Shining the Light with Linda Heath

Matriculated from Epworth:  1978

Tertiary Education:
B LLB UKZN (previously University of Natal) RSA
Cand. Jur. (Master of Laws), University of Aarhus, Denmark
Diploma in Financial Regulation and Compliance, University of Reading, UK

Professional Experience:
I have been employed for 33 years in the financial services sector in many fields. For a number of years, I was part of a team investigating an extensive fraud case, which took me to Gibraltar to work together with detectives from Scotland Yard and the Danish Financial Crime Squad. At present I develop educational programs for the financial sector in relation to fraud, insider trading and other financial crimes. In this capacity I co-operate with the Danish Security Police on their anti-money laundering and terrorist financing training programmes.

Lives: Silkeborg, Denmark

Most distinctive benefit of an Epworth education in Linda’s view:

When my class left Epworth 4+ decades ago, we were told even then that ‘the world is our oyster’.

Epworth instinctively and distinctively prepared us, academically, socially and culturally, long before women occupied much space in the commercial world.

This guiding principle, preparing women to take their rightful place in the world, we assumed to be the norm – such was Epworth’s far-sighted approach to educational and gender parity even back in the 1970’s.

Shortly after completing my education in South Africa, I married and emigrated to Denmark where I faced the challenge of adapting to a new language, culture and set of social norms. On the basis of my South African education, I was employed as a legal advisor in a large Danish bank later going on to read law (in Danish). The values and work ethic instilled in me from my years at Epworth stood me in great stead and the ballast which Epworth provided for me (intellectually and in career confidence) has been invaluable throughout my life.

Why Linda is choosing to pay it forward by donating to the Epworth Foundation (**):

I strongly believe that education is the path to improvement on a personal level as well as for society as a whole. Women play an essential role here and this is why I am very happy to be able to contribute to the wonderful work that the Epworth Foundation is doing to support greater access to a superb Epworth education, which remains at the forefront of relevance and international acceptance.

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