Name: Dominic Busby
House at Cundall: Tudors – House captain
Year left: 1982
Senior school/college: Fettes College Edinburgh
Current Occupation: BBC radio presenter
Tell us a little about yourself, your job and where you are living?
I was born and live in Harrogate but have lived all over the UK with my work. I am a BBC radio presenter and have been for the last 33 years. I present on a number of stations including Radio 2, 3 ,4 and 5 Live as well as local radio.
What did you do when you left Cundall?
I ran a wine bar in the City of London.
How did you get to where you are now ?
In the days before e-mail I wrote a number of letters to various media outlets asking for advice. I had a small number of replies the most promising of which was from a lady called Pat Ewing who was just stating a new radio station called Radio 5 (Now Radio 5 Live).
She invited me for lunch at BBC Television Centre which just blew me away! She explained that I needed to go into local radio and get some experience. I went from there to a voluntary phone answering job at BBC Radio York. 20 radio stations later here I am!
What are your fondest memories of Cundall?
I adored the place! I was a boarder along with my two older brothers. Academia was not a strength to say the least but I was in every school first team so managed to make my mark at sport.
Stephen Fry was my French teacher which was fun and we are still in touch. Cundall played a huge part in my life and I have nothing but the warmest of memories of the place.
When the school teams won a game we would be driven in the mini bus passed the school with the horn blaring and everyone cheering … if we drew we would drive past the front of the school in silence and if we lost we came through the back gate!
What do you do in your spare time?
I play golf and cricket and also do my best to stay in shape! I also watch a lot of sport.
What advice would you give current pupils?
Dream big ! These days more than ever you can make things happen very quickly, especially if you have dreams of being in the media or public eye. In my opinion the same applies in all walks of life, be bold, seek out the people you want to speak to, no matter how high up and keep chasing them.