Speaker meeting 20th October 2014

The members of Church Wilne Rotary Club welcomed James Gregory to its speaker meeting on Monday 20th October at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook.

James has been the Director of Operations at Trent College since his appointment in 2011 and he gave the members an outline of his previous employment with Trent College before moving away into a similar position for a few years.

Trent College was founded in 1866 by Francis Wright when they had just 15 boarders. Whilst today this has risen to 1,200 pupils with 160 boarders upto the age of 18. They currently have 60 International Students who are from Europe, Russia, Nigeria and Hong Kong.

The members heard about the day to day challenges which need to be right as Trent strive to provide the best service to their good, strong and talented pupils. Any problems are usually easy to manage but outside vandalism is a problem as is the traffic on Derby Road, where there has been 4 accidents since September

Trent are looking at the capital programme for the coming years and to develop further their academic buildings, swimming pool, May Hall and the sports hall. They do not have a property bank and therefore "what you see is what you get". Commercial letting are very valuable to Trent such as the new Prince Obolensky Building, May Hall and sports facilities.

James covered several amusing incidents of late which included when the school was closed for snow late in November, floods at the summer ball and a recent Harvest Festival

In summary James said "Trent was a great school and the only Independent School in Erewash and the past and present students make Trent what it is today"

President Geoff Smith, in his thanks, wished the new Trent Head Bill Penty continued success and thanked James for an insight into how Trent runs on a daily basis and for several entertaining stories.

29th September 2014


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