Sinnott Talks

Fr John Sinnott

The Sinnott Talks were founded as the London Sinnott Society by Michael Quinlan, George Bull, Derrick Palengat and John Donovan in 1974, following the Oxford Society founded in the 1950s and intended as an homage to the former College Headmaster Fr John Sinnott.

Talks happen twice a year and are given by Old Wimbledonians with something interesting to say.

These have included a Cabinet Minister, a Principal Private Secretary, a War correspondent, two writers and three CEOs.

Location has varied from the Jesuit Headquarters at Farm Street to The HQS Wellington and other locations in the city of London.

All Old Wimbledonians are welcome and wives/partners are occasionally invited. There is a Mass, a finger buffet and then the talk. When at the School there is a tour of the premises available.

If you are an Old Wimbledonian and would like to do a Sinnott Talk please contact John Simmonds at

See the full list of Sinnott Talks to date below: the following have also spoken but dates unknown:

  • Lord John Patten, Cabinet Minister (1997/2004?)

  • David Ryan, Copywriter (c 1995?)

  • John Walsh, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

  • Pat Rooney

Please email any suggestions for missing details or amendments to the list to

Next Sinnott Talk: Spring 2022

Date and Venue to be confirmed

The next Sinnott Talk will be in Spring 2022 and features Barrister Stephen Reynolds who was at the College from 1967 to 1974 and played for the OWRFC 1st XV in the 1970's and 80's.

He started as a Solicitor in 1981 and converted to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1987 and was also called to the Irish Bar (King's Inn Dublin) in 1995. He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2002.

He is also a Taekwondo Black Belt 2nd Dan and has been a national instructor in this discipline since 2007.

24 November 2021

Peter Fudakowski

A Celebration of the Movies

The speaker was Peter Fudakowski the film producer and Oscar winner, who celebrated cinematic films or "the Movies" and his passion for this art form.

The Speaker

Peter Fudakowski is a London-based film producer, writer and director.

He entered the College in 1966.

He studied Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge (where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Michaelmas Term 1976).

He graduated with a master's degree and later read for an MBA at the business school INSEAD, France.

In 1979 he joined the First National Bank of Chicago, where he worked in the film financing department. In 1982 Fudakowski left to set up his own production company with his wife, Henrietta Williams, as script editor and head of development. Their company, Premiere Productions Ltd, marked its 20th year in the film business with the production of Tsotsi, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2006.

Following this Fudakowski and Williams developed film projects, including The Secret Sharer and Corams Children. Fudakowski directed Secret Sharer, shot on location in Thailand and China, which was released in the UK in June 2014.

In November 2014 Fudakowski was awarded the Wings Award by the Polish Film Festival in America.


30 April 2019

William Rhind

Mahatma Gandhi - his relevance today

John Austin

The Changing Faces of Education as seen through Wimbledon College

11 October 2018

Shaninga Marasha

BIG KID Foundation - There is something Big behind every Kid

Our speaker is Shaninga Marasha. A pupil at Donhead, then Wimbledon College from 1996-2001 and Head Boy.

Shaninga founded the charity BIG KID Foundation which is devoted to equipping young people who are at risk of social exclusion to take control of their lives.

It is now of some scale; see

15 November 2017

Dennis Hill

Medical Evidence on the Turin Shroud

As a Medical Physicist specialising in medical imaging systems for over 40 years, Dennis covers the studies by Doctors and Scientists aiming to prove the authenticity of the Turin Shroud since 1932. The latest finding was as recent as this year.

He also makes reference to the relevant accounts and prophecies in scripture.

The Speaker

Dennis has spoken once before to the Sinnott meeting. In 2012 he covered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the principles in the production of all images. This time the principles relating to the image on the Shroud are covered.