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BTW - Why don't you plan to come to the Annual Dinner - held at the Liverpool Athenaeum Club - where you will have a warm welcome and a most enjoyable evening in a lovely building with good company. (To email for further information, click on Annual Dinner )

Or, (better still) you can download a Dinner Application Form by clicking on HERE.


This year, we have been having trouble locating certain of our members, in order to send them their newslatters.  In particular, we refer to the following :-

Dr. J N Hughes 1940/44. Last known address Liverpool 13.
Ted Langley 1945/50. Last known address West Vancouver, British Columbia.
Alan Walsh 1951/57. Last known address Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

W F Wetton, 1964/71, last known address Liverpool 11.

If anybody has information regarding them, would they please conrtact us by clicking on Secretary ?

Thank you.


Are you a member of the Association? -  Did you know that there are over 550 members of the Association?  - Members receive a copy of the Annual Newsletter (some 50 pages), which is full of information, correspondence, photographs and reports on events. The Annual Subscription is only £10 - Life Membership is £90

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GWYN THOMAS  -  O.B.E  -  President of COBA.
School 1940-45.
Chairman since 1991. Spent career in public transport from leaving school to retirement in 1990. Held appointments in Liverpool, Wigan and Wirral before Director of Operations of Merseyside Passenger Transport. On establishment of Merseyside Transport Limited (Merseybus) in 1986 appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive until retirement in 1990. Services to Public Transport recognised by award of Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and O.B.E in 1990. Is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics andTransport. Played soccer for Old Boys' and was Captain of the 2nd eleven for many years.
ARTHUR N. EVANS - Vice President of COBA.
School 1941-46. - D.P.A. (Liverpool University).
Entered employ of Liverpool City Council 1946. Appointed Director of Personnel and Management Services in 1973, retiring in 1990. Board Member of the Merseyside Training Council - Retired in 1990. Elected onto Old Boys' Council in 1990

School 1957-65
Played rugby throughout school and later for the Old Boys. Was School Captain in his final year. Went into teaching from College in Sheffield in 1968. Continued in teaching and became a Primary School Head Teacher 1981 until retirement 2006. Joined the OB's Council in 2006. Is married to Lynne and has three sons and four grand children.

LIONEL (LI) ROSS - Vice Chairman.
School 1953-61.
From school studied classics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. On graduation he Embarked on career as a Management Consultant, culminating in his appointment in 1982 as the Director of the Academic Institutions Management Services unit (AIMS), until taking early retirement in 2003. He has been Chairman of the Collegiate Old Boys Football Club for more than 25 years. Has been on the OB's Council since 2003. Regularly writes reviews for the music magazine "Blues in Britain".  

DAVID WILLIAMS - Hon. Secretary.
School 1968-75.
      Joined The Trustee Savings Bank in 1976 and continued in banking until 1998 when he left Lloyds TSB having served the Bank as Senior Customer Service Officer. His subsequent career has included teaching at HMP Walton and three Lancashire Prisons as Employment and Training Co-ordinator specialising in the Employment and Resettlement of offenders plus Presently employed as Careers Advisor for Connexions Lancashire based in Leyland , specialising in the improving the employability of offenders and benefit claimants.  He is presently employed by national employment charity 'Tomorrow's People Trust' as a Business Engagement Adviser based in Liverpool, having been appointed in February 2012.
      Joined the OB's from school and played football for every team from the 6th XI up to the 2nd XI, and played for the Veterans XI up to 2005. Finally, He is the Finance Manager for the Campaign for Real Ale's Southport Beer Festival.
     He also has part time jobs working as a Customer Access Information Officer for Liverpool Football Club on match days, and also works for Ambassador Theatre Group at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre as a Front of House Customer Service Assistant.
     He is presently Vice Chairman of the Southport & Formby Quiz League (one of the leagues in the Merseyside Quiz League) and Secretary & Captain of the Fishermen's Rest quiz team in the league.
     He is a Qualified Observer for Sefton Advanced Motorists.

RONALD (RON) JAMES. - Hon. Treasurer.
School 1958-63.
Moved from Southport to Liverpool and joined the Collegiate School. On leaving School worked for a short time for the United Liverpool Hospital Board before transfer to the Liverpool City Treasury where he qualified as a Local Government Accountant (IMTA later CIPTA). After early retirement became involved with a number of local organisations including the RSPCA as Hon Secretary and his Bowling Club as Hon. Treasurer. His interest in and skills at Desk Top Publishing has proved useful to a number of organisations including COBA for whom he prepares the Newsletter.
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Members of the Council

DEREK CORLETT - Council Member.
School 1955-60
On leaving School his first job offer came from Motor Union Insurance Co which he accepted principally as they were then associated with the AA. The Company was part of the Royal Exchange Assurance who later became GRE. On reaching the age of 50 in 1993 he accepted terms for early retirement. His role was Area Life Superintendent and he was a founder member of the Liverpool Life and Pensions Society and becoming Chairman in 1982.
Until Government changes took place he served as General Commissioner of Tax for some 15 years.
His connection with GRE continues as the Pensioners Representative for Merseyside and North Wales. Apart from playing regular golf at West Derby Golf Club he serves as a Trustee of West Derby Waste Lands Charity.
On taking over the duties of organising the COB Annual Dinner, he was elected to the OB's Council in 2014.
PHILIP BROWN - Council Member.
School 1969 - 74

On leaving school he joined Liverpool City Council working in the City Treasury for two years.
He left to become a Civil Servant working for the Inland Revenue (now HMRC). He still works there on a "partially retired" basis.
Elected onto the COBA Council in 2017 as assistant to Hon. Secretary David Williams.

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Notable achievements of Old Boys

The Association is compiling a list of former pupils of the School who made a notable mark in life. Some achieved high office; some were accorded public honours, medals for bravery or were inventive in their profession. Some were, or still are, great sportsmen or well-known actors. The list is endless. It is felt that there should be some lasting record of these achievements. If you know of such an Old Boy, or are indeed one, contact our Secretary and let us know. This list will be included in the Website, the Newsletter and will be deposited ultimately with the Liverpool Record Office.