Our Committee

As a committee our mission is to make the OCA as inclusive and relevant to its members and the wider school community as possible. Working closely with the school we hope the transition from pupil to former pupil will be seamless and that we can play our part in harmonious cooperation with other groups, especially the Parents' Association and wider Caterham School Society, to ensure events are enjoyed by as wide a group as possible.

Stephen May

(OC 1971–1976, OCA President 2015–2018)

Born in Purley, Stephen was schooled in Kenley, Caterham and Solihull. He has worked in the Lloyd’s insurance market in the City of London since 1979. Stephen married Debbie in 1983 and they raised five children in Coulsdon and Kenley, all of whom are Old Cats. He has made lifelong friends through their Caterham relationships. Stephen served as the OCA’s Vice President for two years then as President for the last three years. He is now working closely with good friend Rob Davey to develop the potential of the Caterham School Society. Stephen is a self-appointed evangelist for Caterham School which has served all his family so well and in preparing students for life.

Mary Whenman

(OC 1985–1987, OCA Vice President 2015–2018)

Mary Whenman (née Stewart) has been Vice President of the Old Caterhamians Association since March 2015. She attended Caterham School from 1985-1987 when girls were only accepted into the sixth form and was a proud member of Aldercombe. Since leaving Caterham, Mary studied a Business Studies degree at Bournemouth University and has pursued a successful career in public relations. Mary has brought her PR skills to the Committee by helping develop the social media channels and a digital communications. Mary is also President of Women in PR, a networking group for senior women working in the communications industry. Mary lives in Oxted with her husband and three boisterous sons.

Paul Sharp

(OC 1963-1972, OCA Honorary Treasurer from 2016)

After obtaining a Business Studies degree, Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then joined BP where he worked for more than 30 years in various senior financial roles. During his career he lived in Germany, Greece, Belgium, Russia, the USA and South Africa. Both his daughter and son attended Caterham School and he now lives in Oxted with his wife Grace. Since 2015 Paul is now largely retired and enjoys supporting the OCA as well as pursuing his numerous hobbies.

Vivien Parsons

(EOGA 1964-1978, EOGA Secretary)

Vivien is an Eothen Old Girl and Secretary of the Eothen Old Girls’ Association (EOGA). Since leaving school in 1978, she has had a variety of administration and secretarial roles, but for the last 14 years, has been an Examinations Officer, first at Sackville School in East Grinstead, and, since 2008, at Worth School in West Sussex. Vivien is the daughter of an OC, and is married with two adult sons and one granddaughter. She sings with a local choir and puts the excellent breathing training from her school days to good use!

Bill Broadhead

(OC 1953–1960, Sports Club Representative)

Born in the Scottish Borders, Bill moved to Caterham, and Caterham School, when his father was transferred to London. Bill's multi-discipline, managerial career with BT was complemented by his local theatre activity and his sport as a life-long member of OCRFC and President for the last 25 years. He was OCA President in 1979–1980, and then joined the Board of Caterham School, serving for 30 years – ultimately as Chairman of Trustees. Bill's wife Alison was a laboratory technician at Caterham. Their daughter, Nicola (OC 1991–1993) lives and works in Suffolk and their son Richard (OC 1989–1996) lives and works in Tokyo.

Sebastian Raaff

(OC 2001–2008)

After leaving Caterham in 2008, Sebastian went on to study History at the University of Birmingham. On completion of his degree, and after a short stint as a teacher in rural Thailand, Sebastian joined Accenture as a management consultant. During his time at the firm, Sebastian specialised in oil and mining projects and lived and worked in India, Mongolia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, America, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as slightly less exciting locations in the UK. More recently, Sebastian joined the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) focusing on both internal and external projects and programmes.

Samir Dwesar

(OC 2001-2008)

After leaving Caterham in 2008, Samir read Politics and French at Bristol University. Following two years’ teaching English in the Champagne region, he returned to the UK and worked as Parliamentary Assistant to a Conservative MP and junior Minister. Samir now works in public affairs at KPMG focusing on their social mobility programmes and joined the Old Caterhamians’ Association Committee in 2017. His interests include travelling, American politics, learning languages and watching Bollywood movies.

Tom Howes

(OC 2002-2007)

Since leaving Caterham in 2007, Tom went onto Exeter University to read Civil Engineering. After graduating Tom spent a year working in Beijing and travelling around China. Upon returning to the UK he began working for Mitie as an FM Coordinator whilst based at the Channel 4 offices. For the last three years Tom has been working for Mitie Energy as a project coordinator, overseeing several large energy infrastructure programmes for banking and telecommunications clients. For the last seven seasons Tom has played rugby for the Old Caterhamians Rugby 1st XV and also continues to be an active member of the OCRFC Committee.

Colin Bagnall

(OC 1949–1955, School Archivist)

On leaving Caterham, Colin went on to read English at Oxford and take a Diploma in Education before embarking on a career in teaching. After a year in Sweden, he returned to the UK and spent the rest of his career working at schools in Croydon teaching English and as a member of the senior management team. He works in his retirement for the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and is the school archivist.

David Rogers

(Honorary OC)

David came to Caterham School in 1969 to teach mathematics and remained at the school until he retired in August 2006, having spent the last eight years being Head of Mathematics. During his very enjoyable time at the School he was appointed the first Housemaster of the newly-formed Aldercombe House in 1973, and in 1985 became the last Housemaster of Beech Hanger, a post he held until 1985 when Beech Hanger became the girls’ boarding house. In October 1973, David married Lilian. They have two sons (both OCs), a daughter, and four grandchildren.

John Jones

(Honorary OC)

John was educated at Dulwich College, Cambridge and Bristol, and is pleased that his son’s progression to Cambridge was via Caterham School. In his Caterham career (1966–2004), John was Head of Chemistry, a boarding housemaster, and Head of the Upper School. John founded the Moncrieff-Jones Society and Boarders’ Choir, helped with athletics, and coached and refereed rugby. He was also CCF treasurer, and regularly participated in school trips. Retirement has involved teaching, invigilating, and a weekly Prep School Chemistry Club. A keen singer, church organist and choirmaster, John holds an ATCL diploma and membership of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.