Officers of the Committee:

John Graham (1947-1954) – President

John was a School Prefect and Captain of Rugby. Post School, John spent three years in the REME, serving in Malta. He married Jill, the daughter of R. Hammond OI. His rugby career continued and he played for Ipswich, Diss and Suffolk. John is a member of Debenham YFC and the Royal British Legion. He has six daughters, all now married, and nine grandchildren.

In 1961, John started an agri-contracting business and by 1980 he employed 35 people. John retired from contracting after a serious road accident, to develop and design machinery for small holders and equestrian centres. This is now sold nationally. He has been a special constable for over 20 years in Framlingham. He is a Church Warden at Brundish Church.

Tim Passmore (1966-1977) – Vice President

Nick Ranson (1996-2012) – Junior President

Sally Webber (1993-1995) – Chair

Sally specialises in food and agriculture policy and advises a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and the Shadow Defra frontbench team in Parliament. She has worked at the RSPB and Defra, where she was Specialist Adviser to the Secretary of State and covered food and agriculture for Hilary Benn. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, and their two sons.

Clare Lock (1993-1995) – Secretary

After Amberfield, Clare (nee Warnes) studied for her A Levels at Ipswich School. Then, with the offer of a Short Service Limited Commission in the Royal Signals, she attended Sandhurst. However, after postings in Germany and York, a serious sky-diving accident led to a medical discharge. Clare then qualified in Management Science at Loughborough and now, with an MBA, is Business Services Director of an aluminium castings manufacturer in Hadleigh. Married to a beef farmer, and proud mum of 4 year-old twins, in her spare time Clare runs her own business, The Suffolk Hat Company, making hats and fascinators to hire or buy.

Steve Runnacles (1963-1974) – Treasurer

John Ward (1970-1975) – Social Secretary

Clare Lock (1993-1995) – OI News and Journal Editor

James Davey (1966-1977) – Representative on the Governing Body

James was at Ipswich School from 1967-1977. After a period working as an accountant – first in public practice and later in industry, James started his own Management Consultancy business in Birmingham, helping small manufacturing businesses adapt to the changing world. On returning to Ipswich in 1995 James spent 12 years in the franchised motor industry before returning to the world of business advice, training and consultancy. James is married to Jacqueline. They have two children, Tom and Jessie, who are both OIs.

Committee Members

To retire end 2017:

Martin Holland (1986-1992)

After leaving the school Martin studied history at The University of Birmingham. Shortly after University he went into business with another OI, Tony Harris. Their main business, Christchurch Property Co. has now been running for over 15 years. At School Martin captained both the rugby and cricket first teams and his involvement in sport continues particularly as Vice President of Ipswich Rugby Club and President of Copdock & Old Ipswichians Cricket Club. He is looking forward to working on the OI committee, particularly in relation to sport. Martin still lives in Ipswich with his wife Faye and daughter Matilda.

Chris Warnes (1982-1992)

To retire end 2018:

Bob Clayton

Bob studied Physical Education and Physical Science at Loughborough University after which he was, in 1975, appointed as a PE teacher at Ipswich school (replacing George Notcutt). He was primarily a gymnast and rugby player, but soon became master of all. Bob is am married with two children, Stephen and Nicky, who were both educated at Ipswich school. Both live in the Ipswich area. Bob had a very busy career at Ipswich, running the PE and Games departments along with a successful CCF Contingent. Bob retired from full time teaching in 2012 but still coaches games on a part time basis. Bob said, “I look forward to making an active contribution to the OI Club and seeing as many past students as possible in the forthcoming events throughout the year.”

Florence Milner (2006-2008)

Florence joined Ipswich School for Sixth Form in 2006, having attended Northgate High School, just down the road. She was a member of Rigaud house and after a fantastic first year at the School, was made Head Girl. Until recently, Florence lived in London and worked at Willis Towers Watson, as a Project Manager in their International Division. She is now studying for a Masters  in Reading. Florence is a keen cyclist and netball player, and recruit to Saturday morning Park Runs!

To retire end 2019:

John Caudle (1959-1970)

Iain Chesterman (1973-1984)

Ling Stephens (1982-1984)

Ling Stephens (nee Chiang) completed her A-Levels at Ipswich School between 1982-1984. she followed her brother to the school, thus continuing a long family association. She graduated with an MA in Economics from Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Ling has since worked in a number of roles across the banking, insurance and media sectors in the UK, is a qualified accountant, and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. Ling has managed European equity investment funds and worked as a Financial Controller. Her core experience is in internal audit, where she has led audit teams in the banking, insurance and media sectors. Currently Ling is Head of Audit for Digital and Telephone Banking at Lloyds Banking Group. Ling is married with two children and lives in Surrey. Outside of the work, she is a keen football fan and plans many of the family holidays in the Alps for scenery, good food and skiing.


Nicholas Weaver – Headmaster

Vanessa Bell – Development Manager


Guy Main (1969-1979) – Webmaster

After having a go at film-making and sail-making, Guy has spent the majority of his working life in the shipping business. He was first a shipbroker, and, for the last fifteen years, has put his commercial experience to good use in the world of maritime law. He has travelled widely in the Far East and Indian sub-continent, and lived for a while in Hong Kong and Geneva. His passions away from work – “and so my real joys” – are his wife, Helen, three children (either at Ipswich School or OIs), sailing and music.