Howes Percival is keeping its foot firmly on the pedal as it continues to mark 25 years of its Leicester office with 25 events to celebrate and give back to the city. This time bringing together friend of the firm, and automotive engineering expert Barney Stevenson to meet and chat with the students of Countesthorpe Academy.
The visit was arranged as an outreach project to compliment British Science Week 2022, being hosted at De Montfort University. Howes Percival partners, Matthew Talbot and Carl Mifflin arranged for Barney to visit the school and engage with A-Level and GSCE students about his career journey, his experiences of working in engineering and a holistic view of the different stages of project design.
Formally an Architecture Lead for Advanced Product Creation for Jaguar Land Rover and having also previously worked with Noble Cars, Barney was able to offer the students an invaluable insight into a potential career in the automotive industry, the skills they need to consider and some useful hints and tips for interviewing.
Talking about their visit Carl Mifflin said
“Barney gave a great presentation, it was really interesting to hear about his time in the industry and it was fantastic to see how engaged and enthused the students were. The Leicester 25 events have provided us with the opportunity to really get involved with the local community and we’re pleased to be able to give something back and make a positive impact.”
Since the launch of Howes Percival’s ‘Leic25’ initiative the firm has completed a number of events which have seen staff navigating a 25 mile walk of Rutland Water, learning to waltz for a dazzling performance at Leicester Ballroom Glitz and cycling 500 miles from Paris to Geneva, with many more planned for the months ahead.
The events centre around five themes which reflects the city's unique identity: Arts and culture, Environment, Technology and innovation, Education and community and Sport. The money raised from fundraising activities will support a number of local charities, including the office’s chosen ‘Charity of the Year’, the RSPCA Leicestershire Branch, Woodside Animal Centre, which cares for mistreated, abandoned and neglected animals in Leicestershire and Rutland.