Change Champions: Sidcot School
24 JUNE 2021
LORD MAYOR OF LONDON IS SPECIAL GUEST AS COMMERCIAL LAUNCHES CHANGE CHAMPIONS AT SIDCOT SCHOOL
Pupils at Sidcot School welcomed a very special guest to the first morning of a careers event run in conjunction with long-term business partners Commercial.
The Lord Mayor of London, the Rt Hon William Russell, spoke to students via video call - while wearing his full ceremonial regalia – to talk about his experiences in the City of London.
The appearance of head of the City of London Corporation kicked-off three days of events, workshops and presentations run under Commercial’s Change Champions umbrella.
The award-winning Change Champions has been part of the fabric of Commercial for more than a decade, giving employees at the business services group a chance to shape the company’s sustainability policies.
And as the world looks to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic in a greener, more sustainable way, the Sidcot pupils were challenged to explore how work will look in the coming years.
Alastair Adams, co-founding director of Commercial said: “We had a great session with the Lord Mayor discussing a range of subjects with the pupils.
“He spoke about his role as an ambassador for business and the City of London, the importance of green finance and the need to align economic and sustainability goals.
“Pupils were keen to hear his views on the advancement of technology, on hybrid working and the importance of meeting in person to build trusted partnerships.
“He spoke with great passion about the importance of networking and, most importantly, of remembering your values and being kind.
“He was able to give the benefit of his insight from his career in finance, working across the globe and his experience as Lord Mayor of the City of London.
“The pupils certainly enjoyed the experience of speaking to him and he left them with one big message to take to their future careers, to be open to opportunity as there is so much available.”
As well as speaking to the Lord Mayor, the students interviewed members of staff at Commercial about their views on the future of the workplace and work in a post-Covid world.
Kristine Scott a partner, head of education, and head of the Cheltenham office at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys was also quizzed by the young minds.
The students then presented to their findings to guests and the head of the school.
“We had a great session with the Lord Mayor discussing a range of subjects with the pupils. He spoke about his role as an ambassador for business and the City of London, the importance of green finance and the need to align economic and sustainability goals."
Director, Commercial Group