A portrait of our former Headmaster William Winfield, who retired last year, has been presented by the Old Millhillians Club as a result of contributions from Chairman John Watkiss and 180 members of the Club. The portrait was painted by respected artist Angus Hampel, and has been very well received. Appropriately, it has taken its place in the Favell Building – our new classroom block which was built very much at William’s initiative and opened during Mill Hill’s Bicentennial Year.
William is depicted sitting at his desk in the Headmaster’s study and sporting his bicentennial tie, with a view through the window across Top Terrace and Top Field. An architectural model of the Favell sits on his desk along with a French dictionary and the head of a violin, reflecting his great interest in languages and music.
William served the school from 1970 – firstly as Head of Modern Languages for 12 years, then 10 years as Director of Studies, followed by five years as Deputy Head before being appointed as Headmaster in 1995.
The eighty guests attended the unveiling on March 1st were welcomed by Headmaster Dr Dominic Luckett and the OM President Ronny Cohn, who paid tribute to William for his continued support for the Old Millhillians Club and for fostering close links between the Club and the School. Ronny then invited William to unveil the portrait, which was very well received. The guests, who included former Headmaster, Alistair Graham, and his wife Penelope, then enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch in the School’s new refectory and had the opportunity to talk to William on his first return to the School since his retirement.