Some IVC alumni have been in touch through the charity Future First to give us an insight into their careers and lives since leaving the College. We have had messages from people all over the world, including America, Australia and the United Arab Emitates. If you would like to contribute to this profile page, simply sign up through www.networks.futurefirst.org.uk or alternatively you can download a form here and return to the College.
These profiles will also be featured in a new booklet that the College is producing called “Where are they now?”
ANDREW FISHER TOMLIN
Landscape Designer; Director of Fisher Tomlin and Bowyers
After leaving Impington Village College at 18 in 1981, Andrew had a 10 year career in banking, culminating in working on the launch of First Direct in 1989. He then retrained in horticulture gaining a degree from the University of Leeds, and he is now one of the UK’s leading landscape designers with private, residential and public space commissions worldwide, and partnerships in Scandinavia, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.
He has won many and varied awards for his work both within the UK and internationally. He also serves as Royal Horticultural Society Chair of Selection, Assessment and Judging for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers and the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Recent speaking engagements include The Smithsonian and the Casey Tree Foundation in Washington DC as well as conferences in Sweden, Russia, Australia and the UK. Andrew was Wallpaper magazine’s first horticultural editor and his work has featured in many journals and on television worldwide.
A piece of advice
“Concentrate on doing a few things in your chosen career really well rather than being all things to all people”.
Economics student; University of Surrey
After leaving IVC, David went to Long Road Sixth Form College to do his A-Levels. He achieved an A* in Economics, an A in Mathematics (statistics) and an A in Psychology.
David then decided to go to the University of Surrey to study Economics further. He is currently in his second year and really enjoying all aspects of university life. He has the role of Vice-President of StagTV (the campus TV station) and relishes doing something that is different from his course. As part of the degree, he has the opportunity to do a year in industry, where he is hoping to get a place at the Office for National Statistics.
During the summer of 2012, David went to Uganda with a local youth group to do some charity work and to experience the culture. He thoroughly enjoyed his time out there and managed to get in 3 games of football, in which his team lost two of them against teams where the players were playing barefoot.
A piece of advice
“Don’t be afraid! Make sure that you enjoy your time as a young adult, as life goes very fast!”
Retired Human Resources Manager; Charity Fundraiser, Australia
Diana Myers admits that she was not a natural academic. She retook her O levels (GCSE equivalent) in the first year of sixth form, and struggled through her A levels. However, she went on to do a degree in Psychology and later a Master’s degree. Diana later studied full time for career guidance/education and studied human resources by distance learning while she worked full time.
Having tried out a number of jobs before and after a degree, she decided to qualify as a careers advisor at 25, progressing to management roles in adult guidance. Ten years later, Diana retrained in human resources with management roles in finance and heavy industry. She married her partner in Mauritius in 1995 and moved to Sydney, Australia in 2000 with dual nationality.
She has further gone on to build a property portfolio while working in human resources. ‘Retiring’ at 53, she plans to move to Cairns on the barrier reef in 2015, where she aims to be a fundraiser for charities. Outside of work, Diana thoroughly enjoys building/interior design, finding and selling collectables/antiques, badminton, travel, and dance.
A piece of advice
“Have confidence in yourself to overcome the setbacks and push through the barriers to succeed”.
Programme Controller; Smooth Radio East Midlands
After leaving IVC, Paul Emmines indulged his passion for music and communication by landing a presentation position at local radio stations CN.FM 103 & Hereward Radio (now Heart Cambridgeshire).
Having worked his way up to presenting a breakfast show on a local radio station in Norfolk (which genuinely was VERY Alan Partridge!), Paul moved behind the microphone as Head of Production and Operations for the Galaxy Radio network based in Bristol. From there he moved to Leeds as Head of Programmes for dance station Galaxy 105 (where he helped double the audience, and became the biggest commercial radio station outside of London), then Programme Controller at Leicester Sound, Production Director for an independent radio production company and Group Head of Music for the Guardian Media Group’s radio brands Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio. On the Guardian’s sale of its radio assets to the UK’s biggest commercial radio operator in 2012, Paul moved to Nottingham as Programme Controller of Smooth Radio East Midlands, where they have become the region’s most listened-to commercial station within 9 months (and the transmission area almost stretches to the border of his home county, Cambridgeshire!)
A piece of advice
“Don’t take yourself so seriously. Fifteen years from now you’ll be playing Twister with the Spice Girls (or some other pop group)”.