Newcastle University London



Our weekly masterclasses provide our students with opportunities to learn from the experiences of business leaders.

Every Wednesday we invite top business leaders from a range of industries to share the lessons they have learnt throughout their career. Topics are wide ranging and have included how to run a digital agency and the challenges of running a small to medium enterprise. The masterclasses involve lectures, seminars, interactive workshops and Q&A discussions. They are open to all our students.

In addition, the masterclasses provide a great networking opportunity for students. Two students gained employment at Capita Learning Services as a result of a masterclass delivered by Simon Pridgeon, Operations Director at ChooseCare (a subsidiary business of Capita Learning Services).

Previous speakers

Our masterclass series began with a talk from John Viney, COO and co-founder of AES International, a global wealth management organisation with offices around the world. John gave useful insights into what it takes to manage a global team and having ethics and conviction in everything you do. Notable speakers have included John King, former CEO of House of Fraser; Dianne Nelmes, Director of Daytime and Lifestyle at ITV Productions; Lord Allen of Kensington, former Chief Executive of Granada Group and current Chairman of Global Radio; and Roy Sandbach, Former Senior Research and Development Executive at Procter & Gamble.

Past speakers events have included:

Miles Reah, Associate, Capco – Consultancy

Anita Gohil-Thorp, Evolution Development Coaching – Stress management


Marc Crouch, Firedrop – Entrepreneurial

Careers Conference, Accenture, Lidl, FDM,

George Hardie, Transaction Advisory Services Executive, Grant Thornton UK LLP - Accounting

Preparing yourself for the future, NCL+ Award, Placements

Judith Perle, The Network Effect – Networking

Lucy McKelvey, Corporate Finance Analyst, EY - Financial Services

Hugh Thomas, Co-Founder, Ugly Drinks - Food and beverages

Rachel Bermingham and Maurice Mullen, Digital Project Manager, Head of Fashion and Luxury Good, Evening Standard/ESI Media - Media

Rosie Leatherhead, Public Affairs and Campaigning Officer, Alzheimer’s Society – Charity

Miles Reah, Associate, Capco – Consultancy

Kate Croucher, University Relation Manager, FDM - IT

David Glass, Consultant, Irwin Mitchell LLP - Law practice

Tim Williams, Senior Lecturer, London College of Fashion - Fashion

Rachel Treece, CEO, fts global – Financial services

Simon Pridgeon, Managing Director, Capita Learning Services – Consultancy

Claire Tamara Yates, Chief Executive Officer, Newton Europe – Consultant

John Viney, COO, AES International – Financial

Chris Sharp, Managing Director, Barlow Wells- Entrepreneurial

Rob Williams, Head of Distribution, Royal London – Insurance

Andy Elms, Royalties and Distribution Finance Manager, Avalon – Television

David White, Whitehorn Consulting - Work experience and internships

George Greener, Chairman, London NHS – Management

Simon Pleydell, CEO, Whittingdon Health - Leadership

Dianne Nelmes, Director of Daytime and Lifestyle, ITV Productions – Media

Richard Ferdinand, Vice President, Pacific Investment Management Company – Financial

John Viney delivers a masterclass for Newcastle University London students