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Planning for the future at The Penny Group

We were thrilled to get the RGS Professionals back together on Thursday 13 October 2022, two years since our last ‘in person’ event.

The Penny Group were our hosts for the evening, located next to Cannon Street in the heart of the City of London, a great venue to drop in after work. Penny Group are a fully Chartered Financial Planning practice with a raft of nationwide clients. Our huge thanks go to Michelle Davey (RGS ’13), Senior Administrator, for her help in organising this successful event.

It was great to see so many familiar (and new) faces, re-connecting and engaging with each other in the backdrop of The City from high on the seventh floor. Penny Group highlighted the importance of relationships and networks in business and identified a similar ethos and culture to the one that is engrained at RGS and the Reigatian community. They took the opportunity to talk through the financial steps you should have in place to plan for the future, with pensions and mortgages featuring heavily as you would expect – a hot topic! If you would like to recap or were unable to attend, you can find their contact details and presentation here.

Just before the evening drew to a close there was an important announcement to make:

The RGS Professionals group has been under the guidance of its Chairman, Mark Elsey (RGS ’78) for the past ten years. He was at the forefront of this group when it was launched back in 2012 with our first event, and has been ever since. Mark has been a key driver in helping grow the membership to over 2,000. We have held over 50 events under his tenure, from golf days to high up in the clouds at The Shard with numerous business cards exchanged, professional relationships developed and plenty of advice, mentoring and work experience given.

In his new role as Chairman of the Reigate Grammar School Board of Governors, Mark felt that it was appropriate for someone else to lead the charge of the Professionals group and guide it into its second decade. On behalf of the group, thank you Mark for your support, guidance and help over the past ten years.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Matt Lowe (RGS ’97) was installed on the night as the new Chairman of the RGS Professionals Group. Matt is a proud Reigatian who has lots of experience in the world of business. He had this to say:

“Mark, huge congratulations on the establishment and growth of the RGS Professionals group. You leave it thriving and I am hugely proud, excited and privileged to take over the baton. I’m looking forward to standing on the shoulders of giants and having some fun along the way!


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