At the OB Club Council meeting on Saturday 2nd December, Craig Mitchell (64-74) was elected the new Chairman of the OB Club.  Craig has taken over from Chris Williams (68-79) who had helped the Club go from strength to strength during his time as the Chairman.

Craig is a Bedford boy, born and bred and joined the School as a day boy in the ‘Inky’ in 1964.  During his time at the School he played rugby for Ashburnham House, was a member of the Fencing Team,  the Archery Team and the Mountaineering Club.  He left in 1974 to read Economics and Commerce at Southampton University where he gained a BSC.

His working life began in retail Management in London, where he gained a Higher Certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  He then changed career and joined the Metropolitan Police Force, during which time he gained an MA in Criminal Justice at Brunel University.  Craig retired from the Police as a Superintendent in 2011 after thirty years’ service.

Since his retirement, Craig and his wife Krystyna, to whom he has been married for 38 years, have enjoyed travelling to many places around the world, and Craig has spent much of his time trekking in the UK and abroad.  He has also been involved in many regular charity events, including the Three Peaks Challenge, Trailwalker and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  Through this he has helped to raise over £22,000 for charitable causes.

Craig and Krystyna have been very involved with the OB Club over the last few years, attending many events at the School and across the UK.  They have particularly enjoyed taking part in the OB Club Battlefield tours to Normandy, Arnhem, the Somme/Ypres and Berlin.  They have two sons who attended the School, Oliver (97-02) and George (99-04), who both went on to study at Leicester University and now have successful careers in the Film Industry.

Craig is very much looking forward to being the OB Club Chairman and continuing to help the Club grow and move forward.  He hopes to see you at an event in the near future.


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