Thursday 12th November 2020, 7:00pm

In honour of the 50th anniversary of girls at Fettes, we are delighted to bring you a panel of remarkable OF women with an equally remarkable OF Chair. This panel will provide and discuss their views on the topic ‘In the next five years…’. This online event will include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

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Our Panelists

Dame Stella Manzie DBE (Ar 1976-1978)

Stella is the Chair of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. She is a graduate of Cambridge University, a postgraduate of University of Birmingham and a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Business School. Stella has held a number of senior positions in public service, ranging from Chief Executive of local authorities like Coventry, Barking and Dagenham, Redditch and West Berkshire, to civil service Director General in the Scottish Government. In 2018 she received a Damehood in recognition of her work as Commissioner Managing Director at Rotherham Council and Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council. Her leisure interests include being a Heart of Midlothian supporter and a follower of Scottish football and rugby.

Dr Jo Twist OBE (Ar 1986-1991)

Jo is the CEO of UKIE, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. She is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Forum, London Tech Ambassador, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and BAFTA Trustee, an Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, Creative Industries Council member, and Honorary Visiting Professor at Ravensbourne University.

She is a VP for games and accessibility charity SpecialEffect, Patron of Safe in Our World a mental health and games charity, as well as a Trustee for Royal Historic Palaces. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. In 2019 she was named MCV Industry Hero and Devcom Hero for Leadership in the European games industry. She was also named as one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 Most Influential People in 2019.

Jo studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh and undertook her PhD at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Dr Alison Brown, PhD (Ca 1973-1975)

Alison is President and CEO of NAVSYS Corporation. She is an acclaimed Engineer and academic, a global expert in Global Positioning Systems.

After graduating top of her class in engineering at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, she has had a phenomenally exciting career as an engineer, working on ground breaking technology at MIT, UCLA and California with the then new Global Positioning System, before starting her own company in Colorado, NAVSYS Corporation. Early equipment Alison designed is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum as the first operational GPS cell phone.

Alison says that being appointed into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2020 in recognition of her technology contributions is the pinnacle of her career as an engineer. Not only is Alison a member of the NAE, she is a Fellow at the Institute of Navigation, Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Editor of GPS World Magazine and Member of International Woman’s Forum, AIAA, ION and NDIA.

Our Chair

Poppy Mitchell-Rose (Inv-CW 1991-1998)

Poppy is International Partner at the Communications Agency Freuds. She is currently based in New York where she leads the US practice. Her clients include countries, philanthropists, businesses and NGOs.

From 2006-2013 Poppy served as Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, working closely with the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Based in 11 Downing Street and HM Treasury, she worked across communications and business relations.

She studied History and Politics at Durham University and has since spent 20 years working in communications, campaigns and politics.