Alexander Thomas (2008) unearths Ph.D.

Congratulations to Alex Thomas who writes…..

I am writing to inform the Alumni Association with the good news that my PhD thesis in Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University has been accepted by my examiners. The thesis explored the archaeological and manuscript landscapes of the Danelaw Boundary of the late 9th century. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the timing of the result, I will graduate with my doctorate next summer.

Bronze age finds 2017

Bronze age remains found under planned site for Harpenden’s 4th school.

Bronze age finds 2017A Herts County Council spokesperson has indicated that the archaeological evaluation on the site of the new school has revealed archaeological features potentially dating from the Bronze Age , Iron Age and Anglo Saxon periods. It was Alexander Thomas ( class of 2008 ), and Archaeological and Anthropological Ph.D. student, that undertook field work ( Ground Penetrating Radar) and suggested Roman Industrial buildings dating between 50-400AD.

Deborah Lythgoe 2000

Deborah Lythgoe [2000]

After gaining a 1st class honours degree in Business & Finance from the University of Bristol, Debbie worked in Finance for BskyB and News International before joining BT OpenReach. Having risen through the ranks within OpenReach, she is currently Finance Director (Revenue / Customer, Commercial & Propositions) in London.

Alexander Thomas to give lecture to local History Society on March 22nd 2016

Alexander Thomas (class of 2009 ) is currently doing research into Archaeology and Anthropology for a Ph.D. at Bristol University, having earlier gained a BSc (hons) in archaeology at Bristol.

He is taking time to give a talk about ‘Harpenden, Batford and the Danelaw Boundary’ to the Harpenden Local History Society on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 in the small Public Hall , Southdown Road, Harpenden at 8.00 p.m. .

Charlotte Coleman 2010

Charlotte Coleman [2010] – Ph.D. chemist

Charlotte having gained a 1st class honours Master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Bristol has now registered for a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Imperial College , London.

Greg Verghese 2007

Greg Verghese [2007 ]

Greg gained a MSc (1st class hons) in Physics from the University of Bristol. From there he took an internship at Allianz Insurance and then moved onto take up a position as a Business Analyst and then into Risk Analysis. He is currently working for Solo Capital Partners in London as a Risk Associate.

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Alex Thomas [2008] – Doctor in waiting!

Having completed a BA and an MA in Archaeology at the University of Bristol, Alex enjoys the place so much that he has opted to stay for another 4 years to complete a Ph.D. in Archaeology & Anthropology.

Tom Bliss

Tom Bliss [1987]

After his A levels Tom attended Bristol University to study Chemistry and later Zoology but was drawn to entering the world of work to cut out a career for himself in commerce; initially working for Robert Fleming & Co on the Japanese dealing floor in London. In 1997 he then left for Australia on a one way ticket to stay with friends in Sydney and then moved to Dunedin in New Zealand. He now lives in Dunedin with his NZ born wife, Kelly, a primary school teacher , and their 3 children [and a cat ]. Tom is an investment advisor for Forsyth & Barr; a renowned investment house in New Zealand. When Tom is not working he enjoys his coastal location as a highly skilled and qualified diver having earlier decided against continuing his sky diving!

Tom is a regular and much appreciated contributor to the alumni postbag!

Sarah Ford Gigg 2013

Sarah (nee Ford) Gigg [2000 ]

After completing her A levels, Sarah went to Bristol University to study Accountancy & Finance where she gained a 1st class honours BSc in 2003. Sarah is now a Senior Manager within Grant Thornton’s Financial Services Group. Sarah specialises in financial due diligence assignments for financial services firms (insurance intermediaries, IFAs, asset management firms). Sarah also works closely with Grant Thornton’s regulatory team, providing a financial perspective on areas of regulation such as client money, regulatory capital and third party payments. Client money and regulatory capital are particularly “hot topics” in the current economic climate as a result of the issues brought to light by the financial crisis and, in particular, the collapse of institutions such as Lehman Bros.

Deborah Lythgoe 2000

Deborah Lythgoe [2000]

Debbie gained a 1st class Hons degree in Economics & Finance from Bristol University. She gained experince in finance working  for multinational companies before assuming her current position as Head of Finance for Open Reach at BT. Debbie was a star hockey player for Harpenden  HC and continues to play sports and run.