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Distinguished Speakers Programme

Rudi Oppenheimer, February 2014


Lord Sharmon, March 2014

Matravers School were delighted to welcome Lord Sharman on Wednesday 12th March as part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ charity programme. Lord Sharman spoke to students across Years 10,11,12 and 13 about his career in the business world, which culminated in him becoming the Chief Executive of KPMG (one of the largest accountancy firms in the world) and chairman of Aviva. His main messages of “ never stop learning” and “not to fear change”, resonated well with Matravers students.

Sixth Form Business Studies students had the added bonus of a wide-ranging and informal discussion with him, covering many aspects of business, including working in China, working with the Thatcher government and ethics in business. There was plenty of food for thought and many students took advantage of the chance to ask detailed questions.


Professor Richard Oreffo, January 2015

Professor Richard Oreffo holds the chair of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Southmapton and is Co-founder of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration. During his visit he presented to over 200 Sixth Form and Year 11 students on his career and current research work. Following this there followed a Q&A for students to find out more about the opportunities that the University of Southampton can offer.


Professor Melanie Welham, October 2015

Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Director of Science at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the largest public funder of non-medical biological research in the UK. Professor Welham gave an engaging and informative presentation about how she has built a highly successful and influential career in the science sector, including reflections on the people and circumstances which have had a major impact

She answered many questions from the science students, explaining more details about her cutting-edge work on stem cell research, as well as highlighting what she considers to be the major opportunities in the biological sciences area today. Following the talk, Professor Welham offered individual advice to a number of Year 13 students regarding courses and universities they are considering applying for. This was a hugely valuable experience for the students involved, many of whom have amended their future plans as a consequence of the visit.