Danny Preiskel is a former ESU scholar who co-founded and now runs a leading City technology-focused law firm, managing a team of over 30 people. Here, he shares a little about himself:
When did you first hear about the ESU?
In my A level year, I heard about the ESU from my schoolmate Laurence Mutkin, now a fellow ESU trustee. He had just come back from a semester at Cranbrook High School in Michigan, USA, on the Secondary School Exchange programme, for which I was also fortunate enough to be selected.
Why did you want to become a trustee?
My experiences on the SSE are still fresh in my mind some 35 years later and I thought it would be right to give back to the ESU and help others to flourish.
Whom do you admire and why?
The late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – arguably the greatest brain in Europe in my lifetime, who was an inspiration to and revered across the globe by millions from all religions and social groups. We would all benefit by watching more of his words of wisdom (available on YouTube). Being in his presence was an unforgettable experience.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting into Cambridge University to study law.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Taking time off work mid-week to travel to away Champions League matches in various European cities.
Tell us something surprising about you.
Perhaps that I speak seven languages despite having no language A levels and, singing-wise, being tone deaf.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Good academics and education should not be underestimated.