Its aim is to provide a means for those ex-students to keep in touch with each other, the developments within the Group and inspire future generations of students through their successes.
Throughout the year the Association organises a number of events that you are able to attend. In addition, we offer specially negotiated discounts, which are exclusive to Group Alumni members.
Finishing college in 1981, Charles has made a career of his arable and top fruit farm which overlooks the Weald of Kent, before eventually diversifying it into office lets and toll rides for horses. A key player in the Kent farming community, he is currently a member of the Kent County Agricultural Society and Chairman of the NFU in Kent.
After her degree in Garden Design, Fern studied RHS Advanced Horticulture and went on to win a Gold Medal at Hampton Court in the “Small Garden” category and three international design competitions. Along with her many commissions, Fern’s work includes a design for The Natural History Museum complementing its Butterfly Jungle exhibition and “Harry’s Memorial Garden” for The Future Gardens Show. Fern is a regular columnist on gardening advice for a Kent newspape
At 27, Steve was appointed the first Head Gardener of the Salutation Garden, Sandwich for over 20 years. His task was to rebuild this historic garden – originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & Gertrude Jekyll – it was re-opened in 2007 by Monty Don who described it as one of his top ten gardens. Steve has appeared on “Country Lives” and his talk on his work and experiences is in much demand.
Matthew’s childhood love of wildlife and the environment led him to study at Hadlow College. Since then he has worked for the RHS as a Curator at Hyde Hall; Head of Site & Curator at Harlow Carr and more recently Head of Gardens Creative Development. Matthew is a regular contributor to a number of gardening publications including Garden Life, The English Garden, Gardeners’ World and Gardens Illustrated. He has been a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and written four books.
Having graduated from West Kent College in 1991, Sargeant landed his first professional job at Boodle’s Gentleman’s Club in St James, London working with Keith Podmore in 1991. During his early years as a professional chef, Mark also worked at several respected restaurants including the role of Chef de Partie at Read’s Restaurant in Faversham. In 1994, Mark took up a position at Le Souffle Restaurant at the Hyde Park Hotel for 18 months where he then moved onto Oliver Peyton’s Coast restaurant in 1996. Within the same year, Mark Sargeant was awarded ‘Young Chef of the Year’.
Crowney’s entry Bollywood came by chance in 2004 when she was backpacking in Thailand and stumbled upon an Indian film being shot there. So came her first appearance in a Bollywood film was in the item song Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar. She was an extra in the film Janasheen. With little prior knowledge of the sub-continent, she was attracted by the music and dance, and decided to try her luck in Mumbai. She went on to do few advertisements for Ponds, Nokia, HSBC and Samsung before landing with her first proper role in the film MP3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar in 2007.
For 18 years Goolden co-presented the popular BBC2 Food and Drink television series in Britain, with Chris Kelly, Michael Barry and her good friend Oz Clarke. She is known for her outrageously abstract descriptions of wine tasting appreciation often referring to certain wines as reminiscent of pear drops, liquorice and even rubber. Goolden has presented two television series on antiques for BBC1, The Great Antiques Hunt and Going, Going, Gone, and she has travelled extensively as a regular presenter on BBC1’s Holiday programme. During 2003, she was presenter on BBC1’s Holiday – You Call the Shots. In 2004, the Radio Times included Goolden in a list of the top 40 most eccentric TV presenters of all time.
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