Be Bold! The Lecture Series for brave thinking

LEH’s new Be Bold! lecture series aims to challenge perceptions on some of the biggest issues facing society today. 

Aimed at academically ambitious and curious minds, we’ll hear from thought-provoking guest speakers with wide ranging views on topics that call for us to be intellectually brave as we explore, question and challenge our own thinking. 

Open to students from Upper 5 (Year 11) to Upper 6 (Year 13) – and to parents of all year groups, both Junior and Senior School. 

Hannah Barnes - Wednesday 18th September

Our third Be Bold! speaker is award-winning journalist and author Hannah Barnes.

Wednesday September 18th

7.00pm arrival drinks / 7.30pm - 8.30pm lecture

Tickets £5.00

Details of how to book to follow.

Hannah Barnes - 18th September

Hannah Barnes is an award-winning journalist and author of ‘Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children’. She is Associate Editor at the New Statesman and was previously Senior Journalist and Investigations Producer at the BBC's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight. She led its coverage of the care available to young people experiencing gender-related distress, which helped precipitate an extensive NHS review and unearthed evidence that was later used in several sets of legal proceedings. Newsnight's reporting also led directly to an inspection by the healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission, which branded the NHS's only youth gender clinic in England 'Inadequate.' The management team of the clinic was disbanded as a result and the work was nominated for an array journalism awards, including the prestigious RTS Television Journalism Awards.

Over the past decade and a half, she has specialised in investigative and analytical journalism. Prior to joining the Newsnight team in 2016, Hannah was a daily programme editor at Radio 4's Today. She has spent many years reporting and producing a variety of BBC Radio 4's most respected long-form programmes and documentaries, including More or Less, Analysis, and The Report, as well as others for BBC Radio 5 Live and the World Service.


Coming up...

Previous Speakers

Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Sideways, currently in its sixth series. Matthew is a regular contributor to television and radio and, in his previous career, was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.  

To find out more about Matthew’s work, visit:  

Tomiwa Owolade

Tomiwa Owolade is a journalist and author. He has written about identity, religion, culture and current affairs for a wide variety of publications, including the Times, the New Statesman and the Observer. His first book This is Not America was published in June 2023. He has also featured on BBC Radio 4 and Times Radio.

The title of Tomiwa's talk was This is Not America: the case for looking at race in the UK through a British perspective.