Sir Martin Donnelly Brings Inspiration to Students


Former Permanent Secretary at the Department of International Trade, Sir Martin Donnelly, visited Cowley International College on March 7th to give an inspirational and motivational talk to students as part of the highly successful Speakers for Schools initiative.

Sir Martin Donnelly is a high-profile UK official whose career across central government, starting in the Treasury to Whitehall leadership at Permanent Secretary level, has connected closely with business decision makers in the UK and internationally.

Sir Martin Donnelly delivered an engaging talk to more than 150 Cowley International College, Haydock High and Cowley Sixth Form College students and staff, focusing on topics such as having self-confidence, being prepared and Brexit, as well as offering students an insight into his personal and career highlights. There was much discussion about Sir Martin Donnelly’s views on Brexit, particularly from his viewpoint on trade and employment, given his former positions within the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Students asked questions about Brexit and what the impact could be on their education and career, as well as what a second referendum could mean. Sir Donnelly answered questions thoroughly and objectively.

Mr Sheeran, Executive Headteacher at Haydock High and Principal at Cowley High, thanked Sir Martin Donnelly for taking the time to speak with students and commented: “All young people need inspirational role models and we are delighted that students have had this opportunity. Sir Martin Donnelly’s extensive career has inspired our students and shown them what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”

The Speakers for School initiative was set up by Robert Peston, the BBC's Business Editor and is dedicated to giving back to schools through free, inspiring talks for students.


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