Ashleigh Harvey, Head Girl in 2010

Cornelius Vermuyden
May 25, 2018

I wanted to get in touch because I am keen to support the school.


After leaving school 8 years ago with my 18 GCSE’s A*-B, I completed 3 A-Levels and a BTEC at SEEVIC college. From there I gained 4 flying scholarships and got my pilots licence which led to me being accepted into the Royal Air Force in 2013, which was always my ambition. I broke my shoulder playing hockey, however, and had to take a year out to have my shoulder joint repaired and physio to get service fit again. In the interim I decided to join RBS/NatWest Bank in Fraud and Chargebacks Operations Southend. I began to really enjoy my role and decided that, coupled with some personal situations, I would not join the RAF and become a Reservist through the Volunteer Training Branch. 4 years later I absolutely love my career at RBS/ NatWest. I now am based in London head office as a Sector Associate Director in Large Corporates and have just won the Financial Times Rising Star in Banking Award. I still support the RAF and the cadet forces as a Flying Officer RAFAC and now believe I have the best of both worlds.


All of the above would not have been possible without the support and platform of success Cornelius Vermuyden gave me. I look back on my time at Cornelius with very fond memories and I am keen to give something back to such a fantastic school and the pupils that are there now. I know from my time growing up on Canvey Island that it can sometimes have a challenging reputation and I am keen to show young people that if they have the right attitude and put in the right effort that they can achieve anything they wish.


As previously mentioned, I am happy to support in any such programmes that currently exist, or in any other ways you may be able to recommend.


I very much looking forward to hearing from you and hope I can be of assistance.

Ashleigh will be presenting at assemblies in June.

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