Speakers in 2016-17

Our recent speakers have included:

May 2017: Vittoria Ferlisi Vianelli
Benenden Senior Vittoria came to talk to our Medics Club about A Level choices and how they helped her with the application to Medicine (especially doing a language). Vittoria is currently studying Medicine at St George’s in London. She also talked about the first year of university reading Medicine and about St George's and what extra-curricular activities there are that you can do as well as work. 

March 2017: Lord Bilimoria
Cobra Beer founder and entrepreneur Lord Bilimoria visited Benenden to give a lecture on entrepreneurship – talking personally about he began his business and his struggles and successes along the way. He highlighted the importance of integrity, which is one of his and his business’s key principles, and then hosted a question and answer session where he was happy to speak about the House of Lords and its importance in British politics.

March 2017: Rosie Garthwaite
Rosie Garthwaite is also a Benenden Senior and she visited the School on International Women's Day to speak about her career as a journalist in the Middle East. Her talk, entitled Invisible Frontiers, focused on the significance of incremental change. She discussed her work as the Executive Producer of her production company Mediadante, as well as at Al Jazeera and the BBC.

November 2016: Georgina Harland
Georgina Harland, another former Benenden Senior, returned to the School in November. Georgina won a Bronze medal in Modern Pentathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She enjoyed dinner here with Sport Scholars and the Sixth Form then spoke to them about the Rio Olympics giving an insight from inside the British Olympic Association.

October 2016: Su-Yen Thornhill
Su-Yen Thornhill is a Benenden Senior who spoke to students about her experiences in South Africa where she runs a health and wellness company specialising in unique African experiences. She spoke of her vision for girls to gain leadership and life skills experiencing the type of authentic wilderness that is not available on  traditional safari holidays/

October 2016: Charles Hymas
In October we welcomed Charles Hymas, Managing Editor (News) at the Sunday Times, who spoke to the Sixth Form. He spoke about careers in journalism, the positive effect that journalism can have and about his ongoing campaign to improve mental health in schools. He then rounded off the event by answering questions from the girls.

September 2016: Santa Montefiore
Esteemed author Santa Montefiore ran a workshop with Lower Fifths before talking to the Fifths about writing essays, how to improve their writing and what it takes to be an author. Mrs Montefiore, who has published a novel a year since 2002 and sold over four millions novels in the process, also signed copies of her books for the girls.

September 2016: Alice Tyler
Alice Tyler, ex-producer of Made in Chelsea, visited to give a lecture. She talked about the role of a producer and a real insight into working in television.

September 2016: Dr Margaret Mountford
Dr Mountford, well known as being one of Lord Sugar's original advisers on The Apprentice, visited the School to advise students on the Professional Skills Programme during the day before speaking to the entire School in the evening about her career as well as offering advice and answering student's questions.


See details of our speakers in 2015-16