Roedean Role Models
Helen Richardson-Walsh won Olympic Gold for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She has played in the England and Great Britain teams since 1999.
Helen came to Roedean on 28 September 2018 to officially ‘open’ the new all-weather pitch, along with the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Dee Simson. To reach the very top of your sport requires incredible focus and dedication, and, on one of her recent visits, Helen spoke to the Sports Scholars and the 1st XI players over lunch about the ups and downs of her journey from playing at her first Olympics in Sydney in 2000 to winning Bronze in London and then Gold in Rio 2016. She was incredibly open and frank about the whole experience, and her down-to-earth manner meant that the girls could relate to what she was saying.
GB Hockey player, Kate Richardson-Walsh captained her team to win Olympic Gold in Rio 2016. She was GB Captain for 13 years and represented her country 375 times.
Kate was the Guest Speaker at our two Prize Giving Ceremonies on Roedean Day in June in 2019, and she was very impressed with the girls she met on that day. In her speech, she talked about some of her own experiences which required great determination and resilience to reach a positive outcome; she spoke about how you bounce back from disappointment that defines how successful you can be. This resonated strongly at Roedean, where we encourage the girls not to fear failure, but to be ready to learn from it to improve themselves going forward.
Creative Arts Ambassador
Anabela is an Old Roedeanian who is an incredibly successful jewellery designer. She has a strong background in Art and Design, and she is the School’s Ambassador for the Creative Arts. Her pieces are worn by such celebrities as Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, and Rihanna, and she is in great demand.
Anabela has recently focused on using sustainable materials for her jewellery, such as recycled metals and laboratory-grown gem-stones. She was named as Harper’s Bazaar UK as ‘the jewellery designer you need to know now’, and was named among Walpole’s 50 most influential people in British luxury in 2022.
She is a great supporter of the School, and has twice spoken at International Women’s Day events at Roedean.
STEM Ambassador – Suzie Imber
Dr Suzie Imber is Professor of Space Physics at Leicester University. She has come to Roedean to speak at International Women’s Day a number of times, and the girls found her obvious passion for Science, coupled with her remarkable achievements and challenges undertaken, completely inspirational – they were talking about it for weeks afterwards, so we are sure that she will make a deep impression on the girls in this field which is already a great strength of the School.
She has visited the School regularly, and is very keen to work closely with the Science and Mathematics departments, which are a great strength of Roedean.