For the last 25 years I have worked to help young people make better informed choices about their future in the world of work; in the last 12 years I have been lucky enough to lead a passionate and talented team that share my vision to make a positive difference for so many across the UK , and now beyond .
National Careers Week has directly facilitated positive career interactions with millions of young people since it was founded , becoming a unique not for profit organisation that is deeply embedded within Education.
This makes me extremely proud, from our humble start helping a few schools we now reach over 1 million young people every year on a very small budget and relying on the work of an amazing voluntary Careers family .
Where this journey goes next is hard to predict , with the creation of NCW Uganda , NCW Ghana and Green Careers Week , we will also be launching NCW Foundation – focused on those in society that often get left behind and do not get the same life choices that so many others enjoy .
It is a privilege to be the CEO at NCW and a humbling journey that I relish every day still as I did all those years ago when I founded this organisation with the help of the most amazing, talented and committed team.
Passionate about careers education, curriculum, teaching, leadership development, learning and running.
Deputy Headteacher at Malet Lambert in Hull. Ambition School Leadership Future Leader Cohort 19. NPQH. MEd.
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Andrew 'Bernie' Bernard
Andrew 'Bernie' Bernard
Andrew Bernard or Bernie to everyone who knows him, has worked in Schools and Universities for the past 23 years and with his business Innovative Enterprise he has worked with more than 165,000 young people delivering enterprise, careers and PSHE workshops and keynotes.
Bernie was a confirmed underachiever at school, preferring to be at the back of the class instead of using his brains and after working the wrong jobs for 15 years he decided to change tack and use his skills and experience to support teachers and inspire young people.
Bernie is the Enterprise Director of National Careers Week and the author of The Ladder for Crown House, which helps educators in supporting students towards successful futures and confident career choices.
I am responsible for everything technology at NCW. Except social media of course, which I give a wide berth.
I’ve been a teacher of Computer Science for almost 18 years now, previously working in corporate IT. These days I spend most of my time as a trade union secretary, along with the work I do for National Careers Week.
Building sites and services to serve over half a millon pages in a week, on a shoestring budget is a challenge that keeps me busy, and entertained.
Mulihi Bumali serves as the country manager of National careers week Uganda and is a civil engineering laboratory technician working with Energo project Niskogradnja. He is a professional technical teacher education specialist from Kyambogo University and civil engineering technician from Uganda Technical College Bushenyi. He has over 11 years of professional work experience in the field of technical and vocational education and has presented a plethora of career talks in many schools around the country from primary to tertiary institutions.
Over the last decade he has championed access to information on careers education, information, advice and guidance, (CEIAG), Technical and vocational education training (TVET) in Uganda and beyond. His professional interests focus on accessibility of career education services and he remains a passionate supporter of initiatives that encourage access to careers education across the globe.
Mulihi is also a leader and has served in various leadership roles. Currently, he is the country manager of the national careers week Uganda. While at Uganda Technical Collage Bushenyi he was a student leader in the guild council and other student organizations like BUMSA, NESA.
Mulihi has over the years received recognition for his outstanding work. He was recognized by the international school of Uganda during the service summit Africa 2009 and also by the international Olympic committee for his contribution in sport and literature in the same year.
Mulihi values the unlimited power of volunteerism as a fulcrum of positive change in communities which drives him to various volunteering missions especially in the education sector.
Dr Farheen Khan is currently Careers Lead at a special school run by Autism East Midlands and has a particular interest in careers education, promoting inclusivity, and in giving young people the opportunity to develop the skills and experience that they need to navigate the world of work. Farheen has had nine years of experience as Head of Careers and Employability at a large secondary school academy and has a CDI qualification in careers leadership. Prior to working in education Farheen worked initially as a scientist, then a campaigner in the third sector, and subsequently as a civil servant. Farheen is a fellow of the RSA and as a member of the Good Work Guild co-authored the report Overcoming Intergenerational Divides to Build Better Workplaces.
Catherine is Customer Training Manager at The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), the national body for careers education in England, working with schools, colleges and employers to help every young person find their best next step.
Catherine developed a passion to support the next generation in preparing for the transition from education into the workplace during a previous role as Head of HR for the Tangent Group. Co-creating a pilot work experience programme, in collaboration with Northumbria University and a local secondary school. This programme framework is currently being delivered to students nationally, linked to The Gatsby Benchmarks.
As a Non Exec Director for National Careers Week and an Enterprise Advisor at the North East LEP, Catherine launched the NCW Champions programme at Jesmond Park Academy. Supported by fellow NCW management team member, Dr Farheen Khan, the NCW Champion programme has been further developed and is now available for all schools to access nationally.
Additional voluntary roles held are, North East Cluster Lead for the Social Mobility Business Partnership and a Governor at Studio West Secondary School.
Assistant Headteacher at Southmoor Academy in Sunderland. Responsible for RSHE, PSHE, SMSC and CEIAG across the 11-18 school. Steering group member of The Careers Network. Teacher of MFL (French & German). Started my teaching career in 2005 as Teacher of MFL at a school in York, becoming Assistant Head of Year and then Head of House responsible for pastoral care and academic progress of students in Years 7 to 11. Started at Southmoor in 2016 as Assistant Curriculum Leader, then Director of Careers & PSHE across the Trust.
NCW provides the opportunity to ensure that Careers education is promoted across all schools in the UK and beyond to ensure that it is embedded as an essential part of the curriculum. I became involved in order to drive the development of careers education by using my expertise of being a leader within a high achieving school with a particular interest in careers education, and to support bringing together organisations and education providers consistently.
Hayley’s career began working in the professional world of dance before qualifying as a Careers Adviser in 2013. Having worked with Early Years right through to mature students, Hayley’s goal is to implement gold-standard opportunities that prepare young people for their next steps and a successful working life in modern Britain.
Hayley has experience of working strategically with School Leaders to develop and implement CEIAG that appeals to every individual child. Hayley has worked in over 10 secondary schools and has experience of leading on whole-school CEIAG and more recently, a Further Education college, where she manages the UCAS programme, offers Careers Advice and engages with local and national employers to provide enrichment in college. Hayley’s work has taken her all over the country, delivering conferences to students in KS4 and KS5 focusing on career exploration and self-awareness. Working in a range of geographical areas has provided Hayley with an understanding of the national Labour Market and the challenges young people face up and down the country. Her mission is to improve the prospects of our future workforce through her ‘day job’ and with the incredible team at National Careers Week.
In January 2023, Hayley takes on a new role as Employability & Careers Adviser at Anglia Ruskin University where she will continue her all-important work supporting upcoming graduates to secure professional employment.
I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team at The Forest Academy. I am the Careers Lead for the Beacon Multi Academy Trust and we are resolute in our aim of 100 percent of our pupils moving on to high quality further education, apprenticeships or employment. Prior to this a had a successful career as an Assistant Principal position at Beal High School. I am an outstanding subject specialist of Business and Economics and have mentored, coached and supported my department for over 10 years. I have delivered, subject forums, middle leader, Senior leader and external CPD in subject and leadership areas. Working in the City for Thomson Reuters as a European Training Manager has enhanced my subject classroom practice. As a senior leader I have developed expertise in leading pastoral key stages, assessment, teaching and learning, curriculum, community relations, human resources, student services, careers education and general school management. I have also been a Lead Business and Economics tutor for NELTA (Trust SCITT) relished the opportunity to develop the next generation of Business Teachers to rewarding and fulfilling careers in education. I have completed the QCF Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and am currently in the second year of my NPQH. Social Mobility is my passion and the key driver in my work as Careers Lead.
I manage an Employability Skills Award for the University of East Anglia careers service. I am currently undertaking action research on how student experiences of careers education in secondary schools influence their engagement with university careers services to improve cohesion between sectors. I have completed the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development, and am a registered member of the Careers Development Institute.
My career started in the MFL classroom teaching French and German. After 16 years at the chalk face, I moved on to work on a government-funded social mobility project and through this was fortunate enough to discover the wonderful world of careers.
I first earnt my stripes as a careers education professional when I was asked by a local secondary school to create and lead their careers programme. I worked with the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce and the local LEP to form a strong network of employers, Higher Education institutions and alternative education providers so that the young people there could explore their values, motivators and future options.
Now working in HE, I am on a mission to improve cohesion between secondary and tertiary careers education provision. I am passionate about empowering people by giving them space to acknowledge the skills they already have, understand the skills they need to develop and go forth and showcase their strengths.
Presently working for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, I support secondary schools and colleges with the planning, implementation and evaluation of their careers education programmes against the Gatsby Benchmarks and deliver on our North East Ambition programme, which aims to ensure that each and every young person is able to identify routes to a successful working life.
With a decade of experience in the FE sector as UCAS Coordinator then Career Leader at a large Sixth Form College preceded by a short spell with Connexions, I am passionate about ensuring young people have access to opportunities to develop their skills and awareness of the world around them, so they can make confident and informed decisions about their next steps.
Pride myself on having an unwavering positive attitude and a firm belief in the power of collaboration!
Also a very keen runner, though unfortunately no relation to a certain famous middle distance athlete of the 1980’s.