Distinguished Old Framlinghamians

Framlingham is rooted in the county of Suffolk, but Framlinghamians have spanned the world from the age of Empire, through times of conflict and into the modern era, in pursuit of trade and adventure. There are those who have made their mark in business, sports, academics, as artists and writers, in agriculture, in the services, the media and in the world of entertainment. You can learn about them here, and you can nominate additions.

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Mr Kwai Hong Ip

Mr Kwai Hong Ip (Garrett 1981-1988)

After graduating in 1991, he joined the RAF and qualified as a Navigator / Weapons Systems Officer, before attended Bar School and... Read more

After graduating in 1991, he joined the RAF and qualified as a Navigator / Weapons Systems Officer, before attended Bar School and getting called to the Bar in 1995. On leaving the RAF in 2002, he moved to California, passed the bar exam and served as a public defender. He returned to Europe and was involved in various roles as a prosecutor in Kosovo and then Bosnia and Herzegovina to prosecute atrocity crimes arising from the conflict in 1992-1995.  After further prosecutor roles in The Hague he became Deputy Specialist Prosecutor (Deputy Chief) for Kosovo in The Hague.  In September 2020 he joined the European Patent Office in Munich as a Director and in the 2020 New Years Honours List he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services to International Criminal Law.”

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Mr Jonathan Patrick Adair Adnams OBE

Mr Jonathan Patrick Adair Adnams OBE (Stradbroke 1965-1973)

He is executive chairman of Southwold-based Adnams brewery and was a member of Southwold’s lifeboat crew for 28 years. He became Chairman... Read more

He is executive chairman of Southwold-based Adnams brewery and was a member of Southwold’s lifeboat crew for 28 years. He became Chairman in 2006 after becoming a member of the board in 1988. In the 2009 New Years Honours List he was given an OBE for corporate social responsibility.

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Mr Anthony Jan Michael Meggs CB

Mr Anthony Jan Michael Meggs CB (Kerrison 1963-1970)

Had a career in the petroleum industry more and lately as a civil servant.  He worked for BP for many years. He... Read more

Had a career in the petroleum industry more and lately as a civil servant.  He worked for BP for many years. He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority in the Cabinet Office in mid-2015, before becoming the Infrastructure and Projects Authority from 1 January 2016, reporting to both Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and Head of the Government’s Project Delivery Function. He became Chairman of Crossrail Limited on 14th January 2019 and was was awarded a CB in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition for his commitment to public service.

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Mr Michael John Waldren QPM

Mr Michael John Waldren QPM (Kerrison 1961-1964)

Joined the Metropolitan Police and rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent in charge of the Metropolitan’s Firearms Unit in its totality.... Read more

Joined the Metropolitan Police and rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent in charge of the Metropolitan’s Firearms Unit in its totality. In 1999 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List. He retired from the Police Service in March 2000. Since then he has acted as an Independent Consultant and his latest book is Armed Police: The Police use of Firearms Since 1945. In 2010 he was appointed as the resident police firearms historian for the Police Firearms Officers Association.

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Mr Mark Gareth Creasy

Mr Mark Gareth Creasy (Garrett 1955-1963)

After studying mining technology he went to Western Australia, where he spent 25 years prospecting with pick, shovel and pan. In 1994... Read more

After studying mining technology he went to Western Australia, where he spent 25 years prospecting with pick, shovel and pan. In 1994 he struck it rich to the tune of £84m.

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Brigadier Andrew Wayne Freemantle CBE

Brigadier Andrew Wayne Freemantle CBE (Stradbroke 1958-1962)

Appointed Director/Chief Executive of RNLI in 1998. Prior to that he had a distinguished army career, which led to the awarding of... Read more

Appointed Director/Chief Executive of RNLI in 1998. Prior to that he had a distinguished army career, which led to the awarding of his MBE. He is one of the very few Brits to have served in Vietnam. He was awarded the CBE in 2007. Following retirement from the RNLI, he remained a Trustee of ABF The Soldiers Charity for 6 years and is still a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League.

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Mr Ian Ashley Howard MBE

Mr Ian Ashley Howard MBE (Stradbroke 1957-1962)

After working for the Foreign Office in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands, he was sent to the New Hebrides in 1971. He... Read more

After working for the Foreign Office in the Gilbert & Ellice Islands, he was sent to the New Hebrides in 1971. He was awarded the MBE, along with the Queen’s Medal in the New Hebrides and the Vanuatu Independence Medal, on the occasion of the celebration of the independence of the New Hebrides. Subsequently he has worked for the Hong Kong Government and more recently run his own consultancy there.

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David Edward Ballard (K55-62) (Kerrison 1955-1962)

He was a Goldsmith Scholar at the College and after leaving initially studied at Northampton College, London.  He went on to become... Read more

He was a Goldsmith Scholar at the College and after leaving initially studied at Northampton College, London.  He went on to become that unusual combination of Chartered Civil Engineer and Barrister.

For twenty-three years he was a governor, including eight years as Chair of Governors, of The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls.  A trustee for eight years, including six years as Chair, of Greensleeves Homes Trust, a charity providing care homes for the elderly.  Chief Executive of the British Safety Council for six years.

He was awarded the MBE in 2021 for services to Education, to Health and to Social Care.

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Mr David Ian McMillan (Kerrison 1954-1958)

Appointed Chief Executive of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) on 3 January 2005. IHRA is the only global business organisation... Read more

Appointed Chief Executive of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) on 3 January 2005. IHRA is the only global business organisation representing the hospitality industry worldwide.

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Mr Brian Hector Potter MBE

Mr Brian Hector Potter MBE (Rendlesham 1955-1958)

He was always destined to join the family leisure business – Potters Leisure Resort hear Great Yarmouth. In 2005 Brian was awarded... Read more

He was always destined to join the family leisure business – Potters Leisure Resort hear Great Yarmouth. In 2005 Brian was awarded the “Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award” for more than 50 years at the helm. However, he is also equally well known for his investment in indoor bowls and for many years the resort has hosted the annual World Bowls Championships. In recognition of all his work for tourism he was awarded an MBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Mr John Kerr MBE JP DL

Mr John Kerr MBE JP DL (Garrett 1953-1956)

He was Chairman of the Farmers’ Club in London and set up one of Suffolk’s most popular family attractions, Easton Farm Park.... Read more

He was Chairman of the Farmers’ Club in London and set up one of Suffolk’s most popular family attractions, Easton Farm Park. He was also President of the Suffolk Show. He also served as High Sheriff of Suffolk. His other great passion is Ipswich Town Football Club, where he has been a director since 1983 and was Chairman from 1991 to 1995.

John died on 15 March 2023 at the age of 83.

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Mr Christopher Gilbert Sneath MBE

Mr Christopher Gilbert Sneath MBE (Kerrison 1951-1956)

He has had a distinguished career in the building engineering, heating, ventilating and allied industries, including being Chairman of the Plumbing and... Read more

He has had a distinguished career in the building engineering, heating, ventilating and allied industries, including being Chairman of the Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance. The company that he ran looked after all the Royal Palaces in London including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. In 2010/11 he was Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honour list for “chairman, Watersafe, for services to the plumbing and heating industry”.  In 2019 he was awarded awarded the St Michael Medallion by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’.

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Mr David Robin Ritchie Summers OAM

Mr David Robin Ritchie Summers OAM (Garrett 1948-1956)

After leaving the College qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.... Read more

After leaving the College qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and is a Past President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. He was involved in numerous major projects in Australia, including the redevelopment of Parliament House, Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour Casino. On 26 January 2008 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for “Service to the Construction Industry, particularly in the field of quantity surveying and through leadership of professional bodies”.

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Mr John Geoffrey Thurlow (Kerrison 1948-1955)

Since leaving the College has been employed by the family firm of George Thurlow & Sons. He took over the running of... Read more

Since leaving the College has been employed by the family firm of George Thurlow & Sons. He took over the running of the Business in 1968 when his Father died. He is now Chairman of the Holding Co. George Thurlow & Sons (Holdings) Ltd. John was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk in 2003. He is also a Past President, Chairman & Hon. Director of the Suffolk Agricultural Association. He is also a Governor of the College.

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Mr Angus Howard Cundey

Mr Angus Howard Cundey (Garrett 1950-1954)

Chairman of Henry Poole & Co, a very distinguished family owned tailors in Savile Row, London. Clients have included Queen Victoria, Charles... Read more

Chairman of Henry Poole & Co, a very distinguished family owned tailors in Savile Row, London. Clients have included Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Napoleon and Winston Churchill. In Janaury 2013 was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade by HRH Princess Anne. In October 2019 James Sherwood published a book on the history of Henry Poole & Co : The Founding Tailor of Saville Row” with much help from Angus Cundey and his family.

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Mr Gerald Archer Garnett

Mr Gerald Archer Garnett (Rendlesham 1950-1954)

He qualified as a chartered secretary and, in due course, became company secretary of Rank Hovis McDougall PLC and, following its takeover,... Read more

He qualified as a chartered secretary and, in due course, became company secretary of Rank Hovis McDougall PLC and, following its takeover, deputy secretary of Rexam PLC, formerly Bowater PLC. He is one of only a few OFs to become Master of a City of London livery company, in his case the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers. In the 1960s/70s he played in and administered the OF squash side in matches in London and participation in the Londonderry Cup.

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Nominate a Framlinghamian

We have no hard and fast rules about who should be recognised as a “Distinguished Old Framlinghamian”, and are always interested to hear about people who are exceptional in all sorts of ways – so please feel free to click on the link below, and complete a nomination form.