Famous old boys
With such a long history of education within Westminster it comes as no surprise that many of our students have gone on to enjoy notable success in their careers.
Here are a selection of some of Westminster City's higher profile old boys who have been in the news recently. For details on many of our other successful old boys please visit: www.owca.org.uk
In the world of big business Martin Broughton is, without doubt, the highest achieving of our old boys. On 10 April 2010, it was announced that Liverpool FC approached Martin Broughton to be their new chairman. Broughton and the rest of the Liverpool FC board won in a High Court case against Hicks and Gillett on the 13th of October in 2010 so they could press on with the sale of the club.
He joined British American Tobacco in 1971 as an auditor and rose to be its chairman. In 2004 he became chairman of British Airways and was appointed Chairman of the CBI in January 2007. As well as these momentous achievements, he found time to be Chairman of the British Horse Racing Board along the way. He attended WCS through the first half of the 1960's with his twin brother Stephen, who has also been extremely successful in his business career. Martin did not set the world alight academically at WCS, but this hardly held him back. The Telegraph article talks about his early life in Fulham: his father, had little ambition for Broughton. "Nobody wants to know a failed accountant", he said when his son decided to join Peat Marwick as an auditor. Yet he thrived joining British American Tobacco as an auditor in 1971. The rest, as they say, is history.
Fulham born, Andy joined WCS in 1965 going on to read English at Downing College, Cambridge. He first came to prominence as a script writer in the 1970's contributing to a huge range of TV programmes including "Shelley", "The Marti Caine Show" and "Not the Nine O'Clock News". Andy achieved national recognition creating with Guy Jenkin the 1990's hit show, "Drop the Dead Donkey". Andy is a regular performer on T.V. and radio shows such as "Have I Got News For You", "The News Quiz", "QI ", "I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue" and many others. He has the extraordinary achievement of being nominated for six BAFTA awards, winning one outright for "Drop the Dead Donkey". He has won the coveted Top Comedy Writer award at the British Comedy Awards and also been honoured by The Royal Television Society and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. Along with Guy Jenkin, Andy created the TV series "Outnumbered", which has received enormous acclaim in 2009, winning numerous awards and acolades.