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 2018-2020)

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.

Mark Mear

(OC 1976-1985, OCA Vice-President 2018-2020)

Post Caterham and having completed an MBA at Aston Business School, Mark’s career has always been focused around people development, most notably at Saga, as Group Director of Sales. Currently he works on a consultancy basis. In 2012 Mark set up his own theatre production company alongside a bit of performing and singing in his own right. More recently he become an Ambassador for The Change Foundation, a national charity geared around changing the lives of young people through sport and dance. Mark currently plays hockey for Sanderstead HC and ran the OCs Hockey Club back in the 90s, he is also a qualified FA Coach. Mark is a Foundation Member and has two children in the Senior School.

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.

Sam Baly

(OC 2003-2009)

Sam is currently working at SHW as a surveyor currently working on gaining his BSc Honours Degree in Real Estate Management and becoming a chartered surveyor.

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!

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.

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.

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.