School News

Careers INsight Week 2022

28th March 2022

Following on from National Careers Week, 7th to 11th March, students have been enjoying a host of webinar talks from a remarkable line up of former students. Throughout the week our webinars featured inspiring women and men, all alumni of Wakefield Girls’ and brother school QEGS, in a wide variety of fields, including the healthcare sector, creative industries, business, finance, software and engineering.  Alumni  joined us from all over the world, including Quito, Denmark and San Francisco.

As well as talking about what their careers involve and training for it, alumni shared specific advice to help students to begin their own preparations in readiness and provided useful resource links.

A key theme of the week was the importance of a broad and forward-thinking view of success and we hope students enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a wide range of inspiring careers from our former students. We were delighted to have had such positive response from our alumni community to Careers INsight 2022.  Our thanks go to all alumni who happily and willingly volunteered their time, and shared their experiences with students in this way. It is a valuable and wonderful opportunity for students to hear first-hand about the many experiences of former Wakefield Girls’ and Old Savs, as they themselves begin to plan their next steps after Wakefield Girls’.

Our thanks go to:

  • Charlotte Smith – Excellence Physiotherapy
  • Kanika Kapur – Medical Doctor, Sanofi
  • Hatty Jones – Dentist, Community Dental Services
  • Holly Bemrose – Clinical Psychologist, Doctorate at Royal Holloway University. 
  • Andrew Williams – Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon based at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS
  • Matt Smith – Clinical Director, Veterinary Surgeon, The Yorkshire Vet.
  • Oliver Hyde – Trader, J P Morgan
  • Natalie Wright – Partner, Head of Family Business, Mazars
  • Rich Bretton – Pricing Director & Actuary, First Central
  • Chris Grove – Senior Partner, Forster Chase Group
  • Jonathan Lewis – Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Olympia Capital Partners
  • Neena Dugar – Software Engineer, Lightstep
  • Sam Allen – Investment Executive, NorthEdge
  • Louise Swift – Head of Global Marketing, Arla 
  • Evie Boothman –  Lawyer, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mayer Brown’
  • Nick Watkins – Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, The Mighty Pea
  • John Williams – Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Lizz Wainwright – Senior Marketing Manager, Amazon Prime
  • Heidi Allen – Director of Advocacy for the RSPCA, Company Director and former MP for South Cambridgeshire
  • Joel Mitchell – BBC Radio Presenter & Producer
  • Katie Alpin – Head of Strategic Insight, Which?
  • Stephen Howell – Executive Creative Director & Partner, Dark Horses
  • Zoe Grunewald – Journalist, The News Statesman
  • Sam Wynn – BBC Producer
  • Gemma Sykes – Diplomat, The British Embassy

Careers INsight Week was recorded and is available to view on our school portal, FireFly.



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