Peer gives lesson in business at Westbury school

Wiltshire Times: From left, head Dr Simon Riding, Lord Sharman, head boy Daniaal Ahmed-Sheehan and head girl Paige Bowyer From left, head Dr Simon Riding, Lord Sharman, head boy Daniaal Ahmed-Sheehan and head girl Paige Bowyer

Matravers School in Westbury welcomed Lord Sharman as part of the Speakers for Schools programme.

Lord Sharman spoke to students across Years 10,11,12 and 13 about his career in the business world, which culminated as chief executive of KPMG, one of the largest accountancy firms in the world, and chairman of Aviva.

His main messages of “never stop learning” and “don’t fear change”, resonated well with pupils. Sixth form business studies students had a wide-ranging discussion with him, covering many aspects of business, including working in China, working with the Thatcher government and ethics in business.

There was plenty of food for thought and many students took advantage of the chance to ask detailed questions. It was a fascinating visit for students and staff alike; it is not every day they get to meet someone who has worked with Nelson Mandela.

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