Who's who

Please browse through these pages for details on the committee members.

David Gibbs

Patron, OPA (E).

Rector, 1964-74. 


Joseph Hammond



SPS profile

  1.  1948-1960
  2. Cable and Lawrence
  3. Prefect


Place of birth:



Career path:

Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton, Engineering, Science & Mathematics.

Ken Pearce



SPS profile

  1. 1943-1952.
  2. Westcott.
  3. Hastings House prefect 1951-1952.
  4. Also assigned to be prefect in Cotton Hall 1952.
  5. See this interesting link to when Ken was a wee laddie!!


Place of birth:



Career path:

  1. Retired in 1993 (previously a senior manager in Carnaud Metal Box and before that held a similar position in British Steel).
  2. Vice-president, Wimbledon Hockey Club.

David Medland

Honorary secretary


Please see details on next page.


Zarir Cama writes


"Dear Joe

Thank you for all you have done over the years without which we would not be where we are - a strong and committed body who work together for the better of our much loved School

And David you are a most worthy successor and will bring considerable strengths to all we do and thank you for agreeing to do so . You will have all our support I am sure.

See you all soon

Zarir "


Zarir Cama



SPS profile

  1. 1955-1963
  2. Westcott and Havelock
  3. Memories provided by Colin Tobin!! 

Place of birth:



Career path:


Zarir Cama started his banking career in 1967 and joined the HSBC Group forty-three years ago in 1968. After two years training in London, he returned to India and worked in various operational, credit and branch capacities. He was posted to the Group's Head Office in Hong Kong in 1982, and then to HSBC's associate The Saudi British Bank in 1988 where he finished as Deputy Managing Director.

In 1992, he worked again in the then Head Office in Hong Kong and later at HSBC Holdings plc in October 1993 in the Group's new Headquarters after the acquisition of Midland Bank PLC.


In 1998, he was transferred to India as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and appointed Chief Executive Officer of HSBC India in October 1999. He was the first Indian to head the Group's operations there. During his service in India he was appointed a Group General Manager of HSBC Holdings plc.


He moved to Malaysia as Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd in November 2002 - the first Asian to hold this position.

In June 2007, he came back to the Group's Head Office in London to set up a new International Division overseeing the Group's business worldwide. In 2009 he was given overall responsibility for the Group's Continental European business comprising 19 countries in which HSBC is represented. On re-organising this area, he moved in February 2010 to what is his last role –

Group General Manager – Group Management Office.


He retired from the HSBC Group at the end of 2011 after 44 years but will continue as a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited, The Saudi British Bank (SABB) and HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA.


He is a committed environmentalist, a passionate conservationist and an advocate of the Arts.


He was the moving spirit in marking HSBC's 120th year in Malaysia and the release of its anecdotal history "HSBC Its Malaysian Story" and has also been responsible for the publication of two histories of personal experiences during the Japanese occupation of Malaya in WWII. Whilst in Malaysia, he initiated and completed the restoration of "Suffolk House" in Penang - a unique Anglo-Indian style mansion which became the seat of Government during British times.


He was conferred the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (D.S.P.N.), which carries the title 'Dato', by the Governor of Penang in July 2006. In April 2007 he was conferred the Dato' Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P.) by the Sultan of Perak on the occasion of His Majesty's 79th Birthday, the only foreign banker to have been so honoured twice.


In London, he is on the Committee of the British Malaysian Society and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is a Trustee, Director and Vice-Chairman of Asia House, the only such organisation in Britain which embraces and promotes the Century of Asia as its core value. He has recently been made a Trustee of Britain's National Youth Orchestra and is also Chairman of a Trust set up in the UK to help villages in India and is a Trustee of Pratham – a UK based Trust which promotes education for underprivileged children in India.


In the UK, he is a member of M.C.C., The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and The Oriental Club.


In India, he is a member of The Bombay Gymkhana, The Willingdon Club, The Royal Western India Turf Club, The Royal Bombay Yacht Club and The Ripon Cub.


Zarir Cama was born in Bombay, India on 26 May 1947 and educated at St Paul's School, Darjeeling and St Stephen's College, Delhi. He is married to Shelialla and they have two children, Nyresa aged 28 and Yashan 25, both of whom currently live and work in London. 

Arup Kar


Arindam Chaudhuri