Committee

Kevin Hopper
  • Title:Society President
  • Biography: I joined St Edmund's School in September 1976 at the tender age of 7 years and 4 months. Being the ninth "Hopper" to attend the school, following 3 brothers, 1 father, 2 cousins and 2 uncles I received plenty of advice of what to do and not to do, some of which I used but mostly I forgot! Sport, particularly cricket, took precedence for me at school and I have many wonderful memories of long afternoons spent on the 1st XI pitch.  I made some fantastic friends, many of whom I am still in regular contact with today. My overall experience of school life was an incredibly positive one with one exception- the CCF (I was never one to conform to authority)! I left in 1985 after "O" levels and joined Thanet Technical College to study Catering and Hospitality, an exciting industry that I have remained in to this day. Having married Teresa in 1990, Natasha was born in 1992 and Matthew followed in 1994. Both attended St Edmund's School with Natasha being appointed School Captain in 2009 in her final year (an accolade no other Hopper had achieved previously!) St Edmund's is a fantastic school and one that my family and I are extremely proud to be associated with.
Rafi Stone
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  • Title:Committee Member
  • Biography: Rafi Stone joined St Edmund’s in 1998 as a member of the Pre-Prep and continued into Senior School, leaving at the end of Upper Sixth in 2011. In his final year, Rafi was Captain of School, Captain of 1st XI Football and Vice-Captain of 1st XI Cricket and Hockey. After graduating with a Law Degree from the University of Nottingham, he spent 5 months travelling around Australia and New Zealand – and highly recommends it! On his return in March 2016, Rafi began his Training Contract at Travers Smith -  a leading corporate law firm in the City of London. He still manages to play lots of sport, including all the highly competitive annual Old Boys’ fixtures.  
David Knight
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  • Title:Committee Member
  • Biography: David joined the staff of St Edmund's back in 1972, as a teacher of any subject that needed filling, but primarily History and Games. 114 terms later he retired, and was honoured with the gift of the Presidency of the St Edmund's Society for the year 2013. There were not many jobs that didn’t come David’s way - bar being Bursar! – and he enjoyed a decade with Baker House, and the two occasions when he was entrusted with the role of Acting-Head. School sport was his passion, especially cricket. Since then he has developed his C.V by inspecting the Barda International College in Katsina, Nigeria for three months, working as deputy Houseparent in Choir House for three years, serving as President of the St Edmund's Society for two years (2013/2014), before taking up the office again for 2016. Other voluntary jobs include being a deputy Head Steward to Canterbury Cathedral, working on the Management Committee and Council of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, and umpiring for the School and Sheldwich CC throughout the summer months.
Kris de Pledge
  • Title:Chairman
  • Biography: On leaving St Edmund’s in 1994 Kris took a job in his family firm, where he has stayed since, apart from a year living and working in Perth WA. He carried on playing cricket for St Lawrence & Highland Court CC but is purely a social cricketer these days. Kris has two daughters Scarlett and Amber, still lives local to St Ed’s in Chestfield and enjoys his time with the Society and School.
Matthew Sutton
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  • Title:Treasurer
  • Biography: Matthew Sutton (1987 – 97) joined St Edmund’s as a Canterbury Cathedral Chorister, and continued into Senior School where he finished as Head of Wagner House.  After graduating with a Maths degree from Bath University, Matthew returned to Canterbury to start his career at Burgess Hodgson, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is now a partner. Matthew now lives in Bridge with wife, Cathryn and 4 children: Patrick (7), George (5), James (3) and Lucy (1).  He manages to keep some sports going, including representing the Old Boys against the school in football and tennis most years.
Nick Thurgood
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  • Title:Secretary
  • Biography: Nick attended St Edmund’s Senior School (Warneford) 1967-71 under Francis Rawes’ headmastership. The School provided academic opportunities, music (John Hursey’s choir and musical appreciation), and CCF (RSM O’Leary - 'all tickety boo my Son'). Since School Nick was in the motor trade for nearly 40 years. He has been elected twice as President of Canterbury Lions Club and Zone Chairman. Since becoming heavily involved with the Society in 2000 (Society Chairman for two consecutive terms of four years plus an additional three year term) he has enjoyed arranging the Summer Gathering and seeing friends at Canterbury and London Gatherings. Nick is married to Katy and has two grown up children. He lives in Canterbury and has just celebrated his Silver Wedding Anniversary.
Shiona Rogers
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  • Title:Committee Member
  • Biography: Since leaving school, Shiona spent 20 years as a book-keeper, until 2013 when she decided upon a career change.  She now runs a company selling knitwear -The Little Songbird, and teaches knitting and crochet in adult education.  She has two children, one grown up with a child of her own, so that must make her St Edmund’s first granny!    
Sean Thompson
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  • Title:Committee Member
  • Biography: Sean joined St Edmund's Junior School in 1976 in the 1st Form and was a boarder throughout his 10 years at the school leaving in the Summer of '86. He was a School Monitor and also House Captain of Grant House. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at St Edmund's and remains very good friends with a large number of his peers. He began his career at one of the largest Lloyd's managing agency at that time, where he oversaw its syndicates' investments. He then went on to help set up the UK branch office of a US asset manager, where he held a number of positions before becoming Managing Director and Head of Sales of a small investment consultancy firm. He is currently Managing Director, Sales and Marketing at CAMRADATA Analytical Services and is also responsible for the development of their insurance business covering all products and services. He married Shara (neé Abbott) in August 1992, having met Shara whilst at St Edmund's. They were in fact the first Old Boy and Old Girl in the history of St Edmund's to marry. They now live in Blean, Canterbury having moved from Whitstable a few years ago. Sean is looking forward to his time on the Committee and especially working with the members to help organise the Society's annual events and to help increase the number of former pupils coming to them.