Getting to the top – A winner’s mindset – Wednesday 7th November – Birkbeck, University of London

 Inspirational YOU


 Getting to the top

 Wednesday 7th November 2012 from 6.30pm-8.30pm

Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7HX

Room: B18 (basement of Malet Street)


Four leading professionals with backgrounds in law, business, utilities, media, engineering and PR will be discussing what it means to ‘win’.   They have all celled in their current positions against the odds and are well-respected and recognised within their professions.

They will discuss the changes and trends within their industry, as well as providing you with insight’s and tips to inspire you get on and GET TO THE TOP.

Our keynote speaker is Patrick Clarke.  He is the Director of Network Operations at UK Power Networks is Britain’s largest power network, responsible for delivering electricity to 7.8 million homes and businesses in London, the South East and the East of England.


Patrick Clarke OBE

Director of Network Operations at UK Power Networks


Patrick has risen from an Apprentice to the Executive team of UK Power Networks (formerly EDF Energy).
As Operations Director he reports to the CEO and has day to day responsibility for managing the distribution of electricity to 8 million customers in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey (part), Sussex and London. This impacts about 25% of the UK population.
Patrick has undertaken a number of significant engineering and commercial roles including overall responsibility for the design and build of the power distribution network on the Olympic Park.

Patrick is also a qualified HR practitioner and was formerly the HR & Communications Director in EDF Energy. However, his quest to personally develop has seen him move from being an Engineer professional, to HR professional, to senior executive leadership roles.
He is responsible for about £600m of spend on engineering project each year and directly employs 3000 people plus 2000 contractor.  Patrick has placed a strong emphasis on community investment over the last 30 years.
In 2005 he co-authored “Made in Britain” a book majoring on inspirational role models from British BAME communities (almost 10,000 copies sold).  In 2008 he was Prince Charles’s ambassador for London (for leadership and diversity).

Denise Rawls

Chief Press Officer and owner of Strange Fruit Greeting Cards


Denise has what she likes to call a portfolio career.  She mixes running her own business with a running a busy high profile press office.  After thinking that she didn’t have enough time, money or experience to start her own business Denise changed her mind during her wedding reception in October 2010.  She wrote a business plan and got ready to launch a diverse greeting card company to fill the gap in the market. The business was literally started on a shoestring; Denise sold two pairs of designer shoes on eBay to fund her first print run.  Two years later Strange Fruit has been featured in two books and the cards are sold in a growing number of independent stores, the Mary Portas at House of Fraser shops and have recently launched in the US and Canada.

Denise is a graduate of Birkbeck, University of London.

Angela Arnold

Partner at BH Solicitors and Board Member of Carers Lewisham






Angela Arnold is currently a Partner at a South London Firm and heads the Commercial, Employment and Litigation departments.

Angela has a diverse experience in area of commercial and residential property, civil and commercial litigation and employment. She has strategised various community partnerships with law Firms over the past 8 years and encourages local businesses to become part of the community to make a change. She is currently an active mentor for London Borough of Brent and Harrow Education Department. Angela has a degree in Law with International Human Resource Management and postgraduate in law .

Angela has worked initially as an analyst for London Underground at the commencement of the Jubilee Line project but decided for a turnaround career and had a keen interest in education standards for the youth generation in the UK, which subsequently led to her enrolling to assist the Brent and Harrow Educational Authority, acting as a mentor, and has over the last couple of years promoted the essential importance of work experience ethics and value of knowing what students can gain from insightful experience in the area or industry of their chosen profession or vocation.

Angela is also acts as a consultant solicitor at various niche regional law firms, specialising in commercial property matters.

Sheryl Nwosu – Barrister (Host)




Sheryl is a barrister practising from one of the largest specialist criminal sets in the country.

Called to the Bar in 2000 and gaining a tenancy in her first set of Chambers in early 2001 she then built up a busy practice at the Bar both defending and prosecuting in the full catalogue of criminal cases including murder.

Her decision to become an advocate or Barrister was motivated in part by some of the social injustices she observed and perceived whilst growing up on what was described as a “socially and economically deprived” housing estate in North West London; having been told that even if she did pass the “notoriously difficult” Bar entrance exams that the Bar was a difficult profession for a woman she decided that this was the profession for her; she always states that she has never thought of her background, sex or colour as a bar to her ambitions or to what she knew she was going to achieve.

Having been a lawyer for 12 years she cites one of her greatest achievements as being told by young people, who she encounters through her work and other activities such as mentoring, that she is an inspiration to them.

Sheryl now solely defends in criminal cases and remains passionate about being an advocate for those who may find themselves at times without a voice.


  • Do you have the skills and experiences to be a strong leader and reach your career goal?
  • Are you preparing your career for resiliency to weather economic downturns?
  • Do you understand the career paths in your function and the leaderships skills needed to reach the top?
  • Do you know and belong to the networks and organisations that will open doors for you?
  • Learn winning tips and to manage your portfolio career (studies, work, business and family).
  • Learn the tips and tricks needed to create your niche.
  • Hear how you can bounce back.
  • Adapt the skills needed to excel.
  • Network and build your contacts.


“This was just what I needed” – C. Jones, SE London


“This has been a wonderful experience.  Thank you” – P Thompson, London


“This was an excellent event.” – D. Gray – London


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