New President takes the Reins
21 March 2017
At the OA Society AGM on Thursday 16th March 2017 Neil Sutherland (B1966-70) handed his role as President of the OA Society to the newly elected James James-Crook (M1968-72). Neil took up the post in 2010 and in his seven years of service he achieved a great deal by bringing OAs together through events, the Mentoring programme, a dedicated website and regular communications.James will now lead the Society and oversee the Committee on behalf of the members. In an introductory letter to OAs James said:"I shall do my upmost to continue the dedicated work of my predecessors with the common denominator being Aldenham School. I very much look forward to meeting as many OAs as possible at forthcoming events,"Founded in 1902, the Old Aldenhamian Society, with Sir Samual Wilks FRS as President and Edmund Beevor, as Secretary, aims to keep a register of the addresses of past members of the School, maintain a means of communication between the School and OAs; the Society also enables OAs, through their Committee, to take united action in any matter concerning the interests of the whole body and to arrange for Aldenhamiana , now the OA Review, to be sent to each member and to organise an Annual Dinner. "Some other notable Presidents of the OA Society have included Stanley Owen Buckmaster, 1st Viscount Buckmaster, GCVO (M1870-79) who served as Lord Chancellor under Asquith; General Sir Richard Gale, KBE DSO MC (SH1911-13) whom I recall interviewing in 1972 for an article in The Aldenhamian and Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO (SHE1945-50). The most notable achievement of the OA Society to date was the construction of the School Library as a War Memorial in memory of OAs and Aldenham teaching staff who gave their lives in the First World War."