We were delighted to welcome Dr Neil Weir, our after dinner speaker, and his wife Alison to the Networking Dinner on Monday 28 January. The evening was very well attended by Sixth Formers and a range of Abbey alumnae who were table hosts for the evening. The event began with drinks in the Hardcastle Hall and quickly the room was full of lively conversations from topics such as scientific and medical research to how things had changed from when the alumnae were at school. Soon it was time to move to the Richards Hall for dinner.
Girls were seated on tables hosted by Abbey alumnae who work in the girls’ area of interest, i.e. Medicine, Scientific Research, Engineering and so on. Once again, the room filled with lively chatter and laughter. Everyone enjoyed a delicious three-course meal prepared by our fantastic catering team, Holroyd Howe, before turning their attention to Dr Neil Weir for his speech. It was very fitting that Mairi Weir in Upper VI was able to introduce her father, Dr Weir and that Kirsten Weir his other daughter, now a vet, was a table host. It was a real family affair and a great example of our Abbey Community.
Neil was an informative and entertaining speaker who spoke about the importance of scientific research and innovation in the rapidly changing world. Neil said, “As the shape of the pharmaceutical industry continues to rapidly change our fate lies in the ability to continually innovate. Our ambition must be to offer innovative new medicines and groundbreaking solutions that go beyond the drug. We must remain committed to enabling cutting-edge scientific research that is driven by the patients’ needs.”
The feedback from the evening has been fantastic from all involved – girls, alumnae and staff. The girls are now currently in contact with the alumnae for further advice, mentoring and possibly even work experience.