Guest speaker Bridget Gardiner, Executive Director of The Brokerage, joined a party of more than 30 for the Company’s second Livery Lunch held 12th June 2019 at Farmers and Fletchers Hall in the City. An excellent menu - tartare of sole, loin of lamb, bread and butter pudding – paired with some spot-on wine was a super prelude to Bridget’s talk.

Her message was both poignant and uplifting. Young people’s interests “are dear to my heart” she said. Her earlier career had seen her work as director of fundraising and marketing at Richard House Children’s Hospice and at the Epilepsy Society. She had always believed she did not want to be a CEO but, having become one and having realised all the good that could then be done, she wished she had become one sooner. How ironic then that she is to retire from the Brokerage next month.

She reported great success from the WCIB-sponsored Gateway to the City programme, reiterating that children from so many schools within sight of the City have no connections and no insights into its jobs and opportunities. Highlighting the effectiveness of their work Bridget was delighted that, out of 60 students, work experience had been secured by 12 and paid internships by 13. Winners from the Schools Essay Competition are already enjoying success from the programme. Her key message to the Master and Company? “Thank you from the bottom of my heart”.


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