Head's Farewell to Michelle Gascoine

Date: Thu 29 Jun 2017   Author: Lyonian Office   Category: General   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on PinterestShare by Email

Farewell, and thank you, Michelle!

Michelle Gascoine leaves us on Friday 7th July when the Summer Term ends, after six very successful years as John Lyon’s Alumni Relations Manager, running the Lyonian Office and being your key contact with the Lyonian Association.

In her six years she has made enormous progress in building a strong community amongst OLs and with the School.  She has searched you out and grown the number of OLs in regular contact with us from a few hundred to over 2,000, (and increasing); she has organised over 100 events for you; she has led exciting annual events including Association Day and the OLA Annual Dinner; she built an OL website for you to stay in touch with us and access the OLA’s fascinating heritage.  More personally, Michelle has given her warmth and enthusiasm to the OLA, made many friends and supported individual OLs in gaining work experience, in finding professional contacts, and in contacting old friends.

With her characteristic energy, Michelle will be warmly welcoming as many of you as possible to join us at Association Day on Saturday 1st July, 1.00pm onwards, daytime and evening – a fun day open to all OLs and their families at Sudbury Playing Fields.  Please do come and enjoy the Cricket (and Tennis) and wish Michelle well as she prepares to move on from John Lyon – I know she would be delighted to see you there.

Joe Kerridge, OLA President, and I would like to extend our considerable thanks to Michelle for all that she has done for the School and for the OLA.  She leaves the School with our very best wishes for her exciting future.  She will remain part of the OLA family as she becomes an honorary Vice President, and we very much hope she will return for our key events in the coming years.

I am very pleased indeed to announce Suzannah Chirnside (Suzannah.chirnside@johnlyon.org) as Michelle’s successor to run the Lyonian Office. Suzannah is already in post, based at Le Beau House, enabling a good handover from Michelle’s role and she will be in touch with you soon about events for the year ahead 2017-18.

Miss Katherine Haynes

Head, The John Lyon School