British Library CEO to visit The Skipton Academy

The chief executive of the British Library is the next high profile speaker to visit The Skipton Academy.

Roly Keating, who has been at the helm of the British Library since September 2012 and is a former controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, is to speak to students on June 12.

News of the visit comes after it was revealed that the school is to host a Holocaust Awareness Day where survivor Iby Knill will share her story with students.

In recent weeks talks have been given by broadcaster and motivational speaker, Jon Hammond, and premiership referee Robert Madley.

Principal Wendy Hamilton said: “We are delighted to welcome such a wide variety of speakers to The Skipton Academy. From sport to the arts, business to first hand experiences of historical events, our students are continually being challenged to broaden their horizons.

“A recurring theme among our speakers so far is that with hard work and determination, anything is possible – a very valuable message.”

The latest round of speakers follows visits earlier in the year by four successful Yorkshire-based businesspeople – Trevor Wilson, Jennifer Holloway, Nick Paxton and Mark Ingram – organised by Silver Cross owner and chairman of the Craven Educational Trust, Alan Halsall.

Roly Keating and Jon Hammond are visiting as part of the charitable Speakers 4 Schools scheme which organises free talks in state schools with distinguished and eminent figures from all walks of life.

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