July 2017 Edition

Lucky Dip

Welcome to the July issue of our newsletter, which contains a wide variety of features reflecting the diversity of our alumni, their activities, projects and interests all over the globe. This edition comprises all the usual sections, but in addition a couple of items we would like to highlight. Firstly, our new CEO of our New York office, Richard Sexton, has implemented a Fantasy Football League competition starting with the English premier league in August and then the NFL in September. All the details are below, but it is free to enter and there is a great prize for the winner. Also, we are aiming to run some special 10, 20 or 30 years on features during forthcoming issues, please see below for the details. In addition, don't forget to see our In the News Section, which has lots of different alumni updates such as awards, articles, and even a food blog.

Our alumni platform, Mountbatten Connect is currently advertising 37 jobs, and various events/articles all posted by alumni. The membership continues to grow, with it heading fast towards the 1,500 mark. In fact, we even had an alum from 1988 joining recently, and there is a huge diversity of networking connections.

Lastly, we saw this article about Reverse Culture Shock recently published in The Guardian online, and with the August intakes on both continents soon to come to complete their year, we thought some of you may find this a comforting and interesting read as you head back to your home countries.

10, 20 or 30 Years On?

Are you an alum from the 1987, 1997, or 2007 intakes from either Programme? If 2017 marks your 10, 20 or 30 year anniversary since setting off for your Mountbatten year, please get in touch with Vicki. We will be compiling a special issue this year and would like to feature as many of you as possible.

The Fantasy Mountbatten Premier League

Calling all football (soccer) fans! The English Premier league kicks-off on Friday August 11th and here is your chance to be the Fantasy Mountbatten Premier League Champion!

Simply sign up your individual team, for FREE at and then join the 'Mountbatten Premier League' using code:132663-34291. The WINNER with most overall points at the end of the season will win a soccer team shirt of their choice (subject to availability and up to a value of $150).

The competition is open to the global Mountbatten community; alumni, current trainees (NY, London & Bangkok) host managers and staff. So get involved and invite your fellow trainees, alumni and managers to join too.

of the Month

Nick Anable
London, August 2009

"I originally worked for Deutsche Bank, then Citigroup, but have now come full circle back to the world of Real Estate, where I had originally started my professional career. I have been working for Elegran Real Estate & Development for the past 4 years, a full service brokerage firm with a primary focus on residential real estate servicing first time homebuyers to large investment portfolios... [also],I have run 4 half marathons and will be running the NY Full Marathon this year, raising funds for The Pink Agenda, which supports breast cancer research."

Read the full article

Alumni Offer

After 10 years in the cake business, entrepreneur Jen Cavanagh (nee Coatesworth) (New York, May 2005), is hanging up her apron to embark on a new adventure. She has released a book, A Decade of Cake with all the recipes as a 'parting gift' to her loyal customers over the years, and would like to offer Mountbattens a 10% discount. Read the full story and find the discount code.

Fundraising Alumni

Eugenia Kvaskova

New York, August 2015

Eugenia is doing the 3 Peaks Challenge (climbing 3 of England, Scotland and Wales' highest peaks in just 24 sleepless hours) this August with a fellow New Yorker (Kris) to raise awareness and funds for four fantastic charities. They've set themselves the ambitious target of raising £3,000 and are hoping to leverage the Mountbatten alumni network to help with the fundraising.

Find out more and to support Eugenia (and Kris) in their fundraising efforts. "A contribution, no matter how big or small, will help make a difference to a person's life". Eugenia Kvaskova.

Martin Dyan

New York, January 2007

Martin is undertaking the organising of a charity basketball tournament in honour of a friend of his who sadly passed away due to cancer in 2016:

The tournament will take place on Sunday 3rd September in Kenton Harrow, and you are welcome to go and watch. But there is still time to enter a team (registration closes 31st July), and, of course to donate to the 2 cancer charities MacMilland and Chai. There are also some amazing raffle prizes, a live DJ and half court shot competition!

A Day In The Life

Maggie Green (nee McEneney)

London, March 2011 MBA

Maggie, a graduate of Gettysburg College, PA is the Director, Client Solutions Operations at Great Place to Work U.S., but is based in London, where she lives with her British husband. With a mission to "build a better world by helping organisations become great places to work for all", Great Place to Work really is just that! In her professional capacity, Maggie works with organisations looking to strengthen their workplace culture and seek recognition through their Best Practice Workplace Awards such as Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for List, amongst others. Maggie "stumbled upon" this organisation 5 years ago after finishing her MBA with Mountbatten, and now works New York hours primarily from her home in London. She has a leisurely start to the day... Read full article.

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Jemini Desai & Mandeep Dhillon

New York, September 2009

Mandeep and Jemini are the co-founders of peleon, a luxury organic skincare line infused with potent mountain plant botanicals. Their partnership began when they sat next to each other on a coach ride heading to the Big Apple on their Mountbatten year, "wide eyed ready to take on NYC and the world. We instantly connected like we had known each other in lifetimes before... since NYC we have voyaged mysterious lands and taken stock from our experiences. Our friendship and bond has become a sisterhood that has transcended the peaks and troughs of life and created @peleonorigins. Read full article.

NY City Challenge

On Saturday July 15th, 2017 a group of 16 current NY Programme trainees got up early (no not a typo!!) and competed in the NYC City Challenge to raise funds for St George's Society of NY charity. They jumped over police cars and crawled through mud to complete the obstacle course. Some of you participated in this when you were on the Programme so we thought you would enjoy seeing this year's team photos. They all successfully completed the course and finished as a team!

In The News

Sarah Hatcher (New York, September 2005) MBA (Cranfield University), has won another award! It is for a new initiative The Fund Marketing Network, which was launched under the parent company, White Marble Marketing Limited of which Sarah is a Partner.

The Fund Marketing Network won a prestigious award for the Most Innovative Event, last week at the Investment Marketing and Innovation Awards. The Network is the Investment industry’s community for marketers, combining both networking and development for talented marketers within the industry. View the video, and find out more about The Fund Marketing Network on Sarah's LinkedIn profile.

Padric Gleason (London, August 2010 MBA) recently published an article on LinkedIn, "What I learned about international expansion in my first 6 months". This is based on Padric's experience gained through his role at London & Partners as the U.S. Manager for the London Mayor's International Business Programme. It gives some great pointers to London based companies looking to expand into the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Katherine Sandler and Anne Beck (London, August 2015 MA) are introducing a new foodie concept: Katherine explains, "My MB roommate from London Anne Beck and I have started this food venture. She's based in CA and I'm in NJ/NYC and we've decided to join forces and add our charm, quirky critique and sense of adventure to find the nibbles and report to you. In a nutshell: It's America bite by bite - from coast to coast Anne features the best of the west and I cover the feasts of the east. We're asking for your support, and to check it out and let us know of any food recommendations you'd like to be featured".

David Taylor (New York, August 2012) along with his friend Kyle "Wolfy" Hamilton, took part in the infamous Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon earlier this month. The event comprised a 0.8 mile swim across Loch Tay; 16 mile run over 7 munros; 2 person kayak 7 miles across Loch Tay, and finally, a 34 mile cycle around Loch Tay – all in one day! David says "It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I'm walking like a Tin Man now, but it felt great to finish and we smashed our fundraising target". Congratulations to David and Kyle for their incredible achievements.

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