Officers and Committee 2021/22

Our committee meets regularly during the year to organise events, to manage policy between General Meetings and to generate the Newsletter and the Magazine that is mailed to all of our Members.

President: A T (Andy) Jordan-Smith

Senior Vice President: G (Gary) Bunce

Junior Vice President: P. (Peter) Ayling

Immediate Past President: M. (Mike) Nicholls

Officers

  • Secretary – R J (Richard) Sandler
  • Membership Secretary – A J (Alan) Bolton
  • Treasurer – S (Steve) Homewood
  • Registrar – A J (Alan) Bolton
  • Social Secretary – N R (Roger) Goodman
  • Magazine Editor – G (Garry) Bunce

Ordinary Members

  • B R (Barry) Mellish
  • MC (MC) Black
  • P (Paul) Duggan
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  • Rambling Club Rep – R G (Roger) Pawley
  • Hatcham Association Rep – J  M G (Janet) Gearing

President’s Profile A T (Andy) Jordan-Smith

 
 
Andy (who was known at school as Andy Smith) was born at Lewisham Hospital in
1968 and was fortunate enough to be accepted for Aske’s in 1980. Similar to the
Immediate Past President and the schools process at the time, his Mother was
interviewed by Graham Walker, the then recently appointed Headmaster, and he
was+then led off to be interviewed by Tony Harding, Geoff Barber and Wilf Hawkins.
 
Andy’s Father passed away in 1975 at the age of 35, so his Mother wanted him to
attend a boys’ school with strong core values and discipline. Andy can certainly say
that Wilf Hawkins, Barry Kerridge, Gordon Allen, Geoff Barber and the like, along
with the School Prefects at the time, did not disappoint!! Whilst Graham Walker was
quietly spoken, Wilf Hawkins was quite like no man that he had met in his life at that
point!! It was once out of school at one of the many rugby events that Andy got to
know him a little better and he certainly had a very interesting life….
Tim Fullick was his first form tutor, followed by the next two years with Simon
Lindsey, Pete Ellis then Gordon Allan. Andy was in Daykin’s House (Navy Blue)
which then transferred to Bonner’s House (Roger Bonner OA AND Past President)
on Cecil’s retirement.
 
An avid sportsman he captained the U12 XV in his 1st year and again later in his
School playing career was selected to lead the 1st XV. Whilst at school Andy
represented Kent County Schools RFU and the London Schools Divisional RFU
team. Upon leaving school Andy was selected to Captain Kent Colts and he also
represented London Divisional Colts and was a member of the England Colts squad.
He played cricket for the school at all age groups and also played regularly on
Saturday and Sunday for The Old Askean CC from the age of 14, and later became
the OA Cricket representative in the early/mid-nineties. At one point he held the
school senior shot putt record (but believes it now to have been broken).
 
Upon leaving school Andy joined an Australian Bank, having dabbled with the idea of
pursuing a career in the Army and as a PE teacher. He worked for Westpac Banking
Corporation for 6 years before he moved across to Cantor Fitzgerald International as
a Japanese Yen Broker. From there he moved to Citibank working with this year’s
SVP Gary Bunce (OA,) for a year when he then moved into Banking Software.
 
Whilst this was all going on Andy married Sarah Bransbury whom he met as a 9-
year-old when he moved from Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, to Erlanger Road in New
Cross. They grew up together within a group of friends who are all regularly in
contact with each other and in 2000 moved to Faversham, Kent where they were
married at Lympne Castle in 2002 and started to raise their family, Lucy and Oliver.
In 2003, Andy wanted to spend more time with the family, so he started working for
himself as a contractor and worked for the likes of Delphi, EDF, Thales, DLR (as part
of the Olympic Transportation team) Network Rail, Heathrow Airport, Societe
Generale and for the past four years he owned a group of pubs in and around Kent.
Andy owned three pubs, The Phoenix Tavern in Faversham, The White Horse Inn,
Bridge on the outskirts of Canterbury and The Ship Inn, Herne Bay. Unfortunately
due to COVID-19 this brought Andy’s businesses to an abrupt end and from the
beginning of 2021 he has slotted bank in to contracting where he has taken roles
such as Business Development and Project Management Consulting.
 
This gives him the time to regularly watch his children pursue their school careers
and enjoy watching them playing sports, with his son Oliver being selected for Kent
County Cricket at U15’s and Kent/Saracens DPP RFU also at U15, and his daughter
Lucy’s girls cricket team making the National T20 quarter finals a couple of years
back, whilst also being a member of the school’s Sports Excellence Program within
Netball.
 
Not only does Andy find time for his business and his children, but along with being
President of the OAA for a fourth consecutive year, he also sits on the Development
board at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, he is a Trustee of the Hop Festival in
Faversham as well as England Counties Under 18, Chairman of Selectors for the
London and South East Division.
 
Andy currently resides in Bullockstone, just outside Herne with his wife, children and
their dog and often is seen walking the many coastal and rural walks that Kent has to
offer, as well as pacing around the boundary at Chestfield Cricket Club or planning
the next development at St Lawrence College.