Association Committee Members
Charles Tippet Chairman
Charles Tippetís parents and grandparents ran St Pirans for almost 50 years until 1972. Thus, Charles lived at the school for 23 years and was a boarding pupil from 1956 to 1962. Hockey was his preferred sport and he was in the 1st XI which achieved gold colours for an unbeaten season in 196x. He then went to Radley in 1963 until 1967. After studying in Paris, he joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and qualified as an accountant. He played hockey for club and county before switching to motor racing. He has spent his 40 year career working predominantly in the automotive, property, retail and leisure sectors and has just concluded a property CEO role. He is a NED of an automotive group and is working on several projects. The Old Boys Association had been formed by J B Jonas in the early 1980s and Charles was approached in 1991 when JB decided that a fledgling committee should be formed to continue the good work. Charles has been chairman for some 22 years and was present to celebrate the Schoolís 200th anniversary in 2005.
Headmaster of St Piran's School
Richard Link was at St Pirans from May 1950 to July 1955. He progressed to Radley College until 1959. He entered articles with F.Rowland and Co and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1965. In 1967, Richard joined the family business of J.D. Link and Son Ltd. Provision Merchants at Smithfield and worked there until the business was sold in 1988. He has always maintained a small accountancy practice and is also currently the Chairman of the Reedham Trust, which gives support with boarding education to children with vulnerable home environment. www.reedham-trust.org.uk. Richardís lives in Croydon and his interests include travel, music, gardening and golf.
James Ward (known as Fred ever since leaving St Piran's) is the Head of European Equities at Magnetar Capital, a US Hedge Fund. Fred qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, before spending 8 years in investment banking advising on Mergers and Acquisitions and capital raisings. Since 2007, Fred has been a Hedge Fund Manager, specialising in Equity Event Investment Strategies, working at two US funds each with over $10bn under management. Fred graduated from University College, Oxford with an MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence. At Oxford he gained Colours in Hockey, and represented Oxford in the Rugby 2nd XV. Between 1987 and 1992 he attended Monkton Combe School, in Bath and attended St Piran's between 1981 and 1987, where he captained the Rugby 1st XV although he was the smallest boy on the field by at least 6 inches! He is married with 2 young children and lives in West London.
Michael Ward is the Managing Partner of CHT properties, a company that owns and develops properties in the South of England. Michael spent the bulk of his 20 year career in the banking industry where his final position was head of equity sales for Europe Middle East and Africa for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Michael also works with the Princes Trust where he sits on the invest in futures committee, a group that has raised over £15m from the financial industry since its inception in 2005. The Princes Trust is the UK's largest youth charity, helping over 56,000 young people in 2012. Michael graduated from the University of the West of England with a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance, between 1984 and 1989 attended Monkton Combe School Bath where he was a music Scholar and attended St Pirans Preparatory School between 1980 and 1984. He is married with 2 children and lives in London.
My association with St. Piranís started many, many years ago when I was a pupil at The Convent of the Nativity of Our Lord in Maidenhead (now Maidenhead College). Many of my friends had brothers at St. Piranís and I have kept in touch with them and their families to this day. My senior school years were spent at Brigidene Convent in Windsor after which I attended Winkfield Place School where I took a Cordon Bleu Diploma and Pitmanís Secretarial qualifications. I enjoyed a very busy role as a PA in the Overseas Office at the House of Commons. In 1988 I married a St. Piranís past pupil, Richard Western-Kaye, Richardís grandfather, Kenneth Garcke was an old boy too and the Headmasterís Cup on Speech Day is the Garcke Cup. Our son William joined St. Piranís as one of the first 26 pupils to enrol in the Nursery. William enjoyed 8 brilliant years at St. Piranís during which time, having re-trained, I joined the teaching staff eventually becoming Head of Girlsí Games. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my 9 years on the staff only leaving to pursue my dream of working in a boarding school which I do to this day. My interests include riding, walking my 3 Jack Russells, theatre, reading and travel.