From tech CEOs to NHS leaders, a new term begins

20 October 2018

The new school term is back in full swing and we’re delighted to say that last academic year we arranged 1226 school talks – our biggest year ever. So far this term, we’ve had a fabulous range of speakers from the CEO of Microsoft UK to the Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. Here are some highlights from the term so far:

Dr Sandeep Ranote – Whalley Range 11-18 High School and Business and Enterprise College, Manchester

Dr Sandeep Ranote, travelled to Manchester to speak to students about the wealth of careers in the world’s 5th largest employer, the NHS. Dr Ranote’s talk comes as part of Speakers for Schools partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, seeing senior leadership give a set of special school talks. Taking place on World Mental Health Day, Dr Ranote a consultant child psychiatrist also spoke about the importance of good mental health.




Cindy Rose – Ark St Albans Academy, Birmingham

Cindy Rose, the CEO of Microsoft UK gave her first S4S talk in Birmingham. Cindy spoke about women in tech, inspiring girls to join STEM and advancements in AI. Cindy said:

“Technology is everywhere so you’re going to need to understand it. Curing diseases, keeping your money safe, businesses. We need all kinds of people; not just for those interested in maths and science’’


Farrah Storr – Copthall School, London

In September, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan UK, Farrah Storr gave an insightful talk as part of our Skills 2030 campaign. Farrah spoke about her role at the one the best-selling magazines. Here’s what students had to say:

“I was really inspired by the talk… it makes me determined to be successful in my career”

“The talk was really interesting, I really valued the advice Farrah gave”




Mark Robinson – Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, Lancashire

CEO of Vantage, Mark Robinson visited Millfield Science & Performing Arts College in his hometown of Blackpool.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the talk commenting that as Mark is from Blackpool, he was  ”really relatable for our students.’’

Mark tweeted after the talk saying:

‘‘It was a pleasure to deliver a talk on behalf of @speakrs4schools to 50 engaged, respectful and interested pupils at @Millfieldhighsc in my home town this morning. #startyourimpossible’’ – @Vantage_MD



Stephen King – Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, London

Senior Economic Adviser at HSBC, Stephen King had some great advice for the students at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy including

  • Do your homework
  • Complete coursework
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it
  • Have a life outside of academia
  • 6th form is only two years so use the time wisely

Read the full story here



Nicola Williams – Dunraven School, London

Barrister and Ombudsman for the Armed Forces, Nicola Williams spoke to a packed room of students at Dunraven School. Nicola, three times listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in the UK, spoke about her impressive legal career. Students were described as spellbound by the talk:

”She was great!’

”She gave me great advice about following my dream of being a barrister’



Thank you to all our speakers and schools for speaking and hosting last term.

If you are a secondary school, academy or college that has high-need students without access to great speakers in media or beyond, then please get in touch today.

You can register to be a part of our network here.