Career Profiles

Amanda Yip QC, 1987 Leaver

Amanda Yip (nee Kay) attended Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School from 1980 to 1987. After A levels, she attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she read law. She was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1991 and then returned to Liverpool and joined Exchange Chambers as a pupil barrister. As a junior barrister, Amanda had […]

‘Whatever Happened to…’ – Peter Emmerson 1975 leaver

I’m currently facing a quandary which I doubt most of my contemporaries at MTS are contemplating: having just celebrated the age of getting my free 60+ London travel card, do I finally hang up my flak jacket and helmet and perhaps have a more ‘settled’ lifestyle, more befitting to my recent birthday? MTS (1971 – 1975) will […]

A Leap of Faith

I left Crosby in 1991 to study Civil Engineering at Newcastle University. After graduating with my first Masters degree I joined a design consultancy in Newcastle and enjoyed a very fulfilling career with them for nearly 15 years. When the company experienced a delayed reaction to the 2007 economic crash, I was laid off in […]

Old Boy becomes President of Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

William Abbatt left Merchant Taylors’ in 1962 to study Material Sciences at Imperial College London. He stayed a further year to take a Masters course in Production Engineering and Management. Having worked for many years in this field, he decided to study Law, the profession in which he has made his name in the following […]

Merchant Taylors: Life outside the Bubble

23rd June, 2014. 3 days after my final exam at MTGS and I was on a plane to Cambodia. My parents were beside themselves! I had never been abroad without adult supervision before and 6 weeks of teaching in the remote village of Bakod lay ahead. The days at the school flew by and before […]

Sibling Duo Alumni to Produce Legally Blonde Production

Since leaving Merchant Taylors’ Girls and Boys school, brother and sister duo, Laura and Mark McLaughlin, have been running stage school Plastersine Performing Arts Company. Laura graduated in 2006 from LIPA – Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and opened Plastersine with Mark in January 2008. Since then, both Mark and Laura successfully auditioned for Manchester […]

From Renewable Energy to Vineyards

  What started as an idea to open a French office for City Windmills, ended up with a relocation to Bergerac and a new career investing in vineyards. “Dordogneshire” as it is more commonly known, is part of Aquitaine and was under English rule for 300 years until the end of the 100 years’ war […]

What Can a Fighter Pilot Teach a CEO?

Old Boy Justin Hughes attended Merchant Taylors’ between 1978-82 following his time at the prep school. He has now drawn upon his wealth of experiences to write a book illustrating how to transfer military approaches to working environments… WHAT CAN A FIGHTER PILOT TEACH A CEO? My first career was as an RAF fighter pilot.  […]

Jerry Edey 1965-75 – My Life after Merchant Taylors’

My visit to Crosby in September 2016 was to join my friend of over 50 years, Andy Oakes, for the celebration of his 60th birthday but a conversation with Doreen Iddon in the Development Office at the School led to me having a look round the school for the first time since I left in […]

Elliott Hargreaves Career Profile

I attended Merchant Taylors 2002-2007, passing my GCSE’s (2 A*s, 3As, 3Bs and a C – cheers Merchants!) and I went on to Formby High for College. After much deliberation, I opted against university and decided I’d try and build contacts and experience in the work place, so I moved down to London and began […]