Another O.P. becomes a governor of the College
Patrick Roberts (71-75) joined the Board of Governors of Pangbourne College in May, 2017. He is the current Bursar of Cranleigh School in Surrey where he has been part of a leadership team that has overseen an extensive expansion of the school in the past decade. He says that he “looks forward to offering advice and hopefully some wisdom along the way.”
He continues: “I arrived at Pangbourne in January, 1971 for a largely unspectacular five years although I did manage to climb to the dizzy heights of Chief Cadet Captain of Harbinger, more through luck than good judgement. RMA Sandhurst followed, where I realised that the drill outside Drake had not been totally in vein. After Sandhurst, I was commissioned into the 13th/18th Royal Hussars where I found fellow OPs Willy Shuttleworth and Simon Ledger and was later joined by Paul Scott Masson and Ian Scott Bell.
Regimental service was standard for those days: Germany, a resident tour in Northern Ireland, and fun in Cyprus. In 1989 I attended the Staff College and then did a tour as DCOS and briefly Chief of Staff of 7th Armoured Brigade. This was followed by an exciting tour as Chief of Staff British Forces in Bosnia during a troubled 1993. I was awarded an MBE after this tour and on promotion to Lieutenant Colonel returned to Staff College this time as an instructor. Command of 1st Battalion the Green Howards, an armoured infantry battalion based in Germany and then Warminster, followed with a tour in West Belfast thrown in for good measure.
I left the Army after command and was appointed Bursar at Cranleigh School in early 2003. Today the School has some 1,000 pupils, 350 staff and another 1,100 pupils in Abu Dhabi, and a turnover is close to £30m. Over the past 14 years I have delivered around £50m of capital projects and been involved closely with the setting up of the school in Abu Dhabi.
For the past 34 years I have been married to the long suffering Hetty and we have three daughters. In my spare time I sail (dinghies at Hayling Island and a yacht currently moored in central Sweden) and was one of the original members of the OPYC. I also shoot, enjoy Lakeland walks, read whenever time allows and still just about manages a reasonable game of squash.”