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ROBERT McALPIN – Biography

Robert McAlpin joined the Dover College School community in September 1968, part of the first intake of boys into the newly-moved Dover College Junior School from Riverdale in Dover to Westbrook House in Folkestone. He joined the Senior school (St Martins house) in September 1971.

During his time at the college, Robert was a chapel steward, a member of the Guild of St Martin and School prefect. Robert also obtained his first team colours in all 3 major sports (rugby, hockey & cricket), becoming captain of cricket in 1976. In 1976 Robert played representative cricket for Middlesex CCC. In 1975/76 Robert was selected to have trials for the Kent under 19 Rugby team.

Robert studied Furniture Production & Management at High Wycombe College of Furniture (now Buckinghamshire New University), where he obtained a 2.2 Hons in Furniture Production & Management. Robert then joined John Perrings Retail Furnishing business as a management graduate trainee, progressing to become one of the youngest branch managers in the company. On leaving John Perrings, Robert held a number of sales management positions with direct sales companies, before joining Ceraciv in 1994 as a sales engineer. In 1995 Ceraciv was acquired by Saint Gobain Abrasives (part of the Saint Gobain Group). Robert remained with Saint Gobain Abrasives, holding both Area Sales and Key account management positions, before progressing to the position of National Account Manager for the Distribution side of the business. He held this post for 13 years before taking up his current management position of National Account Manager for the Tool Hire Construction Sector, in the UK & Ireland.

Robert has been married to Pat for 35 years and they have a son Lee (33) and a daughter Jane (29). Robert was Captain of the OD Club cricket team for 21 years, and is currently the secretary of the OD Lodge, a post within the lodge that Robert has previously held in the past. Robert is currently training to be a case worker for SSAFA, the forces charity. This charity is very close to Robert’s heart due to his grandfather and father, and more recently his son-in-law, all whom have served in the armed forces.