Our Committee - The OCA

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.

Clive Furness

(OC 1971–1978, OCA President from 2018)

Clive Furness is the founder and managing director of Contango Markets Limited, a firm specialising in developing and implementing market infrastructure in the wholesale commodities and derivatives markets. After leaving school, Clive headed to the City and was a commodities trader for 16 years, both on the trading floors and latterly at Goldman Sachs. On leaving Goldman he became the business development director of the London Commodity Exchange and subsequently of the LIFFE Market. Clive founded Contango in 1999 and is a regular speaker on stages around the world on issues relating to commodities and derivatives. In any spare time that he has, Clive is an accomplished guitarist and a less accomplished (but keen) surfer.

Karin Schulte

(OE 1974-1987, OCA Vice-President from 2020)

Karin attended Eothen School and after graduating from University spent the following 25 years living in Asia working in logistics, investment banking and private equity. Karin obtained an MBA in Australia and returned to the UK in 2015. Karin has a number of non executive director roles and is keen to promote younger generations to leadership positions. Karin holds a passion for dance and is on the Development board of Rambert.

Paul Sharp

(OC 1963-1972, OCA 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.

Greg Dunne

(OC 2000-2005, OCA Committee Member from 2018)

Greg obtained a Masters in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent. While studying as an undergrad he represented the Canterbury Christ Church University in both national negotiation and mediation competitions and went back to coach competitive negotiation whilst studying for his master’s degree. He currently both lives and works in Caterham for a start-up company working in the Business Telecoms sector, taking on a variety of roles in the business as it has grown. He started attending the Old Cats' events around in 2015 with an OCA London networking event and, since has been to many OCA events both at the School, and in London - he's found it a great way to reconnect with old classmates and meet many new Old Cats, and enjoys helping these events to continue and thrive.

Emma Gooden

(OC 2002-2007, OCA Committee Member from 2018)

Emma joined Caterham in the Third Form and later became Head Girl, leaving in 2007 to attend the University of Oxford where she got a First Class honours degree in Physiological Sciences and was Vice Captain for the University Netball Squad. Since university Emma has gained valuable experience, trying her hand in a few different industries and travelled many continents of the world, including volunteering with local communities in Swaziland, Africa. She is currently the European Development Controller for The Collective, a gourmet yoghurt brand - which she joined as a start-up in 2011. Emma continues to remain good friends with a large number of Old Caterhamians and even got married to one…becoming Mrs Gooden in December 2017!

Sebastian Raaff

(OC 2001–2008, OCA Committee Member from 2015)

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.

David Rogers

(Honorary OC, OCA Committee Member from 2006)

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.

Bill Broadhead

(OC 1953–1960, OCA Sports Club Representative from 2013)

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 since 1992. 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.

Colin Bagnall

(OC 1949–1955, School Archivist from 2008)

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.

Vivien Parsons

(OE 1964-1978, EOGA Secretary from 2011)

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!