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  • Dave Stanbury (Director of Employability)

    Dave is responsible for:

    • Strategic direction of the E&CC and shaping Uni strategy on employability, and anything directly connected with this, including achievement of KPIs
    • Line managing all Senior E&CC Managers
    • Overseeing the implementation of SK700
    • Engagement with strategic internal and external stakeholders
    • Funding, budgets and bids

    Dave has worked in higher education for over 14 years. He co-led the roll-out of a credit bearing careers education module component across the University of Reading and edited the Careers Education Benchmark Statement (AGCAS, 2005). He also took a lead role in securing £3.9 million to establish the Centre for Career Management Skills at the University of Reading, a HEFCE-funded CETL. He was the concept originator for the Destinations© career learning resource which has been sold to over 60 HEIs in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Australia. He was also appointed University Teaching Fellow at Reading. Dave has delivered numerous training sessions, and conference key notes and workshops across the UK and beyond. He recently led the PDP DNA project with the CRA investigating staff and student views on personal development, and took a key role in the EU funded Tempus project to establish careers services in the main universities in Georgia. He is a member of the Employment Skills Board which is part of the South East LEP.

Central services team

  • Anne Hillary (Senior Central Services Manager)

    Anne leads the Central Services team, with responsibility for operational management of the Careers Centre in Colchester as well as projects like The Big Essex Award and Essex Startups.

    Anne has been working in E&CC since 2013 as a Project Consultant (projects have included developing Placement Year resources on Moodle and the PGT Toolkit) and Careers Adviser. Previously she worked for 10 years as Director of Careers & Employability at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and as a careers adviser at both UEA and Essex and for Norfolk Careers Service, where she was also District Manager and Careers Education Manager. She has also worked as a secondary school teacher in Newham and as a civil servant.  Anne is an alumna of Essex. (BA Literature).

  • Vickie Banks (Enquiries Assistant)

    Vickie works within the Central Services Team supporting colleagues across the Employability and Careers Centre and providing front of house support on our enquiries reception.

    Vickie has been working for the University since 2008 in a number of roles, before joining the careers team in May 2015.

  • Lindsay Bennington (Careers Information Assistant)

    Lindsay provides careers information and advice as part of the Employability & Careers Centre’s drop in service. She is also responsible for producing and disseminating careers information and promoting the services of the E&CC.   

    Lindsay has a BA (hons) in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex and joined the University in 2016, having previously worked as Communications Manager at Firstsite Art Gallery.

  • Jasmine Hill (Employability Award Coordinator)

    Jasmine works within the Central Services Team. Her role is to manage and develop the day-to-day operations of the Big Essex Award, the University’s employability award.  She is the first point of contact for all students completing the Award and provides personalised employability and careers support, advice and coaching.

    Jasmine joined the E&CC in June 2009 as a Careers Information Assistant and previously worked for a local college as a basic skills tutor and, before that, as a careers adviser for local government, working in schools and colleges. Jasmine has an NVQ level 4 in Advice and Guidance and a Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning).

  • Hanna Jones (Marketing & Engagement Officer (Employability))

    Hanna works within the Central Services team. As Marketing and Engagement Officer (Employability) Hanna is responsible for marketing and communications for all Employability and Careers Centre services, focussing on student engagement and effective delivery of services and information. Hanna is also responsible for the Information Team, the frontline service of the Employability and Careers Centre who provide careers advice and information for students.

    Hanna graduated from Lancaster University in 2010 with a degree in English Literature and received a certificate in digital marketing from the University of Salford in 2013. Before joining the University of Essex in April 2016, Hanna was previously the Marketing Executive for the UK and Ireland arm of the world’s largest roofing manufacturer and was responsible for the relaunch of its largest brand as well as restructuring and implementing successful communications and customer engagement plans across all areas of the business.

  • Oli Mawdsley (Careers Information Officer (Systems))

    Oli works within the Central Services Team with responsibility for the implementation and management of the Employability & Careers Centre’s online resources; in particular the website and the Essex CareerHub resource. He also coordinates the collection, submission and reporting of the annual Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey.  In addition Oli provides careers information and advice as part of the Employability & Careers Centre’s drop in service available to all students

    Previously, Oli worked in talent acquisition, screening prospective employees for leading City investment banks.  He recently completed the AGCAS Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education.

  • Christine Michaelis (Enterprise Officer)

    Christine works within the Central Services Team as the Employability & Careers dedicated Enterprise Officer.  In her role she coordinating the Essex Startups – a comprehensive programme of workshops, events and coaching for student and graduate entrepreneurs. 

    Joining the team in February 2014 Christine worked in Marketing and Advertising for over ten years until deciding to start her own business as a marketing and creative start-up Coach. She is a certified Neuro-Linguistic-Programming Practitioner and Coach.

  • Georgina Murrell (Southend Careers Coordinator)

     

  • Lynne Plant (Careers Information Assistant)

    As a Careers Information Assistant Lynne provides careers information and advice as part of the Employability & Careers Centre’s drop in service. She is also responsible for producing careers information and promoting the services of the E&CC.   

    Lynne has a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing and brings a variety of experience to the role; having worked in secondary, further and higher education, a not-for-profit organisation, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, a blue chip multinational, a start-up retail venture as well as successfully running her own business.

  • Tina Robertson (Office Manager)

    Tina works within the Central Services Team.  As Office Manager Tina is responsible for the administrative organisation of the Employability and Careers Centre. Her duties include the Employability and Careers Centre budget, HR, overseeing the reception/front desk and working on the Big Essex Award. Tina also manages the Enquiries Assistants along with our student Office Assistant staff.

    Tina has worked at the University since 2009 and has previously worked in finance and administration roles including as part of the Pension Review Team at Royal London.

  • Debbie Wilson (Interim PA to Director of Employability)

    Debbie supports Dave Stanbury, Director of Employability as his Personal Assistant and also assists in providing front of house support on our enquiries reception.

    Debbie joined the University in 2013 and previously worked as a personal assistant in London for twenty years.

Employer and internships team

  • Liz Guyar-Brown (Senior Employer and Internships Manager)

    Liz leads the Employer & Internships Team.  With responsibility for strategic management of Frontrunners, Essex Interns, Central Events, the Graduate Skills and Careers Fair, Employability Mentoring, Student and Graduate Work Opportunities and central E&CC Employer Engagement activities. Liz also has oversight of faculty based curriculum placements in relation to consistent processes and procedures.  Liz is a licensed trainer for the Sprint programme and is involved in a number of one off projects within the E&CC.

    Liz joined the University in 2009, working previously for BBC Learning as a Project Manager on large scale campaigns and events.

  • Christine Bellamy (Internships Officer)

    Christine is our Internships Officer working within our Employer team. She is responsible for the day-to-day running and promotion of our internships scheme ‘Essex Interns’ at the University. With our Internships team she promotes the scheme to students, graduates and employers. Essex Interns work with small to medium sized organisations to create paid internships that are exclusively for University of Essex students and graduates.

    Christine joined our University in 2010, having previously worked as a business training adviser at Colchester Institute. She has worked as a marketing and training manager in the construction industry for 12 years, where she was actively involved in marketing, employer engagement, training and staff development.

  • Katie Finnimore (Mentoring Coordinator)

    Katie is responsible for the coordination and management of our career mentoring scheme. She works closely with students, alumni- and business-mentors to facilitate successful mentoring relationships that enable students to address and progress a wealth of career-related enquiries including: not knowing what they want to do after graduation, wanting to learn about a specific sector or job, making successful applications and building their professional network. Katie devises and runs information, training and networking events for students and mentors.

    Katie has been working as a Careers Information Assistant at the university since 2015 and continues this role alongside her mentoring position, offering 121 support to students and delivering central programme workshops. Prior to joining the university, Katie worked predominantly in recruitment and management positions, supporting candidates in making successful job applications and staff members with their ongoing development.

  • Wendy Greenfield (Internships Opportunities Assistant)

    Wendy is the Opportunities Assistant (Internships) and undertakes many of the administrative duties for the Essex Interns Scheme.

    Before joining the University in 2013, Wendy worked in HR Administration and Recruitment roles for over 15 years.  She has experience managing high volume assessment centres for Barclays, undertaken graduate pre-screening for several large organisations and managed seasonal recruitment campaigns for a small catalogue retail company.

  • Meg O'Loughlin (Events Administrator)

    Meg is responsible for the set-up, coordination and marketing of our diverse events programme. In addition to this she is responsible for our annual Careers Fair which attracts on average 1400 students and over 50 exhibitors. This involves wide engagement with colleagues across the University and liaison with external organisations. Meg welcomes enquiries from those looking to engage with our students through our events programme.

    Meg is an experienced events manager and has previously held roles both in Higher Education and in the commercial world.  Most recently she was employed to organise a range of events to celebrate the University’s fiftieth anniversary, including a number of high profile events on campus and at national and international locations.

  • Candis Roberts (Internal Work Experience Officer)

    Candis is responsible for the day-today-administration of the University’s Frontrunner placement scheme and UROP programme. This includes all processes from staff applications, processing student applications and co-ordinating the schemes from start of placement to end. Candis is also responsible for both schemes website, Facebook and inbox enquiries.

  • Susan Stedman (Employer Services Manager)

    Susan is our Employer Services Manager responsible for employer engagement as well as the operational management of Essex Interns, and the setting up of a University temp agency on campus. She works proactively with employers to increase the range, quality and volume of employment opportunities for our students and graduates.

    Susan has extensive experience in employer engagement, company and staff development, recruitment, and business development gained from a variety of positions across multiple sectors including not-for profit, HE, Government and commercial. In 2009 she sold up and spent 18 months travelling, returning to a job in specialist recruitment in 2011, before taking up her role at Essex in June 2012. She is an Essex alumna holding a Post-graduate Diploma in Business & Management from Essex.

  • Lisa Wright (Opportunities Project Officer)

    Lisa is responsible for planning, organising and running a range of events and outreach to develop employer relationships and generate student and graduate opportunities. She contributes to increasing the range and quantity of opportunities for graduate jobs, part time roles and internships available to Essex students and graduates. Lisa supports employer engagement activities across the team by devising and producing employer marketing, managing the capture and advertising of graduate vacancies, undertaking labour market research and acting as a super user for CRM systems.

Employability Curriculum Development team

  • Dr Helen Standage (Senior Employability Education Manager)

    Helen coordinates academic Employability modules taught across the University. She joined the University in 2001 as a Psychology undergraduate and went on to postgraduate study and was awarded her PhD in April 2009. In September 2009 she was appointed as Lecturer in Psychology teaching a variety of topics in Psychology and publishing her research in social anxiety. Helen also acted as Study Abroad Officer and EDD. In her latter capacity she took a lead role in designing and implementing a programme of co-curricular Employability. In 2014 Helen transferred from the Department of Psychology to the Employability and Careers Centre to continue her work in developing Employability teaching programmes.

  • Carol Faiers (Employability Tutor)

    Carol is a part time Employability Tutor on the 'Understanding Employability – Preparing for your Future' module, joining the team in 2014. She supports the module design, delivery and assessment. Before moving to the University of Essex, Carol was a senior lecturer at University Campus Suffolk, where she was course leader for the full time MBA.

    After working as an HR manager and trainer, Carol has made a career in higher education.  Educated at the University of Essex (BA Sociology) and University of East Anglia (MA in Human Resource Strategy), she has a PGCE, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

  • Karen Jones (Employability Administrator)

    Karen works part-time supporting the delivery of the academic Employability modules.   She is the first point of contact for students with enquiries regarding teaching, learning and assessment on the module and also provides administrative support for the teaching team which she joined in January 2015.

  • James Rodwell  (Employability Tutor)

    James is a part-time Employability Tutor on the ‘Understanding Employability ­— Preparing for your Future’ module, joining the team in 2016.  In conjunction with colleagues he supports the design delivery and assessment of the Employability module for the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre (LiFTS).  Before joining the E&CC James lectured in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex for several years.

    James received his PhD in Philosophy in 2008 from the University of Essex.  He is in the final year of training as a Humanistic counsellor.

Faculty teams

Humanities

  • Lynne Jordan (Senior Faculty Employability Manager)

    Lynne leads the Faculty Employability Team. Her role is to shape the Faculty approach to employability and provide support to Departments in developing their employability plans for students. She also plans and delivers career development learning and provides careers guidance to students and graduates. Previously she led a team to develop the University’s first career development module and co-produced a TALIF-funded online resource of teaching and assessment materials. Lynne has experience as a careers adviser in schools, further education institutions and universities, and has previously specialised in working with art, design and fashion students.

  • Samm Alder (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Samm works with Faculty of Humanities students and forms part of the wider Employability and Careers team, assisting students to search for placements, internships and graduate opportunities. Samm also works with staff and employers to promote employability opportunities, including placements and curriculum-linked internships.

    Samm joined the team in March 2017 and previously worked as the Internal Work Experience Officer. She graduated from Essex with a degree in Mathematics (Including a Year Abroad) and since graduating worked for Essex Legal Services and Essex Abroad, as well as working and travelling abroad.

  • Karen Gooch (Faculty Placements Manager)

    Karen works with Humanities departments to develop work-based and work-related projects for students to enhance their employability. She develops partnerships with a diverse range of local and national employers, creating opportunities for undergraduates such as work placements and curriculum-linked internships. She communicates with students to identify their employability and placement needs and liaises with academic staff, exploring areas for curriculum development. Karen joined the Employability & Careers Centre in February, 2010 to help set up the University’s first Graduate Internships Scheme. In 2012 Karen was appointed Faculty Employability Co-ordinator for Science & Health. Karen is an Alumnus of Essex (BA Literature) and a former BBC Senior Producer at both Radio News and the Political Unit at Westminster.

  • Helen Ivory (Faculty Employability Officer)

    Helen supports the Faculty of Humanities with a range of employability and careers activities and services. Her job includes providing 1:1 support for students, organising and facilitating events, and designing and delivering a variety of relevant and interesting workshops. Helen has 15 years of experience in the HR field, where she specialised in resourcing, development and equality.

  • Ann Ord (Faculty Careers Adviser)

    Ann works both with academic colleagues and directly with students to help individuals identify a suitable career path, build employability skills and knowledge, and develop confidence in order to make good career choices. Ann also  develops and delivers career development learning modules for the Faculty.

    Ann worked in Learning and Development in the City for 12 years, designing and delivering training and managing a learning and development team and a Graduate Development programme. Ann joined the University in 2012, starting a new career as a Careers Adviser.  Ann has an MSc in Human Resource Development and Consultancy and is currently studying for the Post-graduate Diploma in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education.

Science and Health

  • Nick Goodman (Senior Faculty Employability Manager)

    Nick’s role is to shape the approach to employability of the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex. He works with senior colleagues to agree a set of priorities and ensure that activities support the institutional objectives of excellence in research and excellence in education. He manages the Faculty Employability Team to deliver high quality and impactful actions in each department and work with staff, students and stakeholders to enhance employability across the institution.

    Nick started at the University in April 2015 and brings a wealth of experience to the department having previously run a not-for-profit organisation specialising in employability, work based learning, internships and training services.  Nick set up a number of programmes including graduate work placement schemes in Peterborough, Glasgow and across the UK.  In addition, Nick worked with partners and employers to create a Europe-wide network of work placements, a work based learning Masters programme, an enterprise support programme for female entrepreneurs, a range of professional development workshops and award winning initiatives providing graduate opportunities to tackle sustainability issues, fuel poverty and energy efficiency.     

  • Nigel Collins (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Nigel works with Faculty of Science and Health students and forms part of the wider Employability and Careers team. He is the first point of contact for placement queries and assists students in searching for placements, internships and graduate opportunities. He also develops positive relationships with a range of local and national employers in order to provide Essex students with career-enhancing opportunities.

    Nigel graduated from Teesside University with a degree in Psychology in 2009. Since then he has worked for training providers in the East of England helping to improve the career prospects of people in the area before joining the University in October 2014.

  • David Everiss (Faculty Placements Manager)

    David works with the Faculty of Science and Health to develop curriculum based work placements and work-related projects for students to enhance their employability. He develops partnerships with a diverse range of local and national employers, creating opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates. He also works with students to identify their employability needs and with academics to explore areas for curriculum development.

    David graduated from the University of Central England and worked as a Radiographer and Training Officer in the British Army for 16 years, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the forces he worked as a Radiology Manager in a private hospital before joining the University in February 2015.

  • Dee Hardcastle (Faculty Careers Adviser)

    Dee works closely with academic staff in the Faculty to develop the employability of students. She delivers career learning in employability and professional development modules. She also offers guidance to students on a one-to-one basis enabling them to explore their options, find opportunities and make suitable career decisions.

    Dee graduated from The National University of Ireland, Galway in 2002 with a degree in Information Technology with French and completed a PGDip in Career Guidance in 2004. She is also a qualified MBTI practitioner. She joined the University in May 2011, having previously worked as a fully qualified careers adviser in other further and higher education institutions.

  • Khrieu Healy (Faculty Employability Officer)

    A key focus of Khrieu’s role is to work with Faculty of Science and Health students to deliver activities and services that are relevant and engaging ways to prepare for graduate employment. This includes supporting the Faculty Placement Manager in facilitating enriched learning opportunities such as placement and volunteering opportunities, and working alongside the Faculty Careers Advisor to deliver career learning workshops. Formerly Employability Officer for the University of East London, Khrieu has a strong background in facilitating employability services and business networks. An MSc Marketing Management graduate (Sheffield Hallam University), Khrieu also has over ten years’ experience of working in student recruitment, including selecting candidates for competitive degrees such as Medicine.

  • Rachel Langley (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Rachel works with Faculty of Science and Health students and forms part of the wider Employability and Careers team.  Along with Nigel, she assists students to search for placements, internships and graduate opportunities.  She also develops positive relationships with a range of local and national employers in order to provide Essex students with career-enhancing opportunities.

    Rachel is an Essex Alumna, having graduated with a Masters in Tropical Marine Biology in 2015.  She holds an undergraduate degree in BSc Geography from the University of Sussex and has managed a variety of events, projects, publications and fieldwork during her time working for charities and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas.  Rachel started her role as a Placements Officer in January 2016.

Social Sciences

  • Antony Cotterill (Senior Faculty Employability Manager)

    As Senior Faculty Employability Manager, Antony’s role is to shape the approach to employability of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex. He works with senior colleagues to agree a set of priorities and ensure that activities support the institutional objectives of excellence in research and excellence in education. He manages the Faculty Employability Team to deliver high quality and impactful actions in each department and work with staff, students and stakeholders to enhance employability across the institution.

    Prior to starting at the University of Essex Antony worked as a Senior Careers Adviser at the University of Nottingham as part of Faculty Employability Teams in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. Before this, as Careers Adviser at the University of East Anglia, Antony worked with students and academics from Social Sciences and Medicine and Health Sciences.  In both these roles Antony designed and delivered career development learning and worked with students on a one-to-one basis providing information, advice and guidance. Before working in Higher Education Antony spent over 10 years in HR, training and graduate recruitment and development, in regional and national roles for a number of large public and private sector organisations.

  • Chelsey Armstrong-Trigg (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Chelsey works with Faculty of Social Science and forms part of the wider Employability and Careers team. She is the first point of contact for placement queries and assists students in searching for placements, internships and graduate opportunities splitting her time between EBS and the Square 2 offices. She also develops positive relationships with a range of local and national employers in order to provide Essex students with career-enhancing opportunities.

    Chelsey graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in International Business Management.  With over a decade of experience in the Events Industry, Chelsey left her role as Conference and Events Manager at the Hilton Brighton Metropole to join the University in December 2015. 

  • Sarah Chapman (Faculty Careers Adviser)

    Sarah works closely with academic staff in the Faculty to develop the employability of students. She delivers career learning in employability and professional development modules. She also offers guidance to students on a one-to-one basis enabling them to explore their options, find opportunities and make suitable career decisions.

    Sarah has worked as a Careers Adviser in education for over 10 years, having completed a PGDip in Careers Guidance and the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG).  She joined the University on February 2016, following working for an independent careers service and managing a team of careers advisers across 7 schools and sixth forms.  Sarah achieved the first Career Mark Quality Award in Suffolk and has facilitated professional development courses for Guidance Professionals.  Sarah has experience in designing, delivering and evaluation Careers Education programmes and supporting students to progress into positive employment destinations.

  • Vicki Doughty (EBS Placements Manager)

    Vicki works with Essex Business School students in looking for placements, internships and preparing graduate applications. She is also responsible for engaging with employers to partner with the School.  Before joining the University, Vicki was Head of Corporate Responsibility at Linklaters LLP, where she was involved in graduate recruitment.  Vicki worked for 14 years in and with large City Firms and Businesses developing a range of education and employability initiatives. Before moving to the City Vicki worked for The Prince’s Trust Charity and was a graduate trainee with the then Department for Employment.

  • Heather Doyle (Faculty Placements Manager)

    Heather works with the Economics Department and the Sociology Department to develop work-based and work-related projects for students to enhance their employability. She develops partnerships with a diverse range of local and national employers, creating opportunities for undergraduates such as work placements and curriculum-linked internships. She communicates with students to identify their employability needs, careers interests and understanding of the labour market. She also liaises with academic staff, exploring areas for curriculum development. 

    Heather works part-time and is in the office on Monday mornings, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Steve Hill (Faculty Employability Officer)

    Steve provides support to the Faculty Placement team and also supports the Faculty Careers Advisor with the implementation and delivery of career development learning in the faculties departments. His job involves coordinating services to students, building relationships, 1-1 support, organising and facilitating events, design and delivery of workshops and employability events.

    Steve is an experienced careers professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the education sector.  He also has management and sales experience from previous roles.  He joined the university in January 2010 developing projects specifically designed for final year students.

  • Rhiannon McGuinness (Faculty Employability Officer)

    Rhiannon provides support to the Faculty Employability team by providing careers and employability advice to students in both 1-1 and group-based scenarios, building strong relationships that encourage growth and self-confidence. In addition, she supports the Faculty Careers Adviser with the implementation and delivery of career development workshops and events.

    Rhiannon is a careers professional, with experience creating a transformative learning experience for students, through the delivery of tailored careers and employability information and guidance, in both Secondary Education and HE institutions. She joined the University in November 2016, following a previous role working within the field of Occupational Psychology as a Business Psychologist. Her role involved designing and implementing bespoke learning and development programs, as well as designing research-led, innovative evaluation frameworks to measure the success of the programs on work-related learning.

    Rhiannon works part-time and is in the office Mondays and Fridays, whilst spending the remainder of the week working in her other role as a Careers Officer in Secondary Education.

  • Aideen Sadler (Faculty Employability Officer - Southend Campus)

    Aideen supports the Social Sciences Faculty based at our Southend Campus where her focus is developing and delivering employability services that are meaningful to both students and employers. 

    Aideen has over 10 years’ experience in employability and skills where she has previously managed national quality assurance programme for government employability schemes. More recently Aideen has been working with employers in delivering apprenticeship frameworks whilst also helping students identify and develop their own personal brands.  With a keen interest in all things digital, Aideen was involved in a high-tech start-up for online analytics and completed a Digital Marketing Diploma awarded by Google.

  • Dörthe Weimann (Faculty Placements Manager)

    Dörthe works with the Department of Government and the Department of Language and Linguistics on all issues relating to curriculum-linked student placements. She develops partnerships with a diverse range of local and national employers (including e.g. companies, charities, NGOs and think tanks) to create placement opportunities for undergraduates which allow them to learn and gain from a work-based learning experience. She communicates with students to identify their employability needs, careers interests and understanding of the labour market and provides support and advice before and during the placement. Dörthe also liaises with academic staff, exploring areas for curriculum development. 

    Dörthe works part-time and is in the office on Mondays, Tuesday mornings, and Thursdays.