Inspiring Speaker for Year 12 and Year 13 students
We were very pleased to welcome Speakers for Schools back into Richmond Sixth form College after a break of three years. It is wonderful to be able to have face- to-face speakers from industry talking to our students.
The Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme provides a network of today’s most inspiring figures across business, arts, politics and more, donating their time to help inspire students to fuel their ambition. The organisation believes that every young person should have the opportunity to succeed and they provide practical learning opportunities and experiences for students all over the UK.
This week, students met Justin King, a partner in Terra Firma’s Management Committee. He was previously the CEO of Sainsbury’s, where he led the business through a major turnaround which led to nine years of profit growth. Justin has previously served as a board member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and he was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.
Justin talked to the students about his career and some of the decisions he has made along the way, including working on the production line for Galaxy chocolate, opening the first Haagen-Daz store in Leicester Square, and coming up with the M&S “Simply Food” brand. He also touched on current issues in politics and economics, and his involvement in Formula 1.
Four students volunteered to ask questions – Ellen Atkinson, Evie Farnell, Nic Perks and Flynn Hunter. The Q&A session went very well with students very engaged. Questions were asked about Justin’s biggest achievements to date, and how sixth form had prepared him for working life.
Ms Mannion, Careers Leader said: “We are grateful to Justin King for taking time out of this busy schedule to meet our students. It is more and more important that our students meet with a range of employers to understand about the world of work.”
You can find out more about Justin King here.