Speakers' Programme


At Isaac Newton Academy our aim is to equip students with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. The Speakers’ Programme will support the mission as a mechanism to:


  • Inspire our students through hearing about the journey taken by the speaker to their current role.
  • Understand the roles that BRIDGES characteristics play in lifelong success.
  • Develop a curiosity and openness around professions and cultural experiences that might not sit with their chosen KS5 subjects.
  • Learn more about universities, different careers or new topics.


Past Speakers


Lord Paddy Ashdown

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Lord Paddy Ashdown Lord Ashdown shared some interesting stories about his career before hosting a Q&A session with the students. During the Q&A session, students asked questions about a variety of topics, including Brexit, his views on a coalition government, the UK voting system, property prices, women in politics, environmental challenges and the rise of anti-fascist groups such as Antifa. Read more about his visit here.



Alex Blower

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Alex Blower Alex Blower, UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer from the University of Southampton, came to speak to our Year 12 students about the UCAS process and how to craft a personal statement that will catch the eye of the Admissions Team at a university.



Dr Joanna Marchant

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Joanna Marchant Dr Joanna Marchant from KCL, spoke to our Sixth Form students about options to consider when choosing a degree course and a university. With 37,000 different degrees on offer, and hundreds of institutions in which to study, students have a huge variety of options available. Read more about her visit here.



Charlie Dark

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Charlie Dark Charlie is a DJ, Producer, Poet, Teacher, Night-runner, Founder of Run Dem Crew and Brand Consultant with a wide range of skills and interests. Given his background, he could have talked to the Sixth Form about any number of topics, but in the end his chosen topic was ‘encouragement’.  

Charlie spoke of how certain demands and expectations can make us feel pressurised sometimes, but these high expectations should not be seen as negative as it allows us to challenge ourselves and ‘raise our game’. Read more about his visit here.



Cyril Moloney

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Cyril Moloney Cyril calls himself a ‘curious’, rather than an ‘electrical’ engineer, and during his talk he demonstrated that curiosity, along with his passion for learning, to our Sixth Form audience. Cyril has had to deal with health and learning challenges and it is a testament to his grit and hard work that from such a start he has gone on to attain a good degree, become a successful teacher and participated in the development of such a life-changing technology as MRI scanners. As well as talking to us about his work as an engineer and part-time lecturer, Cyril shared the story behind the development of some highly promising research being conducted in the field of cancer treatment, specifically chemotherapy. Read more about the visit here.


Local Councillors' Debate

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Local Councillors’ Debate Isaac Newton Academy hosted a Question Time-style debate, where local councillors and figures from the community were invited to discuss the issues facing Ilford to celebrate Local Democracy Week. The Sixth Form learners put together a wide-ranging array of questions, covering both local and national issues and then were called up to ask them one by one. Topics covered included tougher penalties for those found guilty of acid attacks and what can be done to improve the proportion of women represented in politics.



Kuldip Singh, CEO of Mr Singh’s Sauce

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Kuldip Singh The ‘Mr Singh’s Sauce’ business started in a shed in East London. Now Mr Singh’s products are sold internationally and the brand has been valued at over £1m. With 100,000 followers and 2 million video views, it was a privilege to welcome Kuldip to INA. He spoke passionately about his business and how his journey of resilience, patience and hard work has paid off. Read more about the visit here.



Jennifer Williams, US Embassy

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Jennifer Williams Jennifer Williams has been a U.S. diplomat for more than ten years, primarily focused on Middle East policy. She has served overseas in Beirut, Lebanon, and Kingston, Jamaica, and has been based at the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC for the past five years. She arrived in London in July 2016 for a three-year assignment as a Press Officer at the U.S. Embassy to the United Kingdom. Before joining the State Department, Jennifer worked for the Department of Homeland Security and has previous experience on political campaigns as well. Read more about the visit here.



Future Speakers


Dr Rina Bandopadhyay, UCL

Jay Rayner, Journalist, Broadcaster & Musician

Stuart Gordon, Head of Harvard UK Outreach

Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

Lindsey Smith, St Andrews University

Ranjit Sond, President of the Society of Asian Lawyers

Muhammad Kashif, Cardiac Physiologist


If you are interested in speaking as a part of our Speakers' Programme, please email: sixthform@isaacnewtonacademy.org