Students Staff

Our staff

Central services team

  • 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.

  • Shyama Cox (Enquiries Assistant)

    Shyama assists in providing front of house support on our enquiries reception. Shyama joined the University in August 2018 and previously worked in various Administration and Office Manager roles at the University of Westminster for 17 years.  

  • Oli Mawdsley (Careers Information Officer)

    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 Graduate Outcomes Survey (formerly the 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 and recent graduates.

    Previously, Oli worked in talent acquisition, screening prospective employees for leading City investment banks.  A UCL graduate in 1998 (BA Ancient History), in 2014 he completed the AGCAS Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education.

  • 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)

    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, overseeing the reception/front desk, supporting Senior Managers with meeting organisation and supporting the Employer and Internships team. Tina also manages the Enquiries Assistants.  

    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 (Enquiries Assistant)

    Debbie provides 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. Providing strategic management for a range of activities including Frontrunners, UROP, Essex Interns, BEA and Employability events. Liz is a licenced 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.

  • Keeley Bell (Opportunities Assistant (Internships))

    Keeley is the Opportunities Assistant (Internships) and supports the Essex Interns team in all aspects of the Essex Interns scheme, including business development, marketing, promotion and administration as part of the Employer team.  

    Keeley joined the University in 2018, having previously worked in the Events & Travel industry.  She graduated from the University of Suffolk in 2014 and the following year travelled to Melbourne Australia to undertake a six month Events & Fundraising internship. She then spend just over two years working and travelling around Australia and South East Asia before returning to the UK with a wide range of experience in a number of different industries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Rebecca Payne (Employability Mentoring Coordinator)

    Rebecca is responsible for developing, promoting and coordinating our Career Mentoring Programme. She works closely with students, alumni and business professionals to provide diverse and inclusive career development opportunities.  Rebecca also oversees coordination of our Sprint Programme.

    Rebecca joined the university in April 2018 with 10 years employability experience managing teams, designing and delivering training, and coaching staff and clients. Prior to that Rebecca taught English and provided support to students with additional learning needs in secondary schools in Japan and Edinburgh.

  • 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.

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.

  • Alex Beaumont (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Alex joined the Employability and Careers Centre in January 2019 as the Faculty Placements Officer for Humanities. She is the first point of contact for student queries regarding placements, and assists students in identifying and applying for suitable placements. Alex also works with employers to increase opportunities for Essex students and Graduates. Alex graduated in 2012 with a Law degree.

  • 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.

  • Lauren Lewis (Faculty Placements Manager)

    Lauren joined the team in August 2017 and 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. Lauren has over 10 years’ experience of working in Resourcing and HR and is the lead Placements Manager for Law and History.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Social Sciences

  • 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.

  • Charlotte Thomson (Faculty Placements Officer)

    Charlotte 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. She also develops positive relationships with a range of local and national employers in order to provide Essex students with career-enhancing opportunities. Charlotte graduated from the University of Essex in 2017 with a degree in Biomedical Science.

  • 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.