Here at Winstanley College we love hearing about the successes of our former students and seeing as though it’s now somewhat traditional to take a little time out on a Thursday to get all nostalgic; we’re delighted to launch our new #ThrowbackThursday series.
Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing stories on Thursday afternoons featuring some of our alumni who’ve recently been in touch to tell us what they’re up to. This week, we’ll be focussing on Jack Williams who studied Biology, Chemistry and Textiles at Winstanley College between 2013 and 2015. In the summer of 2018, he was appointed Centre Manager at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in Milnthorpe.
Jack is no stranger to the Oasis having completed his first ‘Keeper for the Day’ experience at the zoo at the age of 10! He also undertook a work experience placement there and regularly volunteered at weekends before becoming a full member of staff in 2014; somehow managing to fit this in around his studies.
The ‘little zoo with lots to do’ undoubtedly lived up to its billing during Jack’s first week in his new role; just a matter of days after his appointment, a new snow leopard cub was born. With fewer than 8,000 snow leopards remaining in the wild, the birth is a real coup for the Oasis. A litter of mischievous meerkat pups also arrived soon after, keeping Jack firmly on his toes!
Reflecting on his whirlwind start, Jack said: “This really is a dream come true as I’ve grown up with the zoo and becoming manager gives me a great opportunity to help shape its future. With so many new born babies, this has proven to one of the most successful years in our history and I couldn’t have wished for a more incredible start. We’re investing back into the zoo now, developing lots of new, exciting exhibits over the winter and expanding our conservation and education programming.”
Keep up the great work Jack….You are Winstanley!
Calling all former Winstanley students! We’d love to know what you’re up to! If you would like to feature in our #ThrowbackThursday series please get in touch and tell us about your journey since leaving college.
Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for all the latest news from Winstanley College including the next edition of #ThrowbackThursday.