Georgians in Conversation


Former Georgians talk about their memories of their time at St George's - whether as boarders or day girls - and about their life after leaving school. How did they choose their future path? Do they have any regrets? Would they have done anything differently?

You can also listen to Mr John Markham, former Governor of the school, talking about the amazing discovery he made amongst the possessions of his late mother, Mrs Sarah (Sally) Markham. 


EMMA WRIGHT (NÉE COTTAM) - 2006 Leavers Group

​At the time of this interview, Emma was on maternity leave from her job as Royal Producer for ITN

Emma was Head Girl in 2005-2006. You'll find that she took a very unusual combination of subjects in the Sixth Form, but ones which later proved of great value in her career. On leaving St George's she went to St Andrew's University; do listen to how she landed her job with ITN. There are valuable lessons here for anyone whose heart is set upon a particular career - lessons of determination and perseverance. 

Emma is interviewed by Sue van der Veen


DR ANN BUTLER PhD FLS (NÉE STOWE) - 1951 Leavers Group 

"You wait for opportunities and you grab them as they go past you."

Ann's account of boarding life in the late 1940s is full of humour. She then talks about how she managed to combine a succession of careers with motherhood - and how much she enjoyed her final career in environmental archaeology. Ann is interviewed by Sue van der Veen, Alumnae Relations Officer.


REBECCA GETHINGS - 1995 Leavers Group

Rebecca - known to her contemporaries at St George’s as Sharon - speaks in a very lively and humorous way of how she never allowed herself to be deflected from her chosen path. She went to Drama School after leaving in the Upper Sixth and would always recommend this route to anyone set on an acting career. Despite the inevitable ups and downs, she has never regretted this decision. We invite you to hear more....

Rebecca talks to Sue van der Veen



LYDIA MCMILLAN - 2009 Leavers Group

Lydia McMillan was Head Girl in 2009. She speaks about taking up every extra-curricular activity going, about studying in Paris and how her own experiences of school now influence her career as a teacher working in London, for an ARK school. Lydia is interviewed by her contemporary, Jenny Ryan.



MR JOHN MARKHAM - Long-Time Governor of the School

Mr John Markham, a former Governor of St George's Ascot, speaks to Sue van der Veen about his mother, Sarah Markham (an Old Georgian), and of the amazing 400-year-old notebook which he discovered amongst her possessions. The tiny notebook, which starred in The Antiques Roadshow, refers to Shakespeare’s ‘Comedyes and Tragedyes’. The interviewer – who had never seen anything like it – was very excited and convinced that it actually dated back to the 17th Century. At the time of this interview, it was being examined and transcribed by a Shakespearean expert in Oxford. And, yes, the name Markham will be familiar to anyone who has attended or visited the school in the last 25 years, as the main building was renamed in recognition of all the family did for St George’s – a fact commemorated on a plaque in the porch.

INTERVIEWS and articles published in SNAPDRAGON,

CASEY MICHAELS - 2008 - Stunt Artist 


"The legendary Head of Sixth Form, Catherine Dyer, apparently met her match when in 2006 she interviewed Casey about what she was planning to do after leaving St George's......" 

Read on....

NATASHA (alias Tatty) PETTIGREW - 2007

Tatty, on the right in the photo, was astonished to find that another former Georgian - Davina Watson - had been selected for the same crew in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2015-16. Here you can read about life on board in this challenging race, and what she feels she gained from the experience.


NINA PARKER - 2004 - Chef and Cookery Writer

When Nina came into school we spoke for a couple of hours about her career so far - how she had got into catering, despite having studied French and Spanish at university, and why she loves it so much. Her enthusiasm is palpable, as you'll see from the article....


MRS ELIZABETH WARD OBE (née RYND) - 1944 - Founder of the British Kidney Patient Association

It was a moving experience to hear from Elizabeth how her son, 'Timbo', struggled for many years with kidney disease but eventually succumbed to the disease while still a young man. However, many families and individuals have been given a new lease of life thanks to her work in raising money for the BKPA. 
Read about this indomitable lady....





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