When did you attend Bethany?

January 1884 – July 1990.

What are you doing now?

I’m married with two kids and I work for Total SA.

What is your favourite memory of life at Bethany?

Friendships – which is a living memory – the beautiful countryside and the sport.

Did you have a favourite teacher/subject?

John Priestly who was an exceptional housemaster, teacher and mentor. Paul Crossley who was a good leader and housemaster and a different profile from the rest. Along with Harry Salmon and Judy Grey who were French teachers, Paul Holmes and Bill Harvey – the Headmaster. He was ahead of his time and pioneered the transition of Bethany School.

How did your experiences at Bethany help you in your career?

Decision-making, working in a team, discipline and open-mindedness.

What advice would you give to a Bethany pupil looking to work in the same field as you? 

Be flexible, try new things, accept new opportunities in a constantly changing world, especially in the energy sector with a different future mixed-energy composition, mobility challenges and digitalisation.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Go to a co-ed school.

What do you value most about being connected to Bethany and the Bethany Network today?

Friendships and that the institution of Bethany that has adapted and reimagined its business model. It was a pleasure to attend the 150th anniversary. I hope to be around for the 200th!


Robert Fenech