Current Mentors

Alumni Mentor Clara - Relationship Support Manager at Barclays. 

I studied at Leicester University in Financial Mathematics and graduated in 2012.

Following my studies, I am now working for Barclays Corporate in Canary Wharf as a Relationship Support Manager.

My role involves supporting a relationship director which manages the portfolio with me, but more specifically:

  • Overseeing a portfolio of multi-million pound corporates, in an operational sense.
  • Assessing the risk of the company to the bank.
  • Managing the financial facilities supplied by Barclays to the company.

I also have contacts in firms which offer roles in:

  • Asset management
  • Trading
  • FX
  • Financial Product Specialist

Let me know what sort of career you which to pursue and we can come up with a plan to assist you in this. Look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in being mentored by Clara please contact her at:


Andrea Donafee- Managing Director at CMS

Graduated: 1998


Cash Management Solutions after completing my 

PhD in 2002

After I finished my undergraduate degree I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to do a PhD in Pure Maths and Computer Science. This was really one of the best jobs that I could have done as I was paid to study maths! My PhD involved designing a software system for Group Theorist so they could visualize groups and therefore study them in a new way. I would recommend a PhD to anyone that is given the chance as not only can you develop new research techniques but it also teaches independent thinking and gives you the opportunity to travel and meet and talk about your work with fellow Mathematicians. I was lucky enough to go to Australia, France, Belgium, Italy and not forgetting Luton with my PhD.

After I completed my PhD I realised that I wanted to work in an area that uses maths in everyday life. My current position was advertised in a local newspaper and I was immediately drawn to it as I saw my skills could make a real difference in such a small, yet, aspiring company. 

My current job uses a lot of mathematical expertise so in terms of subjects I use statistics and Applied Maths. However, the main things I use is the ability to think and work independently and come up with new ways to do something. The models I build for one client rarely match other models and therefore I am always thinking of how to use different techniques to benefit the client.  My research skills are also useful as you need to be constantly reading about new developments and testing if the theory fits in with real life examples (sometimes they don’t and it is interesting to work out why!).

If you are interested in being mentored by Andrea please contact her at:


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