Meet The Team

Find out more about our experienced, professional & innovative team

Steve Stewart OBE

Chair of


Career Seekers Direct is the subject of annual independent reviews in relation to the quality standards they hold i.e. Matrix Standard and NCFE centre approval. I provide an additional level of independent governance and due diligence on a more frequent basis.  I review and report on all aspects of Career Seekers Direct's business including Safeguarding, operational performance and service delivery.  

Neil Adams

Quality Manager,

Coach & Trainer

I develop and deliver our training and coaching sessions for students in schools and colleges. I am also our Designated Safeguarding Lead and ensure all our policies are up to date  and complied with. 

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.



Careers Adviser


Skills Trainer

I am 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

As a qualified coach, I support the business managers and leaders we work with through change, helping them to see the bigger picture and plan for the future.

As a trainer, my main focus is developing and delivering leadership and management programmes for our businesses 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



I am a qualified teacher with many years experience and I now deliver skills development 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.

Jennifer Whitehill

Coach & Trainer

I  am a qualified coach and trainer and deliver our career and skills services to all groups that 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

My aim is to establish relationships with organisations so that their people can grow from the support, coaching and skills development delivered by the Career Seekers' team. We aim to support people with career guidance and professional skills development.

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).



Coach & Trainer

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.

Additionally, I 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

I am a qualified coach and support our younger clients - students & graduates, 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.

Darrell Mitchell

Coach & Trainer

I am a qualified coach and trainer and support our clients with the range of the services we offer.  Our clients would describe me as motivating, kind, challenging, creative and dedicated.

 When I’m not working you will find me writing and performing music with my band, walking my dog, watching sport with my eldest son, particularly the San Fransisco 49ers and Liverpool and messing around with the garden.



Careers Adviser? Coach?Trainer?

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


If you are interested in finding out more, send an email to 

with information on your specialist area.