WA Achievement Award

The WA Achievement Award 2014 will be presented to Lt Col James Coates

at a dinner to be held in his honour on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7pm.

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We are proud to announce that the inaugural Award will be presented to Lt Colonel James Coates, OBE, who attended Whitgift School from 1981-88 and was chosen in 2011 by The Daily Telegraph as one of their top ten ‘Britons of the Year’.

James has enjoyed an action-packed and distinguished career in the Parachute Regiment, culminating in his command of the 3rd Para Battallion in Helmand Province.  He introduced a new tactic, subsequently named the “Precision Strike”, combining high level intelligence, CCTV camera surveillance and the use of precision missile attacks.

James has been widely praised for devising and implementing the strategy and it is acknowledged that he set the benchmark in Afghanistan as the exemplar in exploiting the emerging surveillance technology.

James is currently working in the Cabinet Office consulting directly with 10 Downing Street on all matters relating to military strategy and  the deployment of service personnel across the globe.

He is married with a young daughter.


Ticket prices are £75 for WA members (and partners) and£85 for non-Members.  Tables of 10 are available for £700 (when booked and paid for by a WA Member) or £800 (when booked and paid for by a non-member).

A welcome drink, 3-course dinner and wine is included in your ticket price. Further information will follow shortly.



WA Achievement Awards will be presented from time-to-time when, in the view of the Awards Committee, an outstanding candidate emerges.

Nominations for Future Awards

The fields for which nominations will be considered:

• Achievement in a chosen career

• Community engagement and leadership

• Enterprise and innovation

• Excellence in Sports or The Arts

• Commitment to Whitgift School

To make a nomination, in confidence, please send details by email to office@whitgiftianassociation.co.uk or by post to: The Chairman, Whitgiftian Association, Haling Park, South Croydon, CR2 6YT

Should an Award be made in 2014/15 the deadline for nominations is Friday 14th October 2014.


  • Name of alumnus/alumna
  • Year of leaving (if known)
  • A description, in no more than 200 words, of the contributions or achievements which make them deserving of this award.
  • Your name and contact details.
  • Details of your relationship with the nominee.
  • In addition to the nomination, appropriate supporting materials may be submitted e.g. newspaper or magazine clippings.

Alumni may nominate themselves providing that they send two letters of support from independent referees with their nomination. Support letters from members of the nominee’s family will not be accepted.