The Rossallian Club

When students leave Rossall, they automatically become lifetime members of The Rossallian Club. The Rossallian Club is a great way to keep in touch with news from School, as well as staying connected with the wide network of Old Rossallians.

The Rossallian Club runs a number of events each year including some regional lunches and get-togethers, as well as an annual OR Weekend at School which is always very well attended.

A special event in 2015 has been the Twickenham Dinner which attracted a large number of our ORs and their partners.

ORs are always welcome to get in touch and we are very happy to arrange visits to School at any time.


  • History of the Club

    The Rossallian Club was founded in 1894 and its first ever President was TW Sharp, who had also been the first Head Boy of The School). The Club colours are navy blue, red and white.

    The main purposes of The Club are to:

    – Continue the links between Rossallians
    – Continue the friendships forged
    – Contribute to the welfare and facilities of The School
    – Offer a range of sporting, social and cultural events for our OR community to enjoy

  • Membership

    Membership of The Club is open to both pupils and staff and anyone with Rossall’s interest at heart. Membership is free and is automatic for any pupil who has been at the School for at least two years and is aged 16 or over.
    Undergraduates are entitled to attend one dinner each year free of charge (for a maximum of 3 years).
    We keep an up-to-date record of all ORs, please remember to let us know if your personal or contact details change.

  • Management

    The Club is governed by a Committee, made up of The President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Branch Secretaries, Sports/Activity Secretaries, Past Presidents, The Head and any other Rossallian The Committee deems appropriate. The Committee meets twice per year. A smaller Management Committee deals with the day-to-day business of the Club.

  • Committee Members

    Graeme Marrs( J & F 51-57) (President) – I worked as a trainee with Gulf Oil GB Ltd before becoming involved in the family business, Meade-King,Robinson & Co.Ltd, a chemical distribution company, where I remained until I retired in 2010. I was awarded an MBE in 1999 and am a Member and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, London, and a Freeman of the City of London. I am also involved with a number of rugby clubs including Birkenhead Park, Cheshire RFU. Anti-Assassins RUFC and Rosslyn Park FC.
    Ian Preston (J&Pe 66-73) (Secretary) My time at Rossall began very happily in James House with Cyril and Edna Fayle before moving into Pelican with the Carpenters.  My sports career was emphatically undistinguished, other than developing a love of Ross Hockey and Fives, which I still enjoy and play (very slowly!). After leaving school I entered the Accountancy profession, before moving into the family business.  I now run a welding management and training business.  I have been a member of the Rossallian Club Committee for 30 years but I have to say the last couple have been the most pleasurable, seeing the relationship between the Club and the School developing to its current happy state.
    Roger Walker (M57-61) (Manchester Branch Secretary) I joined the Rossallian Club soon after leaving School. I served on the Branch Committee for some 21 years and was then asked to become Secretary. I have represented Manchester on the Committee since then. I have been involved in the printing industry all my life, serving on different committees both locally and nationally and represented one of the bodies both at home and abroad. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Manchester and am also a JP. Married to Chris, we have two children and 4 grandchildren.
    Jonty Arundel (J & A 72-79) – One of four brothers who attended Rossall from 1968 until 1981. I was House Captain of Anchor, played 1st Xl cricket and level Rugby and Hockey. I ran the Old Rossallian Cricket Tour for over 20 years until 2 years ago. I have run my own financial services business for 30 years and have been a Senior Partner practice at St James’s Place Wealth Management for 21 years.
    Callum Baxter (JS & Pe 97-11) – After leaving Rossall, I studied Management at Lancaster University achieving a First Class Honours Degree. Since then, I have been taking an active roll in the family house building business. I have also started my PGCE at Cardinal Newman College and have become a Civilian Instructor in Rossall CCF. I look forward to seeing you at the vast array of OR events.
    George Ayres ( M 50-55) – Manchester Branch Chairman. My link to Rossall was provided by my father’s friend Rupert Howard, father of ORs and celebrated cricketers, Nigel and Barry.  A  fascinating  working lifetime in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, and now a partner in an ICE supply business with my wife Diana and younger son Charles. Our elder son Bill, his wife Tina and first grandson live in north Manchester with easy access to our home in Cheadle. My main hobbies are Rotary and Rossall, with happiest memories of years as President of Rossallian Club 2003-06.
    Simon Barlass (JS & Fn 75-85) After leaving Rossall, I went to Durham University to study French, Spanish and Russian. I worked briefly in London before going to work for John Aveyard in 1991, who was then Headmaster of Colston’s Preparatory School in Bristol.  Since 1992, I have been teaching at Radley College and am currently Head of Modern Languages.
    Phil Brown (JS & Fn 70-83) Many of you will know my father, Louis, my brothers, Gerald and Jonathan, and my mother who was Bill Budge’s secretary in the Junior School. I still live within eyesight of School and play Fives every week. I am Treasurer of the Club and also Fives Secretary. After selling half of my cleaning business 10 years ago I gained a degree at the Open University. This led to my current job as Media and Performing Arts Technician at Millfield School in Thornton. I still enjoy a very active musical life as performer, recording and live sound engineer and stage instrument technician.
    Jim Cowpe (J&DC 49-55) After National Service I attended Manchester University and obtained a BA (Hons) in Ancient History. I captained the University XV, was a Lancashire Trialist and played for UAU and Combined Universities. I was a Master in Rossall JS 1962-77 ending up as Acting Headmaster. I have been General Secretary of the Rossallian Club three times and was President 2000-03. I have been i/c Ross Hockey and Rugby. I have been President of the Rossall Foundation since its inception. I am married to Moira (we were married in the Rossall Chapel in 1964) and have one daughter, Victoria.
    Charles Crossley (JS and P 77-87)  (Isle of Man Branch Secretary) – I followed in my father’s footsteps to Rossall (F P Crossley DC 44-46) and thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years there. After leaving Rossall I went to Hull University to read Geography, and subsequently settled in the Isle of Man where I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in1996 and have continued to work in the trust industry ever since.  I am married to Ruth, Head of Music at one of the local secondary schools on the island, whom I met at university, and we have two children, Amelia and Toby. I served on Rossall Council until about 10 years ago, and continue to retain a keen interest in the School.
    Roger Eaves (JS &F 58-67) -I attended Rossall from the age of 5 through to18. I am a Rotarian and a member of the Old Rossallian Masonic Lodge. I am a Director of a local building company, Roger Eaves Building Ltd of Fleetwood and am a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Builder. My interests include sailing, following motor racing and ‘tinkering’ with cars. Married to Judith, we have three children all of whom attended Rossall from Pre-prep onwards. I have been a Member of the Rossallian Club Committee for a number of years and am keen to assist the School to continue to progress and prosper.
    Ben Griffiths (Pe 01-07) – I represented the School at first-team level in seven sports, notably attaining entry in Wisden four times and playing Fives at the national Championships. I was elected a School Monitor and was House Captain of Pelican and Treasurer of the Senior Club. I graduated with an Honours Degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh. I was President of the Economics Society, raising significant funds for charities for various charities. After graduating I was delighted to be invited to become Secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Rossallian Club. I work as an Investment Manager at Cornelian Asset Managers looking after private clients, businesses and charities.
    Nick Hadfield (SE 65-70) – I have lived in Windermere for some 35 years now, where I have a Landscape Design and Construction business. I am married to Maureen and we have a daughter Emily. She left Rose House at Rossall as House Captain in 2013 and went to Loughborough University where she is studying History, Politics and Partying….not necessarily in that order! Maureen and I try to get out for a walk most weekends which,  by chance always takes us past a hostelry.. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the annual Lake District lunch/dinner.
    Elizabeth Hall (Dn 08-10) – I first came to Rossall School in 2008 to sit my A Levels. In my upper sixth year, I was honoured to be chosen as School Captain. I then embarked upon a degree in Product Design at the University of Central Lancashire. During my final year, I worked in professional design environments in a variety of internships, including a position working with Samsung. After completing my degree I accepted a position as a full-time Design Technology Technician and Deputy Houseparent of Rose House at Rossall School. As a former squad member of Lancashire Ladies hockey, I still continue to enjoy the sport and represent Rossall Ladies hockey team.
    David Holroyd (R 55-58) (Yorkshire Branch Secretary) – My family has a long association with Rossall. My Father George E. Holroyd and his Brother Leonard were at Rossall 1919-1922. Ian Holroyd my Brother was also there 1961-64. After leaving Rossall I attended Bradford Institute of Technology to study Textiles and went on to work at Parkland Manufacturing and later at John Haggas Ltd until my retirement. I am married to Sue and we have two children and five grandchildren. We live in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. My interests are many and varied, including golf.
    Liam Morrow (O&Pe 88-95) (Cricket Secretary) – After leaving School I went to Salford University from where I graduated. I worked in IT for Lexmark then Apple. I now work in the family business which is the repair, refurbishment and sale of kegs and casks to the brewing industry. I love all sports and am currently in training to compete in the Ironman UK Triathlon next July. I am Secretary of the OR Cricket section.
    James Preston (MF 93-04) – After leaving Rossall, I attended Sheffield University to read History.  I then completed an MA in Property Investment and Management and graduated in 2008. I now work as a Chartered Surveyor in Manchester as a commercial property agent.  I organise the annual OR Cricket tour in August; please get in touch if you would like to join us. My other interests are shooting and golf.
    Josh Roberts – After attending Friars School in Bangor, I went to read Applied Biology at Bath, spending three 6 month industrial placements in Neumatology at ADAS Cardiff, Microbiology at Courage, London and Weed Biology at Stratford upon Avon. Rather than further research, I started teaching in Chingford before moving to Ynys Mon for ten years. I joined Rossall in 1995, and became Housemaster of SE from 1998 to 2006. As well as teaching Science, I developed my coaching skills and refereed Ross Hockey, Rugby, Soccer and Cricket. Being ‘Gymro igalon’, I love to sing and am a member of Rossall Chapel and Blackpool Male Voice Choir. I am married and both my children, Samantha and Daniel, attended Rossall.
    Simon Thomas (JS&MC 91-06) – Following strong science results at GCSE and A level I went to Newcastle to study for a science degree. Despite a strong academic performance, achieving a first class degree and an academic prize from the University, I opted not to follow a career in the industry, primarily medical research. I started my Chartered Accountancy exams in November 2009 and successfully completed them, first time, in 2011. Now qualified, I work with a vast range of clients, providing a wide range of services. I feel sure that my expertise will be of use to the Rossallian Club.
    Hazel Trapnell – Lived and worked in UK, New Zealand, Australia, Bermuda, Switzerland. I first visited Rossall School in 1983 when I became Member of Council. I was Chair of Council from 2001-2006 and the  Trustee Trapnell Fund 2000. I set up the Rossall Foundation with Council 2004 and was appointed Trustee Rossall Foundation 2005. I was appointed Member of the Rossallian Club Committee 2011 and am an Honorary Life Vice-President Rossall Club. I am impressed with the style of education offered by the School and the mixture of nationalities. Rossall provides a good mix of academic, sports, and other activities, which results in the ability to be able to enjoy life to the full, and mix with all walks of life.
    John Whitlock (R 84–89) – Last boy House Captain before Rose became a girls house. I am Chairman/Secretary of the OR Birmingham/Midlands Branch. I am also Chairman of the Trapnell Scholarship Fund. I went to Warwick University to study Management Science. On graduating, I worked for Abbey National (now Santander) and later Severn Trent Water. I left there in 2012 and now renovate properties either for rental or resale.  I am married to Jane and we have two children Jessica aged 9 and JJ aged 7. We live in Birmingham and in my spare time, I try to play as much tennis as possible.
    Gillian Austin King (Dn 85-92) – On leaving Rossall, Gillian attended Durham University before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Financial Services Division. Gillian then moved into the banking sector where she has spent most of her career working within management or consultancy roles. She is currently working for HSBC and was recently promoted from European Head of Programme and Project Audit to Senior Programme Manager. Gillian is a chartered accountant, a chartered banker and a member of the CISI, with MBAs in both Banking and Finance and Degrees in Economics and Law.


  • Careers and Networking

    We are currently working on a directory of contacts who are able to offer mentoring and careers advice to fellow ORs. If you require any help or support, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have recently secured work experience placements for a number of our younger ORs.  Please contact Sharon Potts, Alumni Relations Manager, for further details.

  • OR Merchandise

    A range of OR merchandise can be purchased through the RosShop including polo shirts, hoodies, scarves, ties and blazers. Contact the RosShop on 01253 774252.

  • Contacts

    Graeme Marrs MBE, President, T: 0151 652 1536 graememarrs@therfu.com

    Ian Preston, Secretary   T: 01253 774286 ross.club@btopenworld.com

    Dawn De Beer   T: 01253 774288 development@rossall.org.uk

  • Rules and Regulations

    Please click the following link to download the current Rules and Regulations Document.

    Rules and Regulations