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Livery Academy Awards

On 22nd November, under the mentorship of Merchant Taylors Marcus-Alexander Neil and Shane McDonald, Year 13 pupils from Foyle College participated in the Livery Academy Awards in London.

 Shane McDonald has a background in Law and Global Debt Finance Practice, whilst Marcus-Alexander Neil is the Carbon Programme Lead for Global Aviation at Shell. Their joint expertise and business acumen provided the pupils with the perfect marriage of guidance and knowledge.

Travelling to Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London, the ambitious pupils proposed the launch of their environmentally friendly product, Rebirth, an innovative waste separating recycling bin. During months of preparatory work alongside Shane and Marcus-Alexander, the team developed a business plan and created a CAD prototype, before presenting their Rebirth bin to Merchant Taylors’ judging panel, Tim Vallings, former The Apprentice advisor Nick Hewer and Jana Mackintosh. The team’s presentation was excellent, and they coped well with the judges’ questions; however, Oxon-based Wallingford School was selected as overall winner.

For their participation, the Merchant Taylors’ Company awarded Foyle College £1,000 for the pupils to gift to their chosen charity, Northlands Addiction Treatment Centre. The pupils selected Northlands Addiction Treatment Centre because it is a grassroots charity whose work makes valuable contributions within their local community.

The pupils really benefited from their participation in the Livery Academy Awards and are proud that their journey will also help to support others through the Merchant Taylors’ Company’s generous donation on their behalf.



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