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Abdul-Basit Ahmed wins 23rd Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition

Abdul-Basit Ahmed from Green Spring Academy is the 23rd winner of the Tower Hamlets Public Speaking Competition, the final of which was held at Lloyd’s on Wednesday 28 March 2018. Run in association with Lloyd’s Community Programme (LCP), this year’s competition saw over 250 Year 10 students from all over the borough take part. They could choose to address one of three questions about ‘The World of Work’.

Abdul-Basit triumphed with a thoughtful and well-researched speech answering: ‘What does an ‘automation apocalypse’ mean for young people’s preparation for work?’. His speech highlighted the danger around automation taking everyday jobs away from humans, such as supermarket workers. Summing up his argument, Abdul-Basit used an image showing a robot making a man redundant from his factory work.

Two additional accolades were on offer to contestants:

First is the Ralph Charan Prize, awarded to the student who showed the most promising debating skills. This is decided via a short ad-lib round, where students are given a few minutes to prepare an argument in favour or against a topical news item announced on the spot. Each student then goes head-to-head against a peer arguing the other side of the news item, which this year focused on women’s rights in the workplace. This prize went to Sarah Hussain of Central Foundation Girls School.

Students also battled it out to win the Audience Choice Prize, which is an award decided by a ballot of the audience members at the event, including Lloyd’s market staff who volunteered with local students at workshops in the earlier stages of the competition. This prize went to Maryam-Luul Ali of St Paul’s Way Trust School.

Tower Hamlets EBP would like to say a huge thank you to all the schools and the companies across the Lloyd’s Market that made this year’s Public Speaking Competition possible. Your hard work and dedication paid dividends and the competition has been truly aspirational for all young people who took part.

With thanks to:

Langdon Park
Central Foundation Girls
Sir John Cass
Green Spring Academy
Mulberry School for Girls
St Paul’s Way Trust

Tower Hamlets EBP volunteers and staff run London’s first half marathon, ‘The Big Half’!

On Sunday 4th March, 15,000 runners descended upon the streets of South East London, ready to tackle what was being billed as London’s biggest and best half marathon. A week’s worth of snow and icy weather left many in doubt in the days prior to the event as to whether it would even go ahead – however, the streets were cleared and ready to welcome runners of all ages and ability from across the country.

Over 40 volunteers from a wide range of our partner companies took part on behalf of Tower Hamlets EBP, as well as some of our own very dedicated staff. As a result of all of their hard work, we have raised over £15,000 and counting as many post-race donations and match funding contributions are added to the total.

Helen Sanson, Director of Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, said: “I am so grateful to and proud of all the volunteers who ran the first ever Big Half Marathon to raise funds for our charity. The effort they put in on the day, not to mention the months of training was phenomenal and I know some people posted really good times.

“On behalf of everyone at Tower Hamlets EBP I would like to thank all the individual runners, all their sponsors and all the companies who made additional donations in support of their staff.

“The whole event had an incredible atmosphere and it’s not every day that you can say you ran in a race with Sir Mo Farah – Olympian and World Champion, even if you didn’t manage to keep up!

This event is going to become a hugely popular race and I hope we will see return runners and new runners join team THEBP next year. Thank you all very much and keep running!”

Below are just some of the images captured of our amazing runners!

If you ran the race and have some images you would like to submit for addition to this page, please email them to [email protected] and they will be published on the page.


No prizes for guessing what this is!



Aon volunteers!


Aon volunteers are awarded their medals


Tower Hamlets EBP’s Amy deep in concentration as she pounds the streets of London


Tower Hamlets EBP volunteer Annitha Manoharan from Marsh


Annitha pauses for a brief photo op – where better than on the iconic Tower Bridge!


Aon volunteers celebrate reaching the finishing line in one piece!


Tower Hamlets EBP’s Amy and Laura do their best to support each other as they inch closer to the finish line


Tower Hamlets EBP’s Chloe and Laura are all smiles in Start Pen E as they wait to begin


The finish line draws tantalisingly close in Cutty Sark for a number of runners!


The team from Chaucer take a moment to pose before battle commences


Tower Hamlets EBP Chairman and Clifford Chance partner Mark Campbell raises a toast to post-marathon success with Michelle Quest of KPMG in Richard the 1st, Greenwich


Tower Hamlets EBP’s Laura Malanaphy celebrates post-marathon glory running the race in a very respectable 2 hours and 16 minutes


THEBP’s Chairman and Clifford Chance partner, Mark Campbell, features in podcast discussing our work

Mark Campbell, Chair of the Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership and a partner in law firm Clifford Chance, discusses how Tower Hamlets EBP is working with schools in the borough to bridge the gap between students and the world of work and how THEBP can support schools in getting involved with businesses.

Mark has long been a supporter and advocate of the work of THEBP, and in this podcast, he speaks to Tower Hamlets borough for their newsletter ‘The Digest’ about the work of THEBP, and how it fits into the wider approach to social mobility and current issues within the area.

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