Lissa did remarkably well during her time at Millfield. She was hard-working and a good leader in her role of Head of Oaklands. She was also a national standard swimmer, one of the reasons she joined the school.
On leaving Millfield, Lissa went to the Universities of Manchester, Goldsmiths and Sussex, emerging with a BA and MA and an MSc in social research. She continued her studying to obtain diplomas in events management and public relations, as well as for teaching English as a foreign language.
With these qualifications and experience, in 2008 Lissa founded and became director of her charity BEGAP – Bright Eyes Global Action Project.
Her charity partners with locally run, grassroots organisations and communities creating a platform which enables young people to reach their goals. BEGAP does this by conducting research, providing consultation, helping with project management, fundraising and recruiting skilled volunteers.
Lissa is also currently supervising a community café initiative with the Sussex Archaeological Society, which employs volunteers from the community who would otherwise be deemed unemployable: people who are inexperienced, in recovery from illness, autistic and those with mental health issues.
She is also in the process of setting up a social enterprise that combines school expeditions with a year-long programme to develop specific skills, to introduce young people to charity work, as well as inspiring them to consider setting up their own social enterprises.
On receiving her award Lissa said she felt ‘very honoured’ to be named an Old Millfieldian of the Year, and thanked the school and teachers who she said opened her eyes to many experiences and laid the foundations of her life.