About Us


We are a community as well as a school, and we are immensely proud of the achievements of our alumni, many of whom have become national names in fields as varied as science, the arts, the church, industry, public service and sport.

We are equally proud of the strong sense of community that Old Monmothians have with one another and with the school; we have close links with our past pupils and there are plenty of opportunities for them to keep in touch. We encourage alumni to attend school events, and many now have sons and even grandsons at the schools.

The Old Monmothian Club holds regular social and sporting events bringing together recent leavers as well as those from the more distant past. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about forthcoming events or to update your contact details: old.monmothians@habsmonmouth.org

OM, Kit Orton performing as Tom Jones in the hit biographical musical about the Welsh legend.
Prof Julian Stevens, Leading Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Hospital
OM Lewis Oliva (centre) takes men's sprint gold at the British Cycling National Track Championships.
(Image source: SWPix)
OMs attend the St. John’s Oxford Secret Garden Dinner as OM William Underwood's guests (far left)
Will England, represented Great Britain at the Junior Rowing World Championships.

Notable Alumni

This list is ever-expanding, and is by no means exhaustive, but gives a flavour of the wide range achievements of our many distinguished alumni.


Sir John Beddington Retired Chief Government Scientific Officer 
Sir Frank Davies CBE Former Chairman, Health & Safety Commission
Derek Ezra, Lord Ezra Liberal Democrat peer, former chairman of the National Coal Board. For an obituary, please click here (Telegraph subscription required)
Brian Strong Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council. 
Geoff Hughes Penal Expert, Former Prison Governor and International Prisons Consultant


Angus Buchanan VC (1894-1944) Awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. More detailed biography here
Colonel Simon Butt Commanding Officer, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Colonel John Chaston MC (1916-2010) OBE, CBE, MC, Deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. For an obituary, please click here (Telegraph subscription required)
Flt Lt. William Clifford Townsend CGM DFM (1921-1991) RAF pilot; awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for part played in the ‘Dambusters’ raid during WWII; later businessman and civil servant


Tom Collings Bishop of Keewatin, Canada, 1991-1996
Christopher Herbert Bishop of St Albans 1995-2009


Prof Richard Carwardine President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Professor of American History; Fellow of the British Academy; Governor at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools
Prof Paul Langford, 1945-2015 Professor of History, Oxford University; former Rector of  Lincoln College, Oxford. Click here to read his obituary
Professor Ben Quash Professor of Christianity & the Arts, King’s College, London
Dr Will Sutherland Professor of Astronomy at St Mary’s London


Robin Herd Engineer, designer and businessman. Senior Scientific Officer on the Concorde Project, distinguished career in developing F1 racing cars. Former chairman, Oxford United Football Club
Dr Mike Tunstall (1928-2011) Doctor, inventor of Entonox, better know as ‘gas and air’.  For obituary, click here
Prof Julian Stevens Leading Eye Surgeon, Moorfields Hospital 


Simon Cartmell OBE Healthcare and LifeScience company entrepreneur, Chairman Aske’s Board, Elstree and Member of the Court of Assistants, Haberdashers Company
Bob Blake Pharmaceuticals and Benefactor Lincoln College Oxford and Monmouth School for Boys
Warren East CBE  CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, Engineer and Philanthropist.
David Hitchcock OBE Chairman of Cyrus Investment Management 
Carl Leaver Group Chief Executive, Gala Coral Read more
David Malpas Former Managing Director of Tesco
Noel Manns Co-founder and Principal, Europa Capital LLP; Governor at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools
Mark Neale Founder and Chief Executive of Mountain Warehouse 
Richard Booth QC Barrister
Patrick Worsnip United Nations correspondent for Reuters (Retired 2012)
Marcus Taverner QC Leading London Barrister 
John Ryder QC Leading criminal silk on Damilola Taylor case
Mark Fox Managing Director, Starbucks UK 
Paul Faulkner  CEO Nottingham Forest FC 
Terry Jones Director General of NFU, appointed April 2016 


Hallam Amos Medic; Wales International Rugby Union player who plays for Cardiff Blues
Wayne Barnes International rugby union referee
Eddie Butler Journalist, sports commentator and former Welsh rugby union player (British Lion, Captain of Wales)
David Broome Former international show jumper
Gareth Davies Telegraph boxing correspondent
John Gwilliam Former Welsh rugby union player
Steve James Former Glamorgan and England batsman, now Sunday Telegraph cricket columnist
Keith Jarrett Former Welsh international rugby player
Tom Lucy GB rower (silver medallist in men’s VIII, Beijing 2008), now serving officer with Royal Marines
Lord Colin Moynihan Former British Olympic cox, politician, businessman and former Chairman of British Olympic Association
Lewis Oliva Professional cyclist and GB team sprinter, contracted to British Cycling, U23 Academy
Richard Parks Former Wales international rugby union player, now international explorer and charity fundraiser – Website
Charles Wiggin Rowing commentator, bronze medallist 1980 Olympics, men’s coxless pair
Robin Williams World and Olympic rowing coach; coached Heather Stanning and Helen Glover to gold medal in women’s coxless pair in London 2012 Olympics; former GB rowing international and medallist
Mark Waller Head of NFL (National Football League) USA


Andrew Henley Opera singer, contracted to the National Opera Studio
Angus McBean (1904-1990) Internationally-renowned, surrealist photographer
Tom Fairfoot British Actor and award winning Voice Artist grew up in South Wales. Trained at Webber Douglas Academy. Best known in UK as Eddie in the award winning musical ‘Blood Brothers’ on the first Uk National Tour, and then later in the West End London.
Grant Nicholas Lead singer and guitarist of rock band ‘Feeder’
Victor Spinetti (1929 – 2012) Actor, comedian and producer (click here for obituary)
Glyn Worsnip (1938-1996) Actor and broadcaster (click here for obituary)

Monmouth in London

The development team regularly hosts Monmouth in London events for everyone connected with Monmouth School for Boys or Monmouth School for Girls whether as a former member of staff or pupil or a parent or governor.

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