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Liam Loftus

Long hours, unpredictable shift patterns and being pushed to the limit on a daily basis […]

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Andrew Williams

With over twenty years experience Andrew is a successful property and commercial litigator. From complex contract […]

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Jonathan Han

Civil Engineer Jonathan Han has gained valuable experience working on infrastructure projects here in the […]

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Alice Leedale

Class of 2002

Alice joined The Blue Coat School in the Sixth Form. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Economics and Management and from Cambridge University with an MPhil in Economics, followed by some time spent travelling and learning Mandarin, Alice now works as a fixed income strategist in London.

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Paul Boardman

Class of 1987

Old Blue and stand-up comedian Paul Boardman from the Class of 1987 was an avid footballer from an early age, with his talent on the pitch ensuring that The Blue Coat School trophy cabinet remained healthy. Fast-forward thirty years, following a career with Plymouth Argyll and Sky Sports, Paul can be found performing to audiences up and down the country.

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Gordon Bartley

Class of 1981

Currently working at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Texas, Old Blue Gordon Bartley, from the Class of 1981, conducts catalyst research and development for a variety of global companies, including car manufacturers Volkswagen and Ford. With twenty-one patents to his name, Gordon continues to enjoy a very successful career.

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Michael Sweeney

Class of 2008

Since leaving the Blue Coat Michael has represented Great Britain in athletics and has also won the British Universities Championships. He is currently working towards a PhD in Material Science at the University of Birmingham.

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Craig Curran

Class of 2007

Since signing for Scottish Premier League team Ross County in January, Old Blue Craig Curran, from the Class of 2007, has been praised by manager Jim McIntyre for playing an ‘integral part’ in the team’s recovery. Craig’s efforts were rewarded in April with a contract extension which will see him play for the club until May 2017.

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Dr Lee Tsang

Class of 1992

Old Blue Lee Tsang immersed himself in the countless opportunities made available to students wishing to showcase their artistic talents whilst at The Blue Coat School. He credits the School for “laying the foundation for my musical experiences in later life”.

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Allan Jones

Class of 1963

Old Blue Allan Jones has faced numerous dangerous and life threating situations during his varied career. Allan’s diverse roles have included working as an Undercover Narcotics Agent in Sydney, and working alongside the FBI and DEA to train Iraqi investigators during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007.

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Captain (Retd) Ian S Fielding, Late 1st Battalion, The King’s Regiment

Class of 1985

Now working in Dubai for global private security firm Olive, Ian’s diverse and inspiring career has involved serving as an Army Officer, enjoying a brief rugby career with Ireland’s Lansdowne team, to working on New York’s Wall Street.

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Zia Chaudhry MBE

Class of 1987

Author of “Just Your Average Muslim” Old Blue Zia Chaudhry’s work has gained international recognition having been invited to the 2015 Dubai Literary Festival. Alongside his venture into the literary world Zia continues to practice law as a criminal barrister, and over the past decade has been involved with inter-faith dialogue and advocacy work.

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Dr Christopher McElroy

Class of 1996

Christopher’s passion for music has led to academic and personal achievements including gaining a PhD from the University of Liverpool, to setting up the UK’s largest children’s choir. Now back in Liverpool Christopher is currently dividing his time between Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and inspiring the next generation of music students at Liverpool Hope University.

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Helen Johnson

Class of 2008

After School Helen studied for an MPhys Physics degree at Durham University, where she discovered her passion for Astronomy. Following this she took a gap year, and meeting Brian Cox was her gap year highlight! Helen is now studying for her PHD in Astronomy at Durham University.

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Frank Irwin

Class of 1957

A Blue Coat boarder during the 1950s, Frank Irwin’s memories of the School have been captured in his book ‘Memories from the Mid-20th Century’, published in 2007 by the Blue Coat Brotherly Society.

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Graham Hughes

Class of 1997

After working as a freelance video director for 5 years, Graham took his love of film and travel to the limit when he set himself the challenge of becoming the first person to visit every country in the world without flying, presenting a TV show for Lonely Planet, National Geographic and the BBC along the way. He is now the owner of two unique Guinness World Records and more recently won a private island in Panama where he is busy preparing for his next adventure.

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Gillian Stone

Class of 1991

Gillian was part of the first cohort of girls studying in the Blue Coat School sixth form from 1989-1991. After A Levels Gillian studied law at Manchester Victoria University and went on to practice commercial litigation and later commercial law. She now owns and manages a property company and lectures in contract law.

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Kathryn Heywood (nee Kelly)

Class of 1997

After taking a gap year after A Levels at the Blue Coat, Kathryn gained a degree and a PhD in Physics at Durham University. Having joined the Government Statistical Service as a fast streamer at the Department for Education, and managing a team of analysts in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Kathryn has now returned to Durham University as their Business Intelligence Manager.

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Stuart Ford

Class of 1988

Stuart is now based in Los Angeles, and is the Founder and CEO of IM Global, one of Hollywood’s leading film production, financing and distribution companies.

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Margaret Parr

Class of 2003

After leaving The Blue Coat School in 2003 Margaret read Law at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford where she was awarded a Michel Exhibition and the Ives Prize. Margaret now specialises in family law and has appeared before the Court of Appeal.

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Professor Tom Greggs

Class of 1999

Professor Tom Greggs was at the School from 1992 – 1999 and was Head of School in his final year. Amongst his many academic achievements, he was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Chester at the age of 28, and was the youngest person in the country to hold a professorship.

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James Lacey

Class of 2007

Since leaving the School James
has enjoyed a successful career in professional theatre, spanning both the performance and the production side of the industry, and in June 2014 starts rehearsing for the UK tour of the musical Shrek. James remains involved with the School as Creative Director of the School Show.

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Zoe Glacken

Class of 2009

Zoe Glacken was the Blue Coat School’s first Head Girl that started in Year 7 after the School became fully co-ed once again in 2002. After studying Law at York University Zoe has been working in local government, and plans to return to Liverpool to pursue a career in community based work.

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Keith Miller

Class of 1973

Keith has been a permanent resident of Barbados since 1978. He runs a successful publishing company which produces high quality tourism guides, and most recently he published a book in the UK on the Academy System in Premier League Football.

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Professor Simon Hands

Class of 1980

After leaving the Blue Coat Professor Simon Hands went on to study Physics at Cambridge University and Edinburgh University, and was supervised at the latter by Physics Nobel Prize Winner Peter Higgs.

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Tony Salmon

Class of 1978

Since leaving the Blue Coat in 1977 bus enthusiast Tony Salmon has spent his career working for transport companies including Arriva. Away from work Tony has with the aid of his former English teacher penned “Return to the Blue Coat” about his former time at the school.

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Carl Cross

Class of 1989

Carl is Senior Investment Director at Investec in Liverpool and supports the Blue Coat today by Chairing our Development Board and being a Trustee of our Foundation.

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