Meet The Team

Find out more about our experienced, professional & innovative team

Steve Stewart OBE

Chair of

Governance

Hi I'm Steve.

I provide independent governance and reviews to Career Seekers Direct as they deliver their range of services.  more frequent basis.  I review and report on all aspects of Career Seekers Direct's business including Safeguarding, operational performance and service delivery.  

l bring my knowledge and experience of working in the following roles to support the company: 

  • Managing Director of Quality Career Services Ltd

  • Executive Director of Connexions for Coventry & Warwickshire

  • Chief Executive of CWSLP

  • Executive Director of Careers England Ltd

Neil Adams

Quality Manager,

Coach & Trainer

Hi I'm Neil.

I manage and develop our Skills and More Activity Camps which take place during the Holidays and online. I also develop and deliver our employability skills and enterprise sessions for students in schools and colleges. I am also the company's Designated Safeguarding Lead and Quality Manager. 

Our clients would describe me as honest, loyal, professional, caring and witty.  

Outside of work, I coach football, cook or am busy looking after my 3 wonderful sons.

Kathryn

Rawlins 

Careers Adviser

&

Skills Trainer

HI I'm Kathryn.

I'm a L7 Careers Adviser and support students in our partner schools and colleges to successfully transition to their next destination.  With over 15 years experience, I have delivered hundreds of career guidance and skills sessions.  Our clients would describe me as kind, interested, funny, loving & passionate to support. 

 

When I’m not thinking about Careers (which I do a lot) I like listening to all types of music especially Choral. I enjoy travelling and seeing my 2 wonderful children (28 and 22) Oh, and of course spending time with Hector the Pug!

Mike Thorne

Coach & Trainer

Hi, I'm Mike.

I'm a qualified coach and I design and deliver skill development sessions for our business clients.  

I also support delivery of our career programmes to schools.

Clients would describe me as engaging, supportive, thought-provoking and insightful.

When I’m not working, I recharge by walking with my dog in the countryside or laughing with good friends. I also spend a lot of time working on our 100-year-old house and getting creative in the garden. But I’m never far from a good cup of coffee!

Coach & Trainer

Glenn

Robinson

Hi I'm Glenn.

I am a qualified teacher with many years experience and I now support the development and delivery of our employability and enterprise sessions which support our younger clients, particularly those who are identified as potential NEET.  Our clients would describe me as pragmatic, approachable, responsive, effective and articulate.

I enjoy keeping fit, gardening, cooking and following sport.

Coach & Trainer

Jennifer Whitehill

Coach & Trainer

Hi I'm Jennifer.

I  am a qualified coach and trainer and deliver our career and skills services to all the clients we work with. Our clients have described me as encouraging, intuitive, trustworthy, open and committed. 

Outside of work I can be found enjoying the fresh air – cycling or walking with my family, and working in my garden. Volunteering with a local charity supporting the wellbeing of young people also keeps me busy as does providing a taxi service to my teenage daughter, trying to keep fit in the gym and taking Pilates classes. Meeting up with friends when time permits for a coffee and chat is always a treat! 

Ian Simpson

Business Development Manager

Hi I'm Ian.

I'm responsible for establishing relationships with organisations so that their people can grow from the range of support, coaching and skills development we offer,  

Our clients, existing and future, would say that I am personable, trustworthy and commercially attentive.

When I'm not helping grow Career Seekers' network, I am playing guitar, thinking of guitars, playing a guitar in a band, or wondering what guitar to buy next.

Despite being a Tottenham supporter, I am quite a football fan as well. I am FA Level 1 qualified and have coached my son's team but these days I am his transport and kit manager.

Family life, including two teenagers, one of each flavour, also keeps me busy (and grey).

Alan

Sheppard

Coach & Trainer

Hi I'm Alan.

I am a qualified coach and work with our clients - all ages and at all stages, who need support with career coaching and employability skills.

I also deliver our Business Enterprise sessions giving practical support and advice to our clients who may be looking to set up their own business. 

Our clients would describe me as loyal, creative, honest, enthusiastic & challenging (in a good way!!)

When I am not working you will find me with horses, fly fishing, cooking, in the woods, & following Coventry City FC (born there) and Man United because I loved watching George Best when I was a boy!

Coach & Trainer

Carys Hughes

Hi I'm Carys.

I am a qualified coach and support our student and graduate clients with career coaching & career development skills training. 

Our clients would describe me as encouraging. insightful, uplifting, warm and open minded
Outside of work you will find me walking, exploring somewhere new, playing on the towpath with my son, sipping a coffee in a coffee shop, staring at squirrels and robins, or rearranging the furniture at home on the boat.

Trainer

Vicki Cieslik

Hi I'm Vicki.

I'm a former qualified Teacher, Tutor, Pastoral Manager and Mental Health Support Worker, with an MSC in Health Psychology. I deliver our (MHFA) Youth Mental Health education and awareness sessions to those who work with young people.

I have worked with many individuals and groups, ranging from schools and colleges, youth organisations, sports groups, parent groups and school nurses amongst others.

Clients would describe me as passionate about supporting young people, knowledgeable, empathetic and kind.

Outside of work, I have long enjoyed swimming, walking and dogs; newer, lockdown hobbies include genealogy, watercolour painting and metal detecting!

Matt Franks

Hi I'm Matt.

I've been involved with training and education for over 30 years and have overseen contracts on such programmes as New Deal, TFW and Apprenticeships. I also conducted health and safety checks on employers, as I’m IOSH & RoSPA qualified.

Currently, I work in schools delivering various workshops on anything from employability to problem solving using several unique exercises. As a former bluecoat entertainer, my sessions are, according to students, fun, engaging and informative.

At Christmas time (there’s no call for it in July) I’m a professional Santa, performing in hotels, pubs and clubs.

Outside of work, I like the theatre, red wine, watching Aston Villa and national hunt racing.

COULD THIS

BE YOU?

Careers Adviser? Coach?Trainer?

We're always interested in hearing from exceptional individuals with a passion for careers guidance, coaching, learning and development, sports leadership , youth work and education. 

 

If you are interested in finding out more, send an email to enquiries@careerseekersdirect.co.uk with information on your specialist area.