Fantastic week: Matt Brittin, Sir Mike Rake, Joanna Trollope, Ruby McGregor-Smith & more

15 July 2014

Joanna Trollope speaking to students at Nower Hill High SchoolSpeakers for Schools is still incredibly busy despite the lead up to summer — with some fantastic speakers being sure to give their time in a school before term comes to a close, and hitting 1,200 talks.

Some highlights from this week include:

Matt Brittin, Head of Google Europe, at Drayton Manor High School

Matt Brittin speaking to students at Drayton Manor High SchoolAt the same time, across London in Ealing, the President of Google in Europe, Matt Brittin, was introducing the students of Drayton Manor High School to a side of the internet they never dreamed they’d see. Taking them into the analytics behind the search engine, he showed them how Google can see the trends in searches over time like for ‘football’ and ‘chocolate,’ which was incredibly exciting.

Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT and President of the CBI, at Eastlea Community School

Sir Mike Rake speaking to students at Eastlea Community SchoolSir Mike Rake, chairman of the BT Group, spoke at Eastlea Community School in Newham on Tuesday, giving students insights into where the UK is going economically, and giving his advice on where they should focus if they want to later go on to work in business.

Joanna Trollope, author, speaking at Nower Hill High School

Joanna Trollope speaking to students at Nower Hill High SchoolAuthor Joanna Trollope visited Nower Hill High School to speak year 11’s about her passion for literature and why she picked it up as her unexpected career. Students had the chance to garner her personal advice for writing, including asking about where she finds her inspiration for stories, how to create a really great plot and how to pull from experiences in one’s own life. Students were quick to talk about how useful they found the session: “It was a great experience to get to see an author actively speaking about how her passion for writing became a full-time job. She was really lovely and sweet. I love her!”

Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco Systems UK and Ireland, at The Coleshill School

Phil Smith speaking to students at The Coleshill SchoolWednesday saw the CEO of Cisco Systems, Phil Smith, speaking with students in Warwickshire, at The Coleshill School. The session focused on connectivity in the future, and the importance of digital and STEM skills as the world fully integrates online technology.

Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie, at the Lampton Academy

Ruby McGregor-Smith speaking to students at the Lampton AcademyLater in the week saw Ruby McGregor-Smith, the CEO of MITIE Group PLC speaking in Hounslow at Lampton Academy. As a special professional day for the girls at Lampton with a pre-dominantly Asian community, having the first Asian woman to become a CEO of a FTSE 100 company was especially impactful, and meant the questions were dually focused on the challenges she’s faced as she’s advanced in her career.

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at Campsmount College

Ed Miliband speaking to students at Campsmount CollegeAlso rounding off the week was a great close to term at Campsmount College in Doncaster with Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband speaking about the impact of politics and answering their questions around issues critical to the future of the UK. See more about Ed’s talk.

Thank you to all of our speakers for their generous time and support this week, and to all of the schools for a series of fantastic events this week.