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International Women’s Day 08.03.18

It is International Women’s Day 2018 and we are celebrating all of our fabulous students and alumni by sharing news on just a few of them who you may never have known where from Loughborough High School…….

Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger MBE (1894 – 1986) Pioneering automobile engineer and businesswoman

One of the founding members of the Women’s Engineering Society in 1919, a life-long member and active in the society’s council.

Awarded the MBE in 1920 for her work as manager of Vickers munitions facility in Barrow-in-Furness during WW1, with responsibility for managing 7000 female munitions workers.

Developed a largely female workforce after the war at Galloway Motors Ltd.

During World War II, she was the only woman appointed to the Industrial Panel of the Ministry of Production.

Professor Sheila Rodwell  (Bingham) OBE (1947 – 2009) Nutritional epidemiologist

One of the founding investigators of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. She became director of the new MRC Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology in Cancer Prevention and Survival at the University of Cambridge. She was honorary professor of Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge and lifelong fellow at Clare Hall. Her research focused in particular on the association between diet and disease.

Victoria Barnsley OBE – British businesswoman and entrepreneur

In 1984 she founded the publishing house Fourth Estate, which was acquired by HarperCollins in 2000 when Barnsley was made CEO.

Barnsley has held various high-profile industry roles including President of the Publishers Association and Chair of World Book Day. She represented the publishing sector on the Creative Industries Council. Barnsley is a former trustee of both Tate and The National Gallery. She chaired the Tate Britain Council and remains a trustee of the Tate Foundation and a director of Tate Enterprises Ltd.

Dorothy Hartley (1893 -1985) English social historian, illustrator and author.

Best known as the author of the book Food in England, which has had a strong influence on many contemporary cooks and food writers. Delia Smith called it “A classic book without a worthy successor – a must for any keen English cook.” It combines an historical perspective on its subject with the practical approach of an experienced cook. It has remained in print ever since its publication in 1954. Without doubt it has influenced the culinary efforts of generations of women.

Sarah Clackson (1965 – 2003) Britain’s foremost coptologist

She held the Eugénie Strong Fellowship in Arts at Girton College (1996–98) and the Lady Wallis Budge Fellowship in Egyptology at Christ’s College (from 1998). A fund in her name, Sarah (J.) Clackson Coptic Fund, enables scholars to access her papers, which are held in the Archive of the Griffith Institute, Oxford, and to further her work in Coptic and papyrology.

Charlotte Smith – Broadcaster

Charlotte is one of two main presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today. After studying English and Drama at the University of Kent, she volunteered on BBC Radio Leicester and was put on the BBC’s Local Radio Reporters Scheme, then toured the local radio stations of Sussex, Cumbria and Devon. She returned to Radio Leicester as a news reporter. She worked on BBC national radio, on The World Tonight. and was a reporter and sports presenter on East Midlands Today.

Returning to national radio, she was a producer, reporter and presenter on BBC 5 Live. Prior to Farming Today she worked as a reporter for You and Yours, the lunch-time consumer programme on Radio 4 and has since been a television reporter on BBC1’s Countryfile,

Alice Bowe – Garden Designer, Broadcaster and writer

Alice is an English garden designer and columnist for The Times and regularly writes for Garden Illustrated, The Good Gardens Guide, www.moyounails.com and the Garden Design Journal. Alice trained in fine art at the Ruskin, Oxford University and completed graduate studies in garden design and landscape architecture at the Oxford College of Garden Design. Bowe was the winner of the BT Essence of an Entrepreneur award 2006 and a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Startups Awards in 2005. Alice has also featured as a presenter on the BBC’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Alice’s draws a great deal of inspiration from art and art forms as well as architecture. She also puts a major emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendliness. She strongly believes in gardening in harmony with the nature and creating environmentally friendly gardens that reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, promote health and well-being, and reduce consumption of resources, Bowe extensively describes this in her book ‘High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways Garden Sustainability’ that was published in 2011.

Rachel Parris – Comedian, improviser, actor and musician

Rachel gained two degrees, Music at the University of Oxford and Acting from he Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She began improv comedy in 2007 and musical comedy in 2010 and won runner up placing in the annual Musical Comedy Awards competition in 2012, and has since headlined shows of theirs each year. Rachel has recently toured nationally with Chortle Award-winning improv show Austentatious, which she co-founded.

She has made several appearances on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, most recently in The Now Show, and on TV, she appeared in IT Crowd Special on Channel 4, which was nominated in the Bafta Awards. Rachel presented the Game of Thrones fanshow, Thronecast, on Sky Atlantic and she has appeared in BBC2’s Murder In Successville, Russell Howard’s Good News, satirical sketch show Revolting and is currently on BBC2’s topical comedy show The Mash Report.

Nikki Clarke – Head of Journalism, BBC Wold Service

Nikki is editorially and managerially responsible for the BBC’s multimedia output across language services for audiences in Africa, Americas, Europe, East and South Asia.  She has recently been involved in launching the BBC’s new television programmes for Africa in English and Swahili. Before her appointment to the current position, Nikki was Head of Region for the Americas and Europe for BBC World Service. Her role also involved forming partnerships with media players and developing new multi-media services for BBC World Service audiences. She joined the BBC 30 years ago as a News trainee. She worked first in television news as a producer, moving to Newsgathering working as a desk editor and field producer and then becoming Deputy Foreign and Home News Editor. From Newsgathering Nikki Clarke went on to edit the Six O’Clock television news programme on the BBC’s leading domestic terrestrial TV channel, BBC One, She then worked for News Interactive, before joining BBC World Service.

If you have any stories and news of alumni, please do get in touch with either Louise Shipman [email protected]  or Jane Harker [email protected]

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