National Crime Agency Director General Visits Weydon School

Weydon School were delighted to host Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA, Director General of the National Crime Agency. During her impressive speech to Year 9, Lynne spoke about her rise from a Comprehensive State Secondary School in Croydon to a leading figure in national security. She repeatedly stressed that this success was down to hard work and determination.

She gave students the incredibly valuable message, that when dealing with situations of high pressure, like organising the security for the Royal Wedding in 2011, you have to plan, rehearse and practice to deal with the pressure. Owens also shared anecdotes about events that had not gone to plan such as the riots in 2011. She gave the advice that  when you find yourself in the midst of a storm, “Don’t get angry, don’t over-react and don’t blame.”

She spoke candidly about some disturbing cases around online behaviour and social media. She encouraged the students to think carefully, particularly about future employment and postings they may have made.  Students were keen to ask her questions about the recent events surrounding national security in Salisbury and Owens shared that she had been to national security meetings in 10 Downing Street to discuss the investigation.

Her speech challenged students to be a strong generation of people that would deal with challenges facing the country in the future.

Deputy Principal of Weydon School, Mr Matt Venton commented: “We are very grateful to Lynne for meeting our students and inspiring them with her speech.  The information she gave us about her role and career were fascinating and I am sure the students will remember her words for a long time to come”.