Monmouth School Alumni

OM, Kit Orton performing as Tom Jones in the hit biographical musical about the Welsh legend.
Wales Rugby Union International and OM, Hallam Amos, starred for Wales during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Prof Julian Stevens, Leading Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Hospital
OM Lewis Oliva (centre) takes men's sprint gold at the British Cycling National Track Championships in Sept 2015.
(Image source: SWPix)
OMs attend the St. John’s Oxford Secret Garden Dinner as OM William Underwood's guests (far left)
Will England, represented Great Britain at the Junior Rowing World Championships in August 2014

Monmouth School is a community as well as a school, and we are immensely proud of the achievements of our alumni, many of whom have become national names in fields as varied as science, the arts, the church, industry, public service and sport.

We are equally proud of the strong sense of community that Old Monmothians have with one another and with the School; we have close links with our past pupils and there are plenty of opportunities for them to keep in touch. We encourage alumni to attend school events, and many now have sons and even grandsons at the School.

The Old Monmothian Club holds regular social and sporting events bringing together recent leavers as well as those from the more distant past (we even had a war years reunion last year). Please get in touch if you would like to know more about forthcoming events or to update your contact details:

Notable Alumni

This list is ever-expanding, and is by no means exhaustive, but gives a flavour of the wide range achievements of our many distinguished alumni.


Sir John Beddington Retired Chief Government Scientific Officer 
Sir Frank Davies CBE Former Chairman, Health & Safety Commision
Derek Ezra, Lord Ezra Liberal Democrat peer, former chairman of the National Coal Board. For an obituary, please click here
Brian Strong Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council. Read more about his appointment


Angus Buchanan VC (1894-1944) Awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. More detailed biography here
Lt. Col. Simon Butt Commanding Officer, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Colonel John Chaston MC (1916-2010) OBE, CBE, MC, Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. For an obituary, please click here
Flt Lt. William Clifford Townsend CGM DFM (1921-1991) RAF pilot; awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for part played in the ‘Dambusters’ raid during WWII; later businessman and civil servant


Tom Collings Bishop of Keewatin, Canada, 1991-1996
Christopher Herbert Bishop of St Albans 1995-2009


Prof Richard Carwardine President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Professor of American History; Fellow of the British Academy
Prof Paul Langford, 1945-2015 Professor of History, Oxford University; former Rector of  Lincoln College, Oxford. Click here to read his obituary
Professor Ben Quash Professor of Christianity & the Arts, King’s College, London
Dr Will Sutherland Professor of Astronomy at St Mary’s London


Robin Herd Engineer, designer and businessman. Senior Scientific Officer on the Concorde Project, distinguished career in developing F1 racing cars. Former chairman, Oxford United Football Club
Dr Mike Tunstall (1928-2011) Doctor, inventor of Entonox, better know as ‘gas and air’.  For obituary, click here
Prof Julian Stevens Leading Eye Surgeon, Moorfields Hospital 


Bob Blake Pharmaceuticals and Benefactor Lincoln College Oxford and Monmouth School
Warren East CBE  CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, Engineer and Philanthropist.
David Hitchcock OBE Chairman, Chairman of Cyrus Investment Management – Read about David Hitchcock in the press
Carl Leaver Group Chief Executive, Gala Coral
David Malpas Former Managing Director of Tesco
Noel Manns Co-founder and Principal, Europa Capital LLP
Mark Neale Founder and Chief Executive of Mountain Warehouse 
Richard Booth QC Barrister
Patrick Worsnip United Nations correspondent for Reuters (Retired 2012)
Marcus Taverner QC Leading London Barrister 
John Ryder QC Leading criminal silk on Damilola Taylor case
Mark Fox Managing Director, Starbucks UK 
Paul Faulkner  CEO Nottingham Forest FC 
Terry Jones Director General of NFU, appointed April 2016 Click Here


Hallam Amos Wales International Rugby Union player who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons
Wayne Barnes International rugby union referee
Eddie Butler Journalist, sports commentator and former Welsh rugby union player (British Lion, Captain of Wales)
David Broome Former international show jumper
Gareth Davies Telegraph boxing correspondent
John Gwilliam Former Welsh rugby union player
Steve James Former Glamorgan and England batsman, now Sunday Telegraph cricket columnist
Keith Jarrett Former Welsh international rugby player
Tom Lucy GB rower (silver medallist in men’s VIII, Beijing 2008), now serving officer with Royal Marines
Lord Colin Moynihan Former British Olympic cox, politician, businessman and former Chairman of British Olympic Association
Lewis Oliva Professional cyclist and GB team sprinter, contracted to British Cycling, U23 Academy
Richard Parks Former Wales international rugby union player, now international explorer and charity fundraiser – Website
Charles Wiggin Rowing commentator, bronze medallist 1980 Olympics, men’s coxless pair
Robin Williams World and Olympic rowing coach; coached Heather Stanning and Helen Glover to gold medal in women’s coxless pair in London 2012 Olympics; former GB rowing international and medallist
Mark Waller Head of NFL (National Football League) USA


Angus McBean (1904-1990) Internationally-renowned, surrealist photographer
Grant Nicholas Lead singer and guitarist of rock band ‘Feeder’
Victor Spinetti (1929 – 2012) Actor, comedian and producer (click here for obituary)
Glyn Worsnip (1938-1996) Actor and broadcaster (click here for obituary)

Monmouth in London

We look forward to seeing familiar faces at the next Monmouth in London drinks event.

Everyone connected with Monmouth School or HMSG whether as a former member of staff or pupil or a current parent or governor, is welcome to join Clare Anning, the Development Director, for a drink on the first Wednesday of each month.

All OMs and HMSG OGs Welcome.

For information about events and timings please contact the Development Director Clare Anning on

Wed 1st March, 6.30 – 8.30pm The Sussex Pub, Leicester Square
Wed 5th April, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Sussex Pub, Leicester Square
Wed 3rd May, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Sussex Pub, Leicester Square
Wed 7th June, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Sussex Pub, Leicester Square

Gatherings are taking place at The Sussex Pub, Leicester Square (20 Upper St Martin’s Lane WC2H 9JZ) in the Cellar Bar which is equidistant between Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube.

Go to The Sussex pub website

Photos from the event on 2nd December 2015:

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