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 andsupporters. 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 have held a number of highly successful networking events in London, Leeds and at school. Each event has focused on a different theme, and we have been very fortunate to have some excellent guest speakers from our school community, including Christopher Oughtred, former Chairman of the sixth generation family business, William Jackson Food Group, and entrepreneur and business leader James Sweeting (OP 81-88). After leaving Pocklington School, James trained as a coffee buyer with Lyons Tetley Ltd, before launching 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.
Our next event featured guest speaker 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 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.
In March 2019 we held an event was in Leeds, with the focus for the evening on careers in business and law. Hosted at the offices of Schofield Sweeney LLP, the guest speakers were Jodie Hill (OP 00-06) and David Strachan (OP 67-77). Headmaster Toby Seth conducted a fascinating Q&A with David and Jodie, who shared with guests their insights into the many aspects of working in the legal profession. For the full story click here.
Our latest event was at The Farmer's Club in London on 14 May with Will Treasure (OP 74-79). The focus for the evening was on digital strategies and ecommerce, and Will took us on a facinating journey of his career since leaving Pocklington School to running his own company advising retailers across the world. The full story 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 link on the RHS of this page. If you require any further information please contact Susan Kay on 01759 322626 or Rachel Dare on 01759 322307.