The Pocklington School Foundation Careers & Business Network
The Pocklington School Foundation (PSF) Careers & Business Network was launched in November 2017 and is open to everyone in the wider Pocklington School community, including current and former parents, Old Pocklingtonians, current and former staff and supporters. Its aims are to help each other thrive in a highly competitive world and, by working together, to help inspire our students, and each other, for life.
Our special guest speaker at the launch was Old Pocklingtonian, renowned businessman and Owner/Chairman of Gloucester Rugby Club, Martin St Quinton (1965-1975). Since leaving Pocklington School in 1975 to study at Durham University, Martin has had a remarkable career in the worlds of both business and sport, including being named Ernst and Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. We were delighted that Martin joined us at the launch and shared with us his thoughts on what has inspired him throughout his career.
Following the launch we held two highly successful networking events, which were atended by a mix of current and former parents, OP, staff and Governors. The first one in Leeds focused on family businesses, and the guest speaker for the event was Christopher Oughtred, former Chairman of the sixth generation family business, William Jackson Food Group (WJFG). Following an introductory speech highlighting the unique characteristics of a family business and the value they deliver to the UK economy, Christopher shared with guests his insights into the many aspects of working in a family business.
In London, we focused on entrepreneurship and business leadership and were delighted to have James Sweeting (OP 81-88) as our guest speaker. After leaving Pocklington School, James trained as a coffee buyer with Lyons Tetley Ltd, before starting two new businesses, the award winning coffee roasting company Lincoln & York Ltd and the UK’s acclaimed ‘best snack brand’ Pipers Crisps. He has also diversified into engineering and in 2015 purchased Sumo UK Ltd, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery which is currently undergoing a significant restructure.
Guests enjoyed an inspiring Q&A session with James followed by a great evening of networking. We have had a great response to the Network with many connections being made between members of our School community, and a number kindly giving their time to offer career advice to both current and former students. We are now planning our next series of events and will be announcing them shortly.
At our latest event we welcomed Nicholas Pollard (OP 69-76), Group Chief Executive of Cory Riverside Energy. Nick studied civil engineering at Nottingham University and whilst at Pocklington School won the BBC TV Young Scientist of the Year. He has has served as an advisor to the UK Government and his career covers construction, civil engineering, resource management, recycling and energy recovery. The full story and photos from the event click here.
For further information about the Network, please take a look at the leaflet link on this page. Membership of the Network is free and you can register online using the form below. If you require any further information please contact Susan Kay on 01759 322626 or Rachel Dare on 01759 322307.