Roedean Role Models

It is Roedean’s great privilege to welcome a good number of inspiring and talented visitors and speakers to the School each term - it is our responsibility to provide the girls with role-models, whose achievements they can aspire to emulate. 

A key focal point for this is our annual Festival Celebrating Inspiring Women which we hold to mark International Women’s Day - each year, we invite up to 15 female speakers on a range of topics, and every girl in the School is able to choose which talks she attends. 

We are proud that we currently have four Ambassadors, each of whom come to Roedean regularly to work with the girls at all levels: Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, who won Olympic Gold at Rio2016, are our Sports Ambassadors; our Creative Arts Ambassador is Anabela Chan, who is an alumna and a hugely successful jewellery designer; and Dr Suzie Imber, our STEM Ambassador, is Professor of Space Physics at Leicester University.

Roedean is very grateful to all those who come to the School to encourage the girls to have high aspirations and inspire them to work hard to realise their dreams.

Sport Ambassador - Helen Richardson-Walsh


GB Hockey players, Helen won Olympic Gold in Rio 2016. Helen has played in the England and Great Britain teams since 1999.

Helen Richardson-Walsh came to Roedean on 28 September to officially 'open' the new all-weather pitch, along with the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Dee Simson. To reach the very top of your sport requires incredible focus and dedication, and Helen spoke to the Sports Scholars and the 1st XI players over lunch about the ups and downs of her journey from playing at her first Olympics in Sydney in 2000 to winning Bronze in London and then Gold in Rio 2016. She was incredibly open and frank about the whole experience, and her down-to-earth manner meant that the girls could relate to what she was saying. 

Sport Ambassador - Kate Richardson-Walsh


GB Hockey player, Kate won Olympic Gold in Rio 2016. Kate captained the team for 13 years and represented her country 375 times. 

Kate was the Guest Speaker at our two Prize Giving Ceremonies on Roedean Day in June this year, and she was very impressed with the girls she met on that day. In her speech, she talked about some of her own experiences which required great determination and resilience to reach a positive outcome; she said that it is how you bounce back from disappointment that will define how successful you can be. This resonated strongly at Roedean, where we encourage the girls not to fear failure, but to be ready to learn from it to improve themselves going forward.

Creative Arts Ambassador - Anabela Chan


Anabela is an Old Roedeanian who is an incredibly successful jewellery designer.  She has a strong background in Art and Design, and she will be the School’s Ambassador for the Creative Arts.  Her pieces are worn by such celebrities as Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, and Rihanna, and she is in great demand.

STEM Ambassador - Suzie Imber


Dr Suzie Imber is Professor of Space Physics at Leicester University. She came to Roedean to speak at International Women’s Day last academic year, and the girls found her obvious passion for Science, coupled with her remarkable achievements and challenges undertaken, completely inspirational – they were talking about it for weeks afterwards, so we are sure that she will make a deep impression on the girls in this field which is already a great strength of the School.

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