2016 Leadership Conference

The highlight of the year for Year 11 students, after months of hard work, planning and preparation culminated in a marvellous Leadership Conference on Friday 21st October 2016.

The sensational Jess Gillam, first ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind competition of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award, stunned the audience with her performance of a Pedro Iturralde composition, followed by running two workshops.

We were delighted once again that  former student, Mitra Janes, was able to attend and speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion in business.  Tania Noakes, another former student, now an international Mountain Guide talked about her career from a Sandhurst Army Officer, to becoming a mountain guide, stressing the importance of good leadership and decision-making skills, not only in the face of  dangerous missions, but in everyday life.

Heather Melville, has had an illustrious 37-year career in international banking, currently at RBS; she also founded the RBS Focused Women’s Network and is the Global Chair, there are now 13k members worldwide.  She gave sound advice to the girls, stressing that ‘you can be anything you want to be’, and the importance of portraying a good image on social media for the future.

Our thanks goes to Birkett Long LLP who once again sponsored the event, and to Stephen Avila, Associate Solicitor, who led workshops on ‘Starting Your Own Business – The Big Pitch’, and to Danielle Robertson and Amanda Sheldon, our photographers throughout the day.