NatWest Group CEO at David Nieper Academy

Monday 7th February, 2022

On Friday 4 February, David Nieper Academy was delighted to receive a visit from Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest Group, along with Paul Thwaite, CEO of Commercial Banking at NatWest Group.

During the morning, Entrepreneurial Leaders from NatWest, Sean and Faye, held an inspiring Dream Bigger workshop with the academy’s Sixth Form students. The programme is tailored to equip 16–18-year-olds with entrepreneurial skills and aims to increase the number of young people, particularly females, starting their own businesses.

Demonstrating how a growth mindset can help them delve into things which they may normally avoid, students took part in various activities throughout the morning. The facilitators, Sean and Faye, were both very engaging with the students, inspiring many to think more about becoming entrepreneurs and using a growth mindset.


Dream Bigger Workshop Leaders with David Nieper Academy Sixth Form students

The academy was then joined by Alison Rose and Paul Thwaite who gave a captivating talk on their careers to Year 10 and Sixth Form students. Encouraging students to grasp opportunities, both in the academy and in their future careers, our visitors explained how their choices had led them to work in different sectors in banking and finance all over the world.

Students thoroughly enjoyed learning more about both guests and were honoured to have the opportunity to discuss matters such as the effect of climate change on investing in businesses.


David Nieper Academy students with Paul Thwaite, Alison Rose, and Dr Hobbs

Our visitors also conveyed the importance of teamwork, good leadership and finding a company to work for which supports growth and training. Students were thrilled at the opportunity to pose questions to them both and the session allowed for interesting discussions.

David Nieper Academy was delighted to have welcomed Alison and Paul with other members of NatWest staff and local business leaders for the day; the inspiring visit complemented the academy’s emphasis on developing employability skills in their students and the benefits of the visit will continue to be seen throughout the curriculum.


David Nieper Academy students present Paul Thwaite and Alison Rose with gifts

You can read more about this event at:

Derby Telegraph


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