Sir Frederick William Pontin (24 October 1906 - 30 September 2000) was born in Highams Park, and attended Monoux from 1918 to 1922.
He had a successful career in the city's Stock Exchange, but during World War II, he was involved in helping to establish hostels for construction workers. Based on this experience, he decided to move into the holiday camp business after the war. He formed a company to buy an old disused camp at Brean Sands near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset in 1946. This was the beginning of the company he started, as founder and managing director of Pontin's Holiday Clubs.
Fred was knighted in 1976 and died in Blackpool aged 93.
Fred once wrote "to be successful, people must like you and you must like people", and he found this thought very helpful in his personal achievements.