Who We Are

The Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Blewett (President)  72-77 G Ian arrived at WBS in 1972, was a regular in School Rugby and represented the school at 1st XV in both Lower and Upper Sixth as well as in track and field in discus and javelin. A stalwart in the CCF he decided to pursue a career in the Army following school and enjoyed a long and varied career in the Infantry including numerous tours of operational duty. He as commanded the Rigle Volunteers, been a Deputy President at the Army Officer Selection Board and was Regimental Colonel The Rifles. He now delivers Simulation Programmes in support of the Army’s Recruiting and Training Division. His twins, Abigail and James, also attended WBS. For Ian’s full biography please click here

 

 

Jamie Conchie  69-76 G Born Minehead  Somerset, 1958. WBS 1969-76, Grenville House. Colts Exmoor Running cup 1970: 1stXV Colours 1976. Married a WBS Old girl, Suzy Maskell, 1980-84, Grenville. 4 sons; 3 have or are attending WBS. Father was an WBS old Boy and OWBA President in 1985.  Had 2 brothers and 2 sisters who attended WBS between 1967-1984. Went to Brighton University. Currently Director of a Headhunting firm, Consortea, based in Windsor working with clients in the Sport, Media & Entertainment sectors. Returned to live in Bishops Tawton, N. Devon in 2008. Residing in farmhouse with Campsite and Wedding /Function business

 

Neil Kingdon 66-75 C Neil Kingdon Neil’s father, Gordon (33-37 C) came to West Buckland thanks to a scholarship from a South Molton Town Charity. In later life, Gordon became the Chairman of Governors at West Buckland and President of the School.  Neil was born and brought up in North Devon and during his time at West Buckland became involved in most aspects of school life, finally being awarded the Fortescue Medal, the highest award presented by the school. Upon leaving West Buckland, Neil studied dentistry at Guys Hospital in London after which he went on to work in General Practice and Dental Teaching hospitals until 1987 when he specialised in orthodontics.  He returned to North Devon in 1991 and met his wife Julie, also a local girl, and he set up his own orthodontic practice in Barnstaple, where he worked until the business was sold in 2012.  Neil and Julie’s two sons, Jack (05-11 C) and Fred (07-12C) also followed their father through the school, and embraced all the school had to offer. Neil’s enthusiasm for the continued role of the OWBA within the school community encouraged him to stand for Presidency of the Association and we are fortunate to have him on board

 

 

Adam Crispin 90-97 “I was at WB from 1990 – 97 in Grenville. I had two younger brothers at school, both now left. I work at Bray Leino as an Account Director in the Media department and oversee advertising campaigns for clients such as Thatchers Cider and Brittany Ferries. I have been at Bray Leino since I graduated from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in International Politics.”

 

 

 

Stuart Smith ( Vice-President) 73-80 G Stuart Smith

Stuart lived in Ilfracombe when he was at WBS before going to Leicester Polytechnic graduating in 1982 with a diploma in Estate Management. He qualified in 1985 as a Chartered Surveyor. Stuart has a passion for the great outdoors and a particular interest in renewable energy. He is a current parent and much of his spare time is spent following his 2 sons’ interests and achievements on the sports fields of the south west. He is a former Chairman of Ilfracombe Round Table.

David Walker 76 -82 B “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at school, participating in every sport going, and avoiding academic study with aplomb. I was lucky enough to captain both cricket and rugby at various age ranges and win a number of full colours. My house was, and is still Brereton with Mugsy my inspiring housemaster! Both my children Charlotte (95-08 B) and James (98-11 B) have been through WB from nursery to Upper Sixth, both enjoyed their time there, like their father, but with better academic achievement. I have maintained my links with the school via the OWBA and was honoured to be President in 1999. At present, I am the OWBA Governor, a role I enjoy and feel privileged to undertake. The OWBA has kept me in touch with many old friends, my children’s friends and many characters from the West Buckland community at large.”

Patron

David Cummins (40-50 G) JFV.David Cummins at Lords 2David has been a patron of the OWBA since 2007. His long association with the school started when he joined West Buckland as a pupil in 1940.  At school, he was a member of the 1st XV and participated in cross-country and athletics. His career has concentrated on the agricultural industry, specifically crop protection chemicals. He was director of a company which was sold to CIBA/GEIGY, a chemical organisation and since then, David’s interests have been in residential property. David has an enormous enthusiasm and commitment for West Buckland, having been a school governor for six years and was formerly President of the OWBA.