Alumni: Andrew Burnett
Posted: 7th December 2012
Name: Andrew Burnett
Time at Skippers: 1991 - 1996
What are you doing now?
I run my own Estate Agents in Mayfield, just down the road.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Every day is different! We live in an exceptional part of the UK, in a village a community where the people and properties are so diverse and, on the whole, unique.
I love being part of that community, contributing to various events, local sponsorship of schools, sport clubs and events, as well as using the local trades and shops.
What are your interests outside of work?
Sports of most kinds – Hockey, tennis, golf, skiing, pool, shooting, swimming – anything to stay fit and keep up the exercise that I miss from my School days! Cooking, family and spending time with my fabulous friends, many of whom I was at Skippers Hill with and I have now known for 21 years!
What have you done since you left Skippers?
I have done a bit of travelling, mainly through Europe, specifically France, but also a bit in Australia and Peru. I learnt a lot about wines by working for a few months in the Vineyards at grape harvesting time in France – it was a tough job, but someone had to do it!
I never went to university – I didn’t really see the point, as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I grew up. By chance, I ‘stumbled’ upon my profession which I started after a gap year, and ten years later I still love my job and I am in control of my own destiny, so to speak.
How did your experiences at Skippers influence what you are doing now?
Tim Lewis is an inspiration. It is that simple. He inspired a lazy, uninspired 8/9 year old school boy to work and (with a lot of hard work!) I have my own business, and have had since the age of 24. Moreover, he took a shy and unconfident child and gave me self-assurance.
The sports that I played at Skippers is a passion that has stayed with me, and the outdoor life that I adore and I can still have whilst I work my daily routine, as I am constantly out of the office!
The sporting aspects rest heavily on the shoulders of Tim and Mr Breakwell; the academic side of things with so many teachers, but a specific mention to Mr Burfield, whose dry wit I only think we really understood at a later date.
That wit, that energy, that confidence and that motivation still holds true. To paraphrase slightly: the harder I work, the luckier I get.
What was your favourite subject at School and is it connected with what you are doing now?
I never really was an academic child as I never really applied myself to a subject (yet I passed my eleven plus and continuation scholarships and went, with several of my School friends from Skippers Hill, to St Bede’s). I was more of an all-rounder, good at various subjects and today, that all-round knowledge is exceptionally useful.
What is your favourite memory from your time at Skippers?
There are a few… Sports Days and matches, the games on ‘top-quad’, the muddy exploration for science in the woods, matron’s cookies and the Durdle Door school trip was great fun too.
I think, though, the best memory is that of my friends – how we were, and how we are now, twenty one years later, still seeing each other as regularly as possible, even though we’re all busy and dispersed throughout the UK!