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Date & Time

Tuesday 11th January
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Deadline and link

Please register for the event by Friday 9 January. The link for the session will be sent by email a couple of days ahead of the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Johnian Society Virtual Talk: Interview with Sir Graham Wrigley (1982)

The Johnian Society is delighted to continue to host virtual interviews with alumni in 2022. Guests may participate in the event for as long or short a time as they like, staying just for the interview or also engaging in friendly conversation with fellow alumni during the Q&A session. 

In this interview Sir Graham Wrigley (1982) will speak with Zip Jila (2002) about his career in private equity and international development. Graham read Economics and Law at St John’s. He was one of the founding partners and members of the management board of Permira, and Chairman of CDC, the UK government’s private sector development arm.

Zip Jila read Law at St John’s College as an undergraduate, and since then has worked in areas of cross-border and domestic financial restructuring, workouts and insolvency. In 2018 she took up her current position as General Counsel of a hedge fund which focuses on special situations. A former President of the Winfield Society, Zip is an active alumna of the Faculty of Law.

6.15–6.30pm: Online check-in opens.
6.30pm: Event is live.
6.30–6.35pm: Welcome message from Zip Jila (2002), Honorary Secretary of the Johnian Society.
6.35–6.55pm: Interview with Sir Graham Wrigley (1982).
6.55pm onwards: Q&A and networking.

Sir Graham Wrigley

Graham Wrigley (1982)

Graham Wrigley came to St John’s College in 1982, read Economics and Law, and played rugby very badly. After working at Bain and gaining an MBA from Insead, he was one of the founding partners and members of the management board of Permira, as it grew into a leading global private equity firm. In 2006, he stepped down from Permira to retrain for a second career in international development by studying Development Economics at SOAS. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in Africa and South Asia. In 2013, he was appointed Chairman of CDC, the UK government’s private sector development arm. CDC has grown from investing c.£0.2bn to over £1.5bn pa of long term, impact driven capital into some of the poorest countries in the world. He is also chairman of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust UK, where has volunteered for over 35 years. Graham was knighted with the Order of St Michael and St George for services to International Development in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020.

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Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.