Featured Alumni

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Our current featured alumni are

Jamie Goodson (2005 - 2012)

Adam Dawson

Alastair J Sloan

David Caton Flenley

Graham Mills (1957-64)


Jamie Goodson

Studied at Baines School (2005 - 2012)

I left Baines Sixth Form in 2012 and went on to study Product Design at London South Bank University. The course was a four-year sandwich degree meaning that I spent my third year in industry gaining some real-life experience.  I spent six months working for a sister company of NUS, Epona Clothing and the other six months working for a design agency based near Canary Wharf.

In my final year of University, I received the 'Best Dissertation of the Year Award'  - "How has innovative design contributed towards advancements in space travel." where I interviewed two people from NASA. After University I moved back to Blackpool and secured a job for a Media Agency called Go Motion where I further improved my design skillset for two years before saving up some money to go traveling.

I set off traveling in September 2018 with a friend from University where we planned a 6-month trip around 15 different countries. America, South Korea, China and Japan - just to name a few! I came back home with a much broader perspective on life not only with regard to my passion - design but also in a much broader context.

After being home a couple of months I secured a job working as a designer for Blackpool and The Fylde College within their Marketing team where I still work now. Throughout my career journey I had always been freelancing on the side, whilst being away from home and even back at University. Over the years I had gained more and more clients and decided it would be silly of me to not turn this into something a bit more substantial.

In January 2020 I finally decided to start up a company where I would manage my freelance work from, and subsequently  'Influx Studios' was born. It's still in it's early stages at the moment but with my client-base growing stronger and stronger as the months go by I have high hopes for what 'Influx Studios' is soon going to become. We operate mainly around the Poulton area as it stands but will be looking to spread our wings over the next year or so. Offering tailored services for all your design needs from Branding and Videography right through to Website and UX (User Experience) Design.


Jamie's company is Influx Studios in Poulton-le-Fylde.  I wish him well with his venture and hopefully it will grow and grow.  


If you wish to find out more about the company and its services then contact: jamie@influxstudios.co.uk

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Adam Dawson

Adam was Head boy in year 11 and in the Sixth Form. After leaving Baines Adam studied Computer Science and Business Management at Loughborough University.  He graduated with a first class honours degree.  Upon graduation Adam had a series of jobs starting at GlaxoSmithKline then BAE Systems, Workdpay and AXA insurance until heading into the start up scene in Manchester.  Immediately relocating to London where he worked for News UK as a senior business analyst.

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Alastair J Sloan (83-90)

I studied at Baines School from 1983 to 1990; being one of the first students to take the GCSE examinations.  After leaving the Sixth Form in 1990,  I read Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wales graduating in 1993 and then went on to do a PhD in Oral Pathology at the University of Birmingham graduating in 1997.

Following a short period as a postdoctoral scientist I became a Lecturer in Oral Biology at the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham in 2000. I completed my postgraduate certificate in Learning and Education in 2003. My research focused on stem cells and mineralised tissue repair and in 2005 I moved to Cardiff University to take up the post of Lecturer in Tissue Engineering & Bone Biology at the School of Dentistry in 2005. I became Professor of Tissue Engineering in 2012.

During my time in Cardiff I was Director of the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (2015-2017) and in the School of Dentistry was Director of Research and International before, in 2017 being appointed Dean and Head of School - Cardiff’s first non-clinical head of the School of Dentistry.

Having lead Cardiff School of Dentistry to the QS Global Top 50 for the first time I was approached by the University of Melbourne and was appointed Head of Melbourne School in January 2020 where I hold the substantive post of Professor of Tissue Engineering & Dental Biology.

As a researcher I have published over 80 research papers in the field of tissue repair/regeneration, written 7 books/book chapters and in 2011 was awarded the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award (Young Investigator). I sit on research funding bodies in the UK, EU and US and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

My interest in bioscience began at Baines with Mr Greg Hurst and Mrs Sue Royle. I have also managed to have a parallel career as a musician working professionally as a saxophone player and that’s probably because I spent many lunchtimes at Baines in the music room playing music - all thanks to Bob Richmond. 

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David Caton Flenley

b.19 March 1933 d.27 March 1989

BSc(1954) MB ChB Edin(1957) MRCPE(1962) PhD(1967) MRCP(1965) FRCPE(1970) FRCP(1972)

David Flenley was professor of respiratory medicine in the University of Edinburgh. He was born and bred in Lancashire, attending Baines Grammar School. His father was a general practitioner, but he lived in Edinburgh from his student days until his untimely death at the age of 56.

After a brilliant undergraduate career, where he gained a first class honours degree in Physiology and resident posts at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, he was called on to do his National Service in the RAMC. He found the restrictions of Army life irksome and was glad to get out and back to academic medicine. From that time on, with the exception of an MRC travelling fellowship in San Francisco, USA, and Montreal, Canada, he spent all his time in the department of medicine, University of Edinburgh, where he was encouraged by Kenneth Donald to continue research into chronic bronchitis, which he made his special interest.

In 1969 he was appointed senior lecturer and honorary consultant physician and rapidly expanded the respiratory disease research of the department, particularly with regard to the pathophysiology of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and treatment with long term oxygen. He became one of the foremost British researchers in this field and acquired a considerable national and international reputation. In 1978, on the retirement of Sir John Crofton, he succeeded to the chair of respiratory medicine in the University. This involved moving his base from his beloved Royal Infirmary to the City Hospital but, with characteristic vigour and honesty, he decided that if he had to move there would be no regrets and he set out to make his department the best in Britain. With his reputation, energy and persuasive powers, he attracted considerable support with enabled him to set up the Rayne Laboratories to continue his research. He also developed an interest in sleep apnoea and many other related topics in respiratory disease.

Flenley was a prolific author of papers and books and in great demand as a teacher both in Edinburgh and all over the world. His lectures and rounds were very popular with both students and postgraduates, although at times the discussion could be very heated. In 1982 he was elected president of the European Society of Pneumology. For many years he was on the editorial board of Clinical Science and later chairman of the board. He was a classic ‘Type A’ personality, a hard-driving workaholic who demanded the highest standards from himself, his colleagues, junior staff and students.

He was not prepared to accept conventional dogma and would fearlessly - sometimes one would say recklessly - challenge the views of others. This practice extended outside the field of medicine and he would readily debate any topic on which he had a view so that one had to be fairly tough and thick-skinned to get involved in a discussion with him. However, if proved wrong, which was not often, he would honestly admit his error. Life with Flenley as a colleague was never dull.

He married Hilary Wingate in 1959 and they had two children, William and Claire. Social functions at their home were a delight, with vigorous but good humoured banter flying back and forth and usually ending with a nip or two of his favourite malt whisky. His death came swiftly from a subarachnoid haemorrhage and perhaps it was merciful that he did not survive with physical and intellectual disability which would have been unbearable for such a brilliant and mercurial man. Although a Lancastrian by birth, a fact of which he remained proud, he made Edinburgh - and Scotland - his home and fiercely upheld and enhanced the reputation of Edinburgh medicine

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Graham Mills (1957-64)

I am a true Bainesian being a former pupil of Baines Endowed Junior School in Thornton-Cleveleys. After Baines, and Leicester University where I failed Physics I was employed for 8 years (1965 to 1973) with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culcheth Laboratories, outside Warrington.  We researched reactor materials metallurgy and during this time I spent 3 ½ years (1968 to 1972) on assignment to the Radio and Space Research Station in the Falkland Islands for scientific satellite ground station operations, where I was also married.

I have been employed in the offshore oil and gas construction industry since 1973, initially 8 years with Unit Inspection Company, a subsidiary of British Steel doing NDT, working at Nigg Bay in NE Scotland helping build the BP Forties Field offshore platform, Highlands 1. I was moved to Glasgow and then to the company’s HQ in Swansea as Contracts manager.

After a divorce, I joined Oceaneering and returned to Scotland, this time Aberdeen, in 1981, for diving and underwater remote technology for offshore oil and gas developments in the North Sea and Middle East. I have worked predominantly overseas since the late 1980’s for Oceaneering (Norway, Qatar and Egypt) then for Occidental Petroleum in Qatar and for Global Industries (an American offshore construction company) in Thailand doing project and contract management.  My last project Offshore Indonesia with Global went to arbitration, which was heard in Singapore.

I planned to retire in 2004, once the case came to a successful conclusion, but our Valuation Expert on the case, Trett Consulting, asked me to join them for part time work on arbitration cases. That was interesting until in 2008 they asked me to help a Japanese company, MODEC, in Singapore. MODEC had a $750-million project with BP converting a tanker to a floating production and storage offshore (FPSO) unit destined for Angola. The contract included 30% of its value in Provisional Sums and I ended up responsible for claiming these formally via the Variation procedure in the Contract. The project grew in value with an out-turn of $1.4-billion.

At the end of that, I planned to retire again, but MODEC liked my work so much that they hired me directly and I became the Project Contracts Manager for an FSPO for Tullow Oil and Gas destined for offshore Ghana. That $1-billion project took 5 years to complete and I eventually retired, much against MODEC’s wishes, in 2018 aged 72 years. .

I am currently retired, living principally in Bangkok with a flat in Singapore and one in Aberdeen. I also visit Swansea and the Gower regularly to visit my 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. With the current Covid19 suspension of international travel, I have been “stuck” happily in Bangkok in self isolation for most of this year with my Thai partner and enjoying Thai culture and food … it’s a great and very varied life! I have been very lucky.

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