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Our Speaker Programme

In addition to career development events and trips to universities, Stratford Girls’ Grammar School regularly invites external speakers and Alumnae to share their insight and experiences with students. These assemblies and talks can take place in either physical or virtual environments. 

Alumnae visits are particularly engaging for students as they provide evidence of all that can be achieved through working hard at SGGS. Our genuine interest in shaping the futures of our students sees the majority of them stay in touch with us after they graduate, with many keen to visit us and inspire the next generation of students.  If you are an SGGS alumnae please sign up to our Alumnae database:

Through part of the academic year we invite in external speakers as part of national career campaign events including Green Careers Week, Creative Careers Week, National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week. 

We have fantastic links with a diverse range of local employers and global brands who regularly provide talks and attend SGGS events, raising awareness of entry-level programmes and openly discussing what they look for in future applicants.  We are always interested to hear from any alumnae, local employers, parents/carers and wider stakeholders who are interested in coming in to deliver a talk on their career journey, or careers within their sector to inspire our students.  If you are interested in finding out more please email  

Please see below for a list of recent speakers we have had in school over the last few years:



Our previous speakers have also included:

Abby Cook Alumna - GAP Year with VSO (Zambia)
AC Grayling Master of the New College of the Humanities
Alice Pearson Alumna – Alternatives to University
Amnesty International Kate Allen spoke of human rights and refugees
Anne Drouet Alumna – Director of Performing Arts at Hong Kong
Anne-Marie Campion JLR – Futures Week Speaker
Ansam Khan Alumna – Life at Medical School
ASK Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge
Bella Bonner-Evans Alumna - Studying Art History at Cambridge University
Bernard Regan Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Cambridge University Cambridge University Life
Carolyn Neilson Alumna - Research Assistant
Claire Shaw Careers in Law
Dan Hackett British Army
Devon Allcoat Alumna – Exams, Stress, Choices
Dr Glickman History Lecturer, Warwick University
Dr Paul Prescott Associate Professor of English and Admissions Tutor, Warwick University
Dr Sophie Archer Alumna – Opportunities in STEM
Dr Suzanne Griffiths Pharmaceutical Careers
Edanur Yazici Amnesty International
EHL Hospitality School Working and studying in Switzerland in the hospitality industry
Elle Shaw Alumna – Camp Counsellors USA
Ellie Bull Anatomy & Human Physiology
Emily Hill Fashion Journalism
Emma Malczewski Alumna - Solicitor
Evie Barnish Alumna – Studying Veterinary Medicine
Geroge Galloway MP Politician
Hannah Cockle Alumna - Studying Law at Oxford University
Helen Brittain Criminal Psychologist
HS2, Lear Corporation STEM Ambassadors
Ian Nichol Commissioner on Criminal Case Review Commission
Isabel Hardman Assistant Editor of The Spectator
Jasmine Hyde Careers in Acting
Jennifer Hudson Lecturer in Political Behaviour, UCL
Jill Fraser  Kissing It Better' campaign
John Levy Friends of Israel
Jonathan Isaby Chief Executive, Tax Payers' Alliance
Julia Speed Personal Branding
Kari Foster Recruiter for MIT
Kate Bassil Alumna – Engineering at Cambridge University
Kate Jacka Alumna - Lt in the Army Air Corps
Katie McGettigan Alumna - Reader in American Studies, Nottingham University
Kim Sofroniou Careers in Law
Laura Mitchell GB Gymnast.  Balancing studies with being an elite athlete
Laura Usselman Alumna – Her Career in Biology
Lord Dear Former Chief of Police, Member of the House of Lords
Lorna Hurst Careers in Dentistry
Lucy Jeyens Managing Director, Larch Consulting
Lucy-Ann Holmes Founder of No More Page 3
Mark Carney Governor of The Bank Of England
Nadhim Zahawi MP Conservative MP for Stratford upon Avon
Natalie Bennett  Leader of the Green Party
Natalie Stuart Alumna – Careers in Publishing
New College of Humanities Where studying Humanities can take you
Newcastle University Student Life
Newcastle University Personal Statements
Nikki Sinclair MEP Politician, 'We Want A Referendum Party'
Oli Hyatt Careers in Animation
Playbox Theatre Careers in Film and Media
Professor Chris Read Professor of Russian History, Warwick University
Professor David Crystal The foremost writer and lecturer on the English language, with a worldwide reputation and over 100 books to his name
Professor Kim Schaff Professor of Economics, Warwick University
Professor Steven Kettell Professor of International Politics, Warwick University
Rachel Matthews Course Director, Journalism at Coventry University
Sandra Carlsson Cultural Au Pair
Sarah Cruddas Journalist and Presenter
Sarah Lock Recruitment Officer for the Prison Service
Sarah Mullen London School of Economics
Shami Chakrabarti Director of Liberty
Sophie Christiansen 8x Gold Medallist in the Paralympic Games
Warwick University Student budgeting and finance
  Birmingham University
  Falmouth University - Games Academy
  Dundee University
  London Interdisciplinary School
  Project Trust (GAP Years)
  National Citizens Service
  Exeter University
  Southampton University
  EU Debate - Lord Willoughby de Broke v Lawrence Brewer















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