Meet our industry professionals!

Accountancy Patric Wong
Patric is a chartered accountant and auditor with more than 10 years experience. He has worked in both professional accounting firms and industries, and can provide useful information on the different roles involved in the accounting industry. His background was originally in engineering and happy to share with those who are interested to know how to change career path and prepare interview for a role different from the profession they studied.

Chaplaincy – Sarah Boylan

Economics – Nicholas O’Shea
Nick is a parishioner of St Saviour’s Catholic Church in Lewisham and Chair of Governors at his old-school St Augustine’s in Catford. He is Chief Economist at the Centre for Mental Health having spent 20 years in the civil service and NGO sector calculating the costs of poor mental and physical health. Nick founded and runs Ignition Brewery in Lewisham, which makes great beer brewed by people with learning disabilities. We are on sale in reputable establishments across South East London.

Engineering – Joyce Li
Joyce is a chartered Civil Engineer, who currently works as a Lead Project Engineer in Transport for London. She has more than 15 years experience in the construction industry, with most of her experience in Railway engineering environment. She has got extensive experience mentoring engineering graduates and apprentices, and regularly involved in the recruitment process.

Fashion Outsourcing & Production – Lolly Bell
Lolly stumbled into fashion production & sourcing by chance. She has worked her way up from a junior cutting fabric swatches and sweeping floors to finding factories that make clothing and accessories, worldwide and ‘delivering’ them to brands like Zara, Adidas, Victoria Beckham and Primark.

Finance – Actuary – Wayne DuPreeez
Wayne is a pensions professional currently working in the Finance Division at National Grid.
His role since 2013 is to report to the Energy Regulator (Ofgem) on aspects of National Grid’s two defined benefit pension schemes that have more than 100,000 members and combined assets of more than £23 billion. Wayne previously worked for several actuarial consultancies in London and Bristol, most recently recruiting and managing a nation-wide team of 14 actuarial students and mentoring them from new university graduates to qualified actuaries.

Wayne has a post graduate Diploma in Actuarial Techniques, and graduated with an honours degree in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town. He also has a foundation degree in Pastoral Ministry from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is married with three children, and is an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Southwark, England.

Finance – Stock Broker – Philip Anker
Philip Anker spent nearly thirty years as a stock broker advising investors on Asian stock markets. He spent the majority of his career at UBS and J P Morgan and understands many aspects of how big investment banks work.

Goldsmiths University – Lacara Barnes-Rowe
Pre-Entry Careers Consultant at Goldsmiths, University of London. Lacara works with students in sixth forms and secondary schools, supporting them to develop relevant skills and knowledge for the workplace. Can advise on:
– CVs and applications
– Work experience
– Planning for your future career
– Post 18 options

IT, Technology & Software – Lee Longhurst
Lee is a systems developer and IT consultant focused on the use of Internet technologies. Following a successful career at HSBC Bank, he has spent over 15 years working with a diverse range of small and large businesses to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems. His core skills include e-Commerce and Content Management Systems and he now works as a founding developer for Kibysis Ltd.

IT, Technology & Software – Steven Leaback
I worked at Microsoft for 27 years and saw the company grow massively during this time. I was fortunate to be one of the very first University Interns in Microsoft in the UK, starting as a Support Engineer. During my time I looked after various functions mostly within Professional Services such as Microsoft Consulting Practices, Premier Field Engineering Practices, Europe-wide Support Groups and performed other roles such as a Technology Account Manager for key Enterprise Customers and even helped design the MS Campus in Reading!
Since 2017 I have been spending my time looking at developing technology start-ups, for example our new company Kibisys, looking at new regulations (GDPR) and new technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence.

Medicine – Dr Donal O’Sullivan
Dr Donal O’Sullivan trained as a doctor in Ireland before moving to this country in 1983. Dr O’Sullivan has worked for almost thirty years in South East London. First as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, and more recently as a Consultant in Public Health. Donal has, in the past, been Training Programme Director for Public Health in SE London, and has taught medical undergraduates for many years, and has more recently taught on the MPH course at King’s College London. Donal has also been involved in the training of general practitioners and paediatricians in SE London. and elsewhere.

Metropolitan Police – Colin Bisset
Military background of 11.5 years and continue to be a serving member of the Reservists. Former British Airways employee (Customer Services) for 8 years, working for Air Canada and Royal Dutch Airlines. Worked in Immigration at Harmondsworth Detention centre. Joined the Met Police as a PCSO and have been in post coming up to 15 years.

Metropolitan Police – Nicky Durmatz
PCSO for 10 years and prior to that was Adult Elderly carer for 9 Years.

Nursing – Gerry Fane
After training as a Student Nurse Gerry’s career has included a diversity of specialisms:

Staff Nurse, acute Med Unit, Midwifery, Operating Theatre course (St Mary’s – Paddington)Staff Nurse, orthopaedic & Trauma unit, Ward Sister, acute Geriatrics, Ward Sister, Intensive Care, Outpatients Sister, Specialist Course in ENT, Clinical teacher for ENT, Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner.

Performing Arts – Actor & Singer – Roger Fane
Interested in creating characters from a young age & on and off through senior school.

O level in Music & Drama, West Kent College. (Late 1990’s) Directed/Performed variety evening/Old Tyme Music Hall. H I School Hall (1993) Rose Bruford college of Speach & Drama . 2 year Theatre Arts ( 2000/2002)
Bernard Shaw, Training in Voice Overs, Canterbury, Kent ( 2004 & 2006)
Extra/Supporting Artist Murphy’s Law , Bromley by Bowe (2005)
Professional singing lessons, again on & off since the (early 90’s) on going.
Ravensbourne Operatic Society Churchill Theatre, Bromley (1990/94)
Petts Wood Operatic Society Stag Theatre 1994/Present
Opera Options (Pro) every July/Aug Hever Summer Festival, Hever Castle, Kent (200/2013

As anyone in the entertainment Industry work can be unpredictable, I also have a Diploma in Liesure & Tourism.

Performing Arts – Headteacher – Karen Dwyer-Burchill
I’ve been teaching for over 25 years and I was also a teacher in Spain and Ireland before moving to England. I’m Head Teacher in a selective performing arts school in London but I’ve also taught in a range of schools from two large mixed comprehensive schools, a boys school and an all-through school to name a few.
My background is in music and the performing arts but I’ve also had pastoral and academic managerial roles which has given me extensive experience in managing and supporting young people with specific educational, emotional or pastoral needs.
Giving young people the best environment to grow and thrive, with a sense of purpose and identity, is such an important and rewarding responsibility. Offering pupils an aspirational, innovative learning experience, is central to my philosophy as a leader and a teacher.
I’ve led my current school through three successful inspections and it’s been a collective effort across the school community. It’s very much a shared vision where our pupils are central to every strategy taken. In terms of giving back, I am also a governor in a primary school in Croydon.
Other recent experiences have been as the project lead of a proposed school in my locality. This has been a real learning experience and the newly formed governing body have been key to the school’s sustainability and success. The level of philanthropy and sheer goodwill has driven the school from an idea to an amazing endeavour with key experts who are equally passionate about young people’s wellbeing and development. The core vision of the school is to give children real choice and an outstanding education.
I am inherently a life long learner with an innate passion for young people and I consider teaching an absolute vocation which is a privilege. I always try to learn something new, enjoy life and count my blessings.

Project Management – Lisa Truong
I’m a Business Analyst, which essentially analyses your business: be that your processes, technology and organisation structures. The reason I analyse this is for change. I analyse how things are now and how they should be in the future then work that into a set of requirements for change. One of the most common type of change is to introduce new technology, so my bread and butter is to create requirements for a new system/website and then give these to a developer to develop.

I’m currently at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and was at the SIA (government regulator) for 9 years. Before that my career was in fashion (I went to fashion college!) and did Buying and Merchandising for Debenhams

Teaching & Leadership – Olwen Whiteside
Teaching & Leadership – Kath Greenwood
I trained at St Mary’s Catholic Teacher Training College in Fenham Newcastle Upon Tyne. We were linked with Newcastle University.
I taught in a Secondary school in Gateshead for 10 years. I taught Girls PE and Mathematics.
During my time there I was promoted to Form tutor, then Head of Year and then Community Head which involved running a Youth Club 3 nights a week. I was also responsible for looking after the Youth Wing which was used as the sixth Form study block.
I left the school in Gateshead to go on Maternity leave in 1991.
During the next 5 years I was involved in Pre school establishments.
I worked as a Tutor for Pre School Alliance. Running courses for Pre School Practitioners.
I returned to Full time work in 2000, teaching within Primary schools.
I have been in my present post as a Reception Class teacher for 15years.

Teaching & Leadership – John McKinley
A successful teacher, (now retired) I am privileged to have been the headteacher of five very successful primary schools, within the Diocese of Westminster. I was also the Professional management Adviser for an International school in the Middle east, responsible for mentoring the school principal, and monitoring standards of attainment.
I was a member of Islington Council’s Life-long Learning Committee looking at ways of creating learning opportunities for young people within the Borough. I was also a member of a number of committees in Bexley viz. the LEA’s Resource Allocation Panel and the Admissions Forum. Within the Primary Heads Conference I also sat on 3 important committees, Inset, Information Technology and Recruitment and Retention.

Teaching & Leadership – Margaret Mulchrone
Teaching since 1977 in inner city schools.
Main subject English, and RE, occasionally.
Head of English, Head of Year, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.

University Undergraduate – Sophie Horner
Hello, My name is Sophie, I am a 20 year old University student currently in my first year doing Psychology with British sign language at the University of Sussex (with a foundation year) If you have any questions about university life or university in general I am happy to help!

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