Inspirational talks

 Technology in Business & Resilience

On Friday 7th September we were lucky enough to have Clive Triance in school to talk to our senior pupils about Technology in Business and Resilience.

Clive Triance joined HSBC Securities Services in 2012 as Global Head of Broker Outsourcing. In January 2015 he was appointed Global Head of Banks and Broker Dealers Sector, Sales and Business Development.

Prior to HSBC Clive was CEO of Penson Europe. He has spent more than 30 years in the banking sector in senior roles including COO of Instinet Europe, COO of securities and fund services EMEA at Citi and as global head of operations and CAO of Cantor Fitzgerald, based in London.

In a very colourful hour, Clive departed his wisdom on topics such as how Millennials and Technology will shape the future of business and the world of finance. Clive gave first hand experiences of managing HSBC through the shocking aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. He also offered our senior pupils some thoughts on how to succeed, and why wellbeing and ethics are at the core of successful business people.


IMG_3859wBen Smith and The 401 Challenge

On Friday 14th September we had a frank but truly inspirational talk by Ben Smith who talked to our senior pupils about overcoming adversity, bullying, sexuality and sporting triumph.

On the 1st September 2015 Ben began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his life, he ran 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK visiting 309 different locations on the UK Mainland. Ben aimed to raise £250,000 for the two amazing charities Kidscape and Stonewall who are dedicated to tackling bullying in our society. These two charities support award winning initiatives to get to the heart of bullying in schools and society in all its forms. Ben ran a total of 10.506.2 miles which is the same distance from London to Sydney and at the end of the challenge on the 5th October 2016 Ben had raised in excess of £315,000 through generous donations by individuals and businesses all over the world.

Ben and The 401 Challenge gained international, national and local press throughout the project inspiring thousands of people to do things they never thought were personally possible. The objectives of the 401 challenge were simple:

  • Raise £250,000 to support the work of Stonewall and Kidscape
  • Raise awareness of the harmful effects of bullying in the UK
  • Complete 401 marathons in 401 days
  • Get as many people involved as possible and inspire them to push their limits

We really appreciated Ben giving his time to us and talking so openly about his inspiring journey.