Your Shipmates
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This site is predominantly for those who joined BRNC in  September 1985, and was set up by those in that intake and they remain the focus of the reunion cycle but we are happy to have Half Term Flights and anyone else who was part of the College in that final term of 1985.

Please do take a few minutes to add your profile here. For those who have already added a profile, feel free to update us all on how much of the last few years was spent recovering from the last reunion and any other notable events since your last  update/ posting.

So, scroll down and take a look at what your old Shipmates have been up to for the last 38 (and counting) years.....

Click here to download a full list of our entry.

Click here to download a list of the Sep 85 Holdover Entry

Click here to download the BRNC Sep 85 List of College Staff and OUT's at BRNC and on DTS. 

Given that the turnout in 2022 reflected the uncertainties of the past couple of years, we are keen to make it to 100 shipmates in 2025.  So please do refresh the content here and pass on  the message to anyone else who may not be aware of the website and the BRNC 85 social network. 


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Hugh Anderson

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Occupation: MD Godolphin and Darley
Comment:
We are to the present OUTs as the 1955 entry was to us....

 
Which Division were you in?: Cunningham
Best memory of BRNC: The good friends I made there and still have.
Worst memory of BRNC: Charlies. Surely a breach of my human rights?
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Left the RN in 07 with many good memories of T42s at sea and fun as a naval barrister in courts martial and the odd hot spot around the globe. Last 8 years at Godolphin and Darley in various roles (Dubai and Newmarket). Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

Married to Emma with 2 children - Duncan and Eleanor.
What have you been doing since the last reunion?: Watching a lot of races and going grey.

Lance Batchelor

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Occupation: PE Chair; Navy NED.
Which Division were you in?: Cunningham
Best memory of BRNC: PO Jones
Worst memory of BRNC: Soapy
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Submarines. MBA. Marketing. CEO. Chairman. Four sons. Sailing!
What have you been doing since the last reunion?:
NED on the Navy Board, working with Tony Radakin, Jerry Kydd and others to re-invent the RN.

Chair of four PE cos. Trustee on Greenwich Museums Board.

Tim Bell

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Occupation: Senior Supply Chain Manager
Which Division were you in?: Hawke
Best memory of BRNC: High Tea and Sticky Buns at 1600hrs..!
Worst memory of BRNC:
Thinking I'm late for 0730 river duty when it's actually 0600hrs..!
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Left BRNC to immediately enrol into FE College to improve upon my A Levels with the intention of returning one day and passing those Professionals.
Ended up joining the RNSTS, now in DE&S Ships and have so far had a progressive career up through the grades over the intervening 26 years. Now spent more time on board various Platforms than I ever thought I would...Second best perhaps but making the most of it and definitely playing my part in keeping the RN something to be proud of..!

David Bence

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Occupation: Consultant
Which Division were you in?: Blake
Best memory of BRNC: Day One......excited
Worst memory of BRNC:
Getting bollocked for something I didn't do....honest it wasn't me!
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Navy, Navy, Navy, until 2016. BAES for a short time and now I consult (on anything!). SOSREP for the New Forest Park Authority and freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. Have a thing about gardening, love triathlon and done a bit of gig racing - podium finish at the World Gig championships no less...

Paul Bennett

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Occupation: Still in the Navy
Which Division were you in?: Cunningham
Best memory of BRNC: DTS (does that count?)
Worst memory of BRNC: Long Divisions with a Tight Cap
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
In the RN. Served widely, mostly in Ships, but latterly behind a desk or 2.
What have you been doing since the last reunion?:
Navy HR for 2 years and now in the joint world in Northwood. Feeling surprisingly good about going past 50.

Richard Boswell

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Occupation: Managing Director - Aero Contractors
Which Division were you in?: Cunningham
Best memory of BRNC:
DTS - wasn't meant to be that much fun was it?
Worst memory of BRNC:
Having to go back for another term after I transferred to 'Flight'
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Ended up as a Lynx pilot until I bounced off of the ground in a light aircraft. Joined the airlines after and ended up flying 747 for Virgin but got very bored so went back to helicopters. Now in Nigeria as MD of a helicopter company

JJ Bowley

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Occupation: Business Stuff
Comment:  
Which Division were you in?: Blake
Best memory of BRNC: Charlies
Worst memory of BRNC: Charlies
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?: Lots of drinking and sleeping of course...!

Keith Broughton

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Occupation: Underwater Underwriter
Which Division were you in?: St Vincent
Best memory of BRNC: Anything Beach got tied up in
Worst memory of BRNC: See above!
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Diving and sailing and spending as much time in Fiji as possible
What have you been doing since the last reunion?: Sailing - as many ocean races as possible!

Tony Carruthers

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Occupation: HR Consultant
Which Division were you in?: Blake Division (Ho)
Best memory of BRNC:
Looking back now, they are all pretty good. Hiding behind a hedge on a squad run and dropping in at the back unseen (With Mid Cheesley I believe) gave one a sense of bucking the system and winning a small victory - for once.
Worst memory of BRNC:
PLX with a certain well loved Blake Division Staff Officer leading from the land rover.
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Did my eight years as required, most of it spent doing every job there was on Hunt Class MCMV\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s. In the illustrious company of such luminaries as Mids Bence, Ince, Davis and Welch. Based in Rosyth most of my time and ended up staying in Edinburgh on completion. Working in the charity sector for the last 20 years and still in touch with many of the Blake Old Boys and associated hangers on from other Divisions. Married to Linda, 2 girls at university. Upholding the proud Blake traditions and values of old!
What have you been doing since the last reunion?:
A change of direction, now working for myself and promoting a charity that provides housing advice to veterans and those leaving the armed forces so back dealing with people in uniform again. Have been working for myself and running my own business for over 5 years now and despite a crash in the business during the pandemic, still enjoying it. A particular highlight since the last reunion was travelling to NZ for the wedding of A/Sub/Lt Nelson. Pictured here with the happy couple and with fellow 85 travellers Mid Grice, Ince & Powell. Great trip.

Jeremy Carter

Occupation: Deputy Headteacher
Which Division were you in?: St. Vincent
Best memory of BRNC: The smell.
Worst memory of BRNC:
Battle dress, folding socks before rounds and trying not to untuck my carefully ironed sheets when sleeping, so as to save a few minutes the next day.
What have you been doing for the last 30 odd years?:
Studied physics at Southampton University, then did PhD in laser physics before teacher training and teaching in Durham for eight years. Moved south to Guildford in 1998, married Helen (47) in 2000 and have James (10) and Charlotte (7) to account for much of that time; time well spent.
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