Ehlinger, Nicola (Style, 2011)
Sophie Clayton

Email- nicola.ehlinger@oldgiggleswickians.org
Contact Number- 07715473461

Introducing myself:

After leaving Giggleswick in the summer of 2011, I studied French with Business at the University of Hull. After graduating in 2015, I accepted a place on the Management Development Programme with Hilton Worldwide, working firstly in Kensington, and onwards to the Conrad hotel in Dublin.  I returned to London to take up a managerial position at Angel, and moved onwards to my current role, in corporate and social event planning and management, based at London Docklands.

After 2 years living in Isle of Dogs, I now live in Paddington, London W2.  Whilst furloughed from the hotel in 2020/2021, I have intensified my wellness regime with cycling and running 5Km distances, both around East London and, since resettling in Paddington I enjoy exploring the Royal Parks around me. I have also taken up an opportunity to canvassing, door-to-door, around resident al areas within the capital, to secure charitable subscriptions for Battersea Dogs Home. This has enabled me to upskill on sales, coaching and leadership.

Relaxation in my life right now includes cooking, exploring the City and watching sports – Man City and Arsenal, with my partner.

What is my role and contribution to the OGC:

Since 2019, I have actively supported a number of OG initiatives and events. Initially, I took up a crew support role for the Giggleswick running team at the 67th Annual Independent School Alumni race, over a 5 mile cross-country course on Wimbledon Common in December 2019 (and again in the Virtual competition in December 2020). 

In 2020, I handled the run results data and weekly submissions, and liaised with the Alumni Office to encourage OGs and their family members to grow the squad numbers from 10 to 75, to secure high placings within the 2020 Lockdown LAR Running Team Leagues.

I also liaised both with the School Arts Department Head, and with the Alumni Office to launch a short, and successful OG Lockdown Virtual Art Competition during the long 1st Lockdown period in 2020.

Whilst being on furlough, I have been able to reach out to the wider network of OGs firstly by building a community of active runners on Strava. I have developed an expertise in uncovering contact information for OGs who aren’t engaged or for whom we don’t have a reliable database information. I know that this is a vital resource and skill that is important to be able to grow the OG Alumni community. The group on Strava has now grown up to 88 members which has allowed people to virtually re-connect with each other. As a result of this work, we had a team of 26 runners for the Thames Hare & Hounds Virtual Race, making us the 3rd largest team. This is a record for Giggleswick as it was only our second year entering. I was very proud of these results as the combined efforts put our school in a great position on the leaderboard.

I look forward to being able to get other young OG’s involved in developing the database and joining us for more events in the future, in order to grow the community.

How do I plan to make a difference:

I have closely followed the debate and dialogue on the transformation and modernisation of the Old Giggleswickians, and I hope to be elected to the OGC, to contribute to refreshing the OG events calendar.

I am excited by the outline plans to cultivate a vibrant, global OG community which will not only soon become newly inclusive but will also reinvigorate a partnership with Giggleswick School to align the parties’ purpose and values. I look forward to being able to get other young OG’s involved in developing the database in order to grow the community.

In particular, I would like an opportunity to play an active part in establishing a regional sub-group in London, the South East and Home Counties, and in planning and hosting new and imaginative OG events and to welcoming OGs from all regions (actual, and virtual, where practical).