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Summer 2012 Autumn Term 2013 The Felsted Network has been in full swing this term with three separate events taking place across the City of London. The evenings have helped to inspire current Sixth Form pupils looking to work within compe//ve professions and give them the opportunity to chat to OFs and parents to gain valuable insight into each industry. Key speakers covered the importance of mentoring Felstedians, inspiring students, providing work experience and keeping in touch on a regular basis. It was great to see pupils, undergraduates, Felstedians in the early stages of their careers and experienced senior prac//oners discussing their personal career journeys and engaging with one another. Thank you to all those who supported the events and helped to make each evening a great success - we hope to see you again soon!

Property Network, BNP Paribas

Legal Network, Herbert Smith Freehills

Arts and Media Network, ITV Studios

VOCATIONAL Work Experience Pupil James Seager (U6c) spent three days at a top events management company aer OF Lucy Ockenden ( 94-01), replied to a message posted on the Felsted Network LinkedIn page by Steven Winter, Director of Leadership and Outreach at Felsted School. Lucy, entrepreneur, producer and produc/on manager of three UK companies swily oered to provide a placement. During his three days at The McOnie Company, James helped to organise a dance show and had the chance to liaise with investors and go backstage at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End. “The day to day job involved a lot of travelling across London and was very people orientated which I really enjoyed. At the end of my placement, Lucy very kindly took me to see the show Billy Elliot and I am hugely grateful to her for giving me such a great opportunity.â€?

OF Lucy Ockenden gets online

Lucy explains “James shadowed me over a series of busy days and was keen to experience an adrenaline ďŹ lled ‘day in the life’ of a producer, consultant and designer. I started using the LinkedIn Felsted Network when it launched, as a way to keep up to date with the progress of Felsted and the OF community. I would not hesitate to take on a Felstedian interested in the arts or events, if I can. I wholeheartedly support Felsted’s ini/a/ves in this area and recently had the opportunity to express my support to Headmaster, Dr Walker, at the Arts and Media networking event.â€? The McOnie Company is producing a brand new show composed by Tony Award winning Grant Olding, opening in February 2014. Tickets can be purchased via .

Careers Rob Slater (b 85-90), Director of Safari Consultants (, a bespoke tour operator based in Suffolk specialising in tailor-made African safari holidays, recently recruited two OFs, Olly Coulson (fac 02-09) and Fran Gwyther (fb 9607), after advertising the vacancies on The Felsted Network LinkedIn page earlier this year. After a successful recruitment process, the two OFs were welcomed into the company and have been very busy. With Olly working in sales and Fran in the admin and marketing area, they have already become valued members of the team. Rob explains “Both Fran and Olly have fitted in really well with the team, as they are both confident individuals and have a great all-round ability”.

OF Rob Slater

Since star/ng his job in July, Olly has already travelled to Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana to gain experience and learn about life on safari. “ Hopefully this is just the start for both Olly and Fran” says Rob, “they will both have opportuni/es to visit many fantas/c places in this career.” All of the sales team at Safari Consultants travel to Africa on a regular basis to ensure they can provide expert advice to customers.

OF Olly Coulson

Fran’s family, originally from South Africa, already had a close Felsted connec/on with her employer, as her father, Mr Iain Gwyther, taught and coached Rob when he was at school. Rob remembers Iain talking about Africa and in par/cular, about the incredible Okavango Delta in Botswana, somewhere that is now one of Rob’s favourite places!

EDUCATIONAL Seminar for Medical Students Dr Henry Walton (fc 94-07), Founda/on Year One Doctor at Royal Sussex County Hospital, delivered an inspiring speech to budding medical students in Year 11 through to Upper Sixth on 18 November. Having studied Medical Sciences at Magdalene College in Cambridge and Medicine at Kings College London, Dr Walton gave students an unique insight into his journey to becoming a qualified doctor and discussed the challenges young students face entering the medical profession. Dr Walton also delivered mock interviews to the U6 applicants for medicine and den/stry which was a very helpful experience.

OF Dr Henry Walton

Pupil Marino Entwistle (m 12), said “Dr Walton talked in detail about the process of becoming a medical doctor, the pluses and minuses of this career path and his experience as a medical student. He gave us very insightful advice regarding different medical schools, what the application process involves and some tips regarding the interview and personal statement...his first-hand experience of studying at one of the top universities in the world was invaluable.”

Inspiring Felstedians The work education talk by Dr Henry Walton was organised by Miss Alex Simpson, Director of Work Education at Felsted School. If you are interested in delivering a similar seminar to inspire students, please contact Miss Simpson on or call 01317 822600.

Networking On the 19 September, Mike Beale, Director of Interna/onal Formats at ITV, hosted the Felsted Arts and Media Network at ITV studios. 10 pupils were invited along to have a tour of the studios, following an earlier visit to the Imaginators OďŹƒce in Essex, a large digital print produc/on company run by MaN Tydeman. Later on that evening, the students had a chance to socialise with Old Felstedians and parents and ďŹ nd out more about the industry. Pupil Emma Sweeney (L6g) explains, “It was an amazing night and I learnt so much about the arts and media world and also made a few connec/ons for possible work experience in the future!â€?

OFs Isabel Woodford, Sean Fletcher, Oliver Balch

The Felsted Property Network, hosted by BNP Paribas on the 3 October, saw a great mix of Old Felstedians and parents come together to discuss careers in real estate, property development, surveying architecture and civil engineering. Pupil James StuchďŹ eld (U6c) explains “It educated all of us in the ďŹ eld of property and it was highly beneďŹ cial to speak to people that had forged their way into the business. It helped to clarify plans and reinforced the importance of work experience.â€? Many thanks to Fred Hargreaves (g 72-77) for hos/ng the evening.

Felstedians Tom Brabrook and Sam Mitchell

The Felsted Legal Network was launched on 14 November at Herbert Smith Freehills and kindly hosted by Phillip Carrington. Nine pupils travelled from Felsted to London and the highlight for many was listening to Mr Anu Mohindru, a Barrister and Felsted parent, describe how he has undertaken the role of a mentor and helped OF Samuel BurreN (fe, 97-07) and others gain work experience. Student Holly Jeery (L6m) gave her own account of the evening, “Aer the speeches, there was the opportunity to chat with the lawyers present. Some were just embarking on their careers whilst others had a huge wealth of experience. They gave invaluable advice about which steps to take to begin a law career and shared their own stories, oering their wisdom.â€?

OF Natalie Skacelova and Felstedian Edmund Lucas

SOCIAL Cambridge On 8 November, the Felstedian Society Cambridgeshire Group held a champagne reception and sumptuous lunch in the beautiful surroundings of The Alcock Room, Jesus College, Cambridge. The lunch was hosted by Nicholas Ray (g 60-65) and thanks to Edward Thackray (g 60-63) and Stephen Setchell (c 56-59) for organising the occasion.

Headmaster Dr Mike Walker and Nicholas Ray

Mr Thackray explains “Our Group is gaining numbers and we would warmly welcome OFs from the region to join us. As well as a winter gathering in one of the Colleges, we also have a late spring lunch in the informal dining room of the Regional Catering College on the outskirts of Cambridge where we are well looked after by the trainee chefs and serving staff. Do come along to the next one if you can!”

California Across the Atlan/c, Professor Tony Hunter (e 56- 61) hosted a celebra/on evening for Dr Mike and Mrs Corinne Walker to meet with Felstedians at the Salk Ins/tute, La Holla, California. OFs and their partners were provided with the opportunity to tour the ins/tute and gain an insight into Tony’s work as a leading cancer research scien/st. An evening meal followed the view of a beau/ful sunset over the Pacific Ocean, from the iconic infinity fountain. Thank you to Tony and also Garo (d 61-65) and Kim Yerevanian for helping to organise the event.

Hong Kong On Saturday 19 October OFs gathered in the sumptuous and exclusive surroundings of The Library, The China Club, Hong Kong. Headmaster Dr Mike Walker and Mrs Corinne Walker, hosted the Cocktail Recep/on and met with notable OFs and parents who are based in the city. Dr Walker explains, “I was thrilled to meet so many Felstedians at the recep/on in Hong Kong. I also found the chance to visit a dozen different Chinese schools fascina/ng and there are many poten/al exchange partnerships which could be developed, as well as a number of other possible links”. Our thanks to Ian and Becky Brown for their help with coordina/ng the event.

Where next? The Felsted Network on LinkedIn, is a closed group for Old Felstedians, current and former parents, current and former teachers and those with a close connec/on to the Felsted School Community. It currently has over 1,200 members and is growing on a daily basis! It is easy to join. Simply search for ‘The Felsted Network‘ on LinkedIn ‘Groups’ and ask to join. If you need further details please contact Selina Joslin on 01371 822645 or email You can also find us on Facebook under ‘Felstedian Liaison’ and TwiNer ‘Felstedian Tweeters@ Felstedians’.

OFs Andrea Smith Valls, Maddie Seacombe and Mike Marriage

OF Liaison Office, Felsted School, Felsted, Essex, CM6 3LL, 01371 822645,

Felsted Network Autumn Term Newsletter 2013  

Felsted Network Autumn Term Newsletter 2013

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