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John Yarham, Deputy CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company

John Yarham joined the Careers and Enterprise Company in April 2019 as its Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of a midlands-based social enterprise, ‘Futures’, which supports 100,000 people a year into employment. During his time there, the organisation grew by a third, diversifying its service offer and gaining the rating of ‘Outstanding’ for its National Careers Service delivery. John has had a career in employment and skills related activity spanning the last twenty years. Having trained and worked as a careers adviser in a range of settings, he has also had leadership roles in managing further education funding and strategy. He has also worked in local Government, where he was the Director of Economic Development for Nottingham City Council, developing the Nottingham Growth Plan and the agreement of the Nottingham City Deal, which was the catalyst for Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and the creation of a new venture capital fund. He is chair of an awarding body and trustee at several charities as well as being a school governor at a secondary school and a former chair of governors at a primary school.

Twitter: @CareerEnt

Janet Colledge RCDP, Careers Education Consultant Outstanding Careers

Janet Colledge is the real life name of @CareersDefender who is a qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience providing award winning careers education. She is currently chief Careers Education Consultant with Outstanding Careers, and a director of National Careers Week CIC – a social enterprise working to improve the quality of careers education for people in the UK. She also blogs, presents and writes for various organisations specialising in the management and provision of careers education in the 11–19 sector  and is a member of the Quality in Careers Standard Board.

Twitter: @CareersDefender

Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser, The Gatsby Foundation

John Holman is Senior Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Foundation, author of Gatsby’s Good Career Guidance report and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York. He is President of the Association for Science Education, immediate past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the Teacher Development Trust, Chair of the Bridge Group and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum. He was the founding Director of the National Science Learning Centre and adviser in STEM education to the English government from 2006 to 2010. 

John was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys from 1994 to 2000, when he became Salters Professor of Science Education at the University of York. John has taught, created curricula and written books for science learners of most ages in the UK and overseas. He was knighted in 2010 for services to education.

Twitter: @holman_john

Katharine Horler OBE, Chair, Careers England

Katharine Horler has over 30 years experience in the careers field, she is Chief Executive of Adviza, a large Charity delivering Careers Advice and Guidance. Our contracts cover the Thames Valley and South West and range from small local projects through to large contracts such as Local Authority work with the unemployed, contracts with individual Schools for the delivery of careers guidance and the National Careers Service.  Adviza has been a pioneer for social investment running an early social impact bond and as an Impetus PEF Portfolio Charity.

Adviza is a Charity with a strong values base and a consistent thread in everything we do is our commitment to making a difference to people’s lives and transforming their future prospects.   Adviza has been listed six consecutive times in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for in the Public and Third Sector. 

Katharine is Chair of Careers England; which is the trade association for employer organisations and traders involved in the provision of products and services promoting careers education and guidance in England and a Director of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.  She was awarded an OBE in 2017.

Sandra Cheyne, National CIAG Policy & Professional Practice Lead, Skills Development Scotland, Scotland’s Skills Body and Scotland’s Careers Service

Sandra is responsible for the strategic development and influence of modern career information, advice and guidance policy and practice; whilst also advocating for the reach of the Career Management Skills Framework for Scotland.

She was responsible for instigating and developing new professional pathways to encourage diversity and growth of young talent into the career guidance profession in Scotland.  Responsible for service offer development for key customer groups, professional practice resource development, the CIAG Equalities agenda and Child Protection/Vulnerable Adults protective layering, she is currently developing SDS’ service offer to the Armed Forces Veteran community.

Sandra has held several practice, policy and strategic relationship development roles.  She is currently a key member of the Scottish Government’s Steering Group for the new CIAG Strategy. She is committed to the critical role that modern career guidance and the development of career management skills play in enabling all to realise their full potential.

Twitter: @skillsdevscot

Steve Stewart OBE, Executive Director, Careers England

Steve began his career as a Careers Adviser in Rotherham and moved to Coventry in 1982.

In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Principal Careers Adviser at Coventry Careers; in 1995 he was appointed Managing Director of Quality Careers, Coventry and in 2001 he was appointed Executive Director of the Connexions Service for Coventry and Warwickshire.

In 2006 he assumed responsibility for sub-regional economic development as well as careers, and was appointed Chief Executive of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership Ltd (CSWP).

Steve retired from CSWP in September 2014 and together with his wife Rachael, established The Stewart Alliance. Steve is also Executive Director of Careers England Ltd; the trade body for careers information, advice and guidance companies.

Steve has held a number of positions including the Labour Leader of Rugby Borough Council, Chair of the Coventry Foyer Trust, Vice Chair of the national charity ContinYou, and Vice Chair of the Warwickshire Children’s Trust. He is currently a Governor at City College, Coventry, chairing the student consultative committee.  He is also Vice Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board and a Trustee of the charity Jumping Through Hoops.

In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to young people.

Nikki Lawrence, Careers Wales Chief Executive

A qualified accountant (ACMA) with more than twenty years’ experience in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, Nikki worked in the NHS and manufacturing and construction industries before joining Careers Wales in 2004.

At Careers Wales, Nikki has overseen a full range of corporate functions including finance, HR, IT, quality and planning as well as being interim chief executive for the past 15 months.

Now appointed as chief executive, Nikki is prioritising the final chapter of the Changing Lives strategy and is focussed on leading Careers Wales to meet the needs of the changing economy.

Working in partnership, Nikki is keen to take Careers Wales forward as a customer-focussed, all-age careers information, advice and guidance service for Wales.

Nikki lives in north Wales and is a keen fell runner who has taken part in both mountain and road marathons.

Twitter: @CareersWales@GyrfaCymru

Mrs Pippa Gibbs, Head of Careers and HE, Oakham School

Pippa has been Head of Careers and Higher Education at Oakham School in Rutland since September 2013 where she has responsibility for running the careers programme, overseeing university and apprenticeship applications, organising events and developing the work experience programme. In addition to UCAS, Pippa manages a wide range of international applications helping students apply to universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Following her first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter Pippa completed an MBA in Retailing and Wholesaling at the Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling. She worked in the retail industry for the W H Smith Group, and then at Deloitte as a Management Consultant in the Consumer Business and Supply Chain divisions before retraining as a teacher in 2009. Before joining Oakham she taught Biology at Northampton High School and was also a Sixth Form tutor.

Twitter: @OakhamCareers@OakhamSch

Charley Fowler, Area Manager & Gatsby Champion, Unifrog

Charley started her career in education as a secondary school teacher in Camden, and trained via the Teach First programme. Teaching sparked her interest in how we, as educators, can level the playing field and make sure all students move on to the best opportunity for them. Charley's CEIAG experience is hugely broad in scope, having worked in the corporate responsibility department of a magic circle law firm and in a careers office in a Camden school, coordinating a programme of employer engagement involving 80+ corporate partners. Charley now works directly with over 150 schools to support them in achieving their CEIAG goals via Unifrog and is the lead on the Gatsby Benchmarks at Unifrog, helping over 2000 schools in working towards all 8 benchmarks.

Twitter: @unifrog

Paul Chubb, MBE, Quality in Careers Director, The Quality in Careers Consortium

An established careers education and guidance professional, with 40 years of varied experience, Paul worked as a careers adviser in schools, colleges, and HE.  In 1994, he became Chief Executive of one of the first privately-owned careers companies (Guidance Enterprises Group).  

Paul was national President of the Institute of Career Guidance (1992/3) - awarded an ICG Fellowship (2011). A founding member of Careers England  he served on its Board, as its Executive Director until September 2014.

Since 2011 Paul has led the Quality in Careers Standard. In 2017, the Standard became the single national quality award. Paul works as the Quality in Careers Director on behalf of the Quality in Careers Consortium which governs the Standard:

He lives in North Yorkshire. From 2001-2019 he served as a Governor/Chair of Governors of The Dales School (a Special School for young people aged 4-19):

Twitter: @QualityCareersS

Gerarde Manley, Careers Hub Manager, Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)

Gerarde Manley is the Careers Hub Manager for the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and is responsible for the management of the Enterprise Adviser Network and the Careers Hub which is one of the first wave of national pilots.

Prior to this Gerarde has held a number of local and regional roles in education and training, Further Education, Local Government, NHS, the Learning and Skills Council and the University for Industry.

Twitter: @llep_gerarde@llep_news

Angela Moore, Careers Hub Manager, Black Country Consortium Ltd.

Angela joined the Black Country Consortium as School & Business Engagement Officer in July 2016 working as a Coordinator on the Careers & Enterprise Company: Enterprise Adviser Programme, recruiting business leaders to work with schools to improve their careers education strategy.

With over 16 years’ experience designing and managing training provision for young people for whom mainstream education was not effective, and supporting unemployed adults and apprenticeships;

Angela’s interest lies in finding new and exciting ways to motivate people to reach their full potential.

Angela has over 10 years’ experience in management in the hotel sector working on new build and refurbishment projects for a large hotel chain. She eventually gave that up to support the start-up of a furniture manufacturing business.

Twitter: @BCSSkillsFactory