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Manchester High School for Girls

London Supper Club 2019

The House of St Barnabas, in the heart of London’s Soho, was the venue for this year’s alumnae Supper Club.

Melanie Johnson gave the welcome address.

Manchester High’s premier networking event saw over 40 former pupils, from across the generations, come together on Thursday 9th May at the private members' club.

The welcome address was given by Melanie Johnson, Head of Compliance, and a partner in the London office of Kirkland and Ellis. Melanie left Manchester High School for Girls in 1987 but has maintained an active relationship with the School. She mentors Sixth Form students as part of the Project Pankhurst initiative (which pairs members of the alumnae community with a pupil who is interested in the area or specific industry in which they work) and has, for a number of years been a London Supper Club ‘regular’.

As part of her role, Melanie provides regulatory and compliance advice to the international offices of Kirkland and Ellis, this includes guidance on professional conduct and ethical obligations and, during her speech, Melanie spoke about the value of social diversity to a school like Manchester High and highlighted the work of the bursary fund.

Dinner was served in the Drawing Room which overlooks Soho Square and features dramatic 18th century rococo plasterwork. After dinner coffee was enjoyed while Mrs Hewitt gave guests an insight into what life as Manchester High’s Head Mistress really involves – cue much laughter about the Year 11 sleepover in the school gym!

The date and venue for London Supper Club 2020 will be announced in the September issue of High Flyer, so do watch this space! Please don't wait to book your place as the event is always a sell-out.


There are still a number of alumnae events left to take place this academic year and all former pupils are welcome. Details can be found here.