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Our Alumnae need your vote!

Each year the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) stages a competition to find the GDST ‘Alumna of the Year’. Of the seven nominees at national level this year, two are former pupils of Sheffield High School – Helen Brown and Dianne Jeffrey. The school is extremely proud of this recognition of the contribution which our alumnae make, both in this country and overseas.

All 26 schools within the GDST are invited to nominate former pupils for this award according to their achievements relating to one of the following criteria –

  • Significantly helping or championing a charitable cause
  • Achieving outstanding or out of the ordinary academic or professional success
  • Exceptional contribution towards environmental or social change
  • Being a pioneer or achieving extraordinary success in a challenging field
  • Being an inspiration or role model to young people and/or women

The winner will be presented with £500 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Of the seven nominees at national level, two are former pupils of Sheffield High School and the school is extremely proud of this recognition as to the contribution which our alumnae make, both in this country and overseas.

Helen Brown

Helen is South Asia Programme Manager at the British Red Cross. Her work includes managing British Red partnerships and programmes in South Asia, focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Helen is a qualified social worker and has 20 years’ experience managing humanitarian aid and international development programmes in Asia and East Africa, with particular emphasis on disadvantaged and marginalised people. Helen’s work has taken her all over the world and has landed her in difficult and challenging positions. On one occasion she had to negotiate her way through an armed checkpoint on the Jalalabad Road in Afghanistan, following a Taliban rocket attack on the NATO base.

Helen has dedicated her career to driving social change, both across the world and close to home. She is currently Trustee of two charitable organisations in the UK; Lewisham Speaking Up (a disability advocacy organisation) and Trust Women’s Project – a charity which supports vulnerable, street working women in south London.

Dianne Jeffrey

Dianne Jeffrey, chairman of Age UK, and of Digital Outreach Ltd, was appointed CBE in recognition of her contribution to public service. She has a proven commitment to driving social change and addressing the issues facing older people in the UK and used her understanding of these issues to bring together existing charities Help the Aged and Age Concern to create Age UK. In 2011, Age UK was voted by MPs and Peers as the most influential charity in Westminster.

She was Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the board of the University of Derby for 13 years, and chaired Anchor Trust (registered social landlord) for 11 years. Having chaired a local NHS Trust for 15 years, Dianne went on to lead the NHS Confederation, which is the voice of management in the NHS.

Additionally, Dianne serves on a number of public and charitable bodies in an unpaid capacity, including being Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Derbyshire, and Honorary Colonel of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force. She was a member of the regional committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and has served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire – all in all, an exemplary record of national public service.

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