Sixth Form students at Burgess Hill School for Girls had a most amazing evening as they attended the school’s annual Networking Dinner on 6th February 2015.
The ‘Practising Business Rapport’ event was an outstanding success.
It commenced with a drinks reception in Oaks Hall followed by a sumptuous dinner prepared by our wonderful and truly superb catering team.
Guests were invited from an extensive range of professional backgrounds including Tim Loughton MP, Dr Berthouze from the Neuroscience School of Engineering & Informatics, Sarah Bailey HR Manager for Apple for Western Europe & India, Paula Lacey Global Franchise Director for EasyHotel Plc and local fashion stylist and Director of Dandylion Style Tailors, Igor Srzic Cartledge.
The girls were fully prepared for the evening with specially commissioned business cards with a quote of their choice on the back to hand out.
Sally Emerson, head girl said, “In an increasingly competitive world of work, our networking skills are becoming more and more important.
“The dinner was an exciting opportunity to develop our confidence in engaging in conversations with professionals and enabled us to gain an insight into a huge variety of career paths.
“I am now looking forward to following up the connections I have made to further explore my future career options and have been provided with an excellent opportunity in engineering.”
The after dinner speaker was Naomi Bowman, a Banking & Capital Markets Leader and Strategist was outstanding. She has worked on some of the most prominent banking administrations, integrations and mandatory regulatory changes in recent years. In July 2014, Naomi was nominated and awarded the ‘Women in the City – Future Leaders Award’ National Winner.
Mrs Kathryn Bell, headmistress, said “This event provides our Sixth Form students with an opportunity to network with individuals who are at the top of their field from a wide variety of industry and sector backgrounds.
“ The girls gain an insight into careers and professions that interest them. It helps to build their confidence in social situations and they receive invaluable advice and guidance that will make a real difference to their futures.”
Very generous donations were made on the night totalled over £800 towards The Princes Trust, a charity which helps disadvantaged young people launch their own businesses through The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.
Report and pictures contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.