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From John Davies' speech at the OMOTY Ceremony:The son of a Nigerian doctor and the eldest of 6 brothers - all 6 of whom went to Millfield - and one sister, Richardson was constantly commended for his hard work and devotion to the cause of getting to University to read medicine. Though in one EOT report his physics tutor wrote, no doubt with tongue in cheek: “some of our equipment has an uncanny knack of going wrong when Richardson is around!” It would seem from his present success that this no longer applies. In out of school activities he captained the judo team for 2 years and represented the school at basketball and volley ball. He received very thorough medical training and experience in the UK and transferred home to Nigeria in 1995, initially as Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Since 1997, he has been managing director of the Bridge Clinic. This is N’s first focus-assisted conception unit set up in collaboration with consultants from Kings College London. The clinic has successfully transferred IVF treatment to Nigeria so that women there can expect the same chances of pregnancy as anywhere else in the world. This achievement has conferred on the clinic a letter of commendation from the Lagos State Ministry of Health; the Guild of Medical Doctors achievement award for reproductive medicine; and the City People magazine award for contribution in medicine. Richard was nominated by the Nigeria Millfield Assoc. And we are delighted that he wins one of this year’s awards, for medicine.
From John Davies' speech at the OMOTY Ceremony: I am personally extremely pleased to be able to tell you about Michael's achievements for I was his housemaster at Millfield for 5 years. Another splendid all-rounder, Michael won an open scholarship to Millfield from his Yorkshire prep school, Grosvenor House, Harrogate. He then proceeded to an open exhibition, five years later, in history at Merton College Oxford. Where his story telling abilities might just have been inspired by a predecessor there, J.R. Tolkien. At Millfield Michael was a first XV forward, a first team athlete and, by contrast, captain of chess and a Somerset county team member. When Michael moved from Oxford he joined Saudi International Bank, starting as a credit analyst then becoming a bond trader. In 1991 he left bond trading to join a venture capital firm. His first novel was written during evenings and weekends over a 4 year period. When it was accepted for publication he gave up working in the city to become a full time writer. He specialises in thrillers, fundamentally in the world he knows so much about, international banking. Since then, he has written 4 more books his 5th, having been published recently. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association as well as the General Committee of the Royal Literary Fund. Most of his books are available as audio books and his works are translated into 32 languages. I never thought I would be standing here telling you about all this but it gives me enormous pleasure to do so. Michael, on behalf of all of us, congratulations.
From John Davies' speech at the OMOTY Ceremony: Matt Perry spent 2 years at the Millfield Preparatory School, Edgarley Hall, before moving on to Millfield where he was for 5 years in the house of Dick Boustead, himself a Welsh international rugby player. As well as becoming a school prefect and head of house, Matt represented the school in the first teams at golf and, of course rugby. In the latter sport, he was selected for the England schools under 19 trials as a centre ¾ but did not achieve the final accolade. Instead, he leap frogged onto higher honours, quickly establishing himself as one of the outstanding young talents in the world game. He made his England debut against Australia in November 1997 after just a handful of first team appearances for his club Bath. Clive Woodward saw enough of Matt during his time at Bath and on the England under 21 tour to Australia in the summer of 1997 to realise his international potential and selected him in his first England squad. His exciting counter attacking, strong tackling and excellent handling have been features of a string of exceptional performances during his career in international rugby. Almost a year ago, he equalled the English record for the most caps playing in the full back position - 33. Fittingly, the record was made in the match at Twickenham against the Australians, where England won a thrilling game in the last minute. He subsequently established a new record in the 6-nations match against France, scoring a celebratory try. Subsequently, he toured Australia with the British Lions in June and July, playing in the full back position and playing in those thrilling test matches. Clearly, he has done more than enough to justify this award but it is a shame that we shall not be able to see him playing against South Africa tomorrow. Nonetheless, in congratulating him on winning this award we also express our best wishes that his international career resumes before long. Clearly, he has the youth and ability to get many many more England caps under his belt.
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