About Wings of Hope News and events Latest News Meet the Mentors 2017 Publishing: Editor Matthew Matthew Gwyther has edited Management Today for the last nine years, during which time he has won the coveted BSME Business Magazine Editor of the year on a record five occasions. It is his first editorship and he likes to think of himself as a hard-driving taskmaster. During a fifteen year career as a freelance, he wrote for the Sunday Times magazine, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Observer, GQ and was a contributing editor to Business magazine. He was PPA Business Feature Writer of the Year in 2001 and spends far too much time worrying about his three kids. Before becoming a journalist he had a brief and inauspicious spell as a civil servant working at the Medical Research Council in its London Secretariat. It nearly drove him crazy. Gaming/Tech Frankie Frankie spent most of the intended study time at the University of Birmingham on building a career as a radio and online producer –something she found rather difficult as a teenager in Kent. She recently left her role as a Senior Content Producer at the BBC to become Programming Manager for social video gaming platform Twitch, and can often be found broadcasting Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV and Fallout 4 on her personal Twitch channel in her spare time.twitch.tv/getfranktwitter.com/getfrank Acting and Entertainment Matt Matt is an actor, writer and director. He has performed as an actor and comic all over the world from Tokyo to New York, via Edinburgh, Glastonbury and the Alps, as well as on Channel 4 and Comedy Central and is a regular character in the BAFTA-nominated BBC series ‘Cuckoo’. He is the author of ‘The Gap Yah Plannah’ (Fourth Estate, 2011), based on his award-winning YouTube sketch ‘Gap Yah’. His writing has appeared in a smorgasbord of publications such as Vice, Tatler, Company, Mr Porter, The Telegraph, The Observer and the Huffington Post. International Business/Consulting Mariia I have a passion for tackling the most challenging business problems faced by large organizations. In my 6 years of experience working as a consultant with EY, I found that solving problems requires the ability to see them from a different context. That’s why I’m currently pursuing an MBA at the London Business School, having previously obtained degrees in Economic Cybernetics and Political Science. I really enjoy working within an international setting, and have managed teams and worked in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the UK. Medicine Mandy I qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2009 having completed a 6 year medical degree with an intercalated BsC in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Fast forward 7 years and I’ve worked in A&E, Intensive Care, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. I’ve completed my specialist training and I now work as a freelance GP. It’s great fun and gives me lots of flexibility to pursue other interests and stay balanced. This year I’ve taken up yoga, meditation and I’m learning to play the piano! Medicine is hard work but extremely fulfilling and has endless opportunities to suit every personality. I’m currently exploring aesthetic medicine and hope to develop this alongside my interest in dermatology. Outside Medicine, I devote time to the other love of my life – food! Music/Business/Tech/Maths Nikhil Nikhil is Cofounder of online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years he has helped lead the growth of the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world’s biggest community of DJs and radio talent, reaching over 15 million people a month. Prior to Mixcloud, Nikhil was a brand strategy consultant and spent a year as the Entertainments Manager at his University. He studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He is also a DJ, runs electronic music record label ManMakeMusic and more recently a new dance/music project called Dance Club. Forensic Accounting Katie I never felt that I had a vocation, and my education and career reflect this. At the University of Cambridge, I studied Philosophy for one year and then Economics for two. Subsequently, I did what a lot of people do when they’re not sure what they want to do for a living – I studied for the ACA with a firm of auditors. Shortly after I completed my training contract, I moved to an American company to work in forensic accounting. However, my experience proved to be very varied. It has included a 15 month stint at the Financial Conduct Authority; 7 months in Morgan Stanley’s Compliance Testing team; and, most recently, spending 6 months in Kenya. Travel and International Business Marika I set off to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews with the intention of becoming a diplomat but during the summer holidays at university I did some internships in travel around Europe and became really interested in the airline industry. I did a Masters in Transport Management to learn more about it at Bocconi University, and now I work for TUI Group better known in the UK as Thomson/First Choice, a global travel company. After completing their international graduate scheme I took on a role as commercial support manager and have now moved on to a role in Commercial Finance. I love working with international colleagues and using my languages at work. Outside work I love to travel and my latest adventure was in Tanzania where I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Consulting/Tech Eraldo MSc Finance, Bocconi University – London Business School.Worked three years for BCG in Italy. Before that I was ine-commerce in South East Asia and in Banking in the US.I believe: – in the intersection of technology and doing good – in the positive correlation of dark chocolate and smiling Twitter: @eraldtribune International Law Nikita Nikita Aggarwal is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining CCLS, she was an attorney in the legal department of the International Monetary Fund, where she advised on financial sector law reform in the Euro area and worked extensively on initiatives to reform the contractual framework for sovereign debt restructuring. She previously practiced as an associate with Clifford Chance LLP, where she specialized in EU financial regulation and sovereign debt restructuring. She earned an LLB (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Politics Dawn Dawn is the MP for Brent Central. Dawn has always been a passionatecampaigner to young people; she was Honorary Vice President of the British Youth Council, and the former Minister for Young Citizens & Youth Engagement. She was the first ever African-Caribbean woman to serve in a British Government. Dawn started her working life on the family market stall and in their bakery. She went on to qualify as a computer programmer. She is passionate about improving the representation of women and ethnic minorities in politics.Twitter – @DawnButlerBrent Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnButlerBrent/ Economics Caroline After completing my MSc, I joined the Bank of England as a graduate analyst in the Financial Stability, Strategy and Risk division. While studying for my undergraduate degree in economics at Durham University, in addition to my broader interest in the applications of macroeconomic theory, I became increasingly interested in health economics. My undergraduate dissertation focussed on obesity and inequality in the UK. I went on to study for my MSc in economics for development at Oxford University, where I researched the effects of gender bias in the allocation of healthcare in India, and the consequential effects upon educational outcomes and the labour force. Now, alongside my job, I have continued my role as the Oxford branch editor for a student-run public health think tank – Polygeia. I have also been involved in Women in Business groups, and enjoy running and fitness. Economics Nowrin I joined the Bank of England as a graduate analyst in their Stress Testing Strategy Division after studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of York and working for an academic. My work is highly varied, challenging and within a friendly and collegiate environment. In my gap year before university I worked at two lobby groups in Westminster (which I decided wasn’t for me) and took a solo trip across South America. Whilst at university, I studied abroad in Canada for a year, completed an internship at the Bank of England and managed to travel extensively (≈15 countries). I also have a keen interest in modern and contemporary art, learning languages and slightly dangerous sports. Consulting Matteo After being born and raised in Italy, I attended university in the UK, reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Durham and Economics in London (UCL). I then worked in consulting (BCG) in Milan for a couple of years before coming back to London for my MBA. I firmly believe in the power of education and am passionate about empowering young talents. Publishing Kris I’m an editor at a book publishing company called Picador, where I’ve worked since 2009. I have edited books by Mark Kermode, Jon Ronson, Edward Docx, Richard House, Ben Judah and Garth Greenwell. Some of the books I have published have won literary prizes or been Sunday Times bestsellers. My two favourite parts of the job are: discovering new talent, and working with so many brilliant writers on a very wide range of different projects. You can follow Picador on Twitter @picadorbooks Tech/International Business/STEM Tunji Born and bred in London, my two passions are inspiring, exciting and engaging young people in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Maths related careers by showing them we are not all Geeks in white coats and seeing more diverse talent in the workplace.I work as a Director for Cisco (a global IT leader) covering Africa and the Middle East. My passion has afforded me the pleasure of founding an award winning social enterprise (Your Future, Your Ambition), which aims to provide experiences and opportunities to schoolchildren and students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing careers in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). I am a patron for the autism charity, CASPA and sit on the Women in Tech council at techUK and Business Leader Council at Tech First. I studied engineering at university completing a degree in Microelectronics and a Masters in Software Engineering. I attended Stanford and Wharton Business schools for my executive education.I was a torchbearer at the Rio 2016 Olympics and this year will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for AbleChildAfrica. Journalism Ed I studied English Literature at University College London having spent some time working in Parliament and then for a newspaper in the Middle East, between school and university. I got involved in the student paper at UCL and spent my first summer working on a newspaper in South Africa, where I got my first proper news reporting experience. The next summer I did work experience at four different national newspapers and two of them paid me for further work during my final year – when I probably should have been more focused on my dissertation. The Telegraph then asked me to go and work for them after my final exams in May 2011 and almost six years later I’m still there, as Deputy Investigations Editor. Consulting Janine I’m from sunny Australia and have spent most of my life in Sydney. Although I started my uni degree in Medicine at the University of New South Wales, I ended up graduating with a double bachelors in Law and Commerce. I’ve spent the past 5 years travelling around Australia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia as a management consultant, most recently for Bain & Company, and live for those sneaky work trips to Thailand, Bali, Miami and New York to name a few. During my weekends back home, you can usually find me at my local beach. As cheesy as it sounds, my career advice is to follow your gut and that parents don’t always know best! Law: Solicitor Patrick After finishing my legal studies, I worked in London and Singapore as a corporate lawyer. I also spent time at the French investment bank, Société Générale, to see things from a client’s perspective. Now, I am in the first year of an MBA at London Business School and looking forward to the next chapter. I believe in learning and developing by pushing yourself to the edge of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new experiences – and what better way to do this than by participating in WOHAA! Finance Romàn BA in Business and Finance, CUNEF University (Madrid), and MBA from the London Business School MBA. I am interested in Investment Banking and Renewable Energy and have worked more than 3 years in New York as an investment banker at Citibank, covering clients in Latin America. I have had projects in Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago and Nicaragua. I lived in 9 different countries before the age of 18 and went to 7 different schools. Big believer that developing cheap clean energy sources should be a focus for us millennials! WOHAA Smruti I helped found WOHAA in 2004. It is wonderful to see over 30,000 students from over 400 schools take part over the past 12 years. I also help run a business, Supreme Creations, which manufactures sustainable packaging for brands like Topshop, Nike and Google. I am passionate about empowering young people, and encourage you to be as original as possible in your WOHAA projects. Professional Sport Sushant I am a first year MBA student at London Business School. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and prior to LBS, I was a professional cricket player back home. Some of the teams I have represented during my cricket career are Mumbai Indians, the senior Mumbai Ranji Trophy side and India under-19. I also have a Masters degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai. Engineering Mihir I am an MBA student at the London Business School aspiring to be a strategy consultant. I have previously worked in corporate and investment banking across Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. In my former life, I was a dedicated Silicon Valley Tech-geek; having completed my engineering from Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. Feel free to talk to me about anything ranging from motorcycles and travels, to how things work and what makes people tick. Computer Engineering Ritika I am an associate in HSBC working in the Group Strategy team. Growing up, I was very interested in sciences, and went on to do an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering. Whilst I enjoyed the coding and analytical element of the course, I soon realised that working as an engineer full-time was not for me. I decided to do a finance internship in a bank and try it out, and I loved it! I’ve worked for a couple of years in Singapore in banking, after which I did my MBA in INSEAD, and now work with HSBC. Within HSBC, I work with senior management to shape and define the strategy of the bank. Entrepreneurship Krishna I studied Law with Spanish Law at UCL and spent several years working as a lawyer with the City firm Slaughter and May, before deciding to enter the world of business. I am now a Director at Bell Container and manage, in particular, the container conversions division. We supply shipping containers (for on-site storage) and also site accommodation units – converting shipping containers into portable offices, canteens, changing rooms and welfare units. In 2013, I launched Pop-up Containers which focuses on customising shipping containers into ‘pop-up’ spaces: cafés, shops and retail units, studios and bars, to name a few. We also help companies showcase new brands and products through more experiential units all within the container framework. Whilst at university, my brother and I developed the BBQ TOWER (a multi-level charcoal barbecue) which we launched into the UK market a few years ago. I would be happy to talk about both law, business and anything else in between! Optometry Rakhee From a young age I developed a keen interest in ocular physiology and through work experience and part-time jobs with opticians' practices, I decided to pursue a career in Optics. I graduated from Aston university in 2010 with a BSc in Optometry and have worked for Vision Express ever since. As well as managing my own clinics, I regularly facilitate training and development programmes for colleagues and students. I also now practice as a self-employed locum optician, which provides much-valued career flexibility. I hope to develop my professional training through further study and practice of different specialisms and facets of optical healthcare and also participate in both UK and global voluntary programmes. Being part of the primary care sector, is highly rewarding and satisfying whilst also presenting many challenges. I would be more than happy to discuss all aspects of reading Optometry at university and related career prospects. Teaching/Mentoring Rupal I studied Business Management at Cass Business School then did a Law conversion at BPP Law school doing the GDL and LPC. I’m a professional dancer/dance teacher. I currently run my own dance lessons and have built up my own Zumba school, teaching dance classes every evening around London. Since I was little I’ve always wanted to be a dancer and have my own dance school. Getting there now.Advice I wish I had been given at school: you don’t have to make one choice, or take one path in your career. It’ll always be changing, you’ll always be able to do more than one thing so don’t feel you have to stick to the choices you make as a teenager. Pharmacy Ekta Having studied pharmacy at King’s College London, I am now the head pharmacist in a community pharmacy based in Hayes. The profession requires you not only to be an expert in medicines but also to provide as many services as possible to your patients including Smoking Cessation, Emergency Contraception and Flu Vaccinations to name a few. I have chosen the community path in pharmacy but I will also discuss the other options available when graduating with a degree in Pharmacy. Dentistry Rajan I graduated from King’s College London in 2015 completing a 4 year programme for graduates having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from QMUL. I work full time as a dentist in two practices, seeing both NHS and private patients. I see something new every day and in every patient, I’m constantly thinking of how I can treat a problem and also get to be very hands-on throughout my day. Recently I’ve also established my own botox and facial aesthetics clinic in Mill Hill which launched one month ago. I wouldn’t choose any other job and hopefully I can answer your questions and help to guide you as best as possible! Fashion/PR/Events Millie A graduate of London College of Fashion Millie is currently Sponsorship Manager at the British Fashion Council. Over the last 4 years Millie has managed a portfolio of activity for the company’s biggest commercial partners in particular for London Fashion Week. Millie also project manages the BFC’s ‘Positive Fashion’ initiative, sitting on a committee alongside top executive level sustainability representatives from Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Selfridges and Kering to drive best practice within the industry focusing on Legislation, CSR and Consumer awareness. With over 9 years’ experience within the fashion industry, Millie worked in various PR and Marketing roles for Tommy Hilfiger, Hackett London and Jaeger prior to joining the BFC. Marketing Fiona After graduating with a degree in Geography I wasn’t clear on my career path, except that I wanted to be in business and that I loved to travel! I started out in a sales role at an events company and then moved into marketing. Since then I have had various marketing roles at Dixons Retail Group, Toshiba (where I travelled around Europe most weeks) and Sky. Now I prefer to work for smaller entrepreneurial companies. My current role as Marketing Director of Portico, an award winning estate agency in London, involved a complete rebrand of the company and creation of new services. Journalism Rebecca I have an English degree from Cambridge and a journalism MA from Stanford, where I was awarded a scholarship. After graduating, I entered journalism as a local hack and shiftworker at the Evening Standard, before taking a job as chief reporter at the International Bar Association. Here, I focused on human rights and the law, and developed a strong interest in the Middle East – prompting me to leave the UK in 2015 and spend a year cycling alone to Iran. I now work as a freelancer and have written for the Guardian, BBC, Times, Independent, Economist, Spectator and several travel and sport publications. Cycling website: www.thebicyclediaries.co.uk. Science/Research Vivienne Having left school with Maths and Science A-levels, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do next. The Materials Science and Engineering course that I picked provided a broad enough background to allow specialisation in a variety of different fields. From there I went on to do an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and have continued onto a PhD in Biomaterials within the same research group, allowing me to combine my Engineering background with an initial interest in Medicine. The group is working on developing new materials which could be used to regenerate and repair bone that has been damaged through injury or disease – this includes making novel polymer-glass hybrid materials, developing and creating nanoparticles and investigating the potential of new 3D printing techniques. Tech/Business Maya Maya currently works as a freelance technology and marketing consultant to the BBC. She previously worked at Go Cardless one of the hottest startups according to WIRED magazine. She studied Physics at Oxford University and has a passion to get more girls into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also loves colourful leggings. Academia David David is Head of Stakeholder Relationships (Higher Education) at Pearson. This role involves keeping universities updated on changes to the qualifications taken by students in schools and colleges. He regularly studies university entry requirements (for both A level and BTEC students) for degree programmes in all subjects, looking for any changes/trends. He has a good understanding of universities’ policies towards the changes that were made recently to all qualifications. He also has a good knowledge of the UCAS Tariff. In the past, he has produced guidance on progression to Higher Education for students, particularly for those taking BTEC qualifications. Previously, David was a science teacher/head of department. Ask David for questions on university applications and alternative routes to higher education. Finance/Banking Mayan Mayan has spent over 7 years working in Equity Research and Asset Management. Mayan completed a MSc in Finance at the University of St Andrews. Prior to that, he graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. Mayan enjoys cycling and has a strong interest in architecture and design. Medicine Shree I didn’t always want to be a doctor, and made the decision quite close to the UCAS submissions date. My reasons for choosing a career in medicine were far from what most would expect and I am pleased to say it was the right choice and I absolutely love my job and the opportunities it brings with it. I graduated from Imperial College London School of Medicine in 2010 and since then have worked in many different areas of medicine and now specialise in Anaesthetics. I am also an honorary clinical lecturer at Imperial College London School of Medicine and so I also have the opportunity to teach medical students and foundation doctors about Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, which is incredibly fulfilling. When I’m not in scrubs, I can usually be found baking, running, cycling or climbing something! Music/Opera/Musical Theatre James James is the Director of Opera and Joint Chief Executive of Opera Holland Park. In his 16 years at the company James has developed OHP’s foundations on the quality and consistency of its artistic output. In 2012 he commissioned the family opera Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – the company first commission which in 4 years has been performed over 60 times including performances at the Linbury theatre, the Royal Opera House and at Wilderness Festival. Through the OHP Christine Collins Young Artists scheme, James has shown his belief in developing and nurturing talent. Tech/Start-up Rob My passion is in using technology to create new and exciting experiences. I first tried my hand at web design as a teen, working with a mate to make websites for local businesses in our town. After graduating with an Economics degree from The University of Nottingham, I honed my tech skills as a consultant at the professional services firm, Accenture Digital. A year ago I joined the on-demand startup Deliveroo, where I’m currently the Product Manager for Growth. I’m lucky enough to work with brilliant software engineers, data scientists and UX designers build Deliveroo’s technology. Creative/Project Management Zoe I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life. So I made a decision to try my hardest at whatever job I was doing, give it my absolute all and enjoy each day as much as possible. I guess this isn’t the usual way to plan and steer one’s life, but it seems to have worked for me so far, it takes all sorts in this world. I studied Criminology BA, then did a post graduate fast track certificate in journalism, then I moved to London and just started working to pay rent and be able to fully enjoy this vibrant and colourful city. I had a passion for design and photography and this steered me towards jobs in the creative industries. I moved quickly from admin jobs to project management and then production, simply by working hard and going that extra mile. People really do notice when you work hard and take pride in your day to day tasks, whatever they are. I love creativity, the production process of ‘getting things done’, working with interesting people and having a close knit team, and this is what has steered my career. I have been lucky enough to work with some exciting creative agencies over the years, my previous clients have included Nike, BBC, Ferrari, Shell, New Look, Yo! Sushi, Samsung, Southbank Centre, Arts Council, Crafts Council, Royal Academy of Music, Young Vic Theatre, Elton John, Big Brother, Oasis. 4 years ago I was invited by the Creative Director of Nike to work internally and help set up a design agency in London to work on and produce all NikeLab Special Projects which has been a thrilling ride, tough but rewarding. I am now about to embark own a new adventure with the Airbnb team as their creative producer. Accountancy Darrold I studied Economics at the London School of Economics and graduated in 2013. I was lucky enough to intern at PwC during my 2nd year in 2012 and secured an offer for the graduate scheme. Three years later I’ve completed my professional exams and am now a fully Chartered Accountant! Accountancy gets an unfair reputation in my eyes. The best part about the job is less so number crunching and more interacting with people every day and enjoying the camaraderie of working in teams. It’s almost an extension of university, almost… Lawyer: Barrister Matthew Matthew is a barrister at 1 Hare Court, London, specialising in family and property law disputes. He studied at the LSE and UCL, having grown up in South Wales. He also practises in the West Country. Before starting his career at the Bar he worked in Parliament for David Davis, then Shadow Home Secretary, now in charge of Brexit. Matthew’s case load involves anything from disputes between cohabitants over property rights to Premiership footballers arguing over the amount of maintenance they should pay to their former spouses. Fashion/Social Media Hannah Hannah began her career in the editorial department of Vogue magazine as features assistant where she wrote trend pieces, culture reports and interviews. From there she moved in to e-commerce, working in digital editorial and marketing roles. She freelanced for over a year for brands such as Topshop – where she was editor – Skype and Victoria Beckham, while contributing articles to magazines and newspapers including New York Magazine, Stylist, The Debrief and The Independent. Hannah then became social media editor for NET–A–PORTER and PORTER Magazine, before moving to her current role as Global Social Media Manager at MATCHESFASHION.COM. As well as managing both the brand’s menswear and womenswear social media accounts, Hannah contributes interviews and features for the MATCHESFASHION.COM weekly digital magazine, The Style Report and is a guest lecturer at the London College of Fashion. Science Dimitri After completing an MSc in Chemical Engineering and a stint at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, I decided to pursue a PhD in the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London. My work revolves around the clean-up of the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan, where I am looking to use innovative processing techniques to help treat some of the more difficult nuclear waste and make it safe for long-term disposal. I have just returned from Japan, where I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of months in the Hitachi Research Laboratories performing final experiments. If you have any questions about research, science or engineering and in particular chemical or nuclear engineering I will be keen to help! Dentistry Anishka I graduated from Bart’s and the London in 2009. After working for a number of years as an associate in general practice, providing both NHS and Private Dentistry, I became the co-principal of a dental clinic in Cockfosters, Hertfordshire. As well as performing general dentistry, I provide cosmetic dental treatments, orthodontic treatments and facial aesthetics. I combine my clinical work with running a business and looking after a team of 15 people. I enjoy my job and love the variety that it provides on a daily basis.