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International Women's Day 2019

Lingfield College has had a fabulous week celebrating International Women's Day 2019, with a wonderful array of lunchtime talks from inspirational women. All talks were well attended and the students really enjoyed the wide variety of topics which were covered. Lingfield would like to extent a massive thanks to all these special women who gave up their time to inspire our students!



Annabel Smith: RAF fighter pilot

Karen Dobres

Karen manages Lewes FC's Equality campaign and talked about how Lewes have become the first (and are still the only) football club in the world to pay the women's team the same as the men's. 

Further details of Karen’s work:


Isabella Falconer: Lingfield Alumni

Isabella is currently doing an apprenticeship in Business and Computer Science. She talked about her experience as a transgender woman within the construction sector from a consultant’s perspective and explained how she learned to flourish and adapt to working life straight from education. 





Imogen Wainwright-Jones: newly qualified veterinarian

Imogen talked about her route into being a vet and the challenges she faced.


Sue Edgar from Soroptimist International.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across six UN Centres, where our UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard.

Zoe Wilkinson: works for the Home Office

Zoe advises the head of the police force and the Home Secretary on police force resources. She was previously involved in The Drug and Alcohol committee working to reduce alcohol consumption. 


Sophie Payne: Chartered Civil Engineer

Sophie leads the South East team of Graduates and Apprentices for the Transportation business.  She talked about her experiences of leading some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, being a woman in consultancy and her role as a mentor.  She shared her journey in engineering from starting off in the industry to leading a business as part of the management team. 

Jane Gosden: Prison Officer at Highdown 

Jane gave insight into the reality of working in a prison. Good for those interested in Criminology, Psychology or Law.


Dr Kathryn Ferry: historian, lecturer, writer, and public speaker

Kathryn specialises in architecture, design and seaside culture.

Phillipa Jacobs: founder of Champion Chanzige 

Champion Chanzige raises money for a school in Tanzania.