The 1965 Committee Members are: Mick Green (Chairman), George Middleton, Mike Jago, Michael Hitchman, Nicky Padfield, Clive Manison, Howard Field, Nick Evans, Reg Hinkley and George Cooper
Mick Green, Chairman
I joined the Bank of London & South America/Lloyds Bank International on leaving Univ and was posted 6 months later to Brazil, where I eventually lived and worked for 12 years. I returned to the UK only 23 years later in 1991 with my Brazilian wife Denise and our 4 children, having by then enjoyed postings in Singapore, Tokyo, and Madrid, as well as being a partner with my brother in a sheep station in Australia. During these years I was appointed as a Laming junior research Fellow at Queen’s College to study Japanese in Kyoto, and business trained at INSEAD.
Back in the UK, I was the first Chief Lending Officer at Lloyds Bank retail and then Head of Credit and eventually main board Executive Director of Risk for Standard Chartered. More risk management positions based in Melbourne and the UK for ANZ, Barclays, and NAB before hanging up the executive boots in 2007.
Outside of work I am a season ticket holder at Chelsea, Secretary of our fly-fishing Club on the Itchen, volunteer assigned IOC driver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and am busy with various projects in Spain and enjoying life with my family.
Captain George Middleton RN
George joined the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth in 1960 from Sherborne and was able to take up his place at Univ to read PPE in 1965 after service in HMS Eskimo and HQ Far East Fleet, Singapore. At Univ his main contribution to College life was as an officer of the JCR, expanding the contents and use of the Wine Cellar.
Leaving Oxford with an undivided Second, he served in HM Ships HAMPSHIRE, JUNO and NORFOLK, spent 7 years in the Middle and Far East, and ended his naval career in Whitehall, a period which included 3 years on secondment to the Cabinet Office.
Joining the sales team of shipbuilders Vosper Thornycroft (VT) in 1994 he moved to general management and became Managing Director of VT Aerospace in 2001. His final position in the company, before retiring in 2009, was as Marketing Director of VT Group.
In retirement George is involved with a number of charities, as well as ‘hobby-farming’ on the Somerset-Devon border. Following 5 years as Hon Secretary of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, he is now Chairman of the Boleh Trust which uses the restoration of a historic junk-yacht to work with young people and train apprentices. He has 4 sons and 9 grandchildren from his first marriage to Clare and with his second wife, Sue, a son and daughter.
Nicholas Padfield QC, MA (Oxon); LLM Public International Law (CANTAB); FCIArb.
He went up to Univ from Charterhouse with an open scholarship in Classics. He much enjoyed reading Greats, being taught by Freddie Wells, Martin West and the redoubtable George Cawkwell. Although he partied hard, also running a mobile disco, The Silken Dalliance, with his friend John Slater, he was saved from certain ruin by being selected to play hockey for the University in his first week, which he continued to do for the 4 years he was up, winning his Hockey Blue and playing for England in his final year, winning 8 international caps. His first international match was at Lord’s on turf against West Germany. England won 2-0.
He went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1969, ostensibly to confirm his prejudice that Oxford was the better place, but in fact to take an LLM in Public International Law. He was Captain of Eton and Rugby Fives whilst there.
Having joined Chambers in the Temple, One Hare Court, a set which included Lord Neill, Warden of All Souls and Lord Slynn, who was his pupil master, he took Silk in 1991, and was elected a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1993 where he was Director of Advocacy and Professional Ethics and Editor of the Year Book. He is a Deputy High Court Judge sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division and the Administrative Court.
For a short time he was a tutor at St John’s Oxford teaching Law at weekends to the first and second year students. He narrowly missed teaching Tony Blair, who was in his final year. If he had done so, it is anyone’s guess whether he would have turned to the Dark Side.
He specialises in public and private international law, appearing as an advocate in the appellate courts of a number of foreign jurisdictions in which he has been admitted to the local Bar.
He is named as one of the world’s 400 foremost international lawyers by Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC CBE in the first edition of Who’s Who in Public International Law 2007 – the 2nd edition is still in the course of preparation!
A memorable experience was flying to Belgrade after the fall of Milosovic to advise Serbia on constitutional issues where he became friendly with the former Chief Justice who presented him with a home-made bottle of Slivovitz and a detective novel he had written in Serbo-Croat.
His other speciality was bloodstock and stud syndication in the late 1970s and 80s where he acted for a substantial proportion of the racing community. He recalls commiserating with his client, Stavros Niarchos, when his colt Nureyev was disqualified after winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
He was standing Counsel for Cambridge University. He was Chairman of the London Branch of the CIArb, and Chairman of the Commonwealth and Ethnic Barristers’ Association.
He is a Trustee and Member of the Advisory Council of the Lord Slynn European Law Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council of the International Council for Capital Formation (Brussels and Washington).
He is the Deputy Chairman of the Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Conservative Party and had the pleasure of cross-examining Lord Archer, whom the Committee expelled from the Party for 5 years for deception.
He continues to practise principally in the Privy Council and abroad.
As a side-line he agreed to head a consortium that wanted to buy Aston Villa, FC. He would have been Chairman if the bid had succeeded. He is thankful for a narrow escape since he is a Chelsea Supporter, as he admitted on Five Live to 5 million listeners.
As a medic coming up in 1965, Nick looked forward to six years and two terms in Oxford (if he stayed on at the Radcliffe). Although he had an awful lot of exams, and certain practical courses were compulsory, there seemed to be reasonable time for exploring the wonderful resources of the college and the university. He tried his hand at rowing in the WCR and the Music Society brought friendly links with great musicians. The Lecture List carried architectural visits to local churches with Howard Colvin, or analysis of paintings in the Ashmolean by Francis Haskell. Dons were very generous with time and sherry, and second-hand bookshops were full of bargains.
In 1972, Nick began in paid employment in medicine and, after various jobs, he began specialising in psychiatry, and came back to the Warneford for another three and a half years. Later he enjoyed four years with an MRC Dementia Research Group in Cambridge, an area which he found to be "fascinating and still mysterious". Finally he worked as an NHS consultant in Gloucester. Nick also found a half-time post with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, enabling him to retire from an NHS increasingly impaired by economic theories, to spend ten years doing something quite different in the exciting environment of Westminster.
Nick and his wife Maggie, once a Ward Sister at the Radcliffe, were married in Univ. Nick says: "Maggie was a surprisingly anxious bride on a very warm September day, and was forced to retreat from the ante-chapel. We are indebted to Douglas Millin who revived her in the porter’s lodge with a drink and typically forthright advice, leading to a successful second entry."
Nick and Maggie are now completely retired, enjoying village life in an old house in rural Suffolk.
Following completion of his D.Phil in Chemistry, Reg joined HM Treasury in 1972. He served there during the Heath, Wilson, Callaghan and into the early days of the Thatcher governments, including time in Denis Healey's Private Office. After a secondment to BP he joined the Company full-time in 1980. Whilst with BP he majored in Finance, ultimately leading Company divisions responsible for these activities. He retired from BP as CEO of the UK Pension Scheme in 2007. A highlight of his time with BP was a three-year secondment to Melbourne, Australia - where he and his family were able to enjoy all the friendly interplay with local residents, especially during the cricket season.
After leaving BP, Reg held office as Bursar of Christ's College Cambridge, and now hss a number of non-Executive positions, notably with Lloyd's of London. Another of those positions, with the Royal Society of Chemistry, derived from renewed contact with his research supervisor (Prof. Graham Richards - BNC) - which goes to underscore the importance of serendipity in career management.
In 1975, Reg married Gwyneth, whom he met in the University Computing Laboratory whilst he was delivering another stack of punched cards. They have two boys who, to their father's astonishment, have also pursued careers in science and finance.
Reg remains a committed supporter of Gillingham FC, having been present at a number of their (few) sporting triumphs. Indoctrinated during his time in Melbourne, he also supports Hawthorn FC, and was present during their epic Grand Final win over Geelong in 1989.