Bright Network: How to Get into Charity & Public Sector

13 Mar 2019, 7 p.m. — 1 America Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 2LS

We’re delighted to announce our very first event exclusively to help you break into to the Public Sector and Charities. Are you exploring opportunities within these organisations? If so, this is the event for you.

On the evening, take the chance meet representatives from inspirational professionals and recruiters from the likes of Police Now, Frontline, Unlocked, Teach First and more. They will be there all there to answer all the questions you have the career and speak to candidates they want to take onto their programmes. Our tailored Bright Network events are all about connecting the most ambitious and bright students with industry leaders.

Taking place on Wednesday 13th March in central London (7pm to 9pm), it’s completely free and gives you an exclusive opportunity to meet brilliant speakers over drinks.

To be part of this brand new event, click apply in the top left-hand corner and apply - you’ll be required to share a CV on your application, which will be passed onto the firms after the event.


Joanna Hurley-Walker, Professional Tutor at Ark Teacher Training

After graduating from Bristol University, Joanna worked at British Gas, completing a management graduate scheme and then working within Corporate Responsibility. Fulfilling her childhood dream, Joanna trained as a primary school teacher at Ark Oval Primary Academy. While teaching, she coached and developed a trainee teacher, which led to her pursuing a role within Ark Teacher Training. Joanna is a Professional Tutor, who develops and trains primary and secondary teacher trainees. Joanna lives in Essex and enjoys travelling; she has lived in six countries (and attended 9 schools as a child, so knows the importance of having a great teacher!).


John Batteson, Attraction Manager at Frontline

John is the Attraction Manager for Frontline, an organisation who recruit exceptional students onto a two-year programme and develops them into leaders in social work. He worked in the private sector for 5 years before joining Frontline in 2015. John manages a team which is responsible for attracting students and graduates, through advertising and events, to apply and ensure Frontline meet the ambitious annual target of 452 participants. Outside of Frontline, John volunteers as a mentor and is active in local politics.

Anna Carlisle, Leadership Development at Police Now

Anna began her career as a history teacher, then left the classroom to work at Teach First, where she recruited and supported trainee teachers. Anna spent three years at Think Ahead - initially working in graduate recruitment and then later in programme development - before moving to Police Now. Her current role involves designing and developing a Graduate Diploma in Policing which Police Now participants will complete as part of the two-year programme.   

Althea Al Zadjali, University Recruiter at Teach First

Althea completed her undergraduate studies at Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand, where she completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2015. Focusing on public health promotion and research, she gained awareness of volunteering and getting involved within the public sector. Since February 2018, she has been finding and recruiting talented individuals to join Teach First and their programmes.

Tom Stretch, Prison Officer at HMP/YOI Isis and 2017 Unlocked Participant

Tom is a 2017 Unlocked participant, working as a prison officer at HMP/YOI Isis. On a daily basis, he manages over 50 prisoners on a wing, ensuring they are safe and productive and working with them on their rehabilitation. On top of this, he is working on an MSc and completing his dissertation on how the perceived safety of prisoners affects their behaviour. He will offer a fascinating insight into the skills that you can develop in this role and the opportunities to develop as well as making a huge impact on society.

Any questions? 

  • If you have any questions about Bright Network Charity & Public Sector Networking, please get in touch - / 0207 197 9902.

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1 America Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 2LS