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Richard O’Connor (BSc Physics 1974)

Richard’s company Green Light has applied for a patent application for a novel product.  It’s an alarm which runs without a battery from indoor light down to 25lux: http://www.green-light.demon.co.uk/

Michael Pye (BSc Hotel, Catering and Tourism Management 1984)

Michael set up his own human resources consultancy and practice in 2012 after a career spanning 25 years working in the hospitality and media sectors, latterly as director of human resources at Universal Music UK. His practice specialises in offering generalist HR support and services to organisations that are not large enough to require their own in-house HR as well as working alongside established HR departments that occasionally need some extra support.

His web site (www.pyhrassociates.co.uk) gives contact details and he is pleased to be able to offer a 20% discount on all published rates to Surrey University graduates and their organisations. Please contact Michael for more information: mike@pyhrassociates.co.uk

Goyotsetseg Reston, née Radnaabazar (MSc Tourism Planning and development 2004)

Goyotsetseg runs a travel company to Mongolia:  www.goyotravel.com

Ken Gordon (BA Theatre 2010)

Ken has recently released Profumo The Musical, available on-line (I-Tunes, Amazon). For a short preview, visit https://soundcloud.com/profumothemusical/well-he-would-preview

Despina Mavridou (MScTourism Marketing 2003)

After four years in Goldair Tourism, specifically in the department of Corporate Travel and Incentives, Despina has moved into the public relations department of the Goldair Group of Companies.

Stuti Dalmia and Avneet Arora (both BSc Business Management 2011)

The pair returned to India after graduating and joined their respective family businesses of real estate and timber. However, they decided they wanted to establish something of their own and set up in the industry of e-business. Today, after a year, VarRighty (www.VaRighty.com)  has 19 employees and has monthly sales of around Rs. 1,000,000 (£12,000).  Stuti said: “It is after handling our own business that we realise the true value of our undergraduate studies and the treasured knowledge we have gained out of it. In the future, we want to become one of the top e-commerce websites in the country.”

Alex Kriezis–Carrer (Bsc in Mathematics and Statistics 1999)

Alex is senior relationship manager in Alpha Bank’s Corporate Banking Department, one of the largest banks in Greece, and can be contacted at akriezkis-carrer@alpha.gr

Chris Booker (BSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering 1976)

After a successful corporate career, Chris set up Bluebell Communications, based on an innovative two-way paging system with built-in barcode reader. This is primarily aimed at care home and mental health markets to speed up and monitor the process of care delivery.

Angeliki Lyviaki (MA Translation 2003)

On leaving Surrey Angeliki and fellow student and roommate Ioanna Athanasiadi followed a career in the translation industry. After working in several reputable translation agencies, the pair set up Beyond Words in 2009: http://www.beyondwords.gr/

Stephen Wick (BMus 1976)

The company of which Stephen is director, Denis Wick Products, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2013. The company specialises in making high-end accessories for brass players, and was honoured for its achievements in the export market. Over 80% of the company’s products are sold overseas and there is hardly a band or orchestra anywhere in the world that does not use one of Denis Wick’s accessories.

Stephen is very involved in development work at Denis Wick, designing and developing new products for musicians. He still pursues an active career as a tuba player and has played many movie soundtracks including films from the Star Wars and James Bond franchises. He is also teaches at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, and can be heard this summer playing with the City of London Sinfonia at Opera Holland Park.

Daniel Hudson (BMus 1991)

Daniel has had a varied career since leaving Surrey, both in the UK and abroad. He is currently working as a violin teacher and performer in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Listen to one of Daniel’s projects.

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