Former pupils, Alison Di Rollo and Kevin Sneader, returned to Beaton Road today to receive the George and Thomas Hutcheson Award for their fantastic achievements in the world of work.
The first to receive the award was Ms Alison Di Rollo, a Senior Advocate Depute who was appointed as the Solicitor General for Scotland in 2016.
During the ceremony, Head Boy Fraser Belmore and Head Girl Annie Gould read out the Award Citations, which focused on both Alison and Kevin’s highly successful careers.
Alison (C1979) joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1985 as a fiscal. Ms Di Rollo then worked in the Policy Group at the Crown Office prior to being appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Unit and later Head of Operational Policy. In May 2008, Ms Di Rollo was seconded from COPFS to take up an appointment as a trial advocate depute. She was appointed as deputy head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit in 2011 and became head of the unit in January 2013.
Alison was honoured to receive the award. She said: “I can put my hand on heart and take an oath that my memories of Hutchie are all happy ones, it is an extraordinary place to learn and live.
“I benefitted from a really complete education, learning to be part of a family and of a community.
“It gave me the building blocks for the career I’ve had. It gave me confidence, enthusiasm, a work ethos, commitment and dedication.”
Next to receive the school honour was Mr Kevin Sneader (C1984), who delivered a talk in the Fotheringay Centre on his career in business. A law graduate from the University of Glasgow and Harvard Business School, Kevin is the Chairman of McKinsey's twenty offices spanning the Asia Pacific region including China, India, South East Asia, Korea, Japan, and Australia.
Kevin was first based in Asia in the mid 90s when he moved from London to Beijing to help build the firm's Greater China Office. Since then, he has worked across the region and beyond, branching out from an initial focus on the consumer and healthcare industries to serve a broad range of clients in multiple industries and functions across strategy, organisation and operations.
Kevin has long been involved in charitable and professional causes and has served on the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Council for Higher Education and the International Board of Scottish Enterprise.
During his speech, he spoke about the importance of the school motto ‘Veritas’. He told current pupils: “I have always been interested in the School motto - it means truth, it’s a way of being, it’s a set of standards and it’s a very high bar.
“We are the bearers of that word and should live up to it in everything that we do.
“Hutchie is a wonderful place for learning and Hutchie is a wonderful place for living.”
On the day, both former pupils were pleased to return to their old school and were excited to receive a tour of the Beaton Road campus.
On returning to Hutchie, Alison added: “Take what hutchie has given you, find something you love and give it your all.”
Following the event, both winners answered many questions and delivered advice to our pupils, with pupils aspiring for careers in law and business benefitting greatly from the experience.
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