Dame Alice Owen's School
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Old Owenians Business Directory

We know from our Old Owenians Careers Talks Week that you're involved in a great variety of careers. For those entrepreneurs of you who run your own businesses, we’d like to help you promote your businesses on this page by providing this Directory, free of charge, whether you're based in the UK or overseas.

If you’d like your business mentioned here, please send your details, similar to those below, to Tess Cleverley at oldowenians@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk and we'll post up within a few days.  If you have any special offers or discounts you’d like to make available to fellow alumni, so please include those details too!  
Captain Keith Godfrey - Class of 1960
Flying Without Fear
GU34 4BH
07539 172 646
Flyingwithoutfear.com is the brain child of Captain Keith Godfrey. He has been a commercial pilot for over 53 years and brings his knowledge of flying and his expertise as a teacher to help you to overcome your fear of flying. You can book a range of courses at his venue in Hampshire - see his website for full details!

Captain Keith learned to fly in 1961. In 1964 he was the youngest pilot to hold a flying instructor’s rating in the UK. By 1965 he was the Chief Flying Instructor of the largest flying club in the UK. During a 28 year career with British Airways his training skills were recognised for their innovation, effectiveness and popularity. He is a senior training Consultant/Captain at one of the worlds’ biggest Commercial Pilot training academies.
Brandon and Troy Sampath - Class of 2014
Liberty Coffee Co
Liberty Coffee Co
Unit A, Pearlgate House
107 Mayes Road
Wood Green
N22 6UP
United Kingdom
07491 808 553
Twins, Brandon and Troy, left in 2014 and have set up Liberty Coffee Co - Wholesale & Distribution of Tea, Coffee & Associated products – here’s their story on their website…
“Liberty Coffee was created by Two Brothers who have a passion for tea (& eventually Coffee!). When they were growing up, they’d always hate the coffee they tried because it was that instant coffee which is bitter and just something you have to drink for the caffeine, until one day they discovered how simple it was to make a home brew with just a cafetiere!
After this, the Two Brothers fell in love with coffee; each coffee has a unique flavour which tells a story in a cup. They set out prove to every instant coffee drinker that they no longer have to settle for freeze dried coffee. It’s extremely simple to enjoy a cheeky brew at home without having to go to a chain store! Take a look at our articles written specifically so that you can make the best damn coffee at home with our helpful tips, tricks and guides!”
Jackie Parry (nee Franks) - Class of 1989
Inspirational/Travel/Adventure Books for Sale
See Jackie's website and links below for more information, reviews and an excerpt:

A Standard Journey, 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent: http://geni.us/1j9w
Of Foreign Build- From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman: http://geni.us/ipq
Cruisers’ AA (Accumulated Acumen)- http://geni.us/3sKJ

Originally from the UK, Jackie is now an adopted Australian. She grew up with horses in the UK until her world was shattered with a bereavement. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. So within her first year living in a foreign land she was getting used to a foreign husband and a foreign life on board!
Noel was also disillusioned with life too, then he met Jackie. He had the idea of going sailing and somehow just knew Jackie would fit right in. Noel has a lifetime of sailing experience and rather itchy feet!

Mariah II took Jackie & Noel around the world. Pyewacket II (their second boat, purchased in San Francisco) took them across the Pacific Ocean for a second time on a more southerly route. Adventures include The Great Loop in the USA plus Canada’s Great Lakes and the French Canals.
As commercial skippers they have both worked internationally, they have been Marine Rescue skippers and teach commercial maritime. They have both achieved Certificate IV in Maritime (Master 4 – up to 80 metre vessels) and hold MED3 (Marine Engine Driver) certificates. They’ve co-written a pilot book (in America) and several hundred magazine articles worldwide.

In 2013 Jackie and Noel published Cruisers’ AA, the following year, Jackie published Of Foreign Build. A Standard Journey was released in June 2015 and Jackie is donating 50% of all profits to help rescue more horses. Check out Jackie’s website for book signings/readings in the UK in October 2015.
Hannah Osborne (nee Schmitz) – Class of 2004
The Corner Shop Events
36 Great Queen Street
020 7831 6433
The Corner Shop Events is an Events, General Management and Production company working extensively, although not exclusively, within the Arts Industries. Hannah, as Managing Director, and her team work with a wide network of venues and suppliers and provide a personal, bespoke service for each client, no matter how large or small the requirements. Hannah would be very happy to explore with you how they can help make your event successful – just give her a call or send an email!
Gaz de Vere - Class of 1977
de Vere Photography
You may remember Gaz from his duties as our official photographer for our 400th celebrations in 2013 - he documented (with over 10,000 photographs!) the concert at the Royal Albert Hall, the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, the reception at Mansion House and the Carol Service at St Alban’s Cathedral as well as the opening of our new Myddelton building in 2014 (contact for photo discs of these events). He undertakes exclusive work for live music shows (including Marc Almond, Heaven 17, Tony Visconti and obviously Spandau Ballet!), portraiture (including Stephen Fry, Phillip Schofield, Frank Skinner, Gary Rhodes, Annette Badland, Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge), computer-based photographic art & has travelled extensively in Europe and Northern Africa - he has had several coffee table books of his travel photography published. Portfolio of his work can be seen via his website.

Gaz is based in Westcliff but says nowhere is too far to go for a commission!
Michelle McCalden (nee Crofts) - Class of 2001
Meritorious - Web Design
07895 506 380
Michelle runs Meritorious, a web design business that specialises in creating websites built to attract a business owner's ideal customers. She's designed several sites for local schools, achieving top search engine rankings for each and is pleased to have helped many new entrepreneurs to achieve their first online sales and gain media exposure in the process.
Michelle is based in NW London but works online in order to help clients anywhere in the world. She would be pleased to offer alumni of Owen's, and their contacts, a special discount of 25% off on any website build and design ordered when you mention this business directory listing. You can get in touch by emailing michelle@meritorious.co.uk or via her website above. (Please note that at very busy times, your name may be placed on a waiting list so your project can get the full attention it deserves).
Bevan Smith – Class of 2003
ab property lettings and sales
2, The Broadway
Friern Barnet Road
N11 3DT
United Kingdom
0208 445 9965 or 0208 368 4656
AB Property Lettings & Sales is a family run business with a strong Owen’s connection - Bevan’s co-director of AB Property Lettings, Mrs Annette Birt has three daughters who attended Owen’s, as did Bevan’s brother! They have experienced negotiators who are enthusiastic about finding the right property for you, and offer a highly professional service for single or multiple occupancy tenants. Their office is close to British transport links; a mere 30 minutes from central London would love Old Owenians to visit their office – more details on their website above! Their company also generously sponsored an iPad in 2013 as a prize for the student who raised the most money for our 400th Appeal fund raising initiative!
Bernard Victor – Class of 1949
Bernard's Paintings
Since his retirement in 2000, Bernard has pursued his love of art and now sells his paintings in the USA as well as the UK. He specialises in modern still life and more conventional seascapes featuring sailing boats in action painted in oils and acrylics. He also does small ink and watercolour sketches of anything that takes his fancy! You can view his paintings on his website above and he’d be delighted for Old Owenians to get in touch!
David Gould – Class of 1957
Frachis Farmhouse Chambre d'hote and Holiday Gites
6 Frachis
St Junien Les Combes
87300 BELLAC
Haute Vienne
0033 (0)555602648
Having spent 40 years in the property business, David and his wife now run a gite and B&B business in the beautiful Limousin region about 20 miles from Limoges and would love to welcome Old Owenians – if you’re interested, you can view all the details on their website above!
Alan Newman – Class of 1969
Newman's Commedia Mask Company
P.O. Box 542
Cave Junction
United States (USA)
1 541 450 9932 (after 2.30 pm US PST)
Newman is an extraordinary Leather Commedia Dell'Arte and Neutral Mask Maker with studios in Oregon, USA and Bali, Indonesia. He read Philosophy at Warwick University after leaving Owen’s, then studied Western Saddle Making at Portland State University before he found mask making. Pursuing this passion led him to studies in Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International in California, Leather Mask Making with Donato Sartori in Padova, Italy, and Wooden Mask Carving in Ubud, Bali . He has made masks for The Globe Theatre in London, Cirque du Soleil, The Swedish National Theatre, Yale School of Drama and countless performance troupes and training programs worldwide. In 1996 he co-founded the Dell’Arte International Study Abroad Program.
Joe Murphy – Class of TBC
Footpath Films
16 Burnham Close
United Kingdom
020 3132 8642
Joe runs Footpath Films - a film production company launched in 2007. They produce a wide range of films ranging from corporate and training films to music videos and educational filmmaking workshops. Please see their website for more details or email them to get in touch – they’d love to hear from you. Some of you may remember that Footpath Films produced the superb quality video of our 400th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall last year – a great reference in itself!
Neil Cutmore – Class of 1994
Martins Pond Pub and Restaurant
Martins Pond
The Green
Potten End
United Kingdom
You may remember Neil organised a Reunion for the Class of 1994 at Martins Pond in 2014! Neil, Melanie, Daniel and his team would like to warmly welcome you to his family owned and run pub restaurant at anytime! They aim to exceed their guest’s expectations in the delivery of everything from good food to the ale, the wine to the service, all within a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Being passionate about their business they endeavour to source the best quality produce and have selected local suppliers to ensure outstanding results. They’d love to see you at the bar – their website has clear directions and even suggests local country walks to compliment your visit!
Jenny Colledge (nee Philpott) – Class of 1984
The Costume Store
Elm Court Youth and Community Centre - by appointment only -
Mutton Lane
Potters Bar
United Kingdom
01707 643444
As many of you may know, Jenny runs the Potters Bar Costume Store, which is affiliated to the local Potters Bar Theatre Company, who celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2013. They have a large and comprehensive range of fancy dress and theatrical costumes for hire for adults and children. The wide range of fancy dress party clothes and period costumes cover every era and they hire to individuals, groups and schools (http://www.costumes4schools.co.uk – website especially for schools), including providing costumes for Owen’s School productions. They’d be very happy to help any of our Old Owenians with their costume dilemmas - just ring to make an appointment!
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