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We are always interested to hear from BHS alumnae, both in the UK and across the globe, with news about their careers, lives and achievements. We would be very happy to hear from any BHS alumnae who would be willing to help our current students, either by speaking about different careers paths, mentoring students and/or BHS alumnae on career development, or to arrange work experience for our Sixth Form students.

Please contact Corrie Rafferty in our marketing department (c.rafferty@bla.gdst.net) if you think you might be able to help.


CHRISTINA OKELLO - Investigative Journalist

christina okelloFollowing 6th Form study at Blackheath High, Christina read English, French and Politics at Leeds University before moving to Paris to read for an MA in Journalism.

Since this time, Christina has been based in Paris having worked as: correspondent for Israeli news channel JN1, Assistant Producer at France 24, a TV journalist at Africa 24 and a video journalist at Telesud. With extensive experience covering French national news, focusing in particular upon human-interest stories, her current role as investigative journalist at Radio France International keeps Christina busy reporting on areas of particular interest, including human rights, environmental issues, disaster and humanitarian relief, specialising in the Middle Eastern and African regions.

In a recent publication Christina condemned the escalating violence against journalists, and the failure of governments to do anything about it, exposing the cycle of impunity that exists linked to the fact that often the killers are the ones in power. We were delighted to welcome Christina back to the school to give a speech at the 2015 Prize Giving ceremony.


FARAH CASWELL - Environmental Engineer

Farah Caswell in site gearMy time at Blackheath High provided me with the necessary skills, support and confidence so that I was ready to face the world after school. From the very first time I entered and decided it was the school for me, to the last time I left, I enjoyed every minute and still look back fondly! Blackheath High and its teachers have a way of helping you find your strengths and building on them. Not to mention, friendships that stand the test of time. The warm and nurturing environment offers every and any opportunity it can so that when you take that first step after school, you're ready for what may come your way. Looking back, I realise how fortunate I am to have had such a great start to my education and my career. This comes at a particular stage as I am just finishing my Civil Engineering degree at Imperial College London and starting anew at Foster + Partners as an in-house Environmental Engineer.


CHARLENE WHITE - Journalist and Newsreader/Anchor

Charlene White is a journalist and newsreader/news anchor and currently employed by ITN, where she presents national news on ITV News and regionally on ITV London. She has previously presented radio news and entertainment shows at the BBC. Including BBC London 94.9, Radio 5Live, and BBC 1Xtra.

charlene whiteAfter leaving Blackheath High School, Charlene graduated from the London College of Printing. She worked as a newsroom journalist for Meridian TV in Kent, then as a presenter and senior broadcast journalist at BBC Look East, Radio 5 Live Morning Reports, BBC Three 60 Seconds and BBC News.

In 2008, she joined ITN - as a newscaster for the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV, during which time she became a regular presenter of ITV London News. She also started presenting the ITV News Weekend Daytime bulletins on a rotation basis. In April 2014, Charlene White became the first black woman to present ITV's News at Ten. Charlene can be regularly seen hosting weekend evening ITV News programmes, the weekday ITV News at 1:30 and ITV News London evening programme, as well as relief-presenting the main weekday programmes ITV News at 6:30 and ITV News at Ten.  

Charlene also makes a valuable contribution to the school in her role as a Blackheath High School governor.


PROFESSOR ANNA CRAFT (1961-2014)

Professor Anna Craft was a pupil at Blackheath High School from 1976- 80. Anna went on to Cambridge University from the sixth form, and after graduating with a BA in Social and Political Science, obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and an MA in the Philosophy of Education at the London University Institute of Education.  She was a successful primary school teacher in London, became a Teacher Fellow at the Polytechnic of North London, then a Project Officer at the National Curriculum Council.  In 1991 she joined The Open University, in due course being appointed to a Professorship in Education there, combining this with a Professorship in Education at the University of Exeter.  She also became a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the United States.

Professor Anna CraftAnna argued that a problem-solving, “possibility thinking” capacity is now a fundamental requirement in modern living, and that today’s complex and fast-changing world requires creative abilities which need to be cultivated from the earliest years.  She presented her ideas in well over 100 books, book chapters and journal papers, and became an internationally recognised and highly respected leader in the study of creativity in education.

Her colleagues and students regarded her as a warm and wise friend, combining commitment and intellect with exceptional vitality, diligence and humour.  And the distinguished Harvard Professor, Howard Gardner, has written that “...she deserves much of the credit for reinvigorating the study and understanding of creativity and play in young children ... (she) was one of those rare individuals whom it was always fun to be with, to learn from, and to be inspired by ... she was the epitome of life and high spirits”.

In the summer of 2014, Anna sadly died from cancer, aged 52. She is survived by her husband, Simon, and their teenage children, Hugo and Ella, her sister Naomi, and her parents.


FLORENCE REEVES - CEO of Buqa (2003 Leaver)

Flo Raja 11th May cropped-369Florence initially worked in the City for around ten years, before leaving to set up Buqa.

Buqa has two divisions; Buqa Couture (ethical, sustainable fashion) and Buqa Woman, a philanthropic women’s network. Buqa Woman aims to connect inspirational women via events, publishing unique stories/profiles, promoting women’s charities and promoting women’s work within cultural, corporate and public organisations internationally.

 


EMINE ALI RUSHTON - Health and Wellbeing Journalist  

emine“I had a really fantastic time at school, I made many friends for life and had some phenomenal teachers.  I recall the continual laughter and high spirits in the sixth form common room, competing in the Kent County Championships with the netball team, acting in school plays, directing the sixth form revue, attending a leadership conference with Nicola Horlick, with other GDST head girls... I'd be keen to visit when my little girl reaches school age, to see if Blackheath High still possesses it's unique laid-back, warm and welcoming spirit!”
Born and raised in London, where she still lives, Emine Ali Rushton graduated in 2002 with a first class BA degree in English Literature, from Durham University. After two years of work experience across various titles, including Vogue, Harvey Nichols Magazine and SHE, she began freelancing as a beauty writer. Now, with eight years of experience across beauty, health, trend and wellbeing journalism, she has written for a wealth of different titles that span the publishing spectrum – everything from ELLE, i-D, NYLON and ZEST to Weekend Magazine, Metro and The London Lite – the latter was home to her health and beauty column ‘SPA SECRETS’ which ran daily for 2 years.  She is also a keen blogger and is founder and author of:  ‘Miss Malcontent Seeks Truth in Beauty’ and  ‘we make up as we go along’.”
 Her most recent staff role was at the Conde Nast-distributed title, GLASS – a lifestyle title focused on ‘sustainable luxury.’ Aiming to strike the perfect balance between intelligent debate, innovative design and sustainable ethics and ethos, it prides itself on producing ‘smart beauty’ features – an ethos that Emine holds dear, and aims to champion in her new appointment – as beauty director of the Hachette monthly, PSYCHOLOGIES.


DR SARAH JL PAYNE  BSc (Hons) PhD MRCP (UK) - Specialist Registrar (SPR) in Medical Oncology

After completing A-levels, Sarah went straight on to study Medicine at UCL, achieving a first class Honours in her Intercalated BSc and final MBBS exams. She went on to complete her junior doctor training in a number of London hospitals, during which time she made a decision to specialise in Oncology. She started her specialist registrar (SPR) training in Medical Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 2003. She was awarded an MRC grant to complete a PhD in breast cancer during her training, which she successfully completed in 2010.

Sarah Payne and EmilySarah most recently transferred to Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in March 2014, to gain valuable experience working in another centre of excellence. Sarah successfully completed her training in January 2015 and was appointed a post CCT fellow at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital with a specialist interest in education. She was simultaneously appointed as undergraduate lead in clinical skills development for the Trust and oncology lead for undergraduate curriculum development. Sarah is currently looking to apply for a consultant position, hopefully in London, and is very keen to continue and develop her education role alongside her clinical work.

My interest in teaching and education has very much been influenced by my time as a pupil at BHS, and the extensive opportunities I had to lead and teach. I particularly remember organising the Science Society and seeing the enjoyment of the other pupils when we ran sessions on “Bubbles” and the “Science of the Flame”.

Sarah is married to Iain Soulsby, a local dentist, and they two daughters, Charlotte who is still at nursery, and Emily, who is at Blackheath High Junior School. Both Iain and Sarah are very active on the BHS Parents Association and Sarah is also Vice-Chairman of our Old Girls’ Association. 

“It is lovely to see that the atmosphere is still warm, friendly and personal as well as supportive of individual development and achievement. It has been fantastic to stay connected with the school and watch Emily, and soon Charlotte to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school community” says Sarah.


GERALDINE COOPER – Broadcast Journalist (1991 - 1998)

Geraldine“Blackheath High is a friendly, warm school and although I left more than a decade ago, I still have fond memories of Blackheath High and regularly meet up with lots of the old girls from my year, many of whom are very close friends to this day.
After taking 10 GCSEs, I went on to study for 3 A Levels in French, German and English.  I was also the Deputy Head Girl. The teaching and support I got at Blackheath High - particularly from my Modern Languages teachers - helped me to achieve the best possible grades and I went on to study French and German at Exeter College, Oxford University."
After leaving Oxford, Geraldine completed a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism and started work as a radio journalist, working primarily for Capital Radio and its affiliate stations.  She then moved over to work in TV at ITN, where she reported on the US presidential election and the death of Michael Jackson.  She now works at Sky News, as a member of the World News team, covering international stories for a global audience.


  
JO TONGUE – TV and Radio Producer and Talent Agent (1989 TO 1996)

jotounge"The friends I made at Blackheath High are the friends I will have for life. The experiences and confidence instilled in me while I was there were second to none. How I miss schooldays!
You learn things at BHS which stay with you for life – an inner confidence you didn’t know you had, a drive to be the best at whatever you turn your hand to and most importantly – lasting friendships.  My neighbours and holiday companions now, are the friends I made in the Upper Third in 1989!”
 Jo left Blackheath High in 1996 and she went on to join the BBC through BBC Talent in 2000.
Jo has been a Producer for eight years and has worked on programmes such as Wright and Bright, Baker and Kelly, Fighting Talk and she produced the Eamonn Holmes Show for three years.  Jo moved into TV and worked on Inside Sport (BBC1) before going to Tanzania for the World Service to teach media skills to footballers.   She has been the Executive Producer on 606 for BBC Radio 5 live for two years and is also a talent agent for ex-footballers and their media work.


 

JOSIE DELAP – Political Journalist (2000 TO 2006)

Josiedelap“My time at Blackheath High was an overwhelmingly positive experience.  I was delighted to be invited to become a Governor and make an on-going contribution to the life of the school.  I am, therefore, looking forward in particular to assisting the school in its continuing engagement with the local community and the broader world.”
After leaving Blackheath High School in 2006, Josie studied Arabic and French at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. As part of her course, she spent a year studying in Cairo. Following graduation, she worked for the Arab International Women's Forum, an organisation that promotes women's political, economic and social involvement in the Middle East. Josie went on to do an MPhil in Modern Middle East Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford where she focused on Iran. As part of her studies, she learned Persian and spent several months in Iran. On leaving Oxford, Josie started work at The Economist, writing daily news and analysis for the website. She is now the online Middle East and Africa Editor and writes regularly for the magazine about the Middle East, Africa and international human rights.



LIBBY RICHARDSON – Dentistry Student (2008 TO 2010)

“I spent 11 haPicture 4ppy, challenging years at Blackheath High in an environment in which I felt wholly supported and encouraged.  The academic support and Higher Education opportunities available to us all were fantastic.  Another benefit was the eclectic mix of extracurricular activities on offer, especially the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  The teachers were able to pass on invaluable advice and guidance which has undoubtedly helped me get to where I am today.  I cannot express how well this set me up for the exciting prospect of University and the wider world beyond.” 
Libby has just finished her first undergraduate year at King’s College London studying Dentistry and she loves what she is doing at the moment.  She would like to thank her teachers for all their encouraging words and advice with mock interviews, work experience and careers guidance which all helped to cement her determination to follow this path. 
 


 

LINDA AYOOLA –  Accounting and Financial Management graduate (2000 TO 2006)

Linda“Being Head Girl made me realise that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.  I can honestly say that BHS was indeed a stepping-stone for university life and my career. It provided me with the study skills I needed to attain a 2.1, as well as instilling the spirit of endurance, determination and willpower I would need to go far in my career.”
Linda is an Accounting and Financial Management graduate from the University of Sheffield; she was very eager to break into the world of Banking and Financial Services.  This ambition and motivation led her to apply to the graduate programmes offered by banks and various companies and she started her career at RBS.  She currently works in the Mergers and Acquisitions team overseeing the deal involving the acquisition of RBS branches by Santander.  Prior to working for RBS she worked for Santander as a Credit Card Analyst and before that she undertook an internship at MySpace in their Finance Department.
 


 

LOIS EDMETT (1996 to 2010)

Louis “Staying at Blackheath High for sixth form was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Being in the sixth form is completely different to the lower school and offers many new challenges.  I benefited from a freedom to manage my own studies (which put me in good stead for Uni) and from the smaller class sizes meaning I received almost individual tutoring and mentoring.
I had so much fun at Blackheath High! It really felt like a family in the sixth form area rather than a school.  There's a relaxed intimacy to the environment which really made me feel safe.   For the rest of your life you'll be competing with large crowds for everything- make the most of the individual attention Blackheath can afford to give you. You won't have it again!
I discovered that one of the easiest ways to make friends in freshers week is to mention you're a GDST girl! I bonded with so many people over the shared experience of studying under the GDST banner- it was a great ice breaker!”
Lois is now studying English Literature at Durham University.  She believes that the skills and advice she received from Blackheath High School helped her to win her much coveted place at Durham.  And that the extracurricular activities she took part in such as; Duke of Edinburgh, numerous sports, fashion shows, bands, orchestras, drama and so on helped her UCAS application to stand out and gave her something unusual to talk about.


 MARY QUANT  OBE, FCSD (born 11 February 1934)

Mary QuantMary Quant is a Welsh fashion designer and a British fashion icon, who was instrumental in the mod fashion movement. She was one of the designers who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants.
Mary was born in Blackheath, London to Welsh parents, where she attended Blackheath High School and later graduated from Goldsmith’s College.
As creator of the mini skirt and hot pants, she showed a generation how to dress to please themselves. Her instant success made traditionally cautious designers change their attitudes and make their designs appeal to the newly important youth market.
Convinced that fashion needed to be affordable to be accessible to the young, she opened her own retail boutique, “Bazaar”, on the Kings Road in 1955, introducing the 'mod' era and the 'Chelsea Look.'
In her quest for new and interesting clothes for “Bazaar”, she was not satisfied with the range of clothes available and decided that the shop would have to be stocked with clothes made by herself. Knee-high, white, patent plastic, lace up boots, and tight, skinny rib sweaters in stripes and bold checks, which came to epitomise the “London Look”, were the result. Along with trendy fashion shows and window displays, she secured her reputation through the production of original clothing, sold in affordable boutiques, for the new youth-orientated market.
Following on the success of the first Chelsea store, a second Bazaar opened in Knightsbridge in 1961. By 1963 Mary was exporting to the USA, going into mass-production to keep up with the demand, and the Mary Quant worldwide brand was born.
In 1966 Mary was appointed OBE for her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry. She accepted the award in her inimitable style, arriving at Buckingham Palace in a micro-mini skirt and black cut-out gloves. In 1990 she won the Hall of Fame Award of the British Fashion Council. Mary was made a Dame in the 2015 New Year Honours List.

SOPHIE ALDRED - Actress and TV Presenter  (1973-1980)    

Sophie AldredSophie Aldred (born 20 August 1962) is an English actress and television presenter, best known for her portrayal of The Doctor's companion Ace in the television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.
Sophie was born in Greenwich, London, but grew up in nearby Blackheath. She attended Blackheath High School from 1973 until 1980, before enrolling as a drama student at University of Manchester. She graduated in 1983 and decided to embark on a career in children's theatre.
In 1987, she was cast as Ace in Doctor Who. Her tenure on the show spanned the last nine stories of the programme's original run, which ended in 1989.
Both before and since Doctor Who, Aldred has had a varied and busy television career, particularly in children’s programming where she has presented educational programmes such as Corners, Melvin and Maureen’s Music-a-grams which ran from 1992 to 1996, long-running BBC series Words and Pictures since 1993 to date and also CITV paranormal show It’s a Mystery in 1996. She also played the character Minnie The Mini Magician from Series 8 onwards on CITV’s ZZZap! between 1999 and 2001. Aldred has presented and sung in several BBC Schools Radio series, including Singing Together, Music Workshop, Time and Tune and Music Box. She has also performed on radio and in the theatre. She has also reprised her role as Ace in the charity special Dimensions in Time and the Doctor Who audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions. Throughout the 2000s she has worked extensively as a voice-over artist for television adverts and has also provided voices for animated series such as Bob the Builder and Dennis & Gnasher.
Sophie married Vince Henderson on 12 July 1997. They have two sons, Adam and William, who make occasional convention appearances with their mother.
 

MARGARET ANN JAY, BARONESS JAY OF PADDINGTON, PC (born 18 November 1939) British politician for the Labour Party

Baroness JayMargaret’s father was former Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan, and she was educated at Blackheath High School and Somerville College, Oxford.
Between 1965 and 1977 she held production posts within the BBC working on current affairs and further education television programmes. She then became a journalist on the BBC's prestigious Panarama programme, and Thames Television’s This Week. She went on to present the BBC2 series Social History of Medicine, as well as being a contributor to Newsnight, Any Questions, Question Time and other current affairs programmes. She has a strong interest in health issues, notably as a campaigner on HIV and Aids. She was a founder director of the National Aids Trust in 1987. She is also a patron of Help the Aged.
Political career
She was appointed a life peer in 1992 with the title of Baroness Jay of Paddington, of Paddington in the City of Westminster, and acted as an opposition Whip in the House of Lords.  In association with the shop workers' union, she led opposition to the liberalisation of Sunday trading hours.
After her party's election victory in 1997, she became Health Spokesman and Minister for Women in the House of Lords. From 1998 she was Leader of the House of Lords, playing a pivotal role in the major reform that led to the removal of most of its hereditary members. She retired from active politics in 2001.
Among numerous non-executive roles that she has taken on since retiring from politics, she was a non-executive director of BT Group.  She is currently co-chair of the cross-party Iraq Commission (along with Tom King and Paddy Ashdown) which was established by the Foreign Policy Centre think-tank and Channel 4.
Baroness Jay has three children: Tamsin, Alice and Patrick.

HELEN LEDERER - Comedien

 
Helen LedererHelen Lederer (born 24 September 1954) is a Welsh comedienne, writer and actress who emerged as part of the alternative comedy boom at the beginning of the 1980s.
She made her name at the Comedy Store, the starting point for many of her comic contemporaries during the 1980s.
Lederer's earliest TV work was with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson in The Young Ones, and it was with this new breed of comedians and comic actors with whom she was most linked.
Throughout the mid-1980s, Lederer began to establish herself as a comic actor on a series of BBC comedies such as Little Armadillos and Happy Families. The latter was the launch pad for a relationship with Jennifer Saunders which would result in worldwide success.
In 1986 Naked Video arrived on television, having orginally been a BBC Radio Scotland success. Transferred to the screen, Helen Lederer was one of just two additions to the programme's cast. It was a big success, running for four series, and showed Lederer's expressive skills as an actor, slipping into the charicature-like personalities she played.
She starred in Hello Mum in 1987, and appeared in French And Saunders, The Harry Enfield Television Programme and Bottom at the turn of the 1980s.
Then in 1992, Lederer was cast in the role of Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous which would take her to an international audience.
Catriona was a member of staff on the magazine run by Joanna Lumley's Patsy Stone and Kathy Burke's Magda. 'Ab Fab' was a huge hit across the world, even becoming a cult hit in America.
Lederer has always been a guest or supporting actress on programmes devised by or starring her alternative comedy contemporaries and as such has made a good, consistent career. She has branched out into many 'serious' acting roles too, and was reviewed favourably when she took part in The Vagina Monologues on the West End stage. As a presenter, she has hosted and voiced lifestyle, religious and children's programmes. She has guested on numerous radio panel games and writes columns for newspapers and magazines.
Lederer has married twice and has a daughter, Hannah Lederer-Alton, who began her television career in the ITV series Echo Beach in January 2008. She is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and works also works with UNICEF.

KATIE STEWART (1934-2014)

 
katie stewartKatie Stewart was one of the first cookery writers to become a household name in postwar Britain. Born in Woolwich, South East London and living subsequently in St Paul's Cray, Kent, Katie attended Blackheath High in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She trained at The Westminster Hotel School and moved to work in Paris, discovering food as a lifelong interest, and going on to gain a cookery diploma at the Cordon Bleu School.
 
Inspired by French and other international culinary influences, she moved to work for Nestle in the United States and subsequently worked as a cookery writer. Returning to Britain, Katie was appointed cookery editor on Woman's Journal, where she remained for 32 years. She wrote hugely influential cookery columns and recipe books, including the ever-popular Times Cookbook.

BEVERLEY HODSON

 
bEVERLEY hODSONBeverley Hodson was educated at Blackheath High School for girls and at Newnham College Cambridge.
Beverley Hodson was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she was an Exhibitioner, gained a First in English and a full Blue for tennis, and worked at the National Theatre of GB during vacation.
Her career in retail started with Boots the Chemists PLC, where she became Managing Director of Childrens World (now Mothercare World), before moving to Sears PLC as Managing Director of Dolcis and Cable&Co (now Nine West), and finally to WHSmith as Retail Managing Director. In 1994 she was made Midlands Business Woman of the Year and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE for services to retail.
Her non-executive career started with the Regional Development Agency for North Yorkshire & Humberside, and GWR on the local board of Trent FM. She was then appointed to the boards of M&G Investments (Prudential), Legal & General PLC, The National College of School Leadership, and currently Robert Wiseman Dairies PLC, First Milk, NFU Mutual, iForce PLC, and Randstad NV. She also serves as a member of various Audit, Remuneration and Risk committees and as a Pensions Trustee.
Beverley is currently Vice-President of Newnham College Associates, a member of Cheltenham College Council, an Associate of the Girls Day School trust, Secretary of the A-T Medical Research Trust, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
She is married, with one son and three step daughters, and loves tennis, skiing, music, opera and reading, and has lived in Gloucestershire since 1997.

OLIVIA JACKSON

Olivia JacksonOn leaving Blackheath High School, Olivia studied Law with Law Studies in Europe at Jesus College, Oxford (including a year spent in Paris studying French law).  She then worked in The Hague as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.  She returned to London, where she trained as a solicitor at a leading City law firm, spending six months in the Paris office and qualifying into the corporate department. Olivia is currently working as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal.

 

 


SHARON MASSEY, Bexley Councillor and Mayor of Bexley (2013-14)

Sharon was offered an assisted scholarship at Blackheath High School. She says: "That wonderful opportunity has remained with me throughout my life. I will forever be grateful for the education opportunities that gave me."

After leaving school, Sharon headed for the City in a clerical role, and at 23 years old, she was appointed to the management team of her organisation as a financial adviser. After focusing on raising her family, she decided to stand as a local Sharon MasseyConservative Councillor in Bexleyheath and was subsequently elected. Sharon entered politics to help make her community a great place, where people could be proud to raise their families. Sharon now represents Danson Park Ward, and became the London Borough of Bexley's 50th Mayor in 2013.

Sharon takes an active interest in Health and Social Care issues within Bexley Borough. Sharon was Bexley's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care (Adult Social Care) from 2006 to 2009, and this interest has been furthered by her current job, teaching the subject to students at Northfleet Girls School. Sharon graduated with a BA Hons in Social Care from Greenwich University in 2010. After passing her teaching qualification (PGCE) in 2011, she gained employment at NEWTEC, a subsidiary of Newham College, where she had been previously on placement.

In her year as Mayor, Councillor Sharon Massey raised £55,000 for local charities and confirmed her determination to support her residents to remain well and independent in their own homes. Following her year as Mayor, Sharon embarked on a new venture, opening Supreme Home Care in Bexley, as Director of Care. Supreme Home Care provides professional home care for people who wish to live as independently as possible at home: www.supreme-homecare.com/bexley


SOOSAN LOLAVAR

      Soosan LolavarSoosan Lolavar, composer and sound artist, lives and works in London.

Her early musical exploits were firmly based in the classical tradition as an oboist and composer. On embarking on an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge she began to explore computer-aided composition and the musical potential of electronic and ambient sounds. Later, while reading for a masters in Musicology at the University of Oxford she continued her compositional work and focused her academic interests on the social and cultural study of popular music.

She is currently undertaking the MMus composition course studying with Dominic Murcott at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is the recipient of the Gladys Bratton Scholarship and TCM Trust Scholarship 2011-2012 and also received the John Halford Prize for composition 2012. http://www.soosanlolavar.com/?p=934

Soosan 's recent classical Anglo-Iranian composition, 'Only Sound Remains' was featured on the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27439043

She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the States in 2016 and has recently embarked on a new project: https://www.facebook.com/londonsinfonietta

 


BE    DOMINIQUE OLIVER (MRS UNSWORTH)

Dominique was at both the Junior and Senior School until 1996 when she went on to Royal Holloway, University of London to do Classical Studies.  Upon completing her BA, she set up her business, Resource Productions (a film and video production company), becoming a Member of the Institute of Directors at barely 30 years old.  

dominique unsworth (nee oliver)Through her film & video production company and youth services in conjunction with the Local Authority, she has dedicated a lot of time not only helping community groups in her local area but also spends considerable time helping and supporting young people; running workshops and training them into the film industry leading to awards at Film Festivals as far away as Australia; setting up a Youth Film Charity.  Two years running she made Top 100 Apprentices Employer of the Year in the UK, winning regional last year in the Small Business Category.  Her business works in partnership with Pinewood and Shepperton Studios.  Despite this busy workload and her voluntary work, and lecturing at University, Dominique also found time to pursue her personal development by completing an MBA earlier this year.

Dominique was named in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, receiving a BEM for her services to young people, community groups and the Arts.


SHIVON SUDESH

Shivon has just completed her first year at King’s College London studying English Language and Literature, and is incredibly happy with her course. Alongside English, she is also reading BSc Psychology at the University of Derby as a distance learning course and has completed a diploma in Reflexology.

Shivon Sudesh croppedShivon has published her first book 'Wolves Within', a story of a young girl looking to avenge the death of her mother. After doing five A-levels, Shivon developed a morbid fear of having any free time on her hands. By plunging straight into the first of her trilogy ‘Prism of Truth’, Shivon not only avoided boredom, but also discovered a way to tell the story of the harsh realities of our society; of merciless wolves and innocent sheep.

As one of my teachers from BHS recently reminisced, I barely knew how to string two words of English together when I first joined the junior school in Year 6 – now I’m somehow the author of a novel, ‘Wolves Within’! There’s no doubt in my mind that a large part of this feat is due to my eight years spent at BHS. It was the constant support and encouragement from my wonderful teachers and the warm, friendly and intellectually stimulating environment that is a unique characteristic of Blackheath High which instilled in me the self-confidence I sorely needed. I’m eternally grateful to all those at BHS who encouraged and helped me to achieve this dream opportunity, especially to Mr Parsons, Assistant Head, who first taught me the joy of writing. Those years at BHS were the best of my life, and my only complaint is that they passed by too quickly!

Shivon's first book was released in August 2014 and is available for pre-order at www.shivonsudesh.com

The 'Prism of Truth' Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/prism.of.truth.trilogy

 


BETH WILLIS


       sharroshbeth_willisBeth (born in 1978) is a television producer, although she has worked as a script editor on Agatha Christie's Poirot and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard.