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Young Catholics in the Workplace Series

We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity for teenagers and their parents to hear from Young Adult Catholics in their Twenties who are out in the workplace.

We have brought together a collection of fantastic young catholic men and women as our guests who have pursued traditionally corporate careers; finance, engineering, technology, etc; alongside our other guests who have pursued traditionally vocational careers; education, medicine, spiritual, etc.

This series will be hosted in the main body of the church here at St. Joseph’s across the following Thursday evenings in June and July between 19:30 and 20:30:
Thursday 20th June
Thursday 27th June
Thursday 4th July
Thursday 11th July

Each guest will be interviewed by our host Thomas Andrews for 20 minutes focusing on their journey through education to where they are now and how their Catholic faith has played a role in their journey. We will then open up to a few questions for the guest from the audience for 10 minutes.
On each evening there will be two guests, please scroll-down to see who they are.

To register for your tickets to All Four Sessions, please fill in the registration form, by clicking here.

Our Guests

Thursday 20th June – 19:30 Start

Ben Plimmer
Senior Engineer, Submarine Delivery at Vodafone
Previous Companies: 
Facebook/Meta, Rolls-Royce
Location: 
London, currently live in a Presbytery in Shepherds Bush, will live in my 2 bed flat when I get married in August.
Education: 
University of Sheffield, Automatic Control and Systems Engineering MEng
Expertise: 
Communications, working as a project manager and engineer on key international infrastructure projects.
Professional Highlights: 
Working on 2Africa, which was at the time of signature the longest Submarine cable ever built. 
Landing 2Africa into multiple sites, working on other major projects in EMEA region.
Volunteering: 
Founding Trustee and now Chair of Trustees of Catholic Student Network
Parish Catechist in Holy Ghost and St Stephen, Shepherds Bush.


Isabella Gonzalez
History & RE teacher (apprenticeship/ SCITT route) with TeachSouthEast
Salesians Catholic School, Chertsey
Previous Companies:
Creed Fragrances, LVMH – Christian Dior
Education:
Durham University, Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1), Liberal Arts BA: (History and Theology)
A-Levels: History – A*, Geography – A, Philosophy & Ethics – A, with an EPQ at grade A
EPQ – is an A-level standard standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students’ abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It is worth up to 28 UCAS points.
Volunteering:
Whilst at university, I volunteered to mentor undergraduate students providing them with academic support alongside assisting with their social well-being to positively contribute to the wider university community.
Since university, I have assisted in the running of the Parish Youth Group at Christ Prince of Peace, Weybridge.


To register for your tickets for the 20th June ONLY, please fill in the registration form, by clicking here.
If you would like to register for all four sessions, please use the link at the top of the page.

Thursday 27th June – 19:30 Start

Brother John Baptist Vittitow
Brother of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
https://www.cfrfranciscans.co.uk/
Education: 
Home-schooled in the Classical Method/Religious Formation
Way of Life: 
Prayer, Fraternity, Service to the Poor, & Evangelisation
About the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal:
By seeking a constant return to the sources of the whole Christian life and to the primitive inspiration of the Rule and Testament of Saint Francis, the Institute attempts to live sincerely and truthfully a life in conformity with the Gospel and the ideals of its Seraphic Father, Saint Francis, as handed on by the Capuchin tradition.” (CFR Constitutions, Introduction)


Rebecca Osei
Management Consultant at Accenture
Previous Companies:
Luxury Retail Roles with Harrods & Chanel
Education:
University of Birmingham, First Class Honours, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
(Psychology, Biochemistry, & Human Geography)
Industry:
Life Sciences Consulting
Professional Highlights:
Spending a year in the Netherlands as part of my degree and travelling with work to cool places including Paris!
Volunteering:
Social Media Manager for The Challenge Hub charity. 


To register for your tickets for the 27th June ONLY, please fill in the registration form, by clicking here.
If you would like to register for all four sessions, please use the link at the top of the page.

Thursday 4th July – 19:30 Start

Emily Gorton
Studying Medicine at University of Oxford
A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and German – all A*
Educational highlights:
I have been fortunate to enjoy and do well in my education so far.
The depth and rigour of my course at Oxford have been both a joy and a challenge.
I am particularly excited about beginning the practical side of my medical training, to put all I have learnt into a context with a helpful purpose.
Volunteering:
Before university, I volunteered for the Friends of Epsom Hospital doing a newspaper round on the wards.
At university, I have become very involved in the Catholic Chaplaincy.
I am one of the student residents there this year; you can often find me helping in the kitchen, serving drinks after mass, and setting up for events.


Adam D’Souza
Covenant Analyst at Mercer
Previous Companies:
BDO LLP
Education:
University of Bath, Mathematics (Hons) BSc
Industry/Expertise:
3 years Pensions Audit and 3 years Pensions Covenant
Professional Highlights:
Passed CFA Level 2 in November 2023
Volunteering:
Trustee of Catholic Student Network


To register for your tickets for the 4th July ONLY, please fill in the registration form, by clicking here.
If you would like to register for all four sessions, please use the link at the top of the page.

Thursday 11th July – 19:30 Start

Liberty Rowe
Strategic Project Manager at American Express
Education:
Durham University, First Class Honours, Liberal Arts (Classics, Spanish and History) with Year Abroad
Industry/Expertise:
Finance/Payments/Operations
Professional Highlights:
Customer Service & Business Strategy Internship at Amex followed by a place on the Amex Graduate Scheme, now in second role following that.
Job Perks have included tours of Brighton Football Club, meeting players, & getting to play football on the pitch at the Amex Stadium.
Volunteering:
I regularly volunteer as part of the company volunteering programme (lets you volunteer within company hours). Projects have included: helping to run girls football days, leading workshops at schools for pupils with SEN, producing a financial services sector career brochure for people from under-represented backgrounds.


Thomas Andrews
Safety Data Analyst at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch
Freelance Image Consultant & Personal Stylist
thomas-andrews.com
Previous Companies:
Renault Formula One Team, Bentley Motors, Payen, & EMCOR UK
Education:
A-Levels: Maths – A*, Business Studies – A, Product Design – A
Professional Qualifications:
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Vehicle Technology
AeroDesign – Race Car Aerodynamics
British Computer Society Level 4 Diploma in Data Analysis Concepts
British Computer Society Level 4 Diploma in Data Analysis Tools
Colour Me Beautiful – Colour Analysis, Personal Image & Style
Expertise:
Insights, Efficiency, Strategy, & Root Cause Analysis
Industries:
Automotive, Aviation, Facilities Management, Fintech, Motorsport.
Professional Highlights:
Achieving my childhood dream of working in Formula One at 22 years old.
Earning a salary in excess of £100,000 per annum at 23 years old.
Working for a luxury & high-end car manufacturer in Bentley Motors which is part of the Volkswagon Group, which included collaborating with Audi, Bugatti, Porsche, & Lamborghini.
Leading a team of 6 Data Analysts; direct reports; at 24 years old.
Volunteering:
Confirmation Catechist at St. Joseph’s since 2019.
Coach at AFC Ewell football club since 2019.
Organising and running Young Adult Retreats at Worth Abbey, West Sussex since 2023.
Member of the Parish Coordination Team at St. Joseph’s where I am responsible for increasing engagement with teenagers and young adults. Started this year.
Redshirt Leader on the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Started this year.


To register for your tickets for the 11th July ONLY, please fill in the registration form, by clicking here.
If you would like to register for all four sessions, please use the link at the top of the page.