At Westonbirt, it is considered very important that students have strong role models. The school is proud to be working with several 'Westonbirt Champions' who support the school and the students through mentoring, attending events and championing careers beyond school life.
This is also celebrated at Westonbirt each year with an annual Inspiring Women's Day which sees many alumni return to school to share their career paths with the Sixth Form students inspiring them with their experiences since leaving school.
We are delighted to be working with several high profile role models from a range of different industry sectors, please click on the links below to read their individual case studies.
Aimee is a Project and Operations Manager for BRACED working at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). This is a UK Government-funded international development project, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters - www.braced.org. BRACED is a multi-million pound project that is supporting 5 million people across 13 countries in South-East Asia, the Sahel and East Africa to be better able to cope with climate-related shocks and stresses, such as droughts and floods.
Hermione is a British designer and Westonbirt alumni who runs her own successful business renowned for exceptional quality craftsmanship and originality of design. Each Hermione Harbutt piece is entirely unique and created by hand in the UK design studio using the finest pearls,
Swarovski crystals, gemstones and diamonds. The meticulous attention to detail and high calibre workmanship involved in the creation of every piece ensures that Hermione Harbutt accessories are treasured as heirlooms of the future.
Jo Cruse is Managing Director of leadership organisation The Unreasonables. With a degree in PPE and a professional education background, Jo is passionate about education and communication. She is co-founder of Macro-Adventure, a nine-month expedition from Alaska to Argentina where she uncovers remarkable stories of social entrepreneurs across the Americas.
Shefali works at Oxford Space Systems, a venture capital backed start-up. She successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Aircraft Engineering and later joined Cranfield University for a Master’s degree in Space Engineering and Astronautics. Shefali supports a range of STEM initiatives with the aim of inspiring the next generation of graduates and engineering entrepreneurs.
Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester.
Susie graduated from Imperial College, London with first class honours in 2005. She then completed a PhD at Leicester University before moving to America to become a Research Scientist at NASA.
In 2017, Dr Imber was selected to be one of 12 contestants on the BBC2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’
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