I spent many precious years living with Olly in Middleton A, a boarding house at Christs Hospital. We first me in the Middleton A day room at 11 years old as we were welcomed to the place we’d spend the next 7 years of our lives. As Olly would sometimes remind me I was sat in a bright blue top with Bart Simpsons face emblazoned across the front. Over the years my style evolved as we went on to lead a marching band together, play countless games of tennis, belt out songs in the chapel choir and talk late into the night about anything and everything – something only possible with great friends. Our friendship continued into our university years in London, the place I was when I heard of Ollys’s passing. It’s a day that will never leave me, but being a part of Olly’s Future gives me confidence that his legacy will shine on. I live in Finsbury Park, London and work as an innovation consultant.
Charlie studied at Christ’s Hospital school with Olly for seven years before both moving to London to study at university. Charlie and Oliver remained close friends and enjoyed spending time in Worthing when they both came back to visit. Charlie still lives and works in London as a Marketing and Communications Executive at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult based at Guy’s Hospital, working to support the commercialisation of academic research in advanced therapies. Charlie studied Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London which gave him the scientific foundation for his career.
Hannah leads on digital campaigning at Save the Children UK and previously worked at Global Citizen and The Fawcett Society. She was lucky enough to meet Olly through friends while studying French and Italian at University College London. Olly’s memory, as well as her own experience of mental health issues, has driven her passion for improving access to mental health treatment, and for raising awareness of suicide prevention. In her spare time, Hannah volunteers at Girlguiding, and loves a good hike.
Zeph works in the NHS in the East of England and is passionate about improving mental health and preventing suicide. He has a background in economics, finance, health policy and strategy. He joined Olly’s Future in the Summer 2019 and is now one of the trustees. In his free time, Zeph enjoys walking with his wife and their dog and is currently trying to get fit enough to do a triathlon!
Olly and I met through the UCL Jazz Society, where our first performance together was a rather ambitious a cappella version of Madonna’s Like A Prayer! During our time with Jazz Soc, we went on to perform in various places ranging from the Adelphi Theatre to Barcelona! As a part of Olly’s Future, I help with the organisation of the music for all of our events – so far, this has included a big band consisting of UCL Jazz Soc members (past and present!) for a ball at the Tower Hotel, as well a funky 5-piece band for a boat party. Since graduation, I have been working as an associate scientist in a diagnostic unit for the NHS. When I’m not at work, I can normally be found either volunteering for Great Ormond Street Hospital or supporting the finest football team in West London… (Brentford, of course).
I studied History with French at UCL and that’s where I met Olly. Olly and I were in the same group for one of our core modules in first year, Making History, where we made a podcast on Jack the Ripper that didn’t do very well…! Olly was one of those rare people who would light up a room as soon as he walked into it. I miss him a lot, but I’m so grateful to be able to continue his legacy through all we’re doing at Olly’s Future to share love & light to those that need it most. I’m currently working at Beam, which is a social enterprise that uses tech and crowdfunding to support homeless people into stable jobs and accommodation. Outside of work I love playing football and cycling!