New OP President Elected at AGM

Joan Gough OP President

Joan Gough (née Sawyer, 75-77) has been elected as the new OP President at the Annual General Meeting of the Old Pocklingtonian Association held last week (12/11/2020) on Zoom. Joan, who was one of the first girls to attend Pocklington School in the sixth form, is now the first female OP President in the history of the Association. She succeeds Trevor Loten (70-80) who stepped down from the role after coming to the end of his three-year tenure. 

Congratulations also go to Charlie Lambert (01-08) who was elected as Vice President. He takes over from James Sweeting (81-88) who stepped down after eight years on the committee. 

Trevor commented: “I am really pleased to be handing over the reins to Joan, who has been an integral part of the OP committee for several years and congratulate her on becoming the first female President!”   

Joan said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of OP President and very much look forward to working with Charlie and all members of the committee to build on the achievements of my predecessors.  With the unusual times in which we are living, our initial priority will be to engage with and support our younger members as they work through this time of great uncertainty.  To this end, we are very fortunate to have Rachel and Leanne in the OP office whose hard work and dedication provides continuity and makes all our endeavours possible. 

I would also like to thank Trevor and James for their significant contribution over the years. Their combined experience has been of much value to the OP committee and we look forward to keeping in touch and seeing them at OP events once these can resume.” 

Other newly elected committee members are Matthew Atkinson (85-93) and Michael McInstry (00-11)

The full OP committee is now as follows: 

Position 

Name 

Dates at school 

President 

Joan Gough 

75-77 

Vice-President 

Charlie Lambert 

01-08 

Treasurer 

Eszti Pontone 

95-97 

Secretary 

Rachel Dare 

OP Liaison Officer 

Staff Liaison 

Phil Donaldson 

Teaching staff 

Staff Liaison 

Lucy Hornby 

02-04, Teaching staff 

Ex Officio 

Trevor Loten 

70-80 

Committee 

Sarah Gough 

96-07 

Committee 

Simon Spence 

74-81 

Committee 

Steven Kyffin 

70-77 

Committee 

Richard Skowronek 

99-10 

Committee 

Michael McInstry 

00-11 

Committee 

Matthew Atkinson 

85-93 

Co-opted 

Tom Nash 

68-77 

Co-opted 

Andrew Wilson 

89-99 

 

If any OPs would be interested in getting involved with the OP committee in the future, please contact the OP office.