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Kelyn Bacon

Queens Counsel

Frome College Alumni - Kelyn BaconKelyn attended Frome College from 1987 to 1992, and went on to obtain a first class degree in Law from Oxford University, followed by an LLM in European Law from the European University Institute in Florence. She was awarded a Princess Royal Scholarship by the Inner Temple for her Bar Vocational Course. In 1998 she joined Brick Court Chambers, where she has remained ever since, specialising in EU and competition law. She took silk in 2014 and was elected as a governing Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2015. Kelyn is married with two children, and is a keen musician in her spare time.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sarah-Jane Bungay

Journalist, producer and newsreader at BBC Points West

Frome College Alumni - Sarah Jane BungayI thoroughly enjoyed my years at Frome College – from starting in the third year as it was then, through GCSEs and A Levels, leaving in 1992. I went on to study history at Cardiff University before carrying on to do a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism. My first job was reading travel news for the AA then I was fortunate enough to be offered a three-week placement at the BBC. Nineteen years later I’m still here. I worked for 15 years at BBC South Today in Southampton before moving back to the west country and my BBC ‘home’ area a few years ago. I now report, produce and occasionally read the news for BBC Points West. It’s a hectic, stressful – but ultimately hugely interesting job, but certainly not 9-5! I’ve recently worked in London for the national news and loved reporting for BBC Breakfast news and the Today programme on Radio 4 among others. My favourite assignment – well, it had to be interviewing fellow Frome College student Jenson Button: I wish I had his cash! I still have dreams of becoming an actress but for the moment the only scripts I’ll be reading are ones for local news. Thanks to all the teachers at Frome College who put up with me and my constant chatter in lessons.

 


 

Jon Clarke

Rugby Union Player

Frome College Alumni - Jon ClarkeFormer Frome College Student Jon Clarke is a rugby union player for Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship and has played for the England Saxon’s Team. He plays primarily as a centre and occasionally at full-back or on the wing. Jon started his professional career as part of the all-conquering Bristol Academy. He was a tall long-striding and elusive player, excelling at full-back for England Under 21s in a Grand Slam season.

In 2003, Jon moved to Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens – part of the Saints’ Academy – when Bristol where relegated and had an immediate impact at First Team level.

He was named Young Player of the Year in 2003/04, normally operating at full-back, before a switch to centre in 2005 saw his career hit new highs.

Jon was also hugely significant for Saints’ during the 2009/10 season with nine tries in all competitions - the second highest tally in the squad. His play alongside James Downey earned him a call from the England Saxon’s for their Six Nations games against Ireland and Italy.

After passing a century of Saints’ appearances in a Heineken Cup match with Benetton Treviso, Clarke retained his place in the Saxon’s squad that went on to win the 2010 Churchill Cup in Denver, USA.

In 2012, Jon moved to Worcester Warriors where he enjoyed a memorable debut, scoring a bonus-point try against London Irish in September 2012; he subsequently won the man-of-the-match award for his performance.

2013 saw Jon loaned to Yorkshire Carnegie, competitors in the RFU Championship, where he stayed for the remainder of the season. Since then, Jon has decided to sign up to a permanent position at the club.

 


 

Hettie Sashenka Colquhoun

Head of Operations, L’Auberge des Migrants Warehouse, Calais

Frome College Alumni - Hephzibah Sashenka ColquhounHettie (Hephzibah) graduated from Frome College in 2009. She has spent years since fundraising for many charities, travelled all over the world and has raised over £250,000 for charity. She was a finalist in the New Blue Peter Presenter competition and featured regularly on the programme.

Hettie spent much of 2015 in Calais and, in her capacity as Head of Operations at L’Auberge des Migrants Warehouse, is still helping support refugees in the largest camp known as ‘The Jungle’: in January 2016, she met Jeremy Corbyn when he visited the camp. Look out for her on Facebook and social media if you are interested in volunteering with her, both in the UK and abroad.

 

 

 


 

Adam Gichie

Founder, Image & Picture

Frome College Alumni - Adam Gichie“I left Frome College in 2004. I was one of the key students responsible for the Frome Media Arts bid and now run my own video production company www.imageandpicture.com. I have travelled the world filming Richard Branson’s day-in-the-life videos, filmed air-to-air from military helicopters, created videos for ELLE magazine and now work for some of the most popular and successful app companies including Uber and SwiftKey.”

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jeremy Green

Project Engineer, McLaren

Frome College Alumni - Jeremy Green"I left college in 2006 I now work for McLaren automotive designing supercars in Woking. My job title is Project Engineer and I am in charge of designing and producing engine cooling systems.

After leaving Frome College, I studied for a Masters in Engineering at the University of Exeter. I have also recently received my Chartership from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

I am a STEM ambassador which, outside of my job, allows me to work with schools promoting engineering and science. I am happy to help out where I can as I really enjoyed my time at Frome College."

 


 

Kirk Latham

GB triathlete and business owner

Frome College Alumni - Kirk Latham“I attended Frome College from 1996 to 1999. To be honest I didn’t really get on at school and I wasn’t very academic. This was in part to my ADHD ­- I was the first child in Frome to be diagnosed. I was 13 at the time and getting this diagnosis so late was hard for me and those around me. The College tried hard to understand me and supported me well, particularly as I worked towards my GCSEs: they let me have space when I needed it, which was really important. Being a part of the sports scene at College was my saviour! I always loved sport when I was at the College and was on all the school teams, from rugby to football and even athletics.

I had various jobs but found a real passion for scaffolding, so five years ago me and my younger brother, Scott, started our own company ‘Latham Scaffolding’. The company is going from strength-to-strength and is one the most successful firms in the area. My big passion in life is triathlon and I started relatively late in life, but have already competed for my country at the World Triathlon Series in Canada (2014) and qualified to compete again in Chicago 2015. I also have my own triathlon team, Athlos, which I run jointly with another team member. Dedication and perseverance can go a long way!

For me, life is what you make it - if you work hard you'll be rewarded in whatever you chose to do. ‘Go hard... or go home’ is a motto I live by.”

 


 

Dr Jody Mason

Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, University of Bath

Frome College Alumni - Dr Jody Mason"I was at Frome College from 1989 until 1994. Having completed my A Levels I went to the University of Bristol to complete a degree in Biochemistry in 1997. I then continued my studies at Bristol, obtaining a PhD in protein folding kinetics in 2001. This fired my interest in ‘biotherapeutics’ and I next took up postdoctoral research positions at the Universities of Manchester and then Freiburg (Germany) studying very small proteins known as ‘peptides’ for use as inhibitors in diseases pathways. In 2007 I returned to the UK to take up a lectureship at the University of Essex, and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Bath. My group design and screen vast libraries of peptides (many hundreds of thousands) and then run biological screens to select for those able to inhibit interactions between proteins that are involved in diseases such as Cancer and Alzheimer’s."
 

 

 


 

Jess McLennan

Store Manager, Asda

Frome College Alumni - Jess McLennan"I attended Frome College from 2006 to 2011 and have gone on to become the youngest store manager in the UK for ASDA, managing a 43,000 sq foot store taking over £35 million a year in sales. I am fully accountable for all performance areas and manage 350 colleagues."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Emily Murphy

Project Leader, Nomura

Frome College Alumni - Emily Murphy“I left Frome College in 2000 (after repeating an A Level year) and went to Bournemouth University to complete a degree in financial services. After six years as a structured derivative book runner and industry initiative project leader at Goldman Sachs, I'm now at Nomura (Japan's leading investment bank) in London, running a middle-office team supporting trading desks who are concerned with counterparty risk and funding risk; concepts born out of the financial crisis.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Natalie Owsley

Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

Frome College Alumni - Natalie Owsley“I attended Frome College from 1991-1996. I loved learning the humanities and PE but after having my first child in 1996 let my studies slide. I ran my own foreign estate agency until 2008 when I decided to dedicate my career to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. I retrained as a personal trainer and I also instruct pilates, boxing, group exercise, junior fitness, weightlifting and indoor cycling. I now run my own fitness company and offer training throughout Somerset and Wiltshire. I'm a fundraiser for a Parkinson’s charity and compete in national running competitions. Just to keep me a little more busy, I've also returned to my love of humanities and am studying for a degree in history. I'm a firm believer in achieving whatever you want to do. The only person in the way is you.”

 

 


 

Helen Sprawson-White

Councillor, Mendip Council

Frome College Alumni - Helen Sprawson-White"I attended Frome College 1991/2 and again in 1994. I was elected Mayor of Frome in 2010/11 after serving as a Town Councillor since 2007. Having been elected the youngest female mayor in the country, I introduced Frome Town Council to social media as a form of community engagement - something I am pleased to see has since grown!

In 2011 I was elected onto Mendip Council and in 2015 became Leader of the Opposition - a challenging and busy role, but one that I am proud to hold. Alongside these jobs I have worked at Frome Medical Practice as part of their nursing team and more recently as a community fundraiser at Frome charity Positive Action on Cancer. Most importantly, I am mother to Megan, 14, Owen, 12 and Isaac, 3... proving you can get involved in your community alongside other commitments."

 
 
 

 

Abigail Thompson

Student, University of Reading

Frome College Alumni - Abigail Thompson"I'm in my final few months of a Chemistry Masters at the University of Reading. I have just accepted a place to study for a PhD at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. The centre hopes to train the next generation of chemical engineers to try and tackle our ever-increasing issues in the field of sustainability, climate change and energy."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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