A welcome message from the organisers
Head of the Professionals’ Network, The Wings of Hope
Whilst at school I had a real passion for both science and helping people, and so thought medicine would be a great career for me. However with a last minute change to my UCAS, I went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. I realised that I enjoyed solving problems be it in the commercial or social sphere. Almost seven years on and I am now CEO of Supreme Creations which manufactures eco-friendly packaging and products for brands and retailers. We supply all over the world and some key clients include London Fashion Week, Tesco, Topshop, and Nike. Ten years ago, during my gap year, I set up WOHAA with my friends, and am so happy that over 25,000 students from over 400 schools have taken part so far.
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Born and bred in London, my passion is inspiring, exciting and engaging young people in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Maths related careers by showing them we are not all Geeks in white coats.
I work as a Director for Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies connected the previously unconnected on the Internet and lead one of our sales divisions covering the Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS.
My passion has afforded me the pleasure of founding the award winning social enterprise “Your Future, Your Ambition” (www.yourfutureyourambition.com) which aims to provide experiences and opportunities to schoolchildren and students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing careers in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Studied engineering at university completing a degree in Microelectronics and a Masters in Software Engineering. I attended Stanford and Wharton Business schools for my executive education.
This summer I will be running a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in Brazil representing Cisco.
TV Presenter & TV Production
Babita is a presenter for BBC World News and co-host of Newsday, a daily news programme presented live from Singapore & London.
Babita got her first break in television in the UK, working as a student for Thames Valley Television and for BBC Radio Wales. She then moved to Dubai to work in TV and radio presentation for the network broadcaster Channel 4. Following a stint presenting for ITV early morning news, Babita returned to BBC News as a producer and Business Presenter for the BBC News Channel. Babita joined the presentation team at BBC World News in 2008. She has been at the forefront major stories including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Royal Wedding, London 2012 Olympics and most recently India Elections 2014 and the Umbrella revolution in Hong Kong . Babita grew up in Caversham, Berkshire and studied Journalism, Film & Broadcasting at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
I graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Marketing in 2009. I’ve always had a passion for technology and creativity, so I was thrilled to land an internship, and subsequently a permanent role, at the innovate digital agency AKQA. During my time there I worked with some incredible brands, including Xbox, Nissan and Google, then in 2014 I made the move client-side to join Google’s EMEA Marketing Team. I now lead campaign creative for Android and Hardware in the UK.
Music/ Business / Maths
Nikhil is Cofounder of online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years he has helped lead the growth of the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world’s biggest community of DJs and radio talent, reaching over 15 million people a month.
Prior to Mixcloud, Nikhil was a brand strategy consultant and spent a year as the Entertainments Manager at his University. He studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
He is also a DJ, runs electronic music record label ManMakeMusic and more recently a new dance/music project called Dance Club.
I studied English Literature at UCL and graduated at 2011. I did various bits of journalistic work experience during my summer breaks, and after a placement at Vogue magazine in my final year, miraculously got a job as assistant to the editor. Now I work on Vogue’s features desk, writing on art and culture for both print and online.
Manchester Grammar School
Cambridge University MA Economics
Goldman Sachs: Equity Derivatives Trading; Executive Director
I graduated from King’s College London in 2015 completing a 4 year programme for graduates having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from QMUL. After graduating I am now completing my training year as a dentist and working in two practices, one based in Watford and one in Bedford. Dentistry has been a brilliant career choice for me. I see something new every day and in every patient, I’m constantly thinking of how I can treat a problem and also get to be very hands-on throughout my day. I wouldn’t choose any other job and hopefully I can answer your questions and help to guide you as best as possible!
I graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. I then went straight into an undergrad degree in Veterinary Medicine at Bristol University. I’m currently in my fourth year and cannot wait to start practising!
After finishing an English Degree at Oxford University, none of the “proper jobs” really appealed to me, so I started my own company called Raising IT. I was passionate about helping people and good causes, so started it in the charity space. We’ve now grown to become the largest provider of charity web and social media tools in the UK. I speak on non-profit fundraising around the world, next in Boston at an international conference. In my spare time, I volunteer at Great Ormond Street Hospital and I’m a trustee of Hubbub.org.uk. It was doing the London Marathon in 2004 that first got me into charity fundraising when I was 18, and I’m keeping it up, training for a marathon and Ironman this year.
Mayan has spent over 5 years working in M&A and Equity Research at an Investment Bank. Mayan completed a MSc in Finance at the University of St Andrews. Prior to that, he graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. Mayan enjoys cycling and has a strong interest in architecture and design.
I qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2009 having completed a 6 year medical degree with an intercalated BsC in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Fast forward 5 years and I’ve worked in A&E, Intensive Care, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. I’ve finally completed my specialist training and I have just embarked on my next adventure…working as a full time freelance GP. It’s fantastic, fun and gives me career flexibility with plenty of time to pursue other interests. Medicine is hard work but extremely fulfilling and has endless opportunities to suit every personality! Outside Medicine I devote time to the other love of my life – food!
Social Media/ Communications
I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2013 with a degree in modern languages and since then have worked in a number of communications roles. I currently work at the Home Office in Internal Communications and love all things communication – languages, linguistics, writing, social media.
I set off to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews with the intention of becoming a diplomat but during the summer holidays at university I did some internships in travel around Europe and became really interested in the airline industry. I did a Masters in Transport Management to learn more about it back at home in Italy, at Bocconi University, and now I work for TUI Travel better known as Thomson/First Choice, a global travel company. After completing their graduate scheme I have taken on a role as commercial support manager and am loving using my languages, working with international colleagues and travelling with work. Outside work I love to travel and my latest adventure was in Tanzania where I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
I studied Business Management at Cass Business School then did a Law conversion at BPP Law school doing the GDL and LPC. I’m a professional dancer/dance teacher. I currently run my own dance lessons and have built up my own Zumba school, teaching dance classes every evening around London. Since I was little I’ve always wanted to be a dancer and have my own dance school. Getting there now. Advice I wish I had been given at school: you don’t have to make one choice, or take one path in your career. It’ll always be changing, you’ll always be able to do more than one thing so don’t feel you have to stick to the choices you make as a teenager.
Gillian is a fashion designer and entrepreneur, launching her own women’s wear brand online in April 2015. Her designs combine bright cheerful colours mixed with elegant neutrals for a bold yet sophisticated casual look. Gillian focusses on recycled and organic fabrics catering to the conscious consumer. She used to work in the environment sector and graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Environmental Policy, writing her thesis on the textile industry in India. Gillian is also on the committee of UKFT Rise, a supportive community for entrepreneurs and professionals in the fashion sector for under ten years.
Having studied pharmacy at King’s College London, I am now the head pharmacist in a community pharmacy based in Hayes. The profession requires you not only to be an expert in medicines but also to provide as many services as possible to your patients including Smoking Cessation, Emergency Contraception and Flu Vaccinations to name a few. I have chosen the community path in pharmacy but I will also discuss the other options available when graduating with a degree in Pharmacy.
Media/ Marketing/ Tech
Maya currently works as a freelance technology and marketing consultant to the BBC. She previously worked at Go Cardless one of the hottest startups according to WIRED magazine. She studied Physics at Oxford University and has a passion to get more girls into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is also loves colourful leggings.
I studied Pharmacy at UCL, and was lucky enough to own my pharmacy straight after doing my pre-registration exam. Pharmacy is constantly evolving and it is important to keep up with the changing times and do something that is different to your peers. Therefore, I came up with the idea of a one stop health and beauty centre. I owned a pharmacy that deals not only with prescriptions, but also beauty treatments, ranging from chemical peels, botox, derma-rolling, acupuncture and other specialised treatments. I also run a brand called Pharmaclinix and our creams are now available on prescription via the NHS.
I grew up in Wales and studied Law and Anthropology at the LSE. Unlike most aspiring lawyers, I ducked out of corporate vac schemes and spent my summers working in local shops on checkouts and travelling on minimal savings, before spending a bit of time working in Parliament. Having always wanted to be a jury trial advocate, I somehow fell into, and in love with, family law. It’s a great combination of problem solving and people skills. I joined 1 Hare Court in the Temple as a pupil and, subsequently, a full-time tenant. I have also taught law at King’s College and the LSE. Last year I joined St John’s Chambers in Bristol to spend a bit more time with my family in the area, and to develop my practice in other areas, and I now split my time between London and the West Country. I love the flexibility of my job which enables me to maintain a decent work-life balance.
After growing up and studying in France, I came to Oxford to study Philosophy & Theology. After graduation, I spent time working for arts magazine Apollo and as a researcher on Lisa Chaney’s biography of Coco Chanel for Penguin, before joining publishing house Thames & Hudson. I’m now Associate Editor for Thames & Hudson, where I focus on developing tiles for their Fashion and Design lists. Also curating an art history festival for the Institut français in London in my spare time – on Twitter @AdeliaSabatini.
I was born in London, and went to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at Lincoln College, Oxford before joining the international management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. Here I worked primarily with large corporate firms across several geographies, my favourite projects having been in Spain, Sweden, and the USA. I left in 2012, and joined Elliott Advisors, a multiple strategy hedge fund that has been actively investing for more than 37 years. I focus primarily on Real Estate opportunities in the UK and Europe region, which involves a lot of the expected when you think about finance (e.g., numerical analysis) and fortunately, a lot of the unexpected (e.g., spending a good deal of time with a hard hat on when visiting sites). In my spare time I enjoy playing rugby and golf, and am the trustee for a homeless charity in London.
I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University from 2005-2008. Upon graduating I joined Goldman Sachs within the Investment Banking Division where I’ve worked for the last 6 years. I was initially part of the Healthcare team, although more recently have changed focus to Real Estate and Leisure. I’m a keen sailor, and last year successfully completed an 800 mile doubled handed race to the Fastnet Rock and back.
After A-levels in History, English literature, French and Economics and an AS-level in maths, I studied History at Oxford. In my second year, I did a summer internship at an investment bank in London and was offered a job there after graduation. After graduating, I worked there for a year but soon realised I wanted to be a barrister (for which I needed to study again!) After leaving the bank, I spent two years studying law and training to be a barrister and applying for pupillages (the one year “on the job” barrister training). Having completed my pupillage at 1 Hare Court, I am now a barrister there
General Manager at Talent Cupboard
Since a young age I’ve had a passion for computers and the internet. I was fascinating with how creative you could be and I seemed to just get how it all worked. Following on from that passion, I graduated from a degree in Computer Science and Business Management back in 2011. After a number of months struggling to find a job I joined a little startup called Concept Cupboard as an intern. Fast forward 6 months and I’m learning how to run the business. It’s been a crazy path into the world of entrepreneurship but I wouldn’t change a thing. Now I get to help businesses who need help with digital, and young people looking for digital work by connecting the two with Talent Cupboard.
Having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a BSc and MSc in Veterinary science and the Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals, I was eager to work in veterinary disease control (but not to work in a laboratory, which was actually a major learning of my aforementioned degrees). I eventually got a job for the pharmaceutical company: Johnson & Johnson. My job as a Site Manager is to manage the setup, maintenance and close down of clinical trial sites. I work on oncology and haematology clinical trials, and this involves visiting hospitals around the UK, confirming the medical staff are conducting the trial as it was designed. This is to maintain patient safety and get reliable data so the company can evaluate whether the new drug is effective, as part of the pathway to a licensed drug. Day to day, I have a varied job; I could spend one day elbow deep in patient medical records to check they are eligible to enter the trial, and another counting tablets in a pharmacy or balancing a financial budget. I am field-based, so I work from home when I am not visiting hospitals, which is 2-3 days per week. A couple of times a year I travel internationally for meetings and training on disease areas or new treatments or upcoming clinical trials I will work on.
I spent many years telling myself I wanted to be a doctor and then one morning, I woke up and decided I did not want to do it anymore. Instead, I decided to pursue my passion and that was English Literature, which I studied at the University of Warwick. I then went on to join the Teach First Leadership Programme and I took on the challenge of teaching secondary school maths in the West Midlands. An absolutely thrilling experience! I have since decided to embrace a new opportunity and I have joined the world of Management Consulting. The world really is your oyster and you can do whatever you want, IF you set your mind to it!
I graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Marketing in 2009. I’ve always had a passion for technology and creativity, so I was thrilled to land an internship, and subsequently a permanent role, at the innovative digital agency AKQA. During my time there I worked with some incredible brands, including Xbox, Nissan and Google, then in 2014 I made the move client-side to join Google’s EMEA Marketing Team. I now lead campaign creative for Android and Hardware in the UK.
I studied an Undergraduate Masters in Biochemistry at Oxford, then chose to focus in on Genetics as a PhD at Cambridge.
After dabbling in mobile start ups, I went to GlaxoSmithKline to apply my skills to biopharmaceutical research and drug development. I have recently moved to Procter & Gamble whose consumer products play a part in everyday life, with scientific innovation touching and improving billions of lives around the world.
Computer Science/ Tech
Tito is a computer scientist and consultant at ThoughtWorks, a global technology consultancy with a focus on pioneering new techniques and social and economic justice. His job is to travel to commercial and charitable organisations, coach them through disruptive changes and help them to develop new tech infrastructure. He has worked with political charities and leading high-street brands, and recently spent two months working from India. Before ThoughtWorks, he was a computer science teacher on the Teach First programme at a secondary school in Birmingham. He graduated with a BEng in Computer Science from Aberystwyth University.
I am a mobile technology entrepreneur, working within the digital & creative industry for the past 7 years. Before founding my own business, I studied at Lancaster University, where I went on to hold a number of client facing roles within mobile marketing agencies. My technology business is based in Bloomsbury, London & has experienced success in deploying data driven mobile technology projects for Retail & FMCG brands. I’m passionate about disruptive mobile tech and love discussing new ideas with friends and business associates.
Millie is a brand partnerships and sponsorship professional specialising in the fashion and retail industry. A graduate of London College of Fashion Millie has worked at the British Fashion Council for the last 3 years managing a portfolio of sponsorship activity for the company’s biggest commercial partners. With a list of clients including Luxottica, M&S, TONI&GUY and Samsung Millie’s area of expertise is marrying commerciality with creativity to help corporate brands find their home within the industry via campaigns that appeal to both a trade & consumer fashion audience.
Millie also project manages the BFC’s ‘Positive Fashion’ initiative, sitting on a committee alongside C-level sustainability representatives from Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Selfridges and Kering (to name a few) to drive best practice within the industry focusing on 3 key areas; Legislation, CSR and Consumer awareness.
With over 6 years’ experience within the fashion industry, Millie worked in various PR and Marketing roles for Tommy Hilfiger, Hackett London and Jaeger prior to joining the BFC.
I studied Law with Spanish Law at UCL and spent several years’ working as a lawyer with City firm, Slaughter and May, before deciding to enter the world of business. I am now a Director at Bell Container and manage, in particular, the container conversions division. We supply shipping containers (for on-site storage) and also site accommodation units – converting shipping containers into portable offices, canteens, changing rooms and welfare units. In 2013, I launched Pop-up Containers which focusses on customising shipping containers into ‘pop-up’ spaces: cafés, shops and retail units, studios and bars, to name a few. We also help companies showcase new brands and products through more experiential units all within the container framework. Whilst at university, my brother and I developed the BBQ TOWER (a multi-level charcoal barbecue) which we launched into the UK market a few years ago. I would be happy to talk about both law, business and anything else in between!
I dreamt of working in Government when I was 16 because I wanted to understand how decisions affecting our whole country were made. Having studied politics and economics at University, I volunteered for human rights NGOs for a year before joining Her Majesty’s Treasury. Since then I have represented the UK in international negotiations, I have ran the office of the UK Ambassador to the EU, and advised Ministers on how to boost UK economic productivity. Talk to me if any of that sounds interesting!
I didn’t always want to be a doctor, and made the decision quite close to the UCAS submissions date. My reasons for choosing a career in medicine were far from what most would expect and I am pleased to say it was the right choice and I absolutely love my job and the opportunities it brings with it. I graduated from Imperial College London School of Medicine in 2010 and since then have worked in many different areas of medicine and now specialise in Anaesthetics. I am also an honorary clinical lecturer at Imperial College London School of Medicine and so I also have the opportunity to teach medical students and foundation doctors about Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, which is incredibly fulfilling. When I’m not in scrubs, I can usually be found baking, running, cycling or climbing something!
Mobile Marketing / Technology
After graduating from Aston Business School with a degree in Marketing Management I fell into the exciting & rising world of mobile marketing. Working as Junior Strategist in an agency based in London I am now working for a variety of brands, such as the likes of Dove, Lynx & Magnum. I am responsible for planning and executing their mobile marketing strategy across multiple markets. Three things that I love most about my role are: 1) Learning something completely new everyday – technology is really so interesting! 2) Getting to know the different mobile behaviours of people across the world – More than 4 billion people own mobile phones. But only 3.5 billion use a toothbrush! 3) Supporting the still relatively small group of women in tech – it’s not a men’s world only!
Becoming a doctor seemed to be the most natural choice for me growing up but I never envisaged becoming a GP. I graduated from Imperial College in 2009 and intercalated in Haematology. Six years of being a doctor has been a roller coaster and it’s been an enjoyable ride. I now work as a part time GP and medical student tutor. I love travelling and am trying to meditate to find some zen in my life.
I work as an economist at the Bank of England where I help to assess risks to financial stability that could arise from the financial position of British Households. I studied economics at Oxford university and the LSE. I took a 2.5 year career break from the Bank from 2012 to 2014 during which I worked on the economics of happiness at the new economics foundation, and as a microeconomics consultant at Frontier Economics.
When I was a teenager I had my heart set on becoming a trader at an investment bank and making enough money for me to retire and lie on a beach for the rest my life by the time I was 30! While at Cambridge, where I studied Engineering, I had internships at an environmental design consultancy and an asset management firm, but by the time I graduated I still wasn’t quite sure about what kind of job I wanted. I was lucky enough to be offered an internship at a newly formed hedge fund for four months after graduation, which gave me a second chance to experience the world of finance. I eventually realised that finance wasn’t really what I wanted to do, I was far more interested in how businesses worked. I then went travelling for seven months, around Australia, New Zealand, parts of Asia and South America, before starting a career at Parthenon-EY, a boutique strategy consultancy, this past September. As part of my job I get to play a part in advising companies’ management teams on strategic issues and to evaluate investments for private equity firms.
Project Management/ International
For years I found the airline industry one of the most exciting, interesting and fast-paced industries to work in. Now, after studying for several years I work for easyJet as a Project Management and Business Analysts Graduate in IT. I am originally from Germany and studied International Business at a University in Germany and Paris. For my MSc in Strategy and International Business, I went to Aston University in Birmingham. After an internship in Project Management, I knew that this area is the one I want to work in. Now, I have the opportunity to experience various roles during my graduate programme, really determining where I fit in perfectly in the company.
Winner of WOHAA in 2009, whilst at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. Currently in my 6th and final year at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. I have a keen interest in surgery, which stems from my surgical research when I attained my BSc(Hons) in 2012. I have enjoyed the extra-curricular pursuits whilst at university from being the current Surgical society president to representing all London medical schools as 1st XV rugby captain for the United Hospitals RFC.