I’m a registered career development professional and I’ve been in careers education and guidance for twenty years. I work for the Futures Group in Nottingham. I’m qualified in guidance but I mainly manage careers projects now.
I was permanently excluded from school though disengagement. I can clearly remember being denied the opportunity of work experience and having to type up teacher’s notes in school instead. Apparently I was too much of a reputational risk. It is these experiences that sparked my interest in making changes for young people that don’t necessarily abide by all rules or who might be experiencing challenges.
I have worked on national initiatives in my career in careers including the Connexions service across Derbyshire and Derby City, the National Careers Service throughout the East Midlands and Central Eastern area, and the Careers and Enterprise Company and Health Education England across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. I am also a proud Trustee with accountability for careers at the Greenwood Academies Trust.
You will hear me talk openly about work place adjustments and accessibility needs; I’m not shy in sharing my own experiences and adjustments in the hope of normalising difference.
I’m really passionate about social impact and social change through the power of careers education and partnerships, so it’s brilliant that I can join the board at National Careers Week.
My first project with National Careers Week was the Hope film.