A former Pudsey school pupil is returning to her alma mater next week as its Speech Day speaker.
Marie Christopher, Capital Radio’s Regional Head of News, is the guest of honour at Fulneck School’s annual prize giving ceremony, which is being held on Thursday, April 30, at Bradford’s St George’s Hall.
Fulneck School Principal Deborah Newman said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Marie to our Speech Day, and hearing about her career since leaving school.
“This is one of the most important days in our calendar as it celebrates the wonderful young talent we have here.
“Many of our pupils and staff are very familiar with her name and voice, and ’m sure her story will inspire some of our current students to look at journalism as a future career option.”
Marie said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to speak at Fulneck School’s Speech Day. I absolutely loved my 11 years at Fulneck; it’s a really beautiful place to learn.
“It gave me the best grounding for my future and I feel very grateful for the education I’ve had. I remember my fellow pupils and I being very excited for Speech Day, as it was an event where we could showcase and celebrate all the hard work we’d done over the year.
“I’m really looking forward to speaking to the current pupils and hopefully seeing some of my former teachers who very much encouraged me to follow my dream to become a broadcaster.”
Marie, a Radio Academy award winner, has worked in the radio industry for the last 13 years, and heads up the news teams for Yorkshire and the North East for five of Global Radio’s brands including Heart, Capital and Smooth.
After leaving Fulneck School in 1999, where she went on to study broadcast journalism at Trinity and All Saints University, Leeds.
Since then she worked her way up from reporter and drive-time newsreader at Viking FM, in Hull, to newsreader on the biggest commercial radio breakfast show, “Hirsty’s Daily Dose”, in Leeds, to her current position within the radio giant.
Marie has carried out many high profile interviews including Hollywood stars such as Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Gerard Butler to key politicians such as Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Leader Ed Miliband.