OCs have gone on to make a name for themselves in very different professional fields across the world.
The Foundation Office maintains a database of former pupils and staff willing to offer advice and work experience to current pupils and recent leavers. If you would like to be added as a career mentor or add your own career profile to this page then please contact us.
At Cokethorpe pupils are encouraged to develop the skills needed for life-long learning, equipping them to be self-directing, as they learn about the world of Higher Education and Careers and looking to the successes of former pupils is a great place to start.
Charlotte Krol (OC 2008, Queen Anne) - Video Producer at The Telegraph
‘I left Cokethorpe in 2008 and fulfilled my long-held desire of going into journalism. I’m currently a Video Producer at The Telegraph in London, a job I secured off the back of an intensive multimedia training programme at the Press Association and my Masters degree.
My particular passion, however, is music journalism. I’m lucky enough to practise this outside of my job as New Music Editor of The Line of Best Fit, a leading UK-based music website. Before moving to London I was a reporter for the Oxford Mail and the Oxford Times. Between various jobs and internships following this I found myself working part-time in the Foundation Office at Cokethorpe. Returning to Cokethorpe reminded me of the great memories I have. Long may they last for the pupils soon starting the next chapter of their lives.’
Charlotte Krol (OC 2008, Queen Anne) 2015
Charlie Bartlett (OC 2008, Feilden) - Partner at Premier Letting
‘I spent my last year at Cokethorpe as Head Boy, then travelled around South Africa, teaching local children to surf, going bungee jumping and skydiving. On my return I was given an opportunity to join my mother’s business, Premier Letting, and I quickly caught the property bug; I knew it was an industry I wanted to excel in. I became a partner two years later and I am proud to say that we are now one of Oxford’s top estate agents, famous for our excellent service. In the past three years I also opened the award winning Café Aloha and launched property management software. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now without the invaluable knowledge, support and experience Cokethorpe gave me.’
Charlie Bartlett (OC 2008, Feilden) 2015
Lena Beardsell (OC 2007, Feilden) - Second Lieutenant in the British Army
‘I just commissioned out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. It’s been a testing year of officer infantry-based training in mixed platoons. I am the only one among four girls in my platoon to finish. I am thankful for my years at Cokethorpe, training for the Devizes to Westminster, for the mental resilience that got me through the past year. I am now moving onto my phase 2 training to become a teacher. I have joined the Education Training Services Branch as part of the Adjutants General Corps.’
Lena Beardsell (OC 2007, Feilden) - 2016
Luke Morris (OC 2007, Swift) - Company Director at Eco Earth Builds
‘After leaving Cokethorpe, I travelled the world for a year visiting four continents and meeting some very unique people! My passion for science and nature found me studying Ecology and Biogeography at the University of Brighton. From there I became a zookeeper by day and an ecological surveyor by night (bat surveying). As enjoyable as these jobs were, I was not finding contentment in my individual contribution to the environment. I decided to enrol on a course for learning to build with natural materials. My passion for permaculture grew stronger and I started my company, Eco Earth Builds Ltd. Using natural materials and ancient building techniques we build homes and studios, outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens. We also create ‘wildlife gardens’ to turn gardens into pocket ecosystems that encourage native species populations. My time at Cokethorpe School taught me the importance of hard work, putting emphasis on drive and commitment to achieve the highest standards.’
Luke Morris (OC 2007, Swift) – 2016
Christopher MacAlpine (OC 1998, Queen Anne) - Head of Durable Solutions Unit for UNHCR
'After getting my MPhil I obtained an internship with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that turned in to a job offer. I spent two years in Hong Kong and then two in Thailand interviewing asylum-seekers and deciding if they were refugees. I specialised in torture survivors and sexual assault survivors, and in applicants from certain countries such as China, Pakistan and Iran. I then moved to UNHCR Nepal where I spent nearly three years working with camp based refugees from Bhutan as the head of the Anti-Fraud Unit. I am now back in Hong Kong heading up the Durable Solutions Unit which resettles refugees from Hong Kong to countries where they can have a future.'
Christopher MacAlpine (OC 1998, Queen Anne) 2014
Vincent Paul Kehoe (OC 1988, Swift) - Global Business Director JWT London
‘After leaving Cokethorpe to work in farming, I decided to convert some barns to sell product. My early mornings and evenings were spent on a dilapidated moped distributing leaflets! Moving to London in 1989 I worked as a gopher in a small Soho advertising agency later joining the post room of Bates Dorland UK. Trained in press and print production, I later moved into account management and retail quickly became my absolute passion and interest.
I moved to Golley Slater to run the new business and the then Top Ten Tiny Computers account before being enticed back to Bates in 2001 to run the B&Q account. I have run local, regional and global accounts. Brands of experience are B&Q, Castrol, Safeway, H.Samuel, MFI, Brantano, New Look, William Hill, Tiny Computers, AGFA, Allders, Pets at Home, Wilkinson Sword, Mazda, Kenwood, Nokia, Microsoft, Autotrader, Pfizer & Royal Caribbean International.’
Vincent Paul Kehoe (OC 1988, Swift) 2014
Tim Anderson (OC 1984, Swift) - Managing Director at Chart Shipping SL
‘After Cokethorpe in 1984 I went on to read History at St Andrews University. Although a fantastic four years, I struggled to find my niche after graduating with some wilderness years doing odd jobs including teaching English in Madrid and spells of unemployment.
Thanks to a chance meeting in 1990 I discovered the world of shipbroking and was at once hooked. A commercial job but dealing with tangible assets and in a multi-national framework. It took time to break in but it so interested me I made quick progress. I specialised in support vessels for oil exploration and production and entered a partnership in 1997 and subsequently founded my own company Chart Shipping S.L. in Barcelona in 2003. It is a long race but never give up!’
Tim Anderson (OC 1984, Swift) 2015
John Meyer (OC 1978, Harcourt) - Head of KS4 and Business & Economics in the Seychelles
‘I left Cokethorpe in 1978 and after a few years in the family business I started working for a Jaguar dealer in Chelsea. Sixteen years on and I found myself working for drinks company Allied Domecq as MD of an international division. Acquisition followed by rationalisation saw me opt for GTP retraining in 2008. A year later I was a qualified teacher, working in a Kent Secondary School. In 2012 I chanced upon a TES advert for a Business teacher in the Seychelles and I have just signed a new two year contract as Head of KS4 and Business & Economics.’
John Meyer (OC 1978, Harcourt) 2014
Kevin Ching (OC 1975, Harcourt) - CEO of Sotheby’s in Asia
'After I left Cokethorpe in 1975, I studied law and obtained a BA and a LLM degree from Bristol Polytechnic and University College London respectively. I then qualified as a solicitor and worked in the City for a while before returning to Hong Kong in 1985 and eventually becoming a partner in Johnson Stokes & Master, probably the largest law firm here at the time. After almost 10 years as a legal practitioner, I left the law in 1992 and became a board director of Dickson Concepts (International) Limited, a public company specialising in the international world of luxury retail and fashion including Harvey Nichols in London. I joined the auction world 15 years later in 2006, and I am now the CEO of Sotheby’s in Asia.'
Kevin Ching (OC 1975, Harcourt) 2015
Nigel Lambert QC (OC 1965, Swift) - Barrister at Carmelite Chambers
‘It was debating and appearing in School plays that set me on a life-time career course at the Bar. After qualifying I appeared in a range of cases in the Civil Courts; but when I got instructed in the Crown Court and started cross-examining in front of juries I found my real love. I moved to specialist defence Criminal Chambers with a diet of really serious crimes, particularly high profile murders at the Old Bailey and complex fraud – eventually taking Silk (becoming a QC) and then being elected Head of Chambers. I also sit in the Crown Court as a Recorder (a part time Crown Court judge) and am a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and sit on its governing body. The Bar is a great career and also a highly regarded qualification internationally. It tells the world you are a good lawyer, a first class advocate and that you can marshal facts and present arguments with speed and clarity.’
Nigel Lambert QC (OC 1965, Swift) 2015
Revd Jo Mulliner (Former Staff)
‘Having spent two years studying in Cambridge, I was initially deaconed in 2014 and then priested in Winchester Cathedral in July 2015. I am currently serving my curacy in St. Thomas’ Church, Lymington and will return to Jersey in the summer of 2017 when my training is complete. I am loving my new role and very much embracing both the rhythm and variety of life - no two days are ever the same! Wishing all at Cokethorpe every blessing.’
Revd Jo Mulliner (Former Staff) - 2016