Top business executive visits school to talk about her career in both the private sector and government

Our recent guest speaker Rachel Hopcroft CBE is head of KPMG's corporate affairs, and formerly worked in the Civil Service. She talked about her varied career and what it takes to get to the top  

A senior business executive from management consultancy giants KPMG visited Bolingbroke earlier this week and spoke to Year 12 about her succesful career which has spanned both the government and the private sector.

Rachel Hopcroft CBE, who is currently KPMG's head of corporate affairs where she has been for two years, was formerly principal private secretary to the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood in the Cabinet Office.

In her present role, she works directly with the chairman, and leads the teams that promote KPMG’s reputation, brand and voice including corporate responsibility, public affairs and public policy. A good example of the  type of issue she deals with is the company's withdrawal of its sponsorship of Prince Andrew's entrepreneurial scheme, Pitch@Palace in the wake of his much-derided interview in which he defended his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and which hit the headlines this week. 

Rachel has been active in the firm's response to Brexit, leading their public engagement and is also responsible for social mobility, sitting on the firm's Inclusive Leadership Board, the Apprenticeships Steering Committee and attends the KPMG UK Board.

In addition, she  sits on the Board of Enactus UK, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. She is also on the Living Wage Advisory Council, an issue on which KPMG has a long association. She is a trustee on the KPMG Foundation Board, an independent charitable foundation that focuses on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under-privileged.

Our students were given the opportunity to quiz Rachel about a range of issues from Brexit and Boris Johnson to the difference between working for the Civil Service and her time working at the Home Office.

The visit will be followed up by a trip to KPMG at their Canary Wharf offices in the New Year.