The London Network


Creating career connections between alumnae and parents

We are committed to helping St Catherine’s alumnae in their career development and every year we support many of them by making connections to other alumnae and parents working across a plethora of professions.

The London Network - Branding: personal & corporate 

  • Thursday 18th October 2018 
  • 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Mini Showroom, Park Lane
  • Open to all Association Members, not just marketers

This ‘Branding’ evening is a general networking evening, and Association members from across industry and the professions are warmly invited to join us.  Branding, company reputation and customer experience is relevant to all of us. Indeed, the way in which we present ourselves for interview and in meetings can have a significant impact on our career success. We would like to encourage all our guests to think about the way they project themselves and to use the disciplines of branding to solve their own business challenges.

We are, therefore, planning a number of ‘branding stalls’ or muster stations around the spectacular showroom, covering: brand identity, niche brand sectors (e.g. arts, luxury, fashion), personal branding and recruitment.  Our generous hosts from Mini will also have a stall to tell the Mini story.

Arrive as soon as you are able after 6.30pm for networking, drinks and canapés.  There will be brief talks at 7.00pm from our Chair, Dame Rosemary Squire, and from representatives of the various stalls with plenty of time for discussion afterwards.

We hope you will join us.



  • Monday 11th March 2019
  • 'World of Private Equity'
  • Venue: Exponent PE, Broadwick Street
  • For those interested in banking and financial services.

The London Network – Law event

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Over 60 alumnae and parents working in the legal sector gathered at Dentons to explore issues as diverse as personal presence, finding sponsors, the use of technology in driving flexible working, career breaks, the gender pay gap and more.  Parents working in law sought out new talent amongst young St Catherine's women completing their GDL.  Experienced alumnae working as Barristers shared their perception of the benefits of the Bar versus Partnership in a city firm.  A selected group of 6th Formers keen to explore a career in the law were offered a range of perspectives and great networking opportunities. 

Thank you to all who attended and shared their perspectives and experience and particuarly to parents, Dame Rosemary Square as Chair and Mrs Claire Manches and Mr Martin Mankabady as co-chairs for the evening.  A special thank you too to Mr Martin Mankabady for offering us a such a wonderful venue overlooking the Old Bailey and Lady Justice - a most fitting view!

The London Network - Gender issues in the workplace

Monday 2nd October 2017

The IBM Client Centre on the South Bank was the impressive setting for our panel debate on gender issues in the workplace, entitled ‘Difference, not Equality?’  Rosemary Squire OBE, Chair of The London Network, directed the evening.  

Over 70 alumnae, parents, staff and selected pupils gathered for the debate to explore the issues and benefits that women offer companies at all levels.  The discussion was lively, stimulating and provacative . The panel was chaired by Charlie Geffen who is Chair of Corporate Practice at law firm, Gibson Dunn, and a mentor with The Mentoring Foundation.  Parents, Nigel Walker, Head of Innovate UK; Hattie Hounsell, HR Director of McDonalds and Kara Cauter, contributed as panel members.

St Catherine's was very grateful to Carmina Lees, current Prep School parent and sponsor of the evening and to our hosts at IBM.

The London Network – STEM event at Imperial - Thursday 18 May 2017

Our second event in our London Network series saw nearly 50 alumnae, parents, pupils and staff gather at Imperial College to make professional connections and to provide invaluable advice and opportunities.  Specifically aimed at our younger alumnae, from graduation onwards, this evening focused on careers in STEM: Science, Technology and Engineering.  Association members in Medicine, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Law, Consultancy, Human Resources and Media also joined us. 

We were delighted to welcome Naomi Climer as our keynote speaker, the first female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  She spoke about her early work experiences in a variety of jobs prior to her illustrious career in the broadcast and communications technology industry at the BBC, ITV and Sony.  Her advice resonated with so many in the room and was relevant for all the audience at each stage of their careers: ‘love what you do’, ‘look at the periphery, not just what’s straight ahead’ and don’t expect your career to be linear and perfectly strategized because, in doing so, you may miss some fabulous serendipitous opportunities!’  There was a wonderful buzz in the room and we’ve been told of many connections and offers that were made.  Please join LinkedIn to see new articles and opportunities.

Designed for you

We value your feedback in creating events that meet your needs.  After every event we send out a questionnaire and your responses will shape and inform future events.  Having evaluated feedback after our launch event we plan to offer sector specific evenings and general networking evenings with a focused theme.

Work opportunities

We encourage you to share these opportunities on our LinkedIn network and you are most welcome to bring literature to our events.  LinkedIn is the perfect vehicle for news about career openings and to engage in this exchange we would like to invite both parents and alumnae to join our network here 

Offers of future help 

If you feel you may be able to help with future venues or speakers or are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact or call 01483 899692.

Careers at St Catherine’s
The London Network is connected to a much broader programme of careers advice given to current pupils and run by Head of Careers, Mrs Susan Weighell.  This include a Biennial Careers Forum, fortnightly U4 career lectures, Lower 6th Work Experience Week, Take your Daughter to Work Day, and a series of talks from alumnae entitled ‘What to do with a degree in … ‘  For further information about the Careers Programme for current pupils please click here.