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Naturally, Simon played for Millfield’s 1st XI and, from the moment of leaving Millfield, his life has been cricket, his father, Jeff, playing cricket for England in the 1960’s. Born in Swansea, like his father he plays for Glamorgan County Cricket Club. He made his Test match debut against India in 2002 and, after impressing in that one test, was then selected for the 2002/03 Ashes tour of Australia. However, on the first morning of the First Test, he suffered a severe injury, rupturing ligaments in his knee whilst sliding to field a ball. After a lengthy recovery period, he was fit in time to tour the Caribbean in 2004. Simon made his one-day international debut on the 2004/05 tour of Zimbabwe. His fightback from severe injury said much for his character and mental strength and he has developed a mastery of reverse swing, gradually becoming a key member of the most highly rated England bowling attack for a generation. In the Ashes series of 2005 he was a revelation, taking 18 wickets at 21.00 and troubling all the Australian batsmen with his control of swing. His stock had risen to the point of him being promoted to open the bowling when he succumbed to an ankle injury during the Fourth Test, forcing him out of the crucial deciding match at the Oval, as well as every England Tour since then and including the all-important Ashes tour of Australia. It would be good to see Simon at our November’s OM of the Year presentation ceremony but everyone would be much happier seeing him in Australia playing cricket for England. In the 2006 New Years Honours’ List, Simon was awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes Tournament and, in April, an outstanding honour, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Earlier this year, Simon was placed 9th in a poll of the world’s sexiest men, voted for by readers of New Women magazine. He was the highest placed sportsman in the poll. He is now pursuing a side career as a male model.
On leaving Millfield, Vivienne went to Oxford University, gaining an MA in Chemistry, then an MBA in France. She joined BP in 1981. Following a series of commercial roles, she was appointed Chief Executive of Eire BP in 1998. From 1999 until 2001 she was Group Vice President in BP Oil responsible for business to business marketing in oil, supply and trading. In 2001, she became Group Vice President Integrated Supply and Trading and, in 2004, she was appointed Executive Vice President, additionally responsible for Gas, Power and Renewables. Vivienne is proof that it is possible to have both a career and a family and, according to a recent Sunday Telegraph profile on her, “still be as natural and down to earth as the proverbial girl next door.” She is the highest ranking woman in BP, the second largest energy group in the world, responsible for 8,000 staff across the world. According to Judie Bevan’s article, at the weekends, when she rarely takes work home, she grows vegetables and fruit and loves spending time in her kitchen making jam and cakes on the Aga with her children. “She is blessed with a calm, unflappable temperament and her people-management skills homed during her 24 year career at BP have come in handy in the nursery”. She also finds time to be on the Board of the St Francis Hospice Charity in the UK. When Vivienne received her award as Business Women of the Year, it was featured in “Hello” magazine and the presentation was by Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer. In November, she will receive her award from Millfield Headmaster, Peter Johnson, and the event will be covered in the next edition of Chronicle
At Millfield, Dominic was heavily involved in drama and our Millfield Newspaper gives good accounts of his acting and playwriting. He was described as an “independent individual” and this has been reflected in his post-Millfield career. In his book “The Full Room”, Dominic was slightly critical of one or two established figures in the world of the Theatre, so much so that one critic described it as “the longest suicide note in history”. Luckily, that did not prove to be the case. Dominic made his name as a director during the 1990’s. Working as a director at theatres such as the Bush and the Old Vic, he directed several controversial productions. But then, in 1998, he made the decision to join the Oxford Stage Company, following a brief period as new plays director for the Old Vic in 1997. Prior to that, he ran the Bush theatre in London. Earlier in the year Dominic was appointed as the new Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, at which time Chief Executive Peter Kyle said “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dominic……… a wholly committed man of the theatre with a passion for Shakespeare and a strong desire to engage with what he has described as ‘the maverick energy’ of the Globe. We look forward to Dominic’s own maverick energy being brought to bear on our theatre season”. This year, Dominic directed “Coriolanus” and “Antony and Cleopatra” Dominic writes regularly for several national newspapers and his second book on the Theatre, “Will and Me: how Shakespeare took over my life”, was published in April (see Millfield Miscellany authors’ section). The synopsis describes it as “a poignant, revealing and often bawdy book, by turns soliloquy, tragedy and comedy.”
Since his Millfield days, Mark’s life has been swimming and he was first selected for the British Team in 1985, when he was at Millfield. Over 21 years of international swimming, Mark has specialised in butterfly and freestyle at 50metres. In terms of medals and longevity, Mark is by far the most successful British swimmer of all time. His tally includes:

• 10 European Championship Gold Medals (Short-Course)

• 6 European Championship Silver Medals (Short-Course)

• 6 European Championship Bronze Medals (Short -Course)

• 6 World Short Championship Gold Medals (Short-Course)

• 3 World Short Championship Silver Medals (Short -Course)

• 1 World Short Championship Bronze Medal (Short-Course)

• 1 World Championship Silver Medal (Long-Course)

• 1 European Championship Silver Medal (Long-Course)

• 2 Commonwealth Gold Medals (Long-Course)

• 4 Commonwealth Bronze Medals (Long-Course)

His breakthrough came in 1990 when he won his first individual international medal, Bronze in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, and success followed rapidly in the next few years Mark breaking the World Short-Course freestyle record four times, the World Short-Course Butterfly record twice and once setting the World Long-Course Butterfly record (in 1996) with a time of 24.07 seconds. Despite success at Commonwealth, European and World Championship level, Olympic titles unfortunately eluded him, even though he swum at the Olympics in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. He carried the flag for England at the opening ceremony at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and his best performance came at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, where he won 50 metres freestyle Silver. Like Dominic Dromgoole and Marc Quinn, Mark Foster has a strong personality with much self belief and he has often been branded as a maverick. However, his incredible results over 20 years speak for themselves. Britain’s two best swimmers ever have both been OMs, Mark and Duncan Goodhew.
Interestingly enough, at Millfield Marc did not take art at A Level but had exhibited sculpture in both Wells and Paris. After leaving Millfield he studied History and the History of Art at Cambridge University and worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barry Flanagan. At one time, Marc shared a flat with Damien Hirst, emerging as a popular sculptor in the early 1990’s. Like his near contemporary, Antony Gormley, Marc often uses his own body to cast his sculptures. He uses unusual materials such as rubber and presents his sculptures in unconventional ways, as was well illustrated by his recent exhibition in the Atkinson Gallery, at Millfield. His signature piece in the art world is “Self”, a sculpture of his own head made from 4.5 litres of his own frozen blood which was taken from his body over a period of 5 months; this piece was purchased by Charles Saatchi. As well as modelling himself, Marc has made a series of sculptures of people either born with limbs missing or who have had them amputated. Since 2005, he has become well known to the general public for his sculpture of Alison Lapper, which is on prominent display on a plinth in Trafalgar Square in front of the National Gallery. In April 2006, “Sphinx” a sculpture of Kate Moss was revealed, showing her in a yoga position with her ankles and arms wrapped behind her ears. Marc has exhibited all over the world with solo exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, London, the Kunstverein, Hannover, the Fondazione Prada, Milan and the Tate Liverpool.
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