Guy Vellacott (26), Technology Specialist

After spending the first 10 years of his life in North Oxfordshire, Guy arrived in France in the back of a campervan, sandwiched between his two younger brothers and a very patient black Labrador.
Despite not knowing more than a handful of French words, the headmaster of the local Primaire took him under his wing and it was not long before Guy was speaking so fluently that a number of teachers did not know he was English.
In 2006, the family moved to Revel, a fabulous market town midway between Toulouse and the Mediterranean, and quickly developed friendships through the local school and the town football and rugby clubs.
After achieving a “Mention Tres Bien” in the French Baccalaureate, Guy moved back to England in 2012 to read Economics at Nottingham University, where he secured a 2.1.
He then enjoyed a year working in a ski resort and traveling to South America, before joining PwC’s graduate programme in London.  The city smoke could not compete with the outdoor life he had always enjoyed in France, and he decided to move back 18 months later.
After a year with a French management consultancy company, he joined Airbus in 2019 where he continues to work in IT strategy, with a particular interest in communicating technical issues to non-technical people.

Iain Vellacott (60), PR Adviser and Artist

After leaving Winchester College, Iain joined Cluttons and then the Grosvenor Estate, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1986.  In 1987 he was appointed one of the UK’s youngest directors of a public company before deciding to set up on his own the following year.
Despite an impressive start to his property development business, Iain lost everything in the 1989 property crash and decided to rebuild his life around the love of his life, Pamela Rose (who he has now been married to for 27 years), and his belief that there was a need for more communications and public consultation within the planning process.
Iain set up Property Solutions in 1991 to specialise in the political and communication side of major development proposals.  Over the past 28 years he has advised many of the country’s leading property companies.
In 2005, Iain and Pamela Rose decided to move their family to France so that their 3 boys could benefit from learning different languages and cultures.  As part of the adventure, Iain rediscovered his school-age love of art, learning to paint in oils under the guidance of one of the UK’s leading portrait painters, Aldo Balding. Iain has held exhibitions of his work in Revel, Toulouse and London as well as being a regular feature at Winchester College (see www.inoils.com).

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