Where are they now – Craig McLean (SPC 1984-89)

June 19, 2023

The College recently reconnected with Old Collegian Craig McLean (SPC 1984-89) who has made his life abroad since finishing at SPC in the late 1980s and has been busy building a group of chiropractic clinics in the UK. Craig also continues his love of bike riding as a regular on the 50+ masters racing scene, with a sponsored amateur bike team as well. Craig attended the recent Overseas Reunion in London and we thank Craig as he shares some of his memories of his time at SPC with us in the GWB.

Craig McLean with his family.


Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

In 1999, I arrived in London, in the UK and I have been here ever since.

Craig, pictured in Year 12, as published in the 1989 College Annual.

Do you have family ties with SPC?

My uncles Mick, Des and John Martin were at College in the 1960s. There are no current members are at the school.

Craig, pictured in the senior BPSA basketball runners-up team photograph, as published in the 1989 College Annual.


What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

Being involved in the SPC rowing program under Kev and Chris O’Brien.

Craig, pictured in the SPC First rowing crew in 1989.


Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?

Mr (John) Cosgriff – my maths teacher who helped turn my performance around in Year 12.


How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?

My kids currently go to one of the top UK boarding schools, Brighton College, and I see similarities in facilities (they are also building a massive Performing Arts hall). Academic education over here is much more intense and lasts for a year longer (there is a Year 13), but both schools offer a well-rounded and balanced education.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be? 

Get involved in as many things as you can at school, never will there be a chance to do so much with such ease of access.



You can read more about Craig’s chiropractic business at this link (https://www.chiro.london/chiropractors/craig-mclean) and more about his bike team, the Sigma Sports-Cannondale Race Team at this link (https://www.sigmasports.com/hub/news/sigma-sports-cannondale-race-team-2023-riders-sponsors)

Craig is also very active in bike racing in the UK, as a regular on the 50+ masters racing scene and sponsoring an amateur bike team too.