1980s Class Notes

Alumni 1980s Class Notes

Shahed Latif lives in San Francisco, in the US. He is a partner at KPMG with a career spanning 27 years. He has travelled throughout the world and now works out of the Silicon Valley Office in the US. He wrote one of the first books on Cloud Computing in 2009 and works with many of the leading high tech companies. He now leads the High Tech Practice specializing in Cybersecurity. He is a boy-scout leader and sits on the advisory boards of a number of start-up companies. He is also the Chair of the Audit Committee of the first American Muslim College in Berkeley.

Sue Gee met her husband, Lewis Gee, in week one of her course at Aston. They were allocated to the same tutorial group and started dating in week two. They will have been together 30 years in October. They have two children; their eldest has just finished her first year at Pembroke College, Oxford, studying History. Their son has just completed his ‘A’ Levels. He is planning to study Management/Marketing/Business and intends visiting Aston shortly to investigate one of the courses.

Stephen Lai - alumni
Stephen Lai is the founding President of Aston University Alumni Hong Kong. He is the Managing Director of Rider Levett Bucknall overseeing China, Hong Kong, Korea and Oman offices. A highly regarded quantity surveying and project management expert, he has 30 years of extensive knowledge and experience of various projects in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and the Middle East. He is the immediate past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, a Board Member of the Construction Industry Council, a Member of the Infrastructure Development Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Xuhui District, Shanghai. Mr Lai is a sought-after conference speaker for quantity surveying and construction across the region.

Nick Horslen and Julie Horslen née Hall were some of the first students to reside in Aston Brook Green and first met there as neighbours. They got married in 1984 and now have three sons. After leaving Aston, Julie has worked both in retail and hospital pharmacy. Nick went into the hi-tech, IT industry, firstly at Perkin Elmer then at Microsoft. They now own and run a community pharmacy together. One of their patients is the mother of an Aston Pharmacy professor so they still feel connected to the University. Nick also invested in a small tech start-up, as well as sat as a non-exec on a venture-captial-backed company. He now spends all of his spare time advocating for global health, global nutrition and global education. He and his wife have lobbied for change in health and related issues locally, nationally and internationally.

Derek Nudd had a successful career in the engineering industry after graduating from Aston, but has not regretted leaving it after he was made redundant four years ago. Instead, he re-invented himself as a writer and an historian. He has recently published a book, Armageddon Fed Up With This - A Gunner's Tale, telling the story of a conscript in World War II, which is available to buy on Amazon.