05 Mar 2012: Queen Mary’s College Unilever Prize Lunch
Queen Mary’s College debate for their lunch with Paul Polman
Congratulations again to Queen Mary’s College from Basingstoke in Hampshire, who won the Academy of Ideas & Unilever Global Development Debates organised by Debating Matters and hosted by Unilever on 7th February at their corporate headquarters in central London. QMC beat Barton Court Grammar School from Canterbury in the final debate on population growth and sustainability after holding up to the tough questioning from judges Dr Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes, Wellcome Trust; Rob Killick, CEO, cScape; and Chairman of Unilever UK & Ireland, Amanda Sourry.
QMC won, as part of their prize, a wonderful lunch and discussion with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. The QMC team, accompanied by English teacher Rachel Cooke and Principal Stephen Sheedy, were given a tour of Unilever House by Miguel Pestana, Vice President Global External Affairs, including the stunning 360 degree panorama across the heart of London from the top of the building. They then joined Doug Baillie, Chief HR Officer, and Paul Polman for lunch. They were asked about their studies and personal aspirations before entering into a lively discussion about all manner of issues from sustainability to the role of business in society, to the nature of contemporary media and political discussion and the importance of more debate!
The students gave an excellent account of themselves and impressed their hosts with their insightful questions. Well done QMC!