Waud, Alan Gilbert

Waud, Alan Gilbert

Gil died in September 2000 at the age of 67.

He was a keen sportsman at Hurst excelling in Cricket, Hockey and Tennis. He returned to play cricket for the old boys and played both cricket and hockey at Westcliff Hockey club as well as tennis at Junior Wimbledon.

On leaving Hurst he completed his National Service in the Royal Artillery, before joining his family business, then known as The New Century Cleaning Company which latterly became the OCS Group. He quickly progressed from a trainee in the traditional manner starting from the bottom of the ladder through junior management and onto running a number of the Group’s companies. He is best remembered for the aircraft cleaning and support services business he pioneered in 1966 and developed for over 25 years and also his period as Managing Director of New Century in London during the 1980’s. During the intervening years he headed up the sales and marketing activities for the entire Group which currently turns over in excess of £ 550 million per year internationally.

His sons, Stephen and Jeremy both followed him into Hurstpierpoint and then into the OCS Group. He introduced both sons into the OJ way of life, taking Jeremy along to his first old boy’s golf day at the age of 16 when he left Hurst. Along with his wife Joanne and daughter, Evelyn; the family enjoyed life at the family home in Forest Row and also at Gil’s real love – his two villas in Portugal, which he had proudly developed and where with Joanne he dabbled in the language, local culture and even the local wine to really make the place his spiritual home.

{Contributed by Jeremy in 2005}

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