Alumni Festival - Older and wiser: how women over 50 are making their mark

Location: Newnham College - Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF

Date(s): Fri 23 September - Fri 23 September

Time: 4:00 - 5:45

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Older and wiser: how women over 50 are making their mark

By 2020 a third of Britain’s workforce will be over 50. Government figures show that approximately 34,000 people aged over 50 start an apprenticeship every year, with more than a third finding jobs in business, administration and law. Many more women take up Non Executive Directorships, public appointments or charity roles at this important juncture in their careers. This panel discussion with the three Heads of House and alumnae from each of the three women’s colleges will explore how women can, and are, taking advantage of the next phase of their lives; often changing direction and making valuable contributions to society in ways they might never have anticipated when they were younger.

This panel discussion forms the second in a new series of events being hosted by the three women’s colleges at Cambridge. Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham, Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards and Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish (all of whom became Head of their College after the age of 50) will share their own personal experiences and will be joined by alumnae who have made equally interesting decisions. We are keen for guests to contribute their own thoughts and views from the floor.

Suzanne McCarthy (LL.M, 1985) will accompany the panel, as a Lucy Cavendish alumna. Before entering the public sector Suzanne worked as a solicitor in private practice and was a lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester. Suzanne studied both in America and in the UK, and was awarded an LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge while a student at Lucy Cavendish College. Suzanne was Chief Executive of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. During her Whitehall career she worked at both HM Treasury and the Home Office (where she served as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries). Her last Executive role was as the UK’s Immigration Services Commissioner.

Suzanne is currently Chairman of Depaul UK, a charity concerned with youth homelessness, and a member of the Board of Depaul International.  She is also a member of several boards including the Fundraising Regulator, where she is Chairman of the Standards Committee, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Architects Registration Board and the Senet Group.  In addition, she serves as the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority. Suzanne was recently appointed as a Marshall Aid Commemoration Commissioner.  Her previous appointments include the Boards of the University of London, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the General Medical Council.

Following the highly successful event held at Murray Edwards last year, this event will be hosted by Newnham in the Lucia Windsor Room. The discussion will run from 4pm - 5pm and guests are invited to drinks afterwards until 5.45pm.

Jackie AshleyProfessor Dame Carol BlackDame Barbara StockingSuzanne McCarthy

Panel Members, from left to right: Jackie Ashley, Professor Dame Carol Black, Dame Barbara Stocking and Suzanne McCarthy.

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