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Old Foleyans' Association - The Website for Old Boys of Old Swinford Hospital

The OFA Committee

About The OFA - Find out about Old Swinford Hospital and the OFAs connections with the school. Committee - Discover who is on the committee and what it's function are. Contact - Find out contact details for members of the OFA. Events - See the OFA diary of events for the coming year Membership - Find out about subscribing to the OFA and what benifits your membership will bring to you. Memorabilia - Order from the range of OFA merchandise News - Find out the most recent news about the OFA and how previous events have gone.

  David Walker - President
Photo of David Walker Professor David Walker was at the school between the years 1953 - 1960 and was a member of Foster House. This was followed by degrees at London and Birmingham Universities and a doctorate from Aston Business School. He currently works in the Schools of Business and Engineering at Birmingham University. He has published widely during his career besides being group chair of his own industrial cleaning companies. David was previously Vice President and has served on the committee for over 30 years.
  Alice Spilman
Photo of Alice Spilman

I attended OSH as a sixth former from 2011 until 2013, studying economics, politics and psychology. I had a brilliant time at OSH and got involved as much as I could, taking part in European Youth Parliament, Potter House prefect duties and a memorable netball tour to Malta. After OSH I achieved a 1st Class degree in Politics from Newcastle University and an MSc from the University of Birmingham. I am now beginning a PhD in the Politics of Nuclear Weapons at the University of Birmingham that is being funded by the Economic Social research Council.

I joined the OFA after attending the last two annual dinners which were lots of fun, but poorly attending by younger OFA members. I am hoping I can bring a young perspective to the committee, to encourage uptake from recent OSH graduates and that together we can ensure the successful future of the OFA!

  John Whiting - Joint Vice President/SECRETARY
  John attended Old Swinford between 1957 - 1961 in Dudley House and his two sons later attended the school. John, together with his wife and their younger son run their award winning construction business, 3W Developments Limited.
  Rob Franks - Joint Vice President/Membership SecrEtary
Photo of Rob Franks Rob was at Old Swinford Hospital School between 1954 and 1960, as a member of Foley House and, when he left, became a certified accountant. Rob spent many years as OFA Treasurer.
  David Edwards - Treasurer
  David attended the school from 1968 until 1975 and became a qualified accountant after leaving. David has served as treasurer for several years.
  John Partridge
  John attended the school until 1978 as a member of Stone House.
  George Partridge
  John's older brother, George, left Old Swinford three years earlier in 1975 having also been a member of Stone house.
  Eric Hickman
  Eric worked as a Health and Safety advisor for Birmingham City Council until he retired a number of years ago. He left the school in 1959, and was in Dudley House for the duration of his school career.
  Timothy Bailey - Communications Secretary

Tim is one of the newer members of the committee. Brought up in Stourbridge he attended the school between 1997 and 1999 and still lives locally attending committee regularly.

After leaving Old Swinford and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science he now runs an IT business local to the School that serves businesses in the West Midlands - Techys2u Limited.

  Steve Taylor - Publicity Officer
Photo of Steve Taylor At Old Swinford from 1976-1981 in Chance House, then 4 years at Stourbridge Art College, Steve now runs his own artwork and design business in Stourbridge.
  Clive Kay - School Staff Representative (Acting Deputy Head-Pastoral)

Clive Kay is now into his thirteenth year at OSH.  He has been a Prospect and Dudley Housemaster, PE and History teacher.  He currently is the school’s Acting Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead, but most importantly now OFA school link teacher!

  Paul Kilbride - Ex-Officio Member (Headmaster)

Paul Kilbride is the nineteenth headmaster of OSH. He studied at a British Army school in Germany before returning to university in England to read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. Paul trained as a teacher in Birmingham and has worked in both the maintained and independent sectors, holding positions including Head of Department, Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Head. He has an MA in Education from UCL and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His teaching experience includes single sex, boarding, selective and non-selective schools and he has served as governor both at secondary and primary level. He is married to Emma with three young sons.

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