After his BA in Physics from Oxford, Alex gained an MSc in Cybernetics from the University of Reading. Alex then worked for a computer software company before moving to the financial services sector where he is currently an Advisory Associate at Anthemis Group in London
I am journalist and scholar of Arabic language, history, culture and politics. Since graduating from
Oxford University, I have lived, worked and studied in several Middle Eastern countries, deepening
my understanding of the region and attaining a high level of proficiency in the Arabic language.
I am currently London correspondent of The Arab Weekly, a weekly English-language newspaper covering Arab affairs. I have contributed articles and radio pieces to the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Egypt Independent and Georgetown University’s Global Security Studies Review. I have also written Arabic-language analytical pieces for various Egyptian publications. Working at Reuters Video News, I gained competence at video and audio production. I have a strong background in political analysis and research, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern affairs (courtesy of LinkedIn)
Tom gained a BA(hons) in History & Politics from University College, Oxford in 2010. He studied an Arabic language, politics and culture course at the Institut du Proche – Orient.
Felicity gained a BA and an MA ( first class with distinction) in Modern Languages [French & German] at Oxford. She then attended City University and BPP Law school to qualify in law. After further training and experience in the legal profession, Felicity is now a Barrister in one of the London Chambers.
After her A levels in the Sixth Form, Samantha gained a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire and then went to the University of Oxford to complete an MA in Business Administration. Following extensive experience as a consultant software engineer, senior programme manager and director of products management, Samantha is currently a Director of Products at Survey Monkey in the San Francisco area.
Chris gained a BA in PPE [Philosophy, Politics & Economics] from the University of Oxford and then an MBA from Harvard University as a Fulbright scholar. Chris’ career developed in financial and business services investment and he is currently the Assistant Director at Advent International, a global venture capital and private equity firm. Chris visited the school in 2012 to give a talk to sixth form economic students.
Tom Ford left Roundwood Park in 1998 after taking 4 A-levels (Pure Maths, Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry) to study Physics at Balliol College, Oxford University. He very much appreciated the rigorous Maths teaching at Roundwood and the enthusiasm of his science teachers in preparing him for Oxford University. He was at Oxford University for 4 years, graduating with a 1st class degree and specialising in Condensed Matter physics.
Tom then moved to Cambridge University in 2002 to pursue a PhD in Chemical Physics working under Prof. Richard Friend and Dr. Neil Greenham in the Cavendish Laboratory. He studied the excited energy states in semi-conducting plastic materials, providing insight into materials which are excellent candidates for flat-screen displays and solar cells. He used a wide variety of laser and general spectroscopic techniques as well as cryogenics, electronics and programming. This work resulted in several publications in leading Physics journals.
After Cambridge, Tom returned to Oxford in 2006 to work for Sharp Electronics as a Research Scientist. At Sharp Tom worked in the Biosciences group, learning about, for the first time, the exciting world of biochemistry as well as continuing to apply his spectroscopic expertise. Later in Sharp, Tom worked on a project developing a novel healthcare sensor, which involved applying electronics, software and machine learning algorithms to a practical problem. This also led to considerable expose to the business side of the company and travel to Japan, which in turn led to him acquiring a modest business proficiency in Japanese.
After 7 years at Sharp, Tom decided it was time for a change, so left Sharp in 2012 to join We7 Ltd – an internet music company – where he is currently leading a group applying ‘big data’ technologies and data mining algorithms to the company’s data. This work, in mathematics and software engineering, aims to allow the company to provide a better service by understanding and predicting the behaviour of the company’s users.
After his A levels in the Sixth Form, Sam went up to Balliol college, Oxford, where he gained a BA (hons) in Computation in 1999. Sam is a self confessed geek who specialises in cutting edge technology with a creative and aestetic flair. He has established his career in the tech industry working on a variety of sales, software development and training positions. He has created and currently edits Natureblog which he set up to satisfy the need for accessible nature content. He now works as a Technical Expert at McKinsey in London.
After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University and graduating in 2006, Katharine’s career has developed in the field of accounts and digital innovation. She has also been a Senior Campaigner for Change.org and involved in supporting the digital campaigning for a US Senator. Katharine is currently a Lead Organiser at FutureGov which deals with digital innovation and change.
Richard studied A’levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics before gaining a BA in Medicine from Oxford University in 2001. He then went on to qualify in Medicine MBBS from University College London. He is now a Specialist Registrar in Haematology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals.
Alasdair gained a BA(hons) in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Oxford in 2003. Alasdair then embarked on a career path involving strategic planning. After consultancy and management experience, he worked as a Manager (Performance & Market Insights) at Lloyds Banking Group in London before gaining a new position at the bank as a Senior Manager in ‘Future Payments’.
Updated October 2014