Upcoming Society/Enrichment Talks

At NKS we are really proud to be working with our Alumni, governors, guest speakers and business contacts that are able to come and speak with our student's on a regular basis.  These speakers expose our students to many influences and ideas about careers and opportunities for the future.  We would welcome interest from anyone interested in speaking with our students.  Please do get in touch. jtomkins@nks.kent.sch.uk

Bio Medical Science Degree / Graduate Medicine - Friday 14th July - Avin Philip 1PM Q3

Previously a student at NKS, now starting Graduate Medicine after completing his Bio Medical Science degree.
Avin will talking about his route into medicine, particularly at St. George's Medical School, London.
All year groups welcome. Arrive promptly for 1PM 

'In the Chair' Assembly - Monday 19th June – Matthew Lodge 10.40am Y12 Assembly 

Left NKS in 1989 and went to Uni of Leicester to study Geography and then to Kent County Council as a Transport Planner. Since 2005 he has worked for  the Department of Transport and where his roles have been Head of Local Major Transport Schemes, Project Director for Crossrail, Project Director for Thameslink and Director Major Projects. 

'In the Chair' Assembly - Monday 12th June – Roger Lightfoot 10.40am Y12 Assembly

A student at NKS until 1982. He is now Group Chief Executive for  The Hobbs Parker Group in Ashford. The group comprises and Telecoms and Data Company, Estate Agents, Auctioneers, Chartered Surveyors, Planning Consultants and Financial Management businesses. We employ about 120 staff and look after tens of thousands of clients and businesses throughout the South East. Roger is also Cofounder at Spark9 LLP and HP Technology. It is worth noting that Roger has offered to mentor students in person or over email.

'In the Chair' Assembly - Monday 15th May – Martin Mortimore 10.40am Y12 Assembly

Martin’s father (Mr Evan T Mortimore, see below) was the Headteacher of Ashford Grammar School for 30 years until 1971. His son Martin left here (then Ashford Grammar School) in 1963. Martin worked in the Creative Arts all his life and began with the BBC as an Engineer, Studio Director and went on to become Director, Producer and an Executive Producer Martin Has wide experience of factual TV production and hid BBC TV credits include News, Science, History and Medical programming. Now independent he leads teams in high profile documentary and factural projects. He produced the highly successful series Human Body, Storm City 3D with Ben Fogle and the Weather that Changed the World. 

Mr. Evan T. Mortimore—`Morty’ served the school for thirty years from 1941 until 1971 and during this time the school doubled in size and been re-born in new buildings. A new Education Act of 1944 had revolutionised the educational system so that Ashford Grammar School had changed from a small Voluntary Aided part-boarding school in old buildings to a lively state school in a new environment. “The Ashfordian” devoted eight pages to singing his praises and we can do not better than quote a few of the comments from boys printed there. `He always had time to listen to boys, masters and parents, and the boys received the same courtesy as the others’.

‘He made the School a happy place to work in’. And so one could go on and on. His interests were legion—philately, heraldry, local history not to mention his sporting achievements. 

Friday 12th May:  1.15pm Library
Isabella De Rosa - Veterinary Student at the Royal Veterinary College.
Organised by Vet Med Society – all students welcome to attend 
RSVP: lterry@nks.kent.sch.uk

Isabella will share with you her experiences of the application process and the challenges she has faced.  Her talk with inspire our students within the VetMed Society and beyond.  Students from all year groups have shown an interest in attending. The talk plans to outline the enture process from selecting univeristies, writing personal statements, the entrance tests and the importance of undertaking work experience and volunteering.

'In the Chair' Assembly - Monday 24th April – Michael McHugh 10.40am Y12 Assembly

Director at Digital Future Consulting following doing Business at the University of Kent – was IT Prefect when at school and hobbies are IT and Climbing. He left NKS in 2005. He writes:  

“I am an enthusiastic, driven and hardworking digital professional and entrepreneur, who has a successful and consistent track record of delighting clients. I have a strong belief in building great relationships with clients by working hard to understand their brand and their brief, collaboratively or alone. I have managed projects for extremely varied clients in countries including the UAE, Malaysia and the United States, as well as leading design, mechanical and software engineering teams in China, Belarus and South Africa, to name a few. I am currently working with Imperial College London, in collaboration with the European Institute of Technology and other European academic institutions and private companies; our mission is to create a peerless wearable technology solution focused on the flawless tracking of physiological states (such as tiredness, fatigue, vigilance, and stress) for remote workers and professional drivers” https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmchughuk/

Monday 27th February 10.40am Y12 Assembly
'In the Chair' Assembly - Richard Strode’s (NKS Alumni) "From pin stripes to hard hats" 

Wednesday 8th February: 2-4pm Library:
Mr Matt Prodger (ex BBC journalist)
Organised by Mr R Gray - All students welcome if permission granted from teachers
RSVP: rgray@nks.kent.sch.uk
He has chosen the so-called post-truth world or ‘alternative facts’ as Donald Trump’s staff might call it.

Monday 6th February:  1-2pm Library:
Cliff Grieve retired from Police force, criminologist and works with Interact
Organised by Charlie Rawlinson – Criminology Club – all students welcome to attend
RSVP: crawlinson@nks.kent.sch.uk

Wednesday 25th January: 4-5pm Library:  
Mr Joe Curry (Consultant Great Ormond Street) 
Organised by the Medical Society - All students and parents welcome to attend
RSVP:  lterry@nks.kent.sch.uk

Tuesday 20th December:  4-5pm Library:
Sophia Terry and Kieran Dhillon – 1st year medical students from Imperial College London
Organised by the Medical Society - All students and parents welcome to attend
RSVP:  lterry@nks.kent.sch.uk

Monday 19th December:  10-11am Main Hall:  
Jonny Benjamin 'Stranger on the bridge' 
Compulsory to all sixth form students.  Guests welcome: RSVP jtomkins@nks.kent.sch.uk

Monday 21st November:  1-2pm B12
Dr Iain Wilkinson, Reader in Sociology, University of Kent.
Speaking to students interested in Sociology and/or Criminology

Friday 16th September:  4-5pm Library
Dr Simon Yarrow came to speak to the Medical Society, all years (except year 7):
Ex-NKS student, Dr Simon Yarrow, now Consultant in Anaesthetics and Neurosciences Intensive Care at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and lecturer in Clinical Medicine, Wadham College, Oxford,

Over the past year, we have welcomed further speakers, such as:

Simon Wakeman Managing Director from Deeson Marketing Agency:  https://www.simonwakeman.com/
Neil Benson Head of QSP Operations, Simcyp Limited.