Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Six speedy speakers inspire Rushey Mead pupils

Six successful business people inspired pupils at Rushey Mead Academy by each giving a ‘Speedy Speaker’ speech about how they forged their career and overcame barriers and obstacles along the way.

The event was the final Speedy Speakers of the school year, an initiative by the business volunteering charity Leicestershire Cares.

Year 10 pupils aged 14 and 15 heard from: Oliver Brookshaw, chief operating officer at law firm Spearing Waite; Nicola Morton, European HR business partner at Office Depot; Paul Robinson, managing director at Alltruck; Mike Cummins, partner at Cummins Employment Solicitors; Will German, chief risk officer at Cambridge and Counties Bank; and Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE, chief executive of Evolve IT.

Zoe Conneally, careers leader at Rushey Mead Academy, said:

“The Speedy Speakers session was inspiring and informative for our year 10 students. They heard from employers that resilience and perseverance are invaluable when creating your career path.

“They heard that it is important to follow your dreams to have a happy working life and that being employable is not just about qualifications but is to do with a ‘can do’ attitude, communication and being proactive. Student comments included ‘the speakers were inspirational and motivating’ and ‘humorous but informative talks’.”

Leanne Bonner-Cooke said:

“I found it fascinating listening to each speaker and the different journeys we took into our careers. I hope this inspired the students to have the courage and belief in themselves to know that with the right attitude and will, they can all go far.”

Will German said:

“This was a great opportunity to hear from some incredibly talented and authentic leaders.  I only hope that the students got as much out of hearing about their experiences as I did.”

Gail Brown, education manager at Leicestershire Cares, said:

“It was great to hear the journeys and barriers faced by our speakers. There was a real sense of pride throughout the presentations and some great insight into how they overcame challenges to be successful in their careers.

“There were some fantastic messages to take away for the year 10s and a great way to round off our speakers events this year.”


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