Career Profiles

Caitlin O’Brien – A Career in Medical Physics

Pick up my UCAS personal statement today and you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d booked a flight to CERN and was halfway to a career in particle physics. Instead, when I arrived at Nottingham to study Physics, the breadth of topics available and the freedom and flexibility of my course opened my eyes to opportunities […]

Nicky Swift (1991-98) – A Career in Musical Theatre

    It’s been eighteen years since I left MTGS, though in some ways it only feels like a few! I went straight to Birmingham University and got my music degree, followed by a post grad year at The Royal Academy Of Music (musical theatre course). It was always the route I wanted to go, […]

Top Industry Accolade for Anna Ratcliffe (1999 Leaver)

Former pupil Anna Ratcliffe (1999) and Director of The Michel Roux Jr Cookery School in Clapham, London, has been honoured with a top industry accolade for her work at Cactus Kitchens. The school works with a number of male chefs however the team running the business is entirely female. The school was crowned 2016 Cookery […]

CNN World Sport Presenter – Patrick Snell (1986 Leaver)

It’s fair to say 2016 is already proving another very busy year at CNN International Sports and I’m truly privileged to have been a part of it! As one of the Atlanta-based Presenters, or “Anchors” if you prefer, on CNN World Sport it’s been a whirlwind last few months with one of the most captivating […]

Alan Hunter (1940-48) – The Junior Training Corps

In Merchants’ Tales, summer 2015 edition, there is discussion on the Officers’ Training Corps (O.T.C.) and the Combined Cadet Force (C.C.F.)  However, between the two was the Junior Training Corps (J.T.C.)  From here I call on memories and all relies on the accuracy, or otherwise, of these memories. The J.T.C. was formed in the early […]

Andrew Simpkin – A Novel Career

Old Boy Andrew Simpkin has pursued a highly creative career path since leaving Merchant Taylors’ Schools in 1985. As well as being a recognised artist, Andrew is a bilingual Novelist (in English and French), and a Literary Translator. It is in his capacity as a Literary Translator that Andrew has recently adapted the classic novel […]

Michael Pinder (2008 Leaver) – A Rewarding Career at the Bank of England

A Rewarding Career: Michael Pinder and the Bank of England I have worked at the Bank of England since September 2013. As the central bank, the Bank is a unique organisation at the heart of economics, public policy and current affairs. After leaving Merchants in 2008 I initially read geography at the University of Leeds. I […]

Pat Reid (1986 Leaver) – Mad About The Bard

Mad about the Bard One year ago, Merchants’ Old Boy Pat Reid (1986 Leaver) launched a free online magazine devoted to England’s greatest writer, William Shakespeare.   Launched to coincide with Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on 23 April 2014, Shakespeare Magazine quickly found readers all over the world – not bad for a publication initially put […]

Bruce Moffat (1956 Leaver) – An Engineering Research Career in Broadcasting

Bruce Moffat (1956 Leaver) An Engineering Research Career in Broadcasting   I started in Merchants’ aged 9 in 1947, already sketching TV cameras on dollies, and when I was 11 I was offered a part in a play at the Liverpool Playhouse; I’d been seen by Gerald Cross, the producer there, in Dear Octopus with […]

Charlotte O’Brien (2007 Leaver) – The “Floating” Doctor

Floating Doctors To conclude my final year at medical college I had the opportunity to study abroad for two months (known as an “elective”).  I chose to go to  Panama,  Central America, working for Floating Doctors. Floating Doctors is a non-profit organization, based in Bocas Del Toro, a small island just off Panama, founded in […]