22 February 2024

OL delivers Goldhawk talk on ‘Identity’

Paula Riordan (OL 1990) was invited to deliver a Goldhawk talk to the Lower and Upper Sixth Form students about ‘identity’ during our Diversity Week.

Paula talked about identity and the qualities, beliefs and personality traits that characterises a person or a group. Explaining how various pieces of ourselves can tell us who we are and what we like, as well as the various types of identities we possess; persona, social and cultural identity.

After  leaving John Lyon, she studied BSc Estate Management, PGCE in Secondary Education, MSc Educational Leadership & Management. After graduating she trained and qualified as a RICS Surveyor and Valuer whilst working in the evenings as a part-time youth worker for LB Brent and then went on to retrain as a secondary school teacher.
She is currently working towards a PhD in Social Anthropology, as well as being the Principle at The Guild for Lifelong Learning FE College; Chair of Governors of an LA Primary School, sits on the Education sub-committee for the Local Safeguarding Adults Board, and the Diversity & Inclusion advisor for CCF (RAF) Air Cadets.