Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Celebrating former Darrick Wood student success

Great news from former Darrick Wood student Hannah Holland whose Talent Management business, started in 2019, HLD Management goes from strength to strength. Representing female talent from social media influencers Demi Rose and Yvonne Victoria, reality tv sisters Eve and Jessica Gale Siân Carys Owen who is a DJ, HLD is founded on the principle of strong women supporting strong women. From her office near St Paul’s cathedral, Hannah’s client list grows despite this year’s unusual challenges and she was, last month, featured in WOTC magazine – the link to her interview is here: https://wotcmagazine.com/issue-five-content-page/page79

Hannah has volunteered to come into school once conditions allow to speak to students interested in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams, especially through harnessing the power of social media. We will look forward to that.

Former student Jonathan Andrews continues to achieve great things since leaving us. Last year, Jonathan was recognised by the King’s College London ‘Distinguished Alumni Awards’, won the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Award at the LexisNexis Awards (the first individual to win what is usually a firm-wide category), was elected Chair of the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (“CCYDN”), and was recognised as the Law Society’s ‘Junior Lawyer of the Year’. This year, Jonathan has judged the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme – providing bursaries for aspirant lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds, including those with disabilities, to complete their training – and the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. He was also selected as a 2020 ‘Local Leader’ by the Franco-British Council, highly commended as a ‘Neurodiverse Achiever of the Year 2020’ by Genius Within and, having achieved accreditation for the CCYDN as the Commonwealth’s first official disability youth network, represented the network directly with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the 2020 Commonwealth Day Reception. Jonathan was, last month, named by The Shaw Trust as one of the top 10 most influential disabled people in the UK.

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