Alec Rickard (Gibbs' 2005–2010)

Senior Brand Manager for Revlon UK
Alec Rickard

Which A Levels did you study?

History, Politics, English Literature and French.

If you went to university, where did you go and what did you study? If you didn’t go to university, what did you do instead?

I went on to study my favourite subjects at the University of Warwick, achieving a BA Honours degree in History and Politics with an intercalated year abroad in France.

What are you doing now and what plans do you have for the future?

After university I went into brand marketing and secured a place on the L’Oreal UK Marketing Management Scheme. I stayed at L’Oreal for three years working on L’Oreal Paris Skincare and Kerastase Professional Haircare. I then moved to Revlon UK and recently got promoted to Senior Brand Manager of their Toiletries team. Next year I want to secure a move to New York to work on the global team and ultimately become a marketing director. 

What influence has Lancing College had on your life?

Lancing has had a lasting impact on me in a number of ways. The greatest impact was giving me a number of passions and a desire to never just have one focus. It taught me the power of saying 'yes' to new experiences and always giving things a go. In a way it encouraged a 'can-do attitude'. That means now, alongside my career, I have a number of passions and hobbies that I pursue such as playing football, marathon running and charity volunteering.

Which hobbies or interests did you pick up during your time at Lancing?

Lancing was an amazing place to study because you could do so much alongside your academic work. For me this was probably the single best thing about Lancing. I played football, hockey, rugby, cricket and squash in my time at Lancing eventually playing 2nd XI football in Sixth Form whilst also playing rugby twice a week outside the school. On top of this I was a member of the school choir and took singing lessons, passing grade 8 in my final year. Finally, I took part in a number of school drama productions having a lead role in West Side Story in my penultimate year.

Are you still in touch with people you met at Lancing?

I am still friends with a number of my year group from Lancing and I am currently social captain of the Lancing Old Boys Football Club which keeps me connected to a number of OLs.

What advice would you give to a new pupil who is about to start at Lancing?

My advice would be to say yes to everything and give everything a go. You never know what may capture your imagination or spark a passion that lasts a lifetime.