Family business focus at Pock School event

Dr Sheena McNamee, Mark Ronan, speaker Christopher Oughtred, Trevor Loten, president of the Old Pocklingtonians.
Dr Sheena McNamee, Mark Ronan, speaker Christopher Oughtred, Trevor Loten, president of the Old Pocklingtonians.

The Pocklington School Foundation (PSF) Careers and Business Network held its latest event in Leeds recently, with the focus for the evening on family businesses.

The guest speaker was Christopher Oughtred, former Chairman of the sixth generation family business, William Jackson Food Group (WJFG).

WJFG is a food business which trades through five subsidiary companies and was founded in 1851 at a grocery store in Hull. Christopher is the great, great grandson of its founder William Jackson.

He is a Life Patron and former Chair of Governors at Pocklington School and was a founder trustee/director of the Institute for Family Business. Earlier in March he chaired a Financial Times Masterclass about family business.

The networking event, which was attended by a mix of former students, current and former parents of Pocklington School, was held at the offices of Schofield Sweeney LLP in Leeds city centre. Kindly arranged by Old Pocklingtonians David Strachan, Adam Hastie and Lucy Holroyd, who all work at the law firm, the event followed on from the launch of the PSF Careers & Business Network held at School.

Headmaster Mark Ronan said: “Christopher has had a fascinating career and under his leadership WJFG became a national exemplar of how to run a family business. We are immensely grateful to him for sharing his experience and inspirational story with the Pocklington School community at this event.”