Meet The Team

Find out more about our experienced, professional & innovative team

Eva Harrison

CEO & Founder

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Hi I'm Eva.

I'm the CEO and Founder of Career Seekers Direct and work with our different client groups to ensure their needs around career guidance and skills development become a reality. I have an extensive background and professional qualifications in learning & development, career guidance and career coaching. I am lucky that as well as setting the company's strategic direction, I still get to deliver some of our services including career consultancy in schools and colleges, career guidance  

sessions and Youth Mental Health training.

My spare time is spent with my 3 sons, walking my 2 lively spaniels or socialising with my friends.

Steve Stewart OBE

Chair of Governance

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Hi I'm Steve.

I provide independent governance and reviews to Career Seekers Direct as they deliver their range of services. 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, Designated Safeguarding Lead Coach & Trainer

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Hi I'm Neil.

I support the development and delivery of our employability skills and enterprise sessions for students in schools and colleges. I also manage and develop our Skills and More Activity Camps which take place during the Holidays and online. 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 L7 Careers Adviser

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HI I'm Kathryn.

I'm a L7 Careers Adviser. My role is to ensure the quality standard of the careers services we deliver in educational settings. This includes delivering QA reviews and CPD sessions for the team. 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!

Andrea O'Brien

L6 Careers Adviser 

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HI I'm Andrea, and I'm a Level 6 Careers Advisor. I love working with young people to support them in their next steps and to help them make the right decision for their futures. 
I have experience of working within the careers provisions of an educational setting and have previously worked towards achieving the Quality in Careers Standard Award. I also have a number of years  HR experience. 
People would describe me as friendly, approachable, loyal and kind. 
When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family, especially my husband and 3 beautiful daughters and I also enjoy holidays to my parents lovely caravan in Tywyn, Wales which is in Snowdonia." 

Glenn Robinson

Coach & Trainer

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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.

Jennifer Whitehill

Coach & Trainer

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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

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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).

Mike Thorne

Coach & Trainer

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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!

Matt Holmes

Coach & Trainer

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Hi, I'm Matt.

I am one of the Work Related Learning tutors in Career Seekers Direct who delivers work courses in a number of media courses such as video game design, photography and digital skills.  I also support student who are struggling with some subjects in school.  My background is media based and I have strong discipline due to time spent in the military. When I’m not supporting people to have the skills to become more employable in their field, I spend my free time playing video games and watching superhero films.

Carys Hughes

Coach & Trainer

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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.

Vicki Cieslik

Trainer

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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

Coach & Trainer

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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 conduct health and safety checks on employers, as I’m IOSH & RoSPA qualified.

I deliver our employability workshops in schools. 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.

Alan Sheppard

Coach & Trainer

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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!

Amy White

Educational Development Advisor

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Hi I’m Amy.

I’m a qualified teacher who has worked in a variety of secondary schools, teaching young people ranging from eleven to eighteen years. I have enjoyed working in a number of roles including Teacher of English, Designated teacher for CLA and Acting Head Teacher.
My role in the company involves developing and delivering high quality and engaging resources for secondary education, and providing educational support for school staff.
Students would describe me as an enthusiastic educator who is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their potential. My colleagues would say I am personable, knowledgeable and
compassionate.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my two small
children and visiting literature festivals across the country.