Bafta winner inspires college women

Sixth Form students recently welcomed BAFTA award-winning producer, Rachel Innes-Lumsden, as part of their ‘Women’s Half Hour’ series. 

As part of a new scheme designed to inspire and empower young women in post-16 education, ‘Women’s Half Hour’ invites speakers in every Friday morning to share their experiences and achievements as women in industry. 

Rachel Innes-Lumsden is Twofour Group’s Deputy Director of Programmes, an independent TV Production company, based in Plymouth. Her previous roles have seen her working at the BBC as Creative Director of Development and then Head of BBC New York. As well as outlining her career and the value of ‘dreaming big’, Rachel also answered questions and gave advice to female students in Years 12 and 13 to help empower and inspire them. 

Rachel Innes-Lumsden with Holly Flory and Kiera Collyer
Rachel Innes-Lumsden with Holly Flory and Kiera Collyer

Year 13 student, Holly Flory, said of the visit: “I found Rachel’s talk really engaging and interesting, especially as a young woman about to make important life decisions about my future. The message I found the most intriguing was that it doesn’t matter what you study at higher education; if you have a passion you can still follow it through, no matter what. I found that part not only inspiring, but also very reassuring!”

Natasha Martin, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, added: “It is extremely important for us as professional working women, and as a College as a whole, to help empower and inspire our students by exposing them to strong female role models. Rachel’s visit was an amazing opportunity to hear from a woman at the top of her game, speaking so passionately about her career. We hope that this will, in turn, inspire the young women in our College community to dream big, aim high and imagine what’s possible.” 

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