Dr Sarah Fane
Prof Carys Bannister
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Create the Future
THE BUILDING OF THE 6 – THE NEW SIXTH FORM BOARDING ACCOMMODATION AND SOCIAL SPACE – begins in July 2019. For those of you that remember the Unit and the Barbara Platt building, The 6 will replace this 1970’s accommodation and provide a modern, vibrant living space. The girls were asked to help us name the bedrooms by suggesting women who they believe have or are making a remarkable contribution to society. We hope that generations of girls will be enthused and energised by the stories of the women for whom their rooms are named. Women from across the world in the fields of science, the arts, civil rights, philanthropy and more have been chosen: Rosa Parks, Dr Marie Stopes, Amina J Mohammed, Nadiya Hussein, Tu Youyou and Baronness Grey-Thompson and many more. We are also delighted to recognise St Catherine’s alumnae for their valuable contributions to society.
Prof Beverley McKeon
U A Fanthorpe
Prof Carys Bannister 1935-2010 - Neurosurgeon and Medical Researcher and Alumna of 1953 Alumna Carys Bannister began her medical career in 1958 and went on to become Britain’s first female neurosurgeon. She ran a research laboratory at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where she had a particular interest in congenital disorders of the Central Nervous System. Dr Sarah Fane - Founder of Afghan Connection and Alumna of 1981 In 2002, following her travels as a wartime doctor in Afghanistan, alumna Dr Sarah Fane set up Afghan Connection. Afghan Connection has built 46 schools and 100 cricket pitches and has touched the lives of 285,000 young Afghans. Dr Sarah Fane writes ‘Education for girls is at the heart of the charity and St Catherine’s has supported every step of the way.’ U A Fanthorpe 1929-2009 – Poet, English Teacher and Alumna of 1949 After a successful career as Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies’ college, UA Fanthorpe turned into what she famously called ‘a middle-aged drop-out’, taking a modestly paid job as clerk in a hospital in order to devote more time to writing. Her many honours and awards include a Royal Society of Literature fellowship, the Arts Council Writers’ Award and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry awarded in 2003. Isabel Hardman - Political Journalist and Alumna of 2004 Isabel Hardman is Assistant Editor of the Spectator and presenter of Radio 4’s Week in Westminster. She regularly writes political columns for a number of other publications and is based in the parliamentary press gallery. Nikki Henderson – Yachtswoman and Alumna of 2011 In 2018, Nikki became the youngest ever skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race at the age of 25, finishing second. Nikki will be coming to share her story at St Catherine’s on Foundation Day - 22nd September 2019. Prof Beverley McKeon Reynolds – Professor of Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology and Alumna of 1992 Professor McKeon found herself attracted to an academic career, interrogating and mastering airflow over aircraft. With her team she explores new ways to optimise aircraft performance and in turn reduce harmful CO2 emissions.
Tara Singh Vachani
Juliet Stevenson Actor and Alumna of 1974 Part of the ‘new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Juliet Stevenson has starred in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre as well as having a hugely successful radio, television and film career. Tara Singh Vachani - Businesswoman and Alumna of 2004 Tara describes herself as being ‘driven by the passion to create an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle for seniors that is unique to India.’ As founder, CEO and Managing Director of Antara Senior Living she has been able to realise her vision. SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION Above are our celebrated alumnae. If you’d like to support the education of girls just bristling with the potential to become the changemakers of the future, you can donate to The 6 campaign. You might choose for your gift to be acknowledged against one of our women of influence. Find out more here: www.stcatherines.info/create-the-future Thank you for considering giving back to St Catherine’s.
St Catherine's Alumnae Newsletter Summer 2019