Career Profiles

Lindsay Poole nee Ryder (1976 Leaver) – A Career in the Wine Industry

After leaving Merchant Taylor’s Lindsay studied Hotel and Catering Management in Manchester, following that with many years running restaurants and latterly a wine bar and private room in Mayfair.  It was during this last position that Lindsay was inspired to further her knowledge of wine by attending two courses run by the Wine and Spirit […]

Philip Cave (2010 Leaver) – A Nautical Career Path

Philip is navigating his way to the top Former pupil Philip Cave has been recognised by his sponsor company, Princess Cruises, for his dedication and achievements throughout his training.  Philip, who is the youngest officer in the fleet, is currently studying at Fleetwood Nautical College. The maritime industry is of crucial importance to the UK. It […]

Ilsa Parry (1999 Leaver) – Design for Life

It’s been five years since Merchants’ alumna Ilsa Parry won the BBC Design for Life T.V. show on BBC2. Aired in 2009, the programme saw 12 young product designers battle it out to win a placement with world renowned professional Philippe Starck. Being crowned the winner meant that Ilsa spent 6 months working in the […]

Jonathan Stone (2005 Leaver) – Volcanologist

Jonathan Stone (2005 Leaver) was interviewed on the Radio 4 “Today” programme on Friday 30th August 2013 about his work with community based monitoring of volcanoes. The interview came about as a result of work that Jonathan was presenting at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference. Read more about it here. Jonathan’s research involves something […]

Francesca Defty (2010 Leaver) – International Modelling Career

Francesca Defty was a student at MTGS who finished Sixth Form in 2010. Since then, she has gone on to become an international model and recently gave us an update on her incredible achievements: My modelling career has allowed me to travel all over the world and I am on the books at several International […]

Claire Shaw (1991 Leaver) – From Fortnum & Masons to fabulous gifts online

From Fortnum & Masons to Fabulous Gifts Online I left Merchant Taylors’ Girls School to study for a BSC in Business Studies at Aston University Birmingham, unsure of what my final career would be. After University I moved to London and entered the world of Recruitment for a short while, after which an opportunity came […]

Jennifer Johnston (1995 Leaver) – Hitting the High Notes in her Opera Career

The life of an opera singer can be a bit hectic at times, particularly as I am also a parent of a gorgeous and very lively 4 year old daughter, but despite all of the problems that arise from travelling (lost bags, no legroom on planes, uncomfortable hotel beds), they are fortunately outweighed by the […]

Paul Nanson (1983 Leaver) – From CCF to the Desert Rats….

I remember the School Careers Advisor briefing me on the results of my assessment in the small library just off the main entrance hall. He said that I should consider a career in either agriculture or the uniformed services. Bad news for some who had maybe hoped for Medicine or Law; excellent news for me […]

Catherine Queen nee King (1980 Leaver) – A Career in Environmental Planning

I vividly remember announcing to my careers teacher that I wanted to study Landscape Architecture when I left MTGS in 1980. In return I received a rather blank look and the suggestion that maybe I should think about something sensible like Accountancy instead! For many people, Landscape Architecture was, and still is, a slightly misunderstood […]

Patrick Snell (1986 Leaver) – from Radio City to CNN

From Radio City to CNN Just how the years have flown by! It seems but a moment ago that the Reverend Dennis Smith was taking our First Eleven cricket team to new heights. While there’s no doubt I developed admirably as a player under his astute guidance, it was quite clear that I was never […]