November 12th 2019 | Central London

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John Yarham, Deputy CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company

John Yarham joined the Careers and Enterprise Company in April 2019 as its Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of a midlands-based social enterprise, ‘Futures’, which supports 100,000 people a year into employment. During his time there, the organisation grew by a third, diversifying its service offer and gaining the rating of ‘Outstanding’ for its National Careers Service delivery. John has had a career in employment and skills related activity spanning the last twenty years. Having trained and worked as a careers adviser in a range of settings, he has also had leadership roles in managing further education funding and strategy. He has also worked in local Government, where he was the Director of Economic Development for Nottingham City Council, developing the Nottingham Growth Plan and the agreement of the Nottingham City Deal, which was the catalyst for Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and the creation of a new venture capital fund. He is chair of an awarding body and trustee at several charities as well as being a school governor at a secondary school and a former chair of governors at a primary school.

Twitter: @CareerEnt

Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser, The Gatsby Foundation

John Holman is Senior Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Foundation, author of Gatsby’s Good Career Guidance report and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York. He is President of the Association for Science Education, immediate past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the Teacher Development Trust, Chair of the Bridge Group and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum. He was the founding Director of the National Science Learning Centre and adviser in STEM education to the English government from 2006 to 2010. 

John was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys from 1994 to 2000, when he became Salters Professor of Science Education at the University of York. John has taught, created curricula and written books for science learners of most ages in the UK and overseas. He was knighted in 2010 for services to education.

Twitter: @holman_john

Katharine Horler OBE, Chair, Careers England

Katharine Horler has over 30 years experience in the careers field, she is Chief Executive of Adviza, a large Charity delivering Careers Advice and Guidance. Our contracts cover the Thames Valley and South West and range from small local projects through to large contracts such as Local Authority work with the unemployed, contracts with individual Schools for the delivery of careers guidance and the National Careers Service.  Adviza has been a pioneer for social investment running an early social impact bond and as an Impetus PEF Portfolio Charity.

Adviza is a Charity with a strong values base and a consistent thread in everything we do is our commitment to making a difference to people’s lives and transforming their future prospects.   Adviza has been listed six consecutive times in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for in the Public and Third Sector. 

Katharine is Chair of Careers England; which is the trade association for employer organisations and traders involved in the provision of products and services promoting careers education and guidance in England and a Director of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.  She was awarded an OBE in 2017.

Sandra Cheyne, Career Management Skills Policy and Professional Practise Manager, Skills Development Scotland

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Steve Stewart OBE, Executive Director, Careers England

Steve began his career as a Careers Adviser in Rotherham and moved to Coventry in 1982.

In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Principal Careers Adviser at Coventry Careers; in 1995 he was appointed Managing Director of Quality Careers, Coventry and in 2001 he was appointed Executive Director of the Connexions Service for Coventry and Warwickshire.

In 2006 he assumed responsibility for sub-regional economic development as well as careers, and was appointed Chief Executive of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership Ltd (CSWP).

Steve retired from CSWP in September 2014 and together with his wife Rachael, established The Stewart Alliance. Steve is also Executive Director of Careers England Ltd; the trade body for careers information, advice and guidance companies.

Steve has held a number of positions including the Labour Leader of Rugby Borough Council, Chair of the Coventry Foyer Trust, Vice Chair of the national charity ContinYou, and Vice Chair of the Warwickshire Children’s Trust. He is currently a Governor at City College, Coventry, chairing the student consultative committee.  He is also Vice Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board and a Trustee of the charity Jumping Through Hoops.

In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to young people.

Senior Representative, Careers Wales

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Mrs Pippa Gibbs, Head of Careers and HE, Oakham School

Pippa has been Head of Careers and Higher Education at Oakham School in Rutland since September 2013 where she has responsibility for running the careers programme, overseeing university and apprenticeship applications, organising events and developing the work experience programme. In addition to UCAS, Pippa manages a wide range of international applications helping students apply to universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Following her first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter Pippa completed an MBA in Retailing and Wholesaling at the Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling. She worked in the retail industry for the W H Smith Group, and then at Deloitte as a Management Consultant in the Consumer Business and Supply Chain divisions before retraining as a teacher in 2009. Before joining Oakham she taught Biology at Northampton High School and was also a Sixth Form tutor.

Twitter: @OakhamCareers@OakhamSch

Charley Fowler, Area Manager & Gatsby Champion, Unifrog

Charley started her career in education as a secondary school teacher in Camden, and trained via the Teach First programme. Teaching sparked her interest in how we, as educators, can level the playing field and make sure all students move on to the best opportunity for them. Charley's CEIAG experience is hugely broad in scope, having worked in the corporate responsibility department of a magic circle law firm and in a careers office in a Camden school, coordinating a programme of employer engagement involving 80+ corporate partners. Charley now works directly with over 150 schools to support them in achieving their CEIAG goals via Unifrog and is the lead on the Gatsby Benchmarks at Unifrog, helping over 2000 schools in working towards all 8 benchmarks.

Twitter: @unifrog