Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme provides a network of today’s most inspiring figures across business, arts, politics and more, who donate their time to help inspire students to fuel their ambition. This week, a range of speakers are hosting a variety of VTALKS for students to get involved in.


Mon 22nd June 10am

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Zoe Irwin , Creative Director, John Frieda The Independent calls her “the Stella McCartney of hairdressing” Her innovative styling menu using Liberty prints caused a beauty blogger meltdown two summers ago… And such is her industry kudos that hairdressing multi-millionaire John Frieda asked her to join his salon group as creative director. Join us as Zoe Irwin discusses all things hairdressing and creativity, sharing insights into her career, life lessons and advice with students from 11-18years.
Mon 22nd June 2pm

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Armando Iannucci, Oscar-nominated Writer & Director Oscar nominated writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci will be speaking to SFS and young people across the UK about his career in comedy on film, TV and radio and answering your questions!
Tues 23rd June 10am

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Richard Waterworth, General Manager, UK & EU, TikTok Rich Waterworth will be joining SFS and students across the UK to discuss his own career journey and to demystify TikTok and the work that takes place within the organisation!
Tues 23rd June 2pm

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Tamara Holmgren, Engineer and Project Manager, BP Join SFS and Tamara Holmgren, Engineer and Project Manager at BP on International Women in Engineering Day for an interview that will focus on STEM careers and Tamara’s career journey to date.
Wed 24th June 10am

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Maurits van Tol, Chief Technology Officer, Johnson Matthey  Maurits van Tol will be interviewed by SFS before moving to student Q+A. Tune in to learn more about Maurits’ career in STEM and life lessons and advice.
Wed 24th June 2pm

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Bernadine Brocker Wieder, CEO, Vastari Group Ltd Interested in how exhibitions are put on? Join Bernadine Brocker Wieder to explore how she got to where she is today and more about her role.
Thurs 25th June 2pm

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In collaboration with Penguin Talks: Big Narstie & Ciaran Thapar     How to believe in yourself

British MC, rapper, TV presenter and author of How to be Narstie, Big Narstie, joins youth worker and freelance writer, Ciaran Thapar, to discuss the importance of living your own life and believing in yourself.

Fri 26th June 10am

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James Worrall, Founder, Leaders in Sport Join us as James Worrall shares life lessons and top tips from leaders in sport.



  • Join 10 minutes before the VTALK to be ready
  • You can join without needing an account – Watch how here
  • For full speaker descriptions visit the VTALK Schedule here



  • Watch pre-recorded VTalks from our library here
  • Please see our Schools Guide here.
  • Below my signature is more information on the SFS activity sheet
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