Bolton School Former Pupils

Manchester Networking Event

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On Thursday 16 June 2022 School’s Development Office are hosting their Manchester Networking event at BLM Law offices.

We invite all Alumni to join us for 6.30pm before a panel of Old Girl speakers will discuss ‘The Future of the NHS Post-Covid’ at 7pm, followed by drinks and canapés.

Drawing upon their varied experience, our Alumnae will discuss their experiences of the working within the healthcare sector throughout the Covid pandemic and the lasting impact it has had on their professions.

Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here or by contacting the Development Office on 01204 434 718 to pay over the phone.

This year our Manchester Networking Event is kindly sponsored by and held at the prestigious new Manchester Offices of BLM Law, 2 New Bailey Square, M3 5GS.


About our panellists:

Thorrun Govind (Class of 2010)

Thorrun studied Pharmacy at King's College London, completing her pharmacy pre-registration training in 2016. In 2018 she was named 'Young Pharmacist of the Year' by Pharmacy Business Magazine and awarded a 'Pharmacy Champion' Award by Greater Manchester Local Practice Network. The same year she was also elected to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, English Pharmacy Board-the youngest elected board member.

As a practising Pharmacist she is a strong advocate for healthcare and healthcare professionals across traditional and social media, regularly providing healthcare comment in a range of media, including on Sky News and the BBC.

Thorrun studied for her Graduate Diploma in Law whilst working as a pharmacist. She subsequently studied for her Legal Practice course and MSc in Law, Business and Management, attaining a Distinction. In 2019 she joined Healthcare Law firm, Hempsons, where she completed her training contract to become a solicitor working in a healthcare advisory role.

Thorrun is now a practicing Pharmacist, practicing Solicitor and Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England.


Heather Henry (née Fisher, Class of 1979)

Queen's Nurse Heather is a social entrepreneur, writer, innovator and health policy influencer. She is the former chair of New NHS Alliance a national membership body promoting wellbeing and is a current trustee of Being There, a Greater Manchester charity supporting people with life limiting illness.

Heather practises a social model of public health, inventing and co-producing solutions with local people. Based on her own severe asthma as a child, her latest innovation is BreathChamps: offering a post-pandemic, holistic breathless recovery programme across Trafford.

For her partnership work with severe and multiply disadvantaged fathers in Salford, Heather won the Sue Pembrey Award for person and community-centred nursing care. She has also received the Open University Business School Alumnus Award for her 'Outstanding Contribution to Society'.

The granddaughter of a weaver, she believes in cooperation for mutual benefit.


Susannah Penney (Class of 1993)

Susannah Penney is a Consultant Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where she provides outreach cancer care to patients at Tameside Hospital. As part of her Otolaryngology training, she was awarded a prestigious National Head and Neck Training Fellowship at the Freeman Hospital.

More recently, Susi was promoted to Pathway Director for Head and Neck Cancer and Lead Cancer Clinician before becoming the Associate Medical Director at GM Cancer and leads on several projects to ensure that anyone who is suspected of, or who has cancer, receives timely, high-quality care; driving forward the standard of care for all cancers. Within her current role, Susi holds responsibility for the Head and Neck Service Unit and its integration across all hospitals – ensuring equity of access and an ambition for world-class clinical care, whilst representing the Alliance nationally in several key areas.


About our host:

Sheila Fisher (née Platt, Class of 1970)

Sheila Fisher enjoyed two medical careers, the first as Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon in Nottingham and a Senior Lecturer in Leeds and a second as a Medical Researcher. Her main interest was face and jaw cancer and trauma surgery linking through to research in spectroscopy in cancer diagnosis, new biomaterials for face and jaw reconstruction and her PhD considered cancer patients’ opinions on cancer treatment.

She loved training young surgeons and health professionals and was an examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as national involvement in areas of clinical and research governance; medical ethics and innovation and regulation of medical devices. In ‘time beyond paid work’ she returned as medical supervisor in the COVID vaccination service.

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