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Andrew Taee started at Millfield in 1971, the eldest of five children, all of whom attended the school. He describes Millfield as “possibly the greatest school in the world” where he spent the “best years of his life”.Andrew’s connections with Millfield continued after he left the school. He married OM Katrina Taee (Year-Year; XX) and their son Jonathan (Year-2003; XX) also attended and was appointed Head Boy in his final year.He is now Executive Chairman and founder of Dial Partners LLP and is a merchant banker with hands-on experience of building and running companies as well as advising the owners and boards of companies in the public and private sectors. He has served on the board of many companies including British Historic Buildings, British Airways Global Advisory, Seattle Coffee Company (now Starbucks) and Grosvenor House Group PLC.In addition to being a founder member of the Board of the Millfield Foundation he is also a Fundraising Patron of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, following many years of service on their corporate board.Andrew is a keen and experienced helicopter pilot and has represented Great Britain many times, in particular in the World Championships held in Russia in 2012 where he won a silver medal, to add to the bronze medal he won in Germany in 2008. In 2013 he and his team were recognised by the Royal Aero Club by the award of The Prince of Wales’ Cup for “Meritorious Performance” and by the Prime Minister and his peers in the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators where he and his team were awarded the Master’s Commendation.Andrew praises the school highly for their extra support for his dyslexia. He said: “There were no limitations for me at Millfield, they helped me to master the added challenges I faced with dyslexia, ultimately enabling me to pursue my passion for helicopter flying.” He concluded: “I just don’t think I would have got the level of support I received anywhere else.”Millfield Headmaster Craig Considine concluded the ceremony by acknowledging the achievements of the awardees past and present. He described the event as “a bridge connecting Old Millfieldians with old friends, teachers and the next generation.” He added that the audience, which included pupils from both the Senior and Prep Schools, would leave “inspired by the achievements of the awardees and outstanding examples of balancing self-service with service to others.”
Talented footballer Nick Gates joined Millfield in 1982 having already gained county and national recognition. He captained the football team at Millfield as well as the England Public Schools’ team and gained international honours by playing for the England U18 team.On returning to Millfield Nick commented that it has “changed a great deal since his schooldays, but that the values remain the same,” he added: “I thought it was wonderful in the 80s, but it just continues to improve and is constantly striving to be the best and provide the best service to its pupils.”After Millfield Nick accepted a place at Harvard University and gained a BA whilst playing for the Harvard soccer team. He then founded a company “Play Soccer”, focussing on football as education and running soccer games and coaching clinics throughout the USA. Since its inception in 1990, 1.7 million young people have taken part in its programme.After travelling Africa from south to north, assessing how the power of sport could be harnessed to bring about positive change in developing countries, Nick created the charity “Coaches Across Continents”. Set up in 2008 as a charitable organisation in both the UK and America, the charity was designed not to create footballers but to use footballing activities to develop the skills required to make responsible life choices.CAC is now an invited member of the FIFA Football 4 Hope strategy and is asked to contribute at international forums and conferences on sport for social impact. In less than five years, CAC has grown from a single programme in Tanzania to an international charity which works in over 20 countries. Every week, 175,000 young people play games from the CAC curriculum. Reflecting on his career path after Millfield Nick concluded that the school had “motivated the rest of his life.”
Karin arrived at Millfield in 1980 having attended international schools in Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and her native Switzerland.She progressed to Oxford University, where she secured a law degree and then an LLM in corporate law in Washington DC. Karin then spent six years doing mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street before she joined BP.In 2004 she moved to Azerbaijan for BP where she was the lead lawyer for a 1,000 mile pipeline project, moving to Angola in Africa in 2007 as Vice President of Legal Affairs for BP Angola.She is still VP for Legal Affairs but was also promoted to Assistant General Counsel for BP Africa responsible for BP's legal affairs in Angola, Egypt, Libya and Algeria.There is another extremely strong string to Karin’s bow. She is a member of the Los Angeles based Travellers’ Century Club, and she has been to 225 countries. In February this year, she set the world record for scuba diving in the most countries, and this has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Karin says: “I've been shot at by Cameroonian border guards who thought I was Nigerian pirate; dodged crocodiles in Botswana; hippos in Lake Chad; great white sharks in South Africa and machine-gun wielding soldiers in the Congo. I’ve dived under ice caps, in volcanic craters, at altitude, in caves, trains and submarines.”
Clare Montgomery began her five year stint at Millfield in 1970, already set on a career in law. She excelled in the classroom and in sport, in particular in fencing, where she achieved national representative honours. Clare credits Millfield for preparing her for her chosen career. She said: “Millfield taught me life skills that prepared me for my career. Ultimately, the school teaches you to be self-confident, whether you fit in to a model or not.”On leaving Millfield, Clare studied for an LLB at the University of London, being called to the Bar in 1980 and being made QC (Queen’s Counsel) in 1996. She was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1999, a Recorder in 2000, Deputy High Court Judge in 2003 and to the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 2007.Clare works across a wide range of law and has been involved in some very high profile cases. She lists her biggest achievements as “working in the supreme court and House of Lords, setting legal standards.”She represented the Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, in the House of Lords and advised the former prime minister of Thailand after he was ousted in a military coup. She also led the prosecution team in the Swedish request for the extradition of the founder of Wikileaks and was counsel for Vicky Pryce when Pryce and her former husband, Chris Huhne, MP, were prosecuted in relation to a 2003 speeding fine.Clare recalled leaving Millfield “determined to succeed “and credits the school for her ability to handle the challenging life she now leads.
Mako Vunipola entered the Millfield Sixth Form in 2007 and studied Economics, Law and Maths, although his heart was in the world of rugby. He spent most of the first half of his first term in the 2nd XV, before securing his place as part of a first-class 1st XV in which he played a full role. Millfield’s Director of Rugby, John Mallet, wrote in Mako’s final rugby report: “I have enjoyed seeing his game develop from first-rate performances for Millfield, through to England U18s. I am sure he has an exciting future in rugby.”On leaving Millfield Mako joined the Bristol Rugby Academy where he worked his way up to the 1st team. He also represented England at U20 level, winning a grand slam in the Six Nations and securing runner-up in the world championships.He signed a contract with Premiership Club Saracens where he has continued to develop his game and has subsequently played for England and the British Lions with much distinction. Rugby commitments prevented Mako Vunipola from attending the event, so Mako’s sister Anascini Vunipola, a current Lower Sixth pupil, accepted the award on his behalf.
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