crossed the finish line I thought my time was probably good enough to win although there is always a chance the other guys could have caught me. “I’m happy with how I’ve done in all the speed events this week. I was happy with my downhill run [in the senior race] even though it was only second place – it was solid.” The championships are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world and Delancey are the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.

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Article reprinted from Herts Advertiser, Harpenden Edition, 31st March 2016