Officers of the Committee:
Richard Wilson – 1970-1981
Richard has had a long career as a tenor soloist in classical music (with the professional name Richard Edgar-Wilson), performing in over thirty countries and working with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors. He has opened an opera house, sung at La Scala in Milan and appeared in two Oscar-nominated feature films. The son of an OI, he spent 11 years at Ipswich School as a boy and has now clocked up another 11 years as a parent.
Trevor Woods – 1950-1953
After leaving school in 1953, and two years National Service, Trevor’s working life has been in the central heating radiator industry - in distribution, manufacturing, and since 1988 as an agent representing manufacturers throughout Western Europe and Scandinavia. With his wife Mary, Trevor moved to Italy in 1999. In 2010 they were involved with the Chapel Choir Tour to Krakow, and later, following the launch of the New Music School Campaign, agreed to help fund the purchase of a new Steinway Concert Grand Piano with the Wolfson Foundation. However, Mary died suddenly on their journey home, and sadly never heard this magnificent instrument.
Ben Eagle – 2003-2008
Ben left the school in 2008 and served as Junior Vice-President of the OI Club throughout 2012. In 2009 he co-produced and directed the first Old Ipswichian dramatic production, The History Boys, and recently provided the Club with a bespoke real ale, Rigaud’s Remedy. He is currently studying History at Bristol University, but eventually wants to pursue a career in agriculture. Believing strongly that the Club should help members stay in touch with the school, he would be very happy to work with any OI wanting to work on a new project, such as another drama production.
Jessica Davey – 1996-2009
Jess is a third-year management student at the University of Manchester. She says that, through studying management, she has learned a lot about marketing and sociology, but has particularly enjoyed the corporate social responsibility side of the course. In January 2013, Jess will be working for ‘Business in the Community,’ a global corporate social responsibility company. Jess had been at the school for 15 years, following the building of the Pre-Prep and the school starting to take girls. She says, “I am excited to join the committee, and, as an Old Ipswichian, my aim is to get more people from my year group to come to OI events.”
Guy Main – 1969-1979
After having a go at film-making and sail-making, Guy has spent the majority of his working life in the shipping business. He was first a shipbroker, and, for the last fifteen years, has put his commercial experience to good use in the world of maritime law. He has travelled widely in the Far East and Indian sub-continent, and lived for a while in Hong Kong and Geneva. His passions away from work – “and so my real joys” - are his wife, Helen, three children (either at Ipswich School or OIs), sailing and music.
Sally Webber – 1993-1995
Sally specialises in food and agriculture policy and advises a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and the Shadow Defra frontbench team in Parliament. She has worked at the RSPB and Defra, where she was Specialist Adviser to the Secretary of State and covered food and agriculture for Hilary Benn. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, and their two sons.
Steve Runnacles - 1963 - 1974
John Ward - 1970 - 1975
James Mansfield - 1969 - 1976
Leigh Belcham 1951-1958
OI Journal Editor
At school, gymnastics and sailing prevailed over study. As an apprentice, youth work prevailed over engineering. After two years training and twelve in professional youth work, I spent 25 developing residential Christian holidays and adventure activities UK-wide, and three as Administrator for a national partnership of independent rural churches. Now I live in Felixstowe with my wife, Jill, who assists in the School archives, and enjoy sailing, painting, and chairmanship of the River Deben Association.
Richard Hudson 1974 - 1981
Richard was at Ipswich School from 1974 to 1981 before studying Engineering at Cambridge. He then spent 12 years working for Ernst & Young in London and Sydney, Australia. More recently, he has worked for a number of professional or technology consulting companies including Smart421 Ltd, headquartered in Ipswich, where he is currently their Finance Director. Richard adds, “I am married to Corinna, and have 3 teenage sons, the two youngest of whom are at Ipswich School. They think the running and triathlons I enjoy are verging on insanity but we are all very happy to watch some rugby together.”
Malcolm McGready 1988-1990
I attended the School for the sixth form, having relocated from Reading. After School I read Economics at Brunel University and began training as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (latterly PwC) in London. After six years with PwC, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant some years earlier, I left to work for TXU (Eastern Electricity) followed by a brief period at Norwich Union. I moved back into professional practice in 2004 working for BDO in London. In 2007 I married Kristina (who I met at PwC). In 2009, my wife and I relocated back to Suffolk where I joined Ensors Chartered Accountants as a partner.
Clare Lock - 1993-1995
After Amberfield, Clare (nee Warnes) studied for her A Levels at Ipswich School. Then, with the offer of a Short Service Limited Commission in the Royal Signals, she attended Sandhurst. However, after postings in Germany and York, a serious sky-diving accident led to a medical discharge. Clare then qualified in Management Science at Loughborough and now, with an MBA, is Business Services Director of an aluminium castings manufacturer in Hadleigh. Married to a beef farmer, and proud mum of 4 year-old twins, in her spare time Clare runs her own business, The Suffolk Hat Company, making hats and fascinators to hire or buy.