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Aldis, Arthur C W
1800s - extact date unknown
Inventor of the Signal Lamp, otherwise known as the Aldis Lamp. The lamp was a visual signaling device for optical communication (typically using Morse code) - essentially a focused lamp which can produce a pulse of light.

Ashley, Cedric

Bird, Alfred Frederick
Chemist and food manufacturer, son of Alfred Bird, the inventor of Bird's egg-free custard powder and baking powder; proprietor of the family firm of Alfred Bird & Sons Ltd; MP for Wolverhampton West 1910-1922; Kt 1920, created Baronet 1922.

Brode, Andrew
Executive Chairman, RWS Holdings plc (a leading patent translation and search company); donated £2.5m towards the establishment of the new Modern Languages Department at KES

Brown, Frederick Herbert Stanley
Kt (1967); Chairman, Central Electricity Generating Board (1965-1971).

Collins, J E H
Chairman of the Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Ltd.

Docker, F Dudley
B 1862, industrialist, played cricket for Warwickshire; presented a boat to the Shackleton Polar Expedition of 1912, in which the party reached Elephant Island after their ship became stuck in the ice.

Ensor, Arthur Hinton
Vice-Chairman, Lloyds Bank (1955-1963).

Evans, Russell W
Managing Director and Chief Executive, Rank Organisation (1975).

Garraway, Brian P
Chairman of Regulatory Board of Lloyd's insurance market.

Genders, John Elton
Chief Personnel Executive for Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Ltd; Vice-President, Institute of Personnel Managers (1972-1974); chairman of the Central Committee of Help the Aged and of Brackenbridge House.

Goodman, Barney
Co-founder of Mothercare.

Grierson, Duncan
Entrepreneur; corporate lawyer; tennis blue at Cambridge (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992) and Warwickshire county champion. He is the founder of a waste recycling and green energy company, Sterecycle (

Kington, Brian
A long career with IBM, in their development laboratories and in their education and training operation and external relations with Education and Science; member of the Society of Industrial Liaison Officers; consultant in educational and business partnerships.

Laister, P
Chairman and Chief Executive, Thorn EMI.

Lea, F M
Kt 1966, on his retirement from the position of Director of the Building Research Station, which he held for 20 years.

Lomax, David
Foreign Office, subsequently Chief Economist, National Westminster Bank.

Lucas, Oliver
Grandson of Joseph Lucas, became a director and ultimately managing director of Joseph Lucas Ltd.

Maltby, Colin C
First-ever OE President of the Oxford Union (1973); Banker: Chief Executive, Kleinwort Benson Management Ltd

Osborn, John
Former CEO of Alexon Fashion Group, donor of a large number of Assisted Places for musicians at KES

Plenderleith, Ian
Second Deputy Chairman, London Stock Exchange; Director of the Bank of England; former Deputy Governor of the South African Federal Reserve; former member of Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (1997-2002)

Pugh, Charles V.
Industrialist and automobile pioneer. Founded Whitworth Cycle Co, which later merged with Rudge Cycle Co. Chairman of the Lanchester Engine Co (later the Lanchester Motor Co) from 1899. Also Chairman of the Atco motor mowers company

Quincey, James
CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

Richards, Martin
Executive Chairman of MVA Group, transport planning consultants; awarded OBE for services to transport planning; editor of the journal Transportation

Ruddock, Sir Paul
Kt; Chief Executive of the Hedge Fund, Lansdowne Partners, which he co-founded in 1989; previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Schroeders; Chairman of the V & A Museum and a trustee of the Metropolitan museum of Art in New York; knighted in 2012 for services to the arts and philanthropy; has supported a number of charitable causes including the V & A Museum, the British Museum and of course the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at KES

Scopes, Frederick
Kt, Chairman of Solid Fuels Iron Works, Chairman of the Solid Smokeless Fuel Federation.

Southall, Stuart
Co-founder of the Punter Southall Group in 1988 and Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries 2010-2012. School governor from 2008 - 2019. Founding Trustee of the King Edward's School Birmingham Trust and major donor for the hockey pavilion.

Street, Andrew
Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership (2007-2016); inaugural Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (2017- ).

Walters, Peter
Kt; Chairman or Chief Executive of Blue Circle Industries, BP, Midland Bank Holdings, Smith Kline Beecham, Glaxo Smith Kine and HSBC Holdings.

Williams, Peter
Founder and Managing Director of the international clothing company, Jack Wills.