Jason Lee 1989

Jason Lee [1989]

Jason gained a BSc in Geography from UCL. Jason worked as a financial and IT analyst. He spent many years in senior IT and finance positions at GSK. He opted to change directions and left GSk and is now the owner of Allt yr Ynys, which is a sustainable business providing visitors with an escape from their day to day living, in very comfortable cottages and surrounded by beautiful gardens, meadows and rivers in Herefordshire and the Welsh Borders.

Robin Mann [1989]

After his A levels, Robin went to study Engineering at Swansea University. After this he studied Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine which was followed up by taking an MSC in Health Education at UCL

Robin was then appointed Development Manager at the Royal College of Physicians and later as Head of Clinical Design at NHS Wales Information Service.

He then  moved to Australia as a Senior Manager at KPKM Australia in Brisbane. He is currently Director of KPMG Australia in Sidney.

Justine Lois Thorpe2

Justine Lois Thorpe [1989 ] : local Artistic superstar.

Originally from Cornwall and from an artistic family, Justine [ class of 1989] studied Printed Textiles at Middlesex University gaining her BA (hons). After graduation she was approached by one of the UK’s top textile design studios in London where she soon established herself as one of their most prolific and successful designers.

Justine’s artistic talents span a wide range. She produces designs for both fashion and furnishing fabrics; selling worldwide in the major fashion capitals including New York, Como, Tokyo, Milan and Paris to major companies including H&M, M&S, Next, Monsoon and Laura Ashley, amongst others.

Justine has an established reputation as a professional painter and artist and her work has been exhibited at many galleries all over the UK. She regularly exhibits her work in a number of galleries and receives commissions, most notably for established interior designers and even royalty.

Justine and her work are currently [ November – December 2015]  at ‘the Barn’ at Home Farm  in Gustard Wood, Herts..


Karen Orford West 1989

Karen West (nee Orford) [ 1989]

“I was at Roundwood Park from 1982 to 1989 and then studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at the University of Plymouth. After graduating, I joined MAFF/Defra and I am still there now – it was only supposed to be a summer job! During my Civil Service Career, I have held a number of excellent roles including: government scientist; international relations promoting agricultural exports to the Far East; business adviser helping farmers understand their customers better; Private Secretary to a Ministerial Adviser; and, most recently, developing Defra’s graduate talent and social mobility programmes i.e. offering apprenticeships and work experience to under-represented groups.

I moved back to Harpenden about 10 years ago with my husband and now have two primary aged children.

I am happy to talk to students about the variety of roles in the Civil Service”.



Andrew Long 1989

Andrew Long [1989]

Andrew gained a BSc in Management Science from the University of Manchester. After working in finance for Proctor & Gamble, Boots and Speedo, Andrew moved to Pentland Brands as the Chief Operations Officer. However Andrew has recently changed jobs and he is now a non-executive director at MAS Linea Aqua.

updated October 2014

Sunny Thakkar 2014

Sunny Thakkar [1989]

After leaving us, Sunny gained a degree in Business & Finance  from the University of Luton (now U of Beds). He embarked on a career in business development  and is currently the Client Relationship Manager at Payment Gateway in London.

Penny Cook 2013

Penny Cook [1989]

After studying Biology, Chemistry, Pure Mathematics  & Statistics at A level in the Sixth Form, Penny went on to the University of Manchester where she gained a BSc(hons) in Biology in 1992. From there she went to the University of Liverpool and completed her doctorate in Biology in 1996. After doing some research in Public Health, Penny is now Professor of Public Health at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.

Nigel Bliss 2013

Nigel Bliss [1989]

After gaining a BA (hons) in Geography from the University of Manchester in 1993, Nigel has worked extensively in investment management and he is now a Portfolio Manager at Mondrian Investment partners in London.

Jason Lee 2013

Jason Lee [1989 ]

After leaving RPS, Jason gained a BSc in Geography from UCL in 1992. He then worked for Tottenham Hotspur and  Thorn Securities on computer programming and analysis. From there he joined GSK and became Director of Shared Financial Services and continued to make  progress through a number of key positions to his present post where he is the Head of Architecture for R&D and Integrated Technologies for GSK.