Ceri Meyrick (1983 ) ; BBC producer of ‘Silent Witness’ and more.

The television programme ‘Silent Witness’ which is currently show on BBC is produced by Ceri Meyrick ( class of  1983  ).

Ceri started as a Radio Production Trainee at BBC Wales, and has worked as a Script Editor and Producer in the UK and Ireland for the BBC, Carlton, World Productions, Granada Kids, Chatsworth, RTE, Parallel and Accomplice.

Ceri Meyrick is a Development Producer at BBC Drama. She runs the BBC Drama Writers Academy with John Yorke.  The three month course trains eight writers a year to write for CASUALTY, EASTENDERS, HOLBY CITY and DOCTORS.


During Ceris’s time at the BBC she was the story produce for Holby City at elstree studios, the series producer for BBC’s flagship, 4 times weekly soap set in the East End of London, Eastenders.

She also produced the period crime drama, Father Brown and most recently as the produce of BBC1’s pathology/forensic crime thriller ‘Silent Witness’.

Ceri is currently the Development Executive for Daytime drama at the BBC

Christopher Robert John [2005]

After his A  levels, Chris went to Sheffield University and gained a 1st class Honours BSc in Biochemistry. From there he did research in Bioinformatics at the University of Cambridge for his Ph.D.

Chris is currently (2016) a Research Associate at the University College, London, working on the bioinformatics of large scale clinical data from microarrays and RNA-seq.

Richard John [2002 ]

Richard gained an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. From there, Richard joined Tesco’s in St Albans as an analyst. Richard is currently the Project Manager at Tesco Stores in St Albans.

July 2016

Vanessa Fox (1995)

Vanessa left to take up positions as  News Desk  Assistant and an Account Executive before taking up a place to read Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge University where she gained a BA (Hons) and later an MA after a period at PwC as a Senior Associate in Corporate & International Advisory.

Vanessa then took part in a number of initiatives as a consultant involving project development in Africa over a few years. She then became Director of Development & Communications at WAJIBU MS in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 years. Next she joined BBC Media Action as a Senior Project Manager in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for 2 years.

Latterly, Vanessa was appointed the Director for the Africa-Asia Enterprise programme at Sidley Austin LLP in Geneva, Switzerland.

In May 2018, Vanessa took over as CEO of the charity , a charity founded in 1976 by Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife Lady Clare Morpurgo, that provides week-long residential stays at our 3 working farms in Devon, Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire for primary school groups from disadvantaged city schools.

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.

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.

Ian Long 1991

Ian Long [1991]

Following his A levels in the Sixth Form, Ian went up to Cambridge University where he gained an MA in Economics & Mathematics.  He gained further qualifications from the chartered Institutes of Management Accountancy and Insurance. He worked at Zurich Financial Services before moving to be the Operations Excellence Officer for Swiss Re in Zurich.

Tim Ebbels

Tim Ebbels [1991]

Tim studied Pure & Applied Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level in the Sixth Form. From there he went to the University of Cambridge where he gained a BA(hons) in Physics and then a Ph.D in Astrophysics.

Tim is currently a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London. He is a Reader in Computational Bioinformatics within the Computational and Systems Medicine Section of the Department of Surgery and Cancer.  His overall research interests lie at the interface between two broad areas: multivariate data analysis and post-genomic technologies.

He is married with two children and lives in London.


Tom Ford 2013

Tom Ford [1998]

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.

James Dynes 2013

James Dynes [2001]

After his A levels, James gained a technology scholarship with Cambridge Consultants through the Year in Industry scheme. He then gained a BSc (hons) and an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has worked as a design engineer for Telsis and currently is a Senior Engineer at Bloombergs.