Goodbye Zoom, Hello London! After launching After Essex, an online event series at the height of the pandemic, it’s back with an inspiring line up of discussions hosted by our graduates. 

Our next three events are all hosted by the team at Alumni Global, a multinational recruitment firm. Thank you to graduate Frank McKenna for offering to host these events at their London offices, based just around the corner from Liverpool Street station. 

These events are open to alumni, students and staff of the University and provide an opportunity for discussions on issues. All talks are followed by a Q&A and networking. 

Leadership in Healthcare

An insight into leadership and healthcare, empowering BAME professionals and reflections on a career within the NHS. We'll be joined by host and Essex graduate Frank McKenna (BA History, 1989) and Maxine Obeng (BSc Psychology, 2009; MSc Mental Health Nursing, 2011). 

Frank McKenna and Maxine Obeng

A registered Mental Health nurse, Maxine’s current role is Assistant Director Mental Health Crisis, Liaison and Perinatal Services. She is also a champion for empowering BAME healthcare professionals and will reflect on her career both in nursing and as a career coach and mentor.

Frank, Global Managing Director of Healthcare & Higher Education at Alumni Global, has held a series of senior management roles at the British Medical Association and was Executive Director of Human Resources, Communications & Organisational Development at two separate Acute University Hospitals in London within the NHS.

Thursday 16 May at 6pm. Register for a free place.


LGBTQI+ Inclusion Champions

Join Essex graduate Chantel Le Carpentier for an inspiring discussion around LGBTQI+ identities in the workplace.

Owen Francis and Chantel Le Carpentier

Throughout her career, Chantel has championed inclusion for minority groups and now works for the Mayor of London.She’ll be joined by Owen Francis, the Lead for Diversity and Inclusion at recruitment firm, Alumni Global, who’ll draw on his own experiences as a member of the community.

Thursday 23 May at 6pm. Register for a free place


Women in Leadership

After a degree in politics, Zoe joined the British Army and rose the ranks to Major.

Vanessa Potter and Zoe Lester-Morris

This summer, she is preparing to take over as Officer Commanding of 20 Transport Squadron in London overseeing transport for the Royals, Ministry of Defence and Government. Hear her chat with Vanessa Potter, who provides the strategic direction, planning and leadership for the Communications and External Relations section at Essex, on topics surrounding being a woman in a leadership position. 

Thursday 13 June at 6pm. Register for a free place