Posted Thursday 9 January 2014
Caryn Franklin (Graphic Design '81), fashion commentator, Richard Deakin (Aeronautical Engineering '87), chief executive of NATS (the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services), and Nigel Pleming QC (Law '69) joined fellow alumni and guests at a drinks reception hosted by Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg and other staff at Kingston Business School.
The assembled alumni are all featured on the University's Made in Kingston exhibition, a public celebration of some of our high-flying graduates who provide inspirational role models for our students.
After a warm welcome from Julius, students and staff accompanied the alumni on a tour of the exhibition, displayed over four floors of the Business School. Many of the alumni enjoyed being photographed beside their panels.
Helen Trott, head of development at Kingston, said it was heart-warming to hear alumni talk about the University. "They all have their own very personal story. The aim of an event like this is to welcome them back and celebrate their success, and to build strong relationships with our best ambassadors and supporters."
Final year psychology student Beth Dangerfield was inspired by meeting the alumni. "It was great to meet people who have reached the top of their careers, with their roots in Kingston where I am growing mine," she said. "It was incredibly motivating and I hope one day to have my own place on Kingston's Wall of Fame."
The drinks reception at Kingston Business School was followed by dinner at Dorich House Museum, a venue new to most alumni and which provided an impressive setting for the networking discussions.
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