THIS WEEK’S TALKS: Learn from Top Experts

Speakers for Schools are broadcasting live talks from experts in a range of careers and subjects over the next few weeks. These are a great opportunity for students to find out more from leaders in their field and get a real insight into different topics and career journeys. This week’s timetable is as follows:




Mon 22ndJune 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 22ndJune 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 23rdJune 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 23rdJune 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 24thJune 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 24thJune 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 25thJune 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

To access the talks, click here and select the relevant speaker:

Links should be opened in a browser that is not Internet Explorer and students should join the live event anonymously (there is no need to create a login). 

Further guidance on how to access talks can be found here.

Students can also submit questions to the speakers via Twitter using #SFSvtalk and @speakrs4schools or Instagram: @speakers4schools

There is also a Student Activity Sheet that can be viewed and downloaded here.