Name: Jon Whitehouse CEng MIMechE MIET
Career/profession: Chartered Engineer, Company Director, Accredited First Aid Instructor and Assessor.

What did you go on to do after Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School?
A levels at King Edward VI college Stourbridge, then BEng at University of Birmingham.

Please give details of study and subsequent work:
Following graduation I joined the graduate scheme at Jaguar Land Rover in 2010. Progressed to Lead Engineer in the Hybrids team in 2011, responsible for delivery of power electronics and electric machine system components for JLRs first 4×4 Hybrid vehicle. I then took a number of Masters level qualifications, gaining my chartership and six sigma black belt qualifications. I started mentoring other developing engineers, and leading cross functional problem solving projects. I then took an opportunity to set up and run Hybrids Warranty team at Solihull site for 4 years before returning to Gaydon, responsible for the iPace on board chargers.
I left JLR in 2017 to set up my own business, taking on research projects into recycling High Voltage batteries, and took on a lecturing role at the University of Birmingham School of Mechanical engineering industrial synoptic lecture series. I also have a consulting Engineer role with various clients, and interview CEng candidates for the IMechE as panel Chair.
My business since diversified further to include Healthcare training. I became an accredited instructor and assessor for First Aid at Work qualifications, and more recently also Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and Patient Moving courses. I’m currently working on a research project funded by innovate UK, and consulting with Nippon Seiki Driver information Systems in a Principle Engineer role.

What is your best memory of the school?
I enjoyed music, languages and the hands on science lessons best. A memory that sticks in my head is making Gun Cotton and using it…

How do you feel the school helped you with your chosen career path?
Elmfield nurtured a desire to understand rather than recite and this is key for any kind of research or engineering career.

What was your favourite lesson at school?
German with Hartwig Schneider.

Can you share any highlights of your career with us?
I was proud of becoming the subject matter expert for hybrid components at JLR, and being able to share than knowledge through teaching at University is a real highlight for me. I was very happy when we were awarded funding for our research project also.

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Name: Michael Sinclair
Career/Profession: Chef, Property maintenance, Public Relations local Gov

What did you go on to do after Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School?
After leaving Elmfield I went to a finishing school in Gstaad Switzerland and enjoyed two seasons of sheing, sorry skiing.

Please give details of study and subsequent work.
Not counting various nurseries and primary schools my education took off boarding at Seascale Preparatory School, now a block of flats, it closed shortly after I left. Not my fault it closed, really!
I was teased a lot, being the wimpy kid of the school.
While at primary schools and Seascale I suffered horrendous migraine headaches for which the doctors could not find a cure and not known to them at the time they should not have prescribed me aspirin. These headaches affected my education enormously. Luckily I don’t get them now.

From there I went to Belmont Hall College, Great Budworth, Cheshire, a college you ask, no it was just an ordinary hyped up boarding school! Why a college I don’t know.

Yes . . . . . Not being happy with the standard of education I wasn’t getting, my parents had found, through a contact, this wondrous school called Elmfield with its special education system that was going to help my education, which, I’m sad to say, was well below standard. In the end I didn’t get any GCSEs.  My parents didn’t know much about Rudolf Steiner at the time but just that the school promised to educate in a different way and that it would help me enormously.

So I was packed off to board at the Croft Hostel. Malcolm & Beaty were the house keepers at the time and throughout my stay Mrs Jenkins and then Reg & Molly Bould also kept us in order.

Subsequent work, well, I became a chef at a restaurant in South Devon, having first been an apprentice at the Hurlingham Club and Park Lane Hotel in London. I soon had enough of that, so I left and took up decorating and property maintenance first in France then back in the UK, my parents were living in France at the time.

I decided to get married in 1979 to my wonderful wife Anne-Marie which meant that I had to get a permanent job and not be self-employed. In other words get a proper wage, so I became a Public Relations Officer for Lambeth Council. I managed to stick that out for twenty two years after which they retired me off. They were always going through a restructuring process!

Other minor maintenance jobs followed before I finally decided to retire and get my pension.

What is your best memory of the school?
I had the privilege of having Roland Everette as my class teacher and always admired his scientific experiments especially a hot air balloon made out of tissue paper around a wire frame. I copied this several times and luckily got away without setting anything on fire.
His rendition of the Trumpet Voluntary on the piano also sticks in my mind.

There are of course many other wonderful memories of Elmfield which I shall never forget.
I still have the mats and wooden spoon made in the woodwork shop.

How do you feel the school helped you with your chosen career path?
I’m nearly through, and am not going to bore you any more, just to say that my time at Elmfield has had a huge influence on my whole life. If I could go through my time at Elmfield again, I would

What was your favourite lesson at school?
Science, I was always copying the experiments!

Can you share any highlights of your career with us?
Rather than one steady career, my career has been a mixture of different jobs from catering through property maintenance to public relations at a local council, then back to maintenance again. It was an interesting mix!

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