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Alumni - Where Are They Now?
These pages are in the process of being formulated. If you are an Alumnus and would like your details to be added in exactly this format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach a photograph and the years you attended the School. Thank you.
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Charlotte Barratt MA MRes (1989-97)
What career, if any, are you now involved in? I am a Student Recruitment Officer in Widening Participation at the University of Leicester. In the past I have worked in call centres, as a bank manager and as the Richard III Outreach Officer at the University.
What adventures stand out in your life? I have been part of the 'One and Other' project and stood on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, had a book published, and completed three degrees so far.
How did LHS help you on your way? It taught me determination; if it looks like I might need to work hard for something I do and keep trying until I achieve it!
Dr Laura Bonnett, (1990-2004)
What career, if any, are you now involved in? I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Liverpool. More specifically I am a medical statistician analysing data from studies into epilepsy, asthma, and tuberculosis.
What adventures stand out in your life? For me, my biggest adventure to date is attending University! Going from a small, all girls school, to the University of Warwick was exciting, but terrifying in equal measure. So pleased I went though!
How did LHS help you on your way? LHS provided me with the educational qualifications I needed to attend University which has prepared me for life. More importantly, LHS helped me to develop my confidence sufficiently to not only get to University, but to get a job in a city where I knew no-one. In fact, I love Liverpool so much that I have stayed here ever since!
Professor Jennifer Harding (1967-72)
What career, if any, are you now involved in? I am currently Professor of Intelligent Manufacturing Knowledge Systems in the Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. My time is split between teaching and research. I mainly teach manufacturing management based subjects including Manufacturing Planning and Control, Operations Management and Project Management. My research focuses on ways of providing the most appropriate knowledge at the right time in many different manufacturing contexts, which include product design and manufacture and manufacturing system and process design. I work with many different manufacturing companies. I am also the Athena Swan champion for my department, which means that I have responsibilities for advancing gender equality, representation and progression.
What adventures stand out in your life? This is a very difficult question to answer. As a researcher on international projects I have been fortunate and have travelled throughout Europe, and to India and the USA. However, it is really the people I have met and worked with who stand out most in my life. If I had to choose one “adventure” , it must be the whistle-stop tour of India that was very kindly organised for me by a group of my researchers, following a conference in Kharagpur, visiting Agra and the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Varanasi and Delhi. I could never have seen and understood so much in such a short time without their organisational skills, support and kindness. At a personal level, achieving my PhD, gaining my first academic post and eventually being awarded a chair (ie becoming a professor) were all milestones in my career, but I also experience great feelings of satisfaction whenever I see people who worked with me as students, succeeding and achieving senior posts in industry or academia.
How did LHS help you on your way? Again, it comes down to people, and above all to three of my teachers who had confidence in me and supported my dreams to continue my studies after I left school.
Louise Jacklin (1973-88) Head Girl '88
What career, if any, are you now involved in? I am now a law lecturer, but after leaving school I had a gap year and then went to Cambridge University where I studied Modern Languages and Law at undergraduate level at Gonville & Caius College. I stayed at Cambridge for an extra year and I did a Master of Law degree. I then went to Bar School in London and trained to become a barrister. I worked as a barrister in London for several years before settling back in the area, near Market Harborough, to have my children (all boys!). Once my older children (twins!) started at school I became a law lecturer at De Montfort University, where I still teach.
What adventures stand out in your life? Becoming a barrister was a huge achievement and it was a wonderful but also scary career. Rather like an actor there is a lot of preparation to be done and then an element of performance in court. The big difference is that nothing is scripted! As counsel you are the one responsible to the court and however tricky a question thrown at you by the judge, you have to deal with it! You come across people from all walks of life at their most vulnerable time and as well as being their advocate you must show compassion and understanding. Before cases most barristers (whether they admit it or not!) feel slightly sick and sometimes even are sick! The rush of adrenalin is all part of it and ensures that you are always at the top of your game and that you care about your client. You must never stop caring.
How did LHS help you on your way? At LHS I was taught to have the confidence to speak in public and to have faith in my own point of view. The first speech I delivered to a large number of people was as Head Girl and I shall always remember it. Learning at a young age to gauge your audience and pace your address has proved invaluable both as a barrister and a lecturer and the elocution lessons,which were then an integral part of Portland House life, were of huge assistance in this. The solid grasp of the English language that I developed initially from Mrs Palfreyman and later from Mrs Baker has been essential in my working life. I remember one long afternoon in the High Court in London arguing over where a comma should be! Without a firm understanding of grammar my drafting skills would have suffered greatly. Finally we were taught to be equal to men but still to be ladies! It is this polish that can set you apart in life and allow you to achieve what you deserve.
Kitty Bourlet (1998-2005)
What career, if any, are you now involved in? I am a Management Consultant, specialising in people and organisational change. I am a manager for Ernst and Young.
What adventures stand out in your life? I have recently been travelling for six months, all around South America and south east Asia - which was fabulous! I made the time in my career and I went for it!
How did LHS help you on your way? LHS gave me confidence in myself and my own potential. It was such a nurturing and encouraging environment , and that stays with you throughout your life. I particularly think that debating - learning to publicly speak and form arguments set me up for a successful working environment. I will always thank LHS for setting me up so well.