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Inaugural Alumni Networking Event held in London

Monday, 31 March 2014

Over 40 Old Boys and Old Girls attended the School’s inaugural Alumni Networking Event, held at Cass Business School on Tuesday 25th March 2014. 

As Head of Cass’ Strategy and Development Board, Old Boy Sir Malcolm Williamson (Class of 1957) acted as both host and keynote speaker at an event which aimed to encourage networking amongst Alumni of all ages. 

After a welcome from Headmistress Sue Hincks, Sir Malcolm spoke wittily about a career which has spanned over fifty years in the insurance and financial services industries.  Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Visa International, and Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered plc, Sir Malcolm is currently the Chairman of Resolution Ltd / Friends Life Group plc.

Sir Malcolm’s candid observations on the causes of the recent financial crisis, and the caution required when attempting to remedy the problems created by the crisis, held his audience rapt.  A lively Question and Answer session followed, chaired by Old Boy and School Governor Andrew Palmer (Class of 1977), with Sir Malcolm fielding questions on bankers’ bonuses, the UK’s place in Europe, future growth sectors and gender equality at the highest levels. 

Andrew Palmer then concluded the session with reference to both Lord Leverhulme and more recent Old Boltonian success stories, noting that, as Bolton and its industries had kick-started the first industrial revolution, it was not too wild a claim to make that Bolton’s entrepreneurs could have the same impact on this century. 

After a closing speech from Headmaster Philip Britton, guests at the event continued to network over drinks and canapés.  Future events are already being planned, and Alumni interested in attending should contact the Development Office for further information.  

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Sir Malcolm delivers his keynote speech

Sir Malcolm delivers his keynote speech

Guests at the event

Guests at the event

Sir Malcolm chats with guests

Sir Malcolm chats with guests