Alumni Newsletter

March 2014

The days are getting longer and the job opportunities are coming in! Indeed, Mountbatten Institute graduates appear to be top of the list for a number of organisations and recruitment companies. So check out all the latest opportunities in our Jobs section and the alumni website.

Other Institute news is that Mountbatten recently unveiled its new smart logo, which you can view at the top of this newsletter. Also, the bi-annual Newport Cup, the most anticipated event of the New York soccer calendar, took place at the beginning of March. The event which attracts the great and good of the Mountbatten elite and is perhaps the highlight of the Newport social calendar... Read on.

This newsletter content includes our regular sections of Alum of the Month, A day in the Life of, as well as the Jobs section and Alumni Notice Board.

Don't forget to get in contact with us with your charitable endeavours and entrepreneurial ventures, as we are always happy to publicise your successes and achievements, and just spread the word to give you extra exposure.

Enjoy the spring!

Save the dates!

Preparations for the Mountbatten Institute's 30th Anniversary celebrations are getting under way.

In London, we would like you to save the evening of Friday 24th October, for which the venue Merchant Taylors' in Threadneedle Street has been confirmed!

And in New York, it's either going to be Wednesday 10th or Friday 12th September. Invitations will follow and full details will be published in our April newsletter.


Alum of the month

Scott Bilthouse
August 2007 - London

"But I learned two very important life lessons that year... If I was going to be away from my friends and family, then I had better make the most of it. Secondly, once I had acclimatised to my new situation and culture, I started getting involved in some really cool things. What I learned through the experience is how important, and how healthy it is, to be involved in something bigger than yourself, even if it means sacrificing some of your own comforts and interests."
Read full story

March 13 Completion & Awards Ceremony - New York

On Thursday 6th March 2014, trainees, staff, professors and guests gathered for the March 2013 Completion Ceremony in New York at the Union League Club in Midtown Manhattan. The ceremony started with a flourish as the Directors and professors were piped in by bagpipes. This intake was celebrated by its diversity, coming from 23 countries, and enjoyed an entertaining speech from their chosen Valedictorian Toby Gowan. Dr Paul Beresford-Hill handed out the awards of the evening, seven of the intake received awards along with their certificates: Persephone Barda, Chris Chilton, Hannah Jones, Graham McDonald, Jaryd Pitts, Ayneesh Sharma and Vera Zhang. Vera was the big winner as she received 2 awards! The special guest speaker was Rvd George William Rutler, author of seventeen books and broadcaster for twenty seven years. Rvd Rutler himself has experienced life and study abroad, gaining degrees from not only US but also from the UK and Italy. He is very supportive of the Programme and the international experience and exposure its participants gain, broadening and inspiring their personal outlook on life.

Other guests included St George's Society President Bob Titley and his wife Patty, John Shannon, Sean Kelly and Anna Titley, also from the St George's Society and Mary Fonti and Joanne Medvecky from the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The evening was a great success, always bitter sweet celebrating the success and experiences of the year and sadness that it has to come to an end. But the group did not let that dampen the mood of the night and great fun was had by all! Full details & Photo album.

A day in the life of...

Rosie Duffield (September 2008 - New York), who was our Alum of the month for November 2012, has been working as the Weekend Breakfast presenter at BBC Radio Lincolnshire since June 2013 ("It's the best job I've ever had!". She works three days a week, with one day for show prep and two mornings on air. Rosie is also the Albums Editor for website Muso's Guide, which keeps her busy on her days off from presenting - but she's often called in to cover other shifts on the radio, so she might present Afternoons or Drive.

"Anyone who knew me on my Mountbatten intake will be amused to hear that I get up at 4am Saturday and Sunday - I like my sleep, so the early starts are a bit of a struggle! I'm at work by 5am to check over the scripts one more time, make sure my audio is in the playout system in the right order and get the news and weather together - I read the bulletins for the first hour before the newsreader arrives." Read Full Story.

Alumni Notice Board

Kubi Springer (September 2001 - New York) is currently offering "I am my brand" e-course, which is an ongoing programme whereby you can register and start at any time. The e-course will teach you how to build your brand for professional and business success, using a different celebrity and high profile brand case study each week to teach you about how to build your brand. Find all the details on Kubi's website.

Pub Quiz: If any alumni are interested in getting a Mountbatten team together for a pub quiz on April 9th in New York, please contact Jo Harvey.

Tax Info: If you were in the NY March 2012 or the NY August 2012 intakes you need to file your US 2013 taxes by April 15, 2014. The W2's were mailed out to you back in February so you should have received them by now. If you have not received it please email Jo Harvey immediately. For full details, check out the Tax filing info page on the alumni website.


Aldermore Bank in London, which continues to expand, is now recruiting for an Employee Communications Manager. In addition, we have been contacted by another alum based at Google in Mountain View, California, where they are currently looking for an HR Coordinator. This would be ideal for someone who has had HR experience during their Mountbatten year. Full details of all of these and other current roles, can be found on our alumni website.