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Professor John Haldane (Class of 1971)

“A Life with Images and Ideas” was the subject of Professor Haldane's talk on Monday 29th March 2021.

You can view the recording of Professor Haldane's talk here:

After schooling in Glasgow at Hamilton Park, John Ogilvie Hall and St Aloysius’ College, John Haldane studied at arts schools in Kent and in London and then at London University. He has also taught art in London, and been a Visiting Lecturer in the Architecture School of the University of Westminster, as well as a Fellow of the Henry Moore Institute. 

He is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, former J. Newton Rayzor Senior Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University and currently Distinguished Affiliate Professor at Baylor and Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Australian Catholic University.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chair of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London, he has also held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University, and visiting fellowships at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Oxford, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame Universities.

He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture and served for ten years as such, and as a member of the Pontifical Academies of Life, and of Thomas Aquinas, all at the Vatican. 

His books include Atheism and Theism, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Religion, Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical, Reasonable Faith, and Seeking Meaning and Making Sense.  He holds honorary degrees from St Anselm College, NH, Glasgow University, and the University of Notre Dame Australia. In 2016, Best Schools (USA) named him one of ‘the 50 most influential living philosophers’, in 2018 the international Catholic weekly The Tablet named him one of the 50 most influential Catholics, and in 2019 the Catholic Herald (London) included him in its list of ‘Catholics of Today’.


Siobhan Dunn (Class of 1988)

"Lead from Any Seat in the Room" was the subject of Siobhan Dunn's talk on 25 February 2021. 

Often in traditional working environments, it can seem impossible to ‘lead from any seat in the room’ but with the right mindset and simple techniques, anything can happen!  Siobhan states that building personal gravitas and presence with others is vital.   In her presentation, she explored  some easy steps that will help build immediate rapport with others, as well as new habits we can create to increase our confidence moving forwards. 

Siobhan worked in Finance before moving into the third sector, becoming CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, one of the UK’s leading charities for young people. Passionate about making a difference she now works as a transformational leadership coach and consultant in the private and third sectors. With a particular interest in helping women find their authentic leadership style, she is truly committed to supporting all her clients in reaching their full potential. 

Siobhan has become fanatical about open water swimming, which she began during lockdown, and is the enthusiastic lead singer in a charity band! 

Attending St Aloysius from 1986 – 1988, Siobhan has extremely fond memories of her time on the Hill!



Dr Lorna Gold (Class of 1990)

"Faith in Business – The Call to Care for our Common Home".   Dr Gold explored the new context we are facing in the light of COVID, some of the recent developments she has been involved in with the Vatican - the new Laudato Sí seven-year plan, the COVID commission, the Green Entrepreneurship initiative - and what role business leaders, influenced by Laudato Sí, could play in addressing the ecological crisis.


Dr Lorna Gold is a social scientist and Climate Activist who has become known as an outspoken critic of inaction on climate change and an advocate for just solutions.  She has written a book entitled “Climate Generation – Awakening to Our Children’s Future” which is about working to change environmental policy and what the consequences are if effective changes are not made immediately.




Brian Hannan (Class of 1971)

"When Women Ruled Hollywood" Striking a chord with the topics of gender pay equality and the "Me Too" movement, Brian’s book delves back into the Golden Era of Hollywood where it was assumed that actors “ruled the roost”.  Brian’s book quashes this myth to a certain extent in a highly entertaining way.

Brian was the youngest-ever editor of the weekly Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, the flagship title for Reed Business Publishing, which sold two million copies a year.   A new career as an author beckoned when Brian was invited to write a book on Alfred Hitchcock.