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London Networking at the Houses of Parliament


London Networking at the Houses of Parliament

London Networking at the Houses of Parliament

Guest Speakers and Guests of Honour


Victoria Prentis MP (Boswell, MGC 1989)

Victoria has been the Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire since May 2015.  She is a member of the Justice Committee and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport Ministers in July 2016. She studied English at the University of London, Law at Downing College, Cambridge and completed her Bar Finals in 1995. For seventeen years Victoria was a lawyer for the Treasury Solicitors’ Department and headed up the Government’s Justice and Security team. 

Angelina Ma (MGC 2000)

Angie is a co-founder of ASI Data Science, a London-based firm with world-leading expertise in applying Artificial Intelligence in the real world: “Our mission is to bring the power of artificial intelligence to everyone”. ASI’s clients include the BBC, Tesco, Siemens and EasyJet. The company provides consulting and training services as well as its platform SherlockML. Angie read Physics at Imperial, Law at BPP and did her PhD in Physics at UCL.

Tamsin Barber (MGC 1998)

Tamsin is a journalist and producer who has researched and produced factual, social and current affairs programmes and documentaries for BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, BBC TV, Sky and National Geographic. Programmes include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Document and Last Word. She won a Garden Media Guild Award for her Radio 4 series Wars of the Roses. She has also worked as a radio drama producer and TV script researcher. Tamsin currently works as a Producer for the BBC World Service.

Rachel Hawkins (Moon, MGC 2001)

Rachel Hawkins is a counsel in O’Melveny’s London office and a member of the Tax Practice. Rachel advises on UK and international tax aspects of restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and investment funds, particularly those focusing on private equity. She works with both private equity firms and investors on a range of matters, including fund formation, co-investments, primary and secondary transactions and the structuring of management incentive arrangements for the funds. Rachel has significant experience working on cross-border transactions, having regularly acted for global clients on complex transactions spanning across multiple jurisdictions.

Catharine Wozniak

Catharine is Research and Office Manager to Victoria Prentis MP. She started working in the Houses of Parliament in 2006 as an intern in her gap year. She combined studying a BSC in Government and Political Science at the LSE, and then a Masters in Public Policy at Kings College London with working as a Parliamentary Assistant. She now has responsibility for Victoria’s Westminster and constituency offices with a wide-ranging remit including drafting speeches for debates, preparing briefs and supporting Victoria with her Parliamentary Private Secretary duties.

Anthea Cheung (MSJ 2011)

Anthea is a management consultant at Bain & Company. She joined the company just over two years ago, after completing her undergraduate degree in Managerial Economics at the LSE. During her time at Bain, she has worked on a broad range of projects. A highlight of her career so far is her involvement in helping a multinational, consumer product corporation in cracking one of the most critical issues – continuous decline in market share. She was heavily involved in building a repeatable approach to portfolio complexity reduction for the company from initial data analyses to pilot testing to eventual roll-out of the program across the company’s top ten markets. She recently spent six months in the Private Equity Group conducting both commercial and operations due diligences for global private equity clients, on some of the high-profile deals in 2016.

Guests of Honour

Mrs Olivera Raraty (MSJ)

Mrs Raraty took up the role of Headmistress at MSJ in September 2016. She comes with a strong pedigree in all-girls education, most recently as Senior Deputy (Academic) at Notting Hill and Ealing High School in London and previously as Assistant Director of Studies at Wycombe Abbey.

Mrs Liz Prophet (MGC and MSJ)

In 1996 Mrs Prophet applied for the 'one term, temporary post' in MGC’s Greenslade, on the suggestion of Mrs Pallett, who had been Housemistress to Liz’s two daughters whilst they were at MGC. Liz ended up staying for two and a half years until in 2000, she became Housemistress of the Mount. She was at the Mount until her retirement in 2014. She still remains involved with the School, and has various connections including being godmother to an Old Girl of St James’s & The Abbey and having two other St James’s Old Girls connections in her circle of friends.

Mrs Suki Pallett (MGC and MSJ)

Mrs Pallett started at MGC in the Summer of 1983, first of all as Housemistress of Lindfield, which was a house for U3-U5s. After almost 15 years in this role, Mrs Pallett moved to Ivydene Hall which was the new junior house created for U3s and U4s. Mrs Pallett ran the junior house for approximately 5 years, before it moved to Hatfield, which she was at for a year, before taking over at the Benhams, where she remained until her retirement in 2009.

Mrs Lynne Lindner (St J’s and MSJ)

Mrs Lindner was formerly a music teacher at St James’s School, until it merged with MGC to create MSJ. She has been at MSJ since its start in 2006, and is now our Head of Performance and Vocal Studies. Lynne does a huge amount with musical groups outside of school, as well as in it. She keeps in touch with many Old Girls through their mutual love of music, and involvement in groups such as the Jenny Lind Singers.

Mrs Penny Smith (St J’s and MSJ)

Penny is the Vice-Chairman of the Old Girls’ Association, an Old Girl of St James’s (1980 Leaver) and a teacher of Mathematics at MSJ, as well as being a MSJ parent to Anna in Year 10. Penny will conduct the evening’s proceedings.