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Nikol Chen

Marketing & Design, Laidlaw Foundation
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Georgina Sánchez

Digital Content, The Laidlaw Foundation

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Andrew Harston

Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Durham University

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Anna Harris

Student, St Andrews University

I'm a third-year English student at the University of St Andrews! My primary research areas are Early Modern Literature and I am particularly interested in the intersection of religious beliefs and gender roles at that time. In my spare time, I'm a CV adviser with the University's careers centre and I manage the programming at St Andrews Radio - the only radio station in St Andrews!
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Susanna Kempe

CEO, Laidlaw Foundation

A graduate of Cambridge University, Susanna’s professional experience includes over 15 years in senior leadership roles in international B2B and learning businesses. Susanna began her career at the Institute for International Research (IIR) where she first worked with Lord Laidlaw, rising to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). When IIR, which was the world’s largest organiser of commercial conferences, was acquired by Informa plc in 2005 Susanna was appointed CMO of the enlarged group and also led the public company’s investor relations programmes. She subsequently joined Emap Ltd as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and CEO of Emap Networks, that group’s conferences business. Later she became CEO of the fashion industry forecaster WGSN and was latterly Group Content and Marketing Partner of the leading strategy consultancy Brunswick Group. A German-American raised and educated in the UK and a committed internationalist, Susanna has been involved in globally trading businesses throughout her career, directing activity in the Americas, across continental Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Susanna has been extensively involved with education and professional development over many years. She was Head of Group Training and led the commercial acquisition and integration of a portfolio of corporate training businesses whilst at IIR; and created learning academies at both Informa and Emap. She believes experiencing and appreciating different cultures promotes better global understanding, creativity and leadership. She is passionate about the power of education to transform lives; and believes that we need to develop a new generation of diverse leaders who are curious, bold and devoted to decency, truthfulness, and innovation. Susanna is committed to diversity not only as a societal imperative but as a critical component of commercial success. As an advisor to the trustees of the Foundation, Susanna first learnt about its purpose and programmes before becoming its Chief Executive responsible for the Laidlaw Schools Trust, the Laidlaw Scholars and its other education programmes. Susanna read English and Philosophy at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She has five half blues in swimming and water polo; and played netball and rowed for Newnham.
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Steve Thompson

Finance Director, Investor & Advisor, Zapnito Ltd

My academic roots are in economics and mathematics and my professional roots are in financial analysis. My background has given me a wealth of experience in research, data interpretation and analysis. I have a close attention to detail, innate curiosity and ‘big picture’ awareness that I use to support the rest of the Zapnito team in truly understanding our customers' businesses. My aim is to ensure that both they and we succeed.
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Emma Franck-Gwinnell

Future Trainee Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

I graduated from Durham University in July 2019, having completed my Laidlaw Undergraduate Scholarship in Research and Leadership, where I focused on business' responsibilities to stop modern slavery in their supply chains, and the impact that the law can have on this. From February 2020, I will be beginning my journey towards qualifying as a commercial solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Until then, I'm spending my non-working time catching up on podcasts, reading lots of books, and visiting lots of heritage sites. Please don't hesitate to contact me to talk about careers in commercial law, student leadership while at university, and anything else you think I might be interested in.