Welcome to the Salopian Club. We are here to continue what we hope will be life-long links with the School and we aim to be a one-stop shop for Alumni information, careers, news, activities and sport. To find out what we're all about, please see here. In the meantime, to read about the governance of the Club, please continue to read below.
The Club currently comprises about 8,000 past pupils and members of staff, many of whom have become national names in fields as varied as astronomy and satire. However, rather less well known but equally important is the tremendous sense of community that our Old Salopians have with one another and with the School. Despite a diverse range of ages, occupations and interests, the shared experience of years at Kingsland creates a great bond between them.
The Salopian Club exists to enable that sense of community to flourish – helping members get or keep in touch, and to continue to support the School in many diverse ways. Social and sporting events take place throughout the year, many of them at Shrewsbury, but some are national and even international events.
The Salopian Magazine
Our twice yearly magazine 'The Salopian' helps to keep Old Salopians in contact with and informed about their contemporaries, as well as keeping them in touch with progress and development at the School and email news updates are sent out bi-monthly by the Director.
PDF COPY: The Salopian magazine is available in electronic (pdf) format. If you would prefer to receive your copy electronically, please email email@example.com.
All those who have been educated at Shrewsbury School are eligible to be members of the Club - and become Life Members through subscription as part of the School fees.
Academic staff are invited to become Honorary Members after two years service at the School. Other staff and Governors and those connected to the School can also be invited to become members.
Objects of the Club
- To promote links and fellowship between Salopians of all ages.
- To organise activities (sporting, cultural, social, business) in support of the above.
- Together with the Governors, School and Foundation, to promote Old Salopians’ knowledge of and involvement in the success and prosperity of the School.
- To help Salopians make the transition into their working lives and support the development of their careers.
The management of the Club is the responsibility of a Management Committee which, together with the Headmaster, appoints a Director to carry out the executive duties.
The Management Committee is supported by the Club Committee which meets biannually and is made up of the Management Committee, the Chairs for each aspect of the Club's activities and representatives of the School and the Foundation.
Pictured above right, the Club Committee in session in June 2017. Clockwise from far left: Oliver O'Callaghan-Brown (R 1981-86) - Committee Member; Hugh Ramsbotham - Past President; Peter Fanning - Arts and Activities Chairman; Catriona Dry - Careers Fellow; Tony Barker (DB 1968-73) - Committee Member; Nicholas Barber (SH 1954-58) - President Elect (as was); John Rolfe - Director, Shrewsbury School Foundation; Richard Boys-Stones (SH 1968-73) - Hon. Treasurer (as was); Henry Unwin (Rt 2001-2006) - Young OS Joint Chair; Kate Hodge - Events and Administrative Officer (as was); Peter Stewart (Ch 1958-63) - past Chairman; Nick Jenkins - Director; Mark Turner - Shrewsbury School Headmaster (as was); Sir Michael Simmons (DB 1950-55) - President (as was). Photo taken by Peter Birch (DB 1966-71) - Sports Chairman.
|Chairman||Miles Preston (DB 1963-68)|
|Vice-Chairman||Hugh Ramsbotham (Staff 1975-99)|
|Hon Treasurer||Tony Barker (DB 1968-73)|
|President||Nicholas Barber (SH 1954-58)|
Strategy and Plans
A Strategic Plan (2017-22) has been drawn up. The Plan describes what the Club will do, by when, and the resources and funding needed (including the level of subscriptions). It is available to download here.
The 2017 AGM was held on Thursday 23rd November 2017, at the RAF Club, London, immediately prior to City Drinks.
President - Nicholas Barber CBE (SH 1954-58)
Nicholas Barber (pictured on OS Day 2017) was born in Yorkshire in 1940 and grew up in the Peak District. He was in School House 1954-58 in the days of Tony Chenevix-Trench and Michael Charlesworth and is a holder of the Sidney Gold Medal.
After Shrewsbury he spent a few months teaching in Madrid and a few more as a merchant seaman in West Africa . He then went up to Wadham College, Oxford, to read Classics after which he sailed to the USA to spend a year starting a Classics department at a liberal arts college in Vermont, Marlboro College. From 1964 he made his career with a Liverpool shipping company, Ocean Steamship which traded as Blue Funnel Line. His postings included the Far East and USA (Columbia Business School) as well as Liverpool, ending in London when he became Ocean’s CEO 1986-94. In 1977-79 he served on secondment as a director of the National Enterprise Board. Over the years non-executive roles have included the OS Committee in the 1970s and Shrewsbury School Governor 1983-2003,a board member of the Liverpool Playhouse, a founder trustee of National Museums Liverpool, a
trustee and Chairman of the Friends of the British Museum and, more recently, Chairman of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to oversee its £60m rejuvenation project.
Corporate appointments have included being Chairman of Orion Publishing/Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and a director of Albright & Wilson in Birmingham, Royal Insurance (deputy chairman for a time), and an investment trust, Fidelity Japanese Values. When Barings went bust he was the one director not sued by the bondholders. For some years he chaired an internet start-up, Bolero International, where he remains deputy chairman. He has served as a governor of London Business School and on Columbia Business School’s Board of Overseers. He is currently a director of Hult International Business School which has campuses in Boston, Dubai, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, and most recently Ashridge in Hertfordshire.
His current interests include board roles at Classics for All, a young charity promoting the teaching of Classics in the UK’s state schools, Country Houses Foundation giving grants for conservation purposes, Strawberry Hill House, and Lord’s where he sits on the MCC’s Arts & Library Committee. He is also a Vice-President of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
From Salopian days his first love has been mountain walking; he has climbed over 100 Munros in Scotland and, in retirement, Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, the Simiens in Ethiopia and Stok Kangri in the Karakoram. He is a member of Denham Golf Club and, through his interest in trees, he is on the board of the International Dendrological Society. He has received various awards including CBE, honorary doctorate from Marlboro College, Foundation Fellow of Wadham College, Distinguished Fellow of Oxford, and Fellow of the Ashmolean.
He is married to Sheena and now lives in Buckinghamshire. They have three children (two of them also Salopians) and numerous grandchildren.
Chairman - Miles Preston (DB 1963-68)
Miles and Jane Preston at the OS dinner 2018
Miles Preston, who has recently assumed the chairmanship of the Salopian Club, was born in Shrewsbury in 1950 and attended Shrewsbury School as a day boy from 1963 to 1968, where he was Head of House and School Captain of Boats. He rowed in the School’s First Eight in the Princess Elizabeth at Henley for two years before going on to represent Great Britain in the FISA World Youth Regatta in Amsterdam in 1968, where his crew came third. He then rowed for Leander for three years, in the process winning the Thames Cup at Henley twice and competing in the Grand and Prince Philip. He was a member of the twenty-five strong National Rowing Squad in 1971/72.
After qualifying as a solicitor with Radcliffes & Co and setting up their family department, he became a founding member of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now called Resolution), serving on the main committee and chairing a sub-committee from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he was also a founding member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, serving as President of the European Chapter for three years from the time he founded it in 1989 and President of the whole Academy from 1994 to 1996. In 1994 he left Radcliffes & Co to set up his own firm, Miles Preston & Co, which has become one of the most notable family law firms in the country. Miles stood down as senior partner in 2016.
From 1990 to 2015, Miles was Chairman of the Osteopathic Educational Foundation. He has been on the Benenden School Trust Committee for 12 years and is also Chairman of the Residents’ Association for Physic Place, where he lives.
He was Chairman of the Salopian Club from 1992 to 1994 and completed a three year term as President of Sabrina Club in October 2018. At the same time, he founded the Salopian Drivers Club, whose Inaugural Meeting took place on the same day.
Miles has been married to his wife, Jane, since 1974; they have two daughters, Caroline and Georgina.
Director - Lt Col Nick Jenkins, OBE
Educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge, Nick was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1970 where he saw service in Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Falkland Islands and UK (including Northern Ireland and the MOD). From 1989-1992 he was the Commanding Officer 5th (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Battalion The Light Infantry and was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 1992 Honours List.
In 1992, Nick (pictured above, in the centre, with his sons William (SH 1999-04) and David (R 2003-08) joined the staff at Shrewsbury School, teaching Classics. From 1995-2009, he was Housemaster of Oldham’s Hall. He took up his post as Director in February, 2014.