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Jane Whitlock

Neates 1988

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I was at King's from 1986-1988 in Neates House.

My earliest memory – I remember the first few days and thinking how normal and gown up everything was compared with the 'all girls' convent I had come from.

My favourite moments – there are so many! Singing in the choir, swimming in that lovely pool, watching rugby on a Saturday, the Sixth Form bar, economics lessons (yes seriously – I owe my career to them). Spending time with great friends who I am still in touch with today – Lucy Pugh Cook, Guy Hills Spedding. Freezing cold mornings walking over to the main school from Neates. Our leaving ball. I don’t have any bad memories! My most prominent memory was when Malcolm Mann spoke the words from the musical Chess 'pity the child' at one of the Sixth Form clubs – brilliant – I hadn’t understood them until that point.

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Prominent position at school - I was head of Neates House - I think the first female head of house?

After King's I went to Warwick University to study Economics. After three great years where I met my future husband, I joined Arthur Andersen in Birmingham where I started my career as a Chartered Accountant. In 2001 when Andersen merged with Deloitte, I moved across to Deloitte LLP where I became a partner in 2004. I am married to John who I met on the first day at Warwick University and we have two amazing children – Jessica aged 13 and JJ aged 11. I have recently been appointed as Practice Senior Partner for Deloitte in the Midlands which is the most fantastic job I could ever wish for. Despite still being a largely male dominated world, I have made my career in accountancy and I am sure that my time at King's was critical to who I became and how I have managed my career.

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