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Nick Claydon-Bevan OW

What are your fondest memories of being at Warwick School? 

Making life-long friends / playing rugby whilst on tour to Bermuda / watching the 1st XV win the Daily Mail cup at Twickenham - to name a few  

Where and what did you study after leaving Warwick? What did you enjoy about it/give you? 

I studied Politics and Industrial Relations at the University of Reading, primarily inspired by the incredibly engaging John Jefferies.  

What is your current role? 

Communications Director for Aldi UK & Ireland.  

Has your career had any unexpected or unusual twists? 

I started on the Aldi graduate scheme in 2012. Back then we spent the first six months working in stores. It is a great way to learn how the business runs, but I was definitely envious of my friends going out whilst I was mopping the shop floors at 10pm on a Saturday night.  

Have you been involved in any other interesting activities/occupations since leaving school?

Myself and a few OWs attempted to break a world-record by rowing non-stop around Great Britain. The four of us rowed in pairs for two hour shifts, 24/7. Unfortunately on day 12, a light aircraft crashed next to us into the Irish sea and we were involved in the rescue of the pilot (who survived). We subsequently stopped the challenge and managed to raise a good amount for charity.  

How has your time at Warwick helped you in your career?  

Warwick teaches you to be well rounded. I picked up so many useful life skills (and discipline!) from my teachers, playing sport, CCF and going away on trips.   

Did any one person at Warwick have a positive influence on you and/or your career aspirations? 

John Jefferies. Similar to many of my school friends, he taught us how to work hard whilst enjoying yourself - a mantra I try and stick to every day.   

Are you still in touch with other OWs and if so, do you get together? 

I’m still very close with a group of friends from school - one of them even married my sister!  

What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

Work hard at school. Employers look closely at your GCSE and A-level results…