Alumni Newsletter

June 2014

Just like a lot of you, we have been distracted by exciting World Cup action, not least that the USA football team are still in it! However, there are still other things going on in the world, including the publication of your monthly alumni newsletter. In this issue we have our regular sections such as Alum of the Month and Day in the Life of and there is also a 4th July Party in London hosted by a previous Entrepreneurial Alum who is launching her own app. The jobs section makes interesting reading, and do check out the jobs section of our website, as there are a variety of opportunities at present.

Also, don't forget to join us on our official Mountbatten Institute Alumni Association Group on LinkedIn and like our page on Facebook, so you can get all our updates and job postings alerts.

30th Anniversary Event Update

We now have a new date for our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner in New York, which is Friday 17th October The London date remains the same Friday 24th October. We would like to thank those who have already submitted their entries for our Anniversary Book, but would like to encourage alumni across all the intakes to subit their entries. Make sure your intake is represented!

Go to our Anniversary website for full details.


We are delighted to let you know that Rosalyn Glen (March 2008 - New York) is getting married on 12th July to a friend she met whilst in New York. We would like to send them both huge congratulations, and very much look forward to seeing some lovely pictures in due course.

Also, James Kyllonen (August 2012 - London) and Judy Yi (March 2013 - London) recently got engaged. Again, we congratulate both parties and look forward to further updates.

In addition, coming next month, look out for a special Mountbatten alumni 20% discount at T.M. Lewin. Full details and promotional codes will be in the next newsletter.


Forthcoming Events

Independence Day Party in London
Friday 4 July 2014 - 7pm

You are invited by Charlotte Kohlmann (August 2008 - London) to a 4th July party in London where you can sample her newly launched Spleat app! There will be dance, there will be music and New York style pizza to keep you going till the early hours of the weekend! Read full details.

Alum of the month

Billy Dosanjh
September 2003 - New York

"I'm off to China again next month to direct a piece for Channel 4 strand "Unreported World" (in fact, I'm still looking for good stories, so if anyone has an idea please get in touch!)."
Read full story

In addition, Billy recently published an article in the Times of India, "Stories of Diaspora", where he mentions his time on the programme and how this helped launch his international film-making career.

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Nicola Nolan (January 2007 - New York): Back in April, I took the crazy decision to leave my safe space of Neal's Yard Remedies where I was the PR and Marketing Director, and set off to start my own PR and branding consultancy. I'd long dreamed of going it alone and setting up on my own but dreaming, and actually doing turned out to be two very different things!

I was unbelievably lucky in the first few weeks - as news started to spread that I was off on my own adventure, the calls started to come in from people and brands I had worked with in previous years, and in no time at all, I had a lovely list of incredible brands who I'm proud to call my clients: Paperchase, Women for Women International, Blend and Press, and the UK's Soil Association and their Organic Beauty Week Campaign.

I had thought I would have everything sorted with my branding, logo and website before I was really up and running but you know what they say about the best laid plans... Black Book Communications has been such an adventure so far - last week I hosted my first solo press event at the new, and very beautiful Rosewood London Hotel and it was a huge success. Exhausting and exciting, everyday is a new adventure. I can honestly say that it's the best decision I've ever made!

Next challenge is to find some time to get on with my Black Book branding and finally get a website up and running... Exciting!

A day in the life of...

Barbara Sellmeyer (March 2011 - London): In February this year, I actually quit my job to pursue a career that would push me further, and it was the best (and riskiest) decision I have made to date. After a month and a half of interviews I landed my dream job with Percolate. Percolate is a content marketing platform that helps brands create content at scale. There is a new challenge facing brands today, and that is the ability to keep up with social. Percolate is on the forefront of this new industry and helps brands in all areas of the content creation process. My role is to help manage accounts after the sale, and most importantly renewing and expanding their business to new markets. It's a really exciting role as I am working with the top Fortune 500 brands in the world and on an international level. At present, my days are filled with running to different offices if they are in NYC, to meet with brands and their agencies, and reporting on their growth and progress since purchasing Percolate. I've been able to wrap up my experience thus far into this role to help consult in social across brands from Bacardi to HSBC. The company culture is amazing so it makes the long days easy to manage with a fun group of people and fun workspace that is located in Soho.

Percolate itself is rapidly growing following funding by Sequoia Capital, and this is on an international scale. We plan to open more international offices, and my goal would be to be stationed in our Singapore office. Socially, well I live in New York so the possibilities are endless on a day-to-day basis, and of course, I am keen to also keep travelling internationally any chance I get (and with an open vacation policy it's easier than ever!).

To find out more about opportunities for working at Percolate, please go to the jobs section of our alumni website.


We are delighted to inform you that two of our recently advertised vacancies have been filled by our own alumni: an alum from the London programme has just started as a Territory Associate for London & Partners (or should we call it Mountbatten & Partners!) in New York and an alum from the New York programme has just been hired as an Account Manager at Clear Books in London.

So, check out the latest vacancies, of which there are quite a few at present, including Luxury & Retail Trade Officer for the British Consulate General in New York; Lifestyle Public Relations Account Executive in San Francisco; and a couple of marketing roles in London, amongst others, but be sure you have the eligibility/visa to work in the country in which the job is being advertised. For full details of all of these and other available positions, please go to our alumni website.