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You are part of a strong and truly global community of over 15,000 Tonbridgians in more than 80 countries.
Our 'Tonbridge Talks' series aims to harness the talents and expertise of this incredible community.
To speak to a member of our team about becoming a speaker, contact us via the button below.


Listen to OT experts with specialist advice on: sectors, sports, skills

Ben Jeffries speaks about becoming an entrepreneur, influencers, and the modern marketing world. Broadcast date: 24.11.2020

Seb and Tom offer observations, from two different Tonbridge generations, on what it means to belong to the modern military. Broadcast date: 16.12.2020

Ben speaks with Chris Morgan, Director of Sport, about his journey from the Tonbridge 1st XV to England Rugby - Coming soon!

Zak speaks with Chris Morgan, Director of Sport, about his success as an English professional cricketer who plays for England and for Kent County Cricket Club - Coming soon!

Craig Frederick shares his experiences in commercial diving, offshore life and the challenges working in the Offshore Oil industry. Craig touches on life as a diver, offshore life in general, the challenges for family life and the future challenges. Broadcast date: 27.01.2021

Neil Lawson talks about the Worlds First Eco Greenhouse, Renewables, Covid-19 and Clean Air. Neil is a specialist thermal engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and 30 years' experience in the field. Broadcast date: 02.02.2021

Simon Hall, from the Bank of England talks with Patrick North, Economics teacher and Housemaster at Tonbridge School about his experiences, the reality of Brexit for the Bank of England, how it is responding to the pandemic amongst other topics. Broadcast date: 08.02.2021

James Riley, CEO of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, talks about his career ambitions, his love of reading and what shaped his future. Broadcast date: 27.05.2021

James Gwinnett shares his story of transformation and recovery after a bad neck injury playing for Tonbridge Juddians RFC in 2013 led to issues with alcoholism and depression. Jamie is now an Ultra-marathon runner and appeared on SAS: Who Dares Wins. Broadcast date: 15.03.2021

Gavin Bruce and Cal McCrystal discuss Cal's extensive career in Theatre, TV, Radio and Film. This conversation touches on the importance of theatre and other arts in education as well as the impact the pandemic has had on the scene. Cal's work as an actor and director stretches from the West End to Hollywood, and has become synonymous with the art of physical comedy. Broadcast date: 03.09.21

Ed Hill (WW 11-17) and Hadeel Ayoub are Founders of BrightSign. They have designed a weightless technical glove to help change the lives of those who cannot hear or speak. Ed tells us about his exciting journey from Tonbridge boy to entrepreneur, joined by his old Housemaster and inspirational Design Tech teacher, Will Biddle. Broadcast date: 07.09.21

Life After Tonbridge

Talks to help OTs navigate the early years after Tonbridge

Civil Service: explore the civil service as a career, hear about the application routes including information on fast-track, the diversity within the profession, and what it's really like to be a civil servant.

Sports: the industry is so diverse with opportunities involving contact with professional sportsmen and sportswomen, lawyers, agents, promoters, facilities managers, trainers, stadia managers, recruiters etc., to name just a few, this talk will be of interest to a great number of boys, regardless of their sixth form subjects or chosen or intended degree choice.

Law: explore Law as a subject to read at university, hear about admissions to Law including information on the LNAT, the diversity of the profession, and what it's really like to be a lawyer. Speakers include: Chris Walsh (Onside Law), Jonathan Atkinson (Lamb Buildings), Liam Porritt (Clifford Chance) and Bertie Ford (Herbert Smith Freehills). 

Finance & the City: hear about the various areas within the sector, the skills needed to be a part of the profession, and hints and tips on how to make successful applications for internships and employment. Speakers include: Alison Rose (Natwest Group Plc), Clare Flanagan (CapGen) and Matt Worby (Olivetree Global Investment Bank).

Global Impact: a careers evening for all, regardless of chosen subjects or university courses. Speakers include: Kenny Kong (F1 Reliability Engineer), Jim O'Leary (BP), Anamie Paul (Green Party of Canada) and Dr Simon Boxall (University of Southampton).

Gap Year: Sam speaks about the benefits of taking a gap year and gaining a professional qualification as a ski instructor at the same time. How the experience helps you before going to university or before you start your career path. Broadcast date 21.10.2021

Tutoring: Matt speaks about his journey from Westminster Civil Servant to setting up his own academic tutor business, Kings Road Tutors. Broadcast date: 17.11.2020

Job Hunting: Rory speaks about his experience as a recruitment and career advisor and shares his top tips on how to get a job that is right for you. Broadcast date: 18.08.2020

Networking: Max speaks about his university experiences and how to utilise social and sports groups while at university to start building your network of contacts. Broadcast date: 19.11.2020

Tennant Lecture Series

Listen to Tonbridgian & external experts with specialist advice on: sectors, sports, skills

Can the book survive? Sir Tim Waterstone (JH 52-58) discusses whether the physical book can survive in the digital age. He outlined the challenges his business has faced in the past couple of decades, as well as discussing his life and extraordinary career with James Priory, Headmaster. Broadcast date: 15.03.2022

Public Schools and the Second World War: David Walsh draws on his recently published book, written with Sir Anthony Seldon, to discuss the contribution of public schools to the Second World War, with particular reference to Tonbridge, and how the experience of schools and alumni differed from that of 1914-18. Broadcast date: 13.05.2021

The Jewels and Wardrobe of the Duchess of Windsor: Janie Ramsay was a Director of Sotheby's when the firm was responsible for selling the Duchess of Windsor's magnificent collection of jewellery. Many of the pieces were designed by the Duke and Duchess themselves and then created by the 20th century's most renowned jewellers. Broadcast date 23.02.2021

English Cricket: Ed Smith (WH 90-95) joins Headmaster James Priory for a lively and interesting talk about his time at Tonbridge School, his career and English Cricket. Please note that this is an audio recording only. Broadcast date: 11.02.2020

Tonbridge past and present: David Tennant talks about the history of Tonbridge School and how the school has evolved to what we know today. Broadcast date: 07.05.2019

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