Min­ing manager re­turns to talk to school’s pupils

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THE plant manager at the world’s sec­ond largest plat­inum min­ing com­pany re­turned to his home town to talk to stu­dents in Macclesfield about his pro­fes­sion.

Dur­ing his time with sixth form pupils from King’s School, Dr Ian Bratt, who grew up on Marl­bor­ough Close, Tyther­ing­ton, also spoke about ‘what I learned and what I did not learn at school.’

Ian’s par­ents still live at the house he grew up in, and dur­ing his time living in Macclesfield the min­ing pro­fes­sional at­tended King’s from 1965 to 1972

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the school he then went to Cam­bridge to study Nat­u­ral Sciences, and sub­se­quently stud­ied for a doc­tor­ate in Chem­istry.

He em­i­grated to South Africa in 1981 and as well as be­com­ing part of the se­nior man­age­ment team for min­ers Im­pala Plat­inum, he founded the South African Ori­en­teer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at ori­en­teer­ing in 1983 and later man­aged their na­tional team.

Ian said: “I started run­ning at the King’s School, com­ing last in a cross coun­try race, but I wasn’t go­ing to let that de­feat me and now I can say I have com­peted on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

“I have also run 67 stan­dard marathons and 38 ul­tra marathons.

“The most im­por­tant les­son I have learned is that you must work hard and per­se­vere.

“This was def­i­nitely drilled into me at school but as you go through your ca­reer you learn more and more skills and an im­por­tant les­son is to never let any­one tell you that you can’t do some­thing.

“I now man­age many hun­dreds of work­ers and one thing you have to learn is how to make de­ci­sions and not be afraid to back your judge­ment.”

Ian was talk­ing to stu­dents as part of a con­tin­u­ing pro­gramme of for­mer pupils retelling their own school lives and ad­vis­ing cur­rent stu­dents about their forth­com­ing all-im­por­tant choices.

Ruth Roberts, prin­ci­pal of King’s Sixth Form, said: “Dr Bratt has en­joyed great suc­cess in both his ca­reer and his per­sonal pur­suits and is a clearly a hugely tal­ented in­di­vid­ual from whom to­day’s young men and women can learn much.”

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Bratt with pupils from King’s Sixth Form

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Thoma­son (cen­tre) with mem­bers of

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