Old Coventrians’ Association
A community for life
Constitution and Committee

2022-2023 Committee

Paul Fernandez-Montes (Chair, Class of 1973)
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.
Rob Philips (Vice-Chair, Class of 1993)
Keith Bushnell(Secretary, Class of 1972)
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.
Ian Cresswell (Treasurer, Class of 1973)
Peter Huxford (OCA Sports Coordinator, Retired staff)
Peter Owen (Class of 1955)
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.
David Summers (Class of 1977)
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.
Jeremy Thomas (Retired staff)

Ex Officio Members:

Philip Dearden (Headmaster, OCA Honorary President)
Catherine Kaye (Alumni Relations Officer)


Chris Spriggs (Retired staff)
Pip Milton (Retired staff)
Jan Butler (Governor and Retired staff)
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.
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