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 - Property, People & the Workplace - Date for your diary

Thursday 19th March 2020

CBRE, St Martin's Court, 10 Paternoster Row EC4M 7HP

For everyone connected with property: architects, engineers, investors, constructors, lawyers, surveyors, town planners and those working in HR.


The London Network - Managing Teams

Wednesday 16th October 2019
We are very grateful to current parent and Managing Director of UniCredit, Robert Glover, who is kindly hosting the evening. The panel discussion was led by our host and included contributions from 3 alumnae, Katy Creighton (2006) working in advertising, Fay Lomas (2009) a free lance theatre director and Jess Burgess (2011) a strategy analyst at Accenture.

"I just wanted to say thank you for such an enjoyable and enlightening evening" Current Parent

"Thanks to you all for organising the Managing Team event, I very much enjoyed the discussion as well as the canapes and drinks!" Alumna (2006)


'Demystifying Private Equity’ - London Network Evening

Monday 4th March 2019

Kindly hosted by Exponent Private Equity, over 70 gathered to explore the world of Private Equity.  Parents, alumnae and friends of St Catherine's shared their experience and insights to support our young alumnae as they plan their future careers.  There was no shortage of ambition in the room! 

The words of our guests say it all. 

"I thought it was a really well put together event, with a broad panel. I hope the girls felt more informed by the end." St Catherine's parent

"Thank you once again for inviting me. I really enjoyed the evening and think it’s a great initiative to introduce the girls so early to the “complex” world of Finance!"  Friend of St Catherine's

"It was an absolute pleasure and honour to speak amongst other very impressive panellists. I really enjoyed the event, meeting others in the industry. Needless to say, the London Network is a fantastic initiative.  Please do let me know if there are events in the future that I can help with. I am always grateful of the foundations I got from my time at St Catherine's, and keen to help the next generation of girls"  Alumna, Year of 2011


Make your Marque" - St Catherine’s London Network Branding evening

Thursday 18th October 2018

In the spectacular setting of the MINI Showroom in Park Lane, guests attended an evening focused on Branding: Personal & Corporate.  Experienced members of the St Cat’s Association lead discussion hubs on brand identity, the specialist brand sector, personal branding and recruitment with over 60 alumnae and parents sharing their experiences.  The hubs were based around the MINI cars on display and several speakers had stories to tell about their MINI or BMW cars.  There was plenty of lively conversation and we would like to thank our host, Graham Biggs, Communications Director of BMW and Harrison Catering, who generously sponsored refreshments for the evening.  Our catering team from St Catherine’s prepared delicious canapés.  This, our fifth event, was open to all and was led by our Chair, Dame Rosemary Squire. “


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.