GCU hosts inspirational Alumni Event 2016

14 November 2016

GCU hosts inspirational Alumni Event 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) welcomed four of its most inspirational alumni to the GCU London campus on Thursday, November 10, to share their career experiences with students, staff and graduates.

Guests had the chance to hear the GCU experiences, subsequent career journeys and words of advice from a few of the University’s most prestigious graduates from fashion, media, finance and risk and health. Supermodel Eunice Olumide; Owen Sharp, Global CEO of the Movember Foundation; Lisa Douglas, Entertainment Producer for This Morning at ITV; and Charles van Oppen, Director of TBIAS entertained the audience with words of inspiration and advice, peppered with amusing anecdotes about their time as GCU students.

Jillian Watt, Director of the Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation, Alumni Engagement and Events, welcomed the audience:

She said: “The event has been a wonderful opportunity to bring together graduates from both our Glasgow and London campuses and GCU London students to hear from four extremely talented graduates. It is always fantastic to meet and hear about our alumni successes, and to be able to share this with fellow alumni and students has been very inspirational. For many of our graduates this was their first time coming along to the GCU London campus and we hope to welcome them and many more alumni back over the coming years.”

Eunice Olumide is a multi-award-winning model, having been all over the world gracing the catwalk for the likes of Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Vogue. As an actress, she has also featured in Absolutely Fabulous and Star Wars: Rogue One.

During the evening, she had some great advice for the audience: “It’s really important to define for yourself where you want to go and what will make you happy.”

Lisa Douglas is an award-winning Entertainment Producer with 15 years’ experience working on major television shows such as Parkinson, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and the Paul O’Grady Show.

Owen Sharp has dedicated his career to men’s health charities, as CEO of Victim Support, Prostate Cancer UK and now Movember, the leading global men's health charity, whose main objective is to change the face of men's health forever.  

He said: “What I learnt during my time at GCU equipped me for what I do now in ways I didn’t understand at the time.”

Charles van Oppen is the co-owner of a successful London-based consultancy. He built the business from nothing over 15 years ago and provides risk management and insurance support and advice to some of the world's largest corporations.

He urged alumni and current students to “make the deliberate choice to keep in touch”.

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