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New chief executive of FTSE 100 company inspires pupils at former school

The newly-appointed chief executive of FTSE 100 water company Severn Trent is hoping her new role will inspire pupils at her former North Yorkshire school.

Liv Garfield hit the national headlines last month after it was announced she was to become one of the youngest-ever chief executives of a FTSE 100 company when she joins Severn Trent in spring next year.

The 38-year-old, who grew up in Harrogate, is a former pupil of Belmont Grosvenor School – and she has sent children at the co-educational prep school an inspirational message.

Belmont Grosvenor School was formed when Grosvenor House School for boys, and Belmont Birklands School for girls, both originally on Harrogate’s Duchy estate, merged.

Mother-of-two Liv, whose maiden name was Burgess, has many fond memories of her prep school years in Harrogate.

She said:

“My brother, sister, and I all went to Belmont school, and we absolutely loved our time there.

“It had a friendly, family atmosphere with great teachers and plenty of support and encouragement.

“It gave us a fantastic start in life.”

And, in a message to current pupils at the independent prep school, she added:

“Hopefully I’m proof that if they work hard enough, children from Belmont Grosvenor can achieve anything they want to,” she added.

Liv joins Severn Trent from her current role of CEO of BT Openreach, a position she has held since 2011.

She has recently overseen the Group’s fibre broadband strategy and other key areas as BT Group Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs.

Jane Merriman, Headteacher of Belmont Grosvenor School, said the entire school was extremely proud of their former pupil.

She added:

“It is always great to hear of the successes of our former pupils, however big or small they may be and we are proud of what they all achieve.

Liv Garfield



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