Our Old Blues online world map provides us with a fantastic platform to showcase our international network of Old Blues. With an increasing number of Old Blues opting to study or work abroard, this interactive popular feature allows our current students to gain an insight into the diverse and successful international career paths our Old Blues have chosen to pursue in cities such as Austin, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.

This spring we are highlighting four individuals recently added to the world map.


Paul McEvoy MBE, Class of 1983
Based: Quito, Ecuador
Position: Manager of the Ecuadorian Stock Exchange

Completing his A Levels in 1983, Paul went on to study Geography at the University of Oxford. From there Paul embarked on a 25 year career with Lloyds Banks, working predominately overseas. During that time Paul spent 10 years working as a Country Manager in Honduras, Ecuador and finally Japan.

In 2014 Paul returned to Ecuador’s capital Quito, to become the General Manager of the country’s Stock Exchange. Since relocating to Quito Paul has held a number of prominent local positions, including President of the Board of the British School Quito. Now Director of the British – Ecuadorean Chamber of Commerce and serving on the working committee of the Federation of Latin American Stock Exchanges, Paul’s longstanding commitment to the British community overseas was recognised in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE.


Kate Coenen-Rowe, Class of 2010
Based: Hong Kong
Position: English Teacher

For the past three years Kate Coenen-Rowe’s home has been Hong Kong. Considered by many to be a concrete jungle, Kate sheds light on Hong Kong’s natural beauty.

“I moved to Hong Kong in 2013 after completing an English degree at the University of Sussex. For the first year I worked for a charitable institution, which places native English speakers in local Hong Kong schools. Since then I have continued to work as an English teacher and as a Zumba instructor.

Hong Kong is an amazing place to live and work. Although Hong Kong is known worldwide as a fast paced metropolis, which it is, what many people don’t know is that at least 40% of Hong Kong consists of country parks and nature reserves. This has allowed me to live in both Mong Kok, described as having the highest population density in the world and on an outlying island, accessible only by ferry.

It is Hong Kong’s variety that makes it, in my view, completely unique. Despite this, my Hong Kong journey will soon be at an end. In September I will be returning to the UK to start a PGCE in London, I am looking forward to this new adventure.”


Dr Peris Jones, Class of 1989
Based: Nairobi, Kenya
Position: Senior Human Rights Researcher

Following in the footsteps of his father Kenneth, Dr Peris Jones attended The Blue Coat School during the 1980s.

Currently an Associate Fellow at the British Institute in East Africa, Peris has worked extensively in the fields of human rights, health and development co-operation, as a researcher, teacher, consultant and practitioner.

Peris has also led “a number of research projects and consultancy evaluations on these issues – not least a large multi-country evaluation spanning regional, national and local levels, as well as acting either as leader or part of team on several others, most recently of a prominent Kenyan human rights organisation.”

On top of this Peris has found time to “publish books, book chapters and international journal articles, many on socio-economic and human rights.”


Paul Doran, Class of 1990
Based: Oslo, Norway
Position: Senior Compliance Advisor and Investigator

Paul Doran attended the Blue Coat School from 1983 to 1990. Studying French, Spanish and Economics at A Level, Paul went on to gain a BA Degree in French and Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University in 1994 and an MA in Intelligence and International Relations, from Salford University in 1995.

Paul worked for several years for a London-based risk management company specialising in confidential investigations, physical security and crisis management. He spent four years in Brazil and a year in Colombia dealing with incidents ranging from serious fraud and white-collar crime to managing kidnap incidents on behalf of company clients.

Paul later worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office specialising in security and intelligence and spent most of his time focused on counter-terrorism and defence issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After periods working for the internal investigations teams in multinational companies in Switzerland and China, Paul now lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He works as Senior Compliance Adviser and Investigator for one of Norway’s largest companies where he specialises in anti-corruption and bribery work.


If you are currently based outside of the UK and would like to be included on our Old Blues world map please contact the Development Team at development-team@bluecoatschool.org.uk.

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