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Holly Beale – an orient express OW

Holly BealeMany pupils are welcomed to Wells from HK and mainland China – now we have news from Holly Beale (OW 2007) whose fast moving career has taken her in the opposite direction and 3½ years in China.

After Wells, Holly graduated BA in philosophy at Southampton University and then joined US and international casual wear retailer Abercrombie & Fitch on their Manager In Training program. She has since held store management positions in the UK and in 2013 she moved to Beijing as part of a major new strategic direction for the company. There she took an immersive course in mandarin and after only two months passed the HSK2 exam. Management jobs in Beijing and Chengdu have followed and Holly is now a General Manager and working towards her HSK4 exam which requires an ability to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

She was sorry to miss our summer reunion in Wells and says she was thinking of all her old friends. “I am greatly enjoying my new adventure in Asia. Naturally I am missing home but appreciating my opportunities. Wells will always be a special place.”

Holly particularly valued her time in the CCF(RAF) at Wells and recalls her Three Peaks Challenge expedition. She is also remembered for her drama performances which included Sleeping Billy, Cabaret, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and Little Shop of Horrors which clearly has no connection with her current endeavours. We very much look forward to hearing more from her soon.