OCA Constitution Issue1 for approval AGM 2016
Peter attended the School between 1951-1956 (Hollands) and upon leaving entered the Motor Industry, starting with three years at Jaguar (Browns Lane). He then continued with manufacturing at Rover Triumph (Canley) for five years, when he moved to the retail trade - where he remained for the rest of his career. Peter had a number of roles with different local dealerships but in the main with Rover/Land Rover and Peugeot products, before retiring in 2001. In 1991 he was elected a fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry. Currently, his time is divided between volunteering duties with the Sports Committee of the OCA, the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) and BEN (motor industry charity). His hobbies include bridge, bowls and railways - both full size and model railways.
I came to teach music at Henry's in 1984, and in 2000 took on the role of Head of Complementary Studies for the Sixth Form. I retired in 2011 but immediately became involved with OCA and have Become the first Chair of the newly formed general Committee.
Paul Fernandez-Montes (OCA Chairman)
Paul attended the School between 1973 and 1980, taking part in rugby, hockey and school productions. He is an accountant who runs a small private portfolio of clients but mainly works on large regeneration schemes – managing projects such as New Street Station and Eastside - but currently for the Homes & Communities Agency. Paul lists his hobbies as being a bibliophile, a fair weather cyclist and watcher of rugby. He is married with two children.
Amanda Garman (Alumni Relations Officer)
Amanda joined the administration staff in 2011, having previously worked for IBM and BMW in a sales and marketing capacity. In the last three years she has learned what a busy and dynamic group the Old Coventrians are as they strive to engage with their members. Amanda is the essential link between the committee and the school, maintaining our presence using social media. Amanda’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter attended KHVIII School between 1952 and 1961, including three years in the Junior School. After a brief spell in accountancy, in 1966 he entered the rapidly expanding world of computing. He worked throughout the world in a number of IT roles before retiring in 2003. He has been active member of Old Coventrians RFC since 1959 and played regularly until being forced to retire with a knee injury in 2014. He has been President of the Club since 2012.
Having enrolled at school as an 11+ entrant in 1948, Wilf enjoyed five years at Henrys during the turmoil of the post war rebuilding programme. This proved to be good preparation for his future career as he became a Chartered Engineer, employed in the region’s vehicle industries for 45 subsequent years. As a parent of former pupils Nicholas (’72-’80) and Nathalie (’77-’87), he was grateful for the school’s influence on the family’s education and achievements. Now well into his retirement, he shares his leisure time between his hobbies of music and supporting the aims of the Old Coventrians’ Association, as a committee member.
David Summers (Sports Sub-Committee Chair)
David is a member of the ‘Class of 1977’ and in touch with many members of his year group. He played hockey and cricket for the school and is currently involved with the Coventry Schools Hockey Club annual reunion matches and dinners, and is on the OCA Sports Sub-committee. He works in education and skills for OCR, the education awarding body, part of Cambridge University. He returned to Coventry in 2002 with work, having previously been in the Civil Service in Whitehall for ten years. David is a keen runner and has two young children.
Keith was a pupil at King Henry VIII from 1972-78 and subsequently graduated in Philosophy and Economics from University College London in 1982. He has spent most of his working life in IT and currently works as an IT Project Manager. Keith’s hobbies include being part of the team of volunteers who produce ECHO, Earlsdon and Chapelfields’ community newspaper. That experience led him to offer his services to put the OCA newsletter together in 2015 and in 2016 he was pleasantly surprised to be nominated to join the committee.