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President – Michael Hasslacher

MHMichael attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.  He has a son who is also an Old Oratorian.  A retired businessman who ran his own company, he has been Master of The Vintners’ Company and a member of Court.  He was first appointed a Governor in 1986 and was elected Chairman in 2006.  He also chairs the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on both the Property and Academic sub-committees.

Vice President – Lord Judge

Lord-Judge21Baron Judge was born in Malta and attended The Oratory from 1954 to 1957 where he was School Captain and Captain of Cricket. He was awarded an Open Exhibition to study History & Law at Magdalene College Cambridge. He has had a distinguished legal career after being called to the bar (Middle Temple) in l963. He has been a Barrister, Jurist, QC, Judge, Privy Councillor, Peer of the Realm, finally retiring as Lord Chief Justice in 2013. He was created a life peer as Baron Judge of Draycote in 2008.

Chaplain – Bishop Robert J Byrne

FrRBresize_ByrneBishop Robert Byrne entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.  In 1990 the then Fr Robert and another priest from the Birmingham Oratory moved to St Aloysius Oxford to found what was in 1993 to become the Oxford Oratory. He was Provost from 1993 until 2011 when he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Dialogue and Unity at The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.  In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Fr Robert an Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham and was ordained Bishop on 13th May. A Governor since 1996, Bishop Robert is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee as well as the Academic Sub-Committee.

Chairman & Secretary – David Connolly

David ConnollyDavid attended The Oratory School (1985-1990) and the Oratory Preparatory School.  He read law at The University of Hull and is a practising solicitor working in-house at InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.  David has served as Secretary to the Committee since 2000 and became Chairman in 2014.   He lives in Henley, is married and has two young sons.

Treasurer – James Fairbairn

Auditor – James Sehmer

JSJamie is a Chartered Accountant by profession and is the Governor with responsibility for finance.  He was appointed a Governor in 1986 and elected Vice Chairman in 2002. He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on the Property sub-committee.  Jamie is an Old Boy of the Oratory School and has three sons. He is a trustee and treasurer of a number of charities.

Committee Members

Chris Bradford

Christopher Bradford attended The Oratory School from 1999-2006. After which he received a scholarship to St Johns College Durham to Read Natural Sciences. He then went on to achieve an MPHYS 1st Class in Theoretical Physics before embarking on a PhD in Particle Physics, which is currently on going. He taught Mathematics at the Oratory School and Harrow School, and currently teachers Physics at The Royal Grammar School Guildford.

Charlie Coupland

CharlieCharlie attended The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. He was OS School Captain 2005/06. He read Politics and Spanish at Bristol University before joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Mergers & Acquisitions department in London. He then worked for Manchester United Ltd in Corporate Finance before relocating to Santiago, Chile in 2016 with Santander Bank. He shares a penchant for adventure with his fellow committee members, having completed Marathon des Sables in 2015 and climbed Mt Elbrus in 2013. He is the current joint OS record holder (along with Anthony Coupland and Tommy Williams) for taking an OS House Colours Cap to its highest ever recorded altitude of 5,895m.

Richard Cox

Richard CoxRichard attended The Oratory School from 1966-1971 and all three of his sons later went to the school.  He joined the Society Commitee around 1975, first becoming Secretary and then Chairman for some 20+ years. Richard stood down as Chairman in 2014 but is head of the Investment Committe for both the Society and Foundation. Richard also organized the annual dinner for more than 30yrs. He is also a trustee of the Buildings and Land Committee. Most of his career  has been in the banking industry with HSBC, J Henry Schroder Wagg, Westpac and Daiwa Europe. He is currently with a small boutique investment house dealing mainly with fixed income and is semi-retired.

Ross Cullen

Ross Cullen attended the OPS and The Oratory and was House Captain of Norris from 2005-06. He read Spanish and Politics at Edinburgh and spent his year abroad in Mexico. Currently a producer on the business desk at Sky News, he has reported from Mexico for the BBC and Sky. He is involved with the Old Oratorians’ Real Tennis team.

Henry Gilbert

IMG_0007Henry Gilbert attended The Oratory School from 2003 to 2008. A capital markets advisor at PwC, he has shot for Great Britain at age group level and is planning on getting his full GB cap within the next few years. Henry is vice-captain of the East India, Devonshire and Public Schools’ Club’s rugby section and involved with their Young Members’ Committee.

Max Lau

Lau-profileMaximilian Lau was a scholar, Captain-of-Boats and House Captain of FitzAlan before leaving The Oratory in 2006. After reading History at St Andrews, Max moved to Oxford where he is shortly to earn his doctorate in Byzantine and Crusader History. Max has Captained both St Andrews and Oriel College Boat Clubs and is Secretary of the Oratory Cardinals Rowing Club

James Purnell

Steve Tomlinson

Steve was at The Oratory School from 1992 – 97 and then went on to  Cardiff University 1997 – 2000. He is an accomplished sportsman both at Real Tennis and cricket. He was a Glamorgan County Cricketer and then joined as a member of staff at the OS from 2004. In 2008 he became Director of Sport. Outside School: HMC cricket Committee Member / ISFA Football coach. For all up to date information on sports at The OS: @OratorySport

Tom Williams

Tommy Williams attended The Oratory School from 2001-06. After working for The Adventurists in Bristol for three years, he gained a place to study International Business and Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is currently on his year abroad studying in Beijing, China and will graduate in 2016 when he plans to put his Mandarin and business skills to use working on his own business projects and in the Beijing startup sector. Tommy has a thirst for adventure having recently cycled 3,600km across southern China with fellow Oratorian Oliver Chapman, climbed Mt. Elbrus with fellow Oratorians and Committee Members Charlie Coupland and Ross Cullen, cycled Land’s End to John O’Groats and driven a tuk-tuk 3,500km across India among other exploits.

Contact: Our lively Committee Members are selflessly committed to working towards the good of the Society and are open to suggestions, ideas, new events and of course hearing your latest news – so please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Directory.

Society Officer

Mrs Dora Nash
Email: d.nash@oratory.co.uk