The St Paul’s Professional Groups were first launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Old Pauline Club. Their aim is to connect those working in specific professional fields and to support current pupils on their career journey.
This event is a chance for those in our Community who work in or are interested in working in the Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Social Enterprise worlds to come together virtually to hear from a panel of Third Sector employees who will be discussing their careers, the landscape of the charity sector, and the scope and breadth of opportunity within different fields. They will be giving their top tips on how to start your career in the Third Sector or Social Enterprise, how to thrive and how to work out your specialism within this rewarding sector. There will also be a chance to ask questions through the webinar Q&A.
The panel will be hosted by Stuart Block, Director of Partnerships and Public Service at St Paul’s School. He will be joined by Stephen Burke (OP1973-77), Director and Co-Founder of United for All Ages; Charlie Fraser (OP2007-12), Co-Founder and Partnerships Director at TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network); James Grant (OP1990-95), Head of Individual Giving & Legacies at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity; James Ingram (OP2000-05), Head of Policy, Advocacy, Research at Prince’s Trust International; former SPS Parent, Dame Laura Lee, CEO at Maggie’s.
While face to face networking is not possible, we will be sharing a list of the names and email details of all attendees that have consented to this, so that you can still get in contact with one another following the event.
It is free to register for any of our virtual events. However, if you wish to express your appreciation for the programme, please make a donation to the Shaping our Future bursary fund, here, and help talented boys benefit from a St Paul’s education.
Suggested donation – £10 per household.
Stuart Block – Stuart is a former city economist (2001-09) turned economics/business teacher and charity fundraiser through Beyond the Bike cycling adventures, winning JustGiving fundraiser of year (2013) for support for educational charities in Africa/Asia and their links with UK schools. Stuart has run economics/business studies departments in both private (Cranleigh School 2009-13) and state sector (Morpeth School, Tower Hamlet 2013- 15). Since 2016 Stuart has been building links between the two sectors as Director of Partnerships at St Paul’s.
Dame Laura Lee – Laura worked as a clinical nurse specialist in Edinburgh, where she gave chemotherapy to Maggie Keswick Jencks, Laura shared Maggie’s vision of a cancer support centre housed in a non-clinical and uplifting environment where anybody affected by cancer could visit to access practical information, psychological and emotional support to help them build a life beyond a cancer diagnosis.. There are now 24 centres with plans for future centres both in the UK and overseas. In 2009 she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.In 2016 Laura was awarded a Honorary Degree of Doctor from Queen Margaret University. In 2019 Laura was awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to people with cancer.
For more information on Maggie’s visit www.maggies.org
James Grant – James Grant is Head of Individual Giving & Legacies at SSAFA the Armed Forces charity, the UK’s oldest tri-service military charity. Before taking this role in January 2021he was Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events which included corporate partnerships, Special Events and Challenge Events.
After graduating with a degree in French at St Andrews University, James started his career in commercial events. In 2011/12 he volunteered for a charity project, Row2Recovery which involved amputee ex-servicemen rowing across the Atlantic in an attempt to raise awareness of what the disabled can achieve. This campaign raised over £1m for military charities.
The chance to work for SSAFA, who were one of the charities for whom Row2Recovery raised funds, was something he’d been interested in for a long time and James joined the charity as a senior manager in August 2015.
Charlie Fraser – Charlie is Co-Founder and Partnerships Director at TERN, an ambitious social enterprise and ever-growing community with a mission to enable refugees to thrive through the power of their own ideas. TERN have supported over 400 refugee entrepreneurs in the UK since 2016, with a goal of launching 2,000 refugee-led businesses by 2025.
Stephen Burke – Stephen Burke is director and co-founder of United for All Ages, an intergenerational ‘think-do’ tank that brings older and younger people together to create a Britain for all ages. Previously Stephen was chief executive of two national care charities. He has also held leadership positions in local government and the NHS. He has been on the board and chair of some twenty national and local charities in the fields of ageing, housing, care, health and families. Currently he chairs The Together Project. Stephen co-founded the Campaign to End Loneliness and Good Care Guide and led mergers to create Grandparents Plus and The Family Mediation Trust.
James Ingram – James Ingram is Head of Policy, Advocacy, and Research at Prince’s Trust International where he has worked since 2016, joining initially to draft the organisation’s start-up strategy. Prince’s Trust International was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to tackle the global crises in youth unemployment and underachievement.
James has 12+ years’ experience working in Inter- and Non-Governmental Organisations – from the UN to grassroots – as an adviser, policy analyst, senior manager, and operations lead.
James has degrees in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS University of London, and in Anthropology from the University of Bristol. He is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy for emerging nonprofit and social purpose leaders, and a former René Cassin Human Rights Fellow. He currently holds governance or advisory roles at World Jewish Relief, the Commonwealth Jewish Council, and the Dora Love Prize for Holocaust Awareness.