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Take a look at some of the Enterprise Advisers already in our network to discover the sectors and businesses they are from, as well as the reasons why they have volunteered for the role…

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Sarah Monk

Sarah Monk

My name is Sarah Monk and I’ve recently exited the business I co-founded, grew and ultimately sold. I’m looking forward to working as an Enterprise Adviser in the Tees Valley.

I’ve spent my career working in the public and private sectors and am keen to utilise my skills and experience to support young people and their schools in identifying opportunities to support careers education. I’m particularly passionate abound encouraging entrepreneurship in young people as well as connecting the worlds of education and business to ensure opportunities for the future workforce are maximised in the region.

Mark Grange

Mark Grange

Unisys Corp/Evolve HR Management Ltd

Project Manager/HR Consultant

I was approached via the CIPD regarding joining the Enterprise Advisor network within the Tees Valley.

Being born and bred in the Tees Valley, it is disheartening to see that so many young people find it hard to visualise how their future career aspirations can be met within our region.

In my role as a Project Manager, I get to work with some of the largest organisations across many different industries, both globally and at home in the UK, however, it is through my side role as a HR Consultant that I get to see the challenges faced by local SME’s, operating within our region, particularly when selecting and retaining talent.  It is very encouraging to see so many select apprentice schemes that will develop and grow their future workforce.

Through this role I hope I can use my own career experiences alongside my local and national contacts, to ensure that the investment boom that is coming to our region is reflected in genuine career opportunities for our local young people.

Keeks Wijesinghe

Keeks Wijesinghe

Atkins

Client Director

My name is Keeks Wijesinghe and I am a Client Director in Atkins Transportation Business. I have been with Atkins for 32 years undertaking various roles within the UK and Overseas. In essence my current role involves me ensuring we deliver an excellent service to our Local Authority Client base in North England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I have a huge commitment to the Tees Valley, was born in Middlesbrough and educated in the region. I built my career with Atkins on the industrial landscape around British Steel and ICI  and it is now pleasing to see our extensive involvement in the Regeneration of the area and supporting local schools and colleges in ensuring we create opportunities for talented individuals to have bright future careers ahead of them.

Anthony Dodd

Anthony Dodd

Equans

Social Value Officer

I work within the construction industry, my current role is a Social Value Officer. In addition, I am a current serving member of HM Armed Forces and in my spare time I work for the local authority as a Residential Care Support Officer in a children’s home.

Grace Kendall

Grace Kendall

I applied to become an Enterprise Advisor following a conversation with the CIPD, who had contacted me about the volunteering opportunity.

I am recently retired following almost 50 years working within HR across the public, private and charity sectors. During that time I have seen a great deal of change, and gained many skills and a wealth of experience, which I am pleased to be able to share and build upon within the Enterprise Advisor role.

In my most recent role, I attended career fairs and events at a local school and University to give advice on qualifications required for roles within Healthcare, together with the application process and interview techniques. I supported work experience and placements for some individuals who through ill health or other life changing circumstances had not been able to continue with their employment/ studies and needed the support to help them take their first steps back.

I am looking forward to using my skills and experience in supporting the school with their careers curriculum.

Jamie Pell

Jamie Pell

AM Recruitment

Head of Client Relationships

I am currently splitting my time across two roles within the AM Group. I am Head of Client Relationships for AM Recruitment and Managing Director of AM Training based in Billingham. I have volunteered to become an Enterprise Advisor as I am passionate about the Tees Valley and everything within it. We are extremely lucky to be based in an area that has everything going for it’s future, and I believe our young people in the area should fully understand the opportunities in front of them. I can bring a wealth of local job knowledge and introduce a network or employers and business-influencers from the region to my allocated academies to help aid the thinking of our regions young talent when they decide what their next steps are following education, as well as bringing in contacts who can explain the importance of savings, pensions, mental health and more!

Victoria Richards

Victoria Richards

Jacobs

Head of Profession for Project Management

Victoria Richards has over 20 years’ experience in the nuclear industry. With a First Honours M.Eng in Chemical Engineering, and as a Fellow of the IChemE, Victoria has progressed her career in Project Management, and is now Head of Profession for Project Management at Jacobs, based in Stockton on Tees. Victoria has responsibility for project management skills, competencies, processes and development of around 1000 project management staff.

Helen Whitton

Helen Whitton

EE

Operations Manager

I have volunteered to become an Enterprise Advisor as I believe that it is our responsibility to support young people by educating them about career opportunities, ensuring that we spend time supporting them to develop the skills that employers require.  This initiative has given me the chance to work with pupils in local schools, invite pupils into a work environment and ensure that those responsible for driving careers in schools are supported.    The role also gives me the opportunity to network with other likeminded professionals who also share this passion and want to take some ownership in making the local areas successful.  All of these activities will hopefully ensure that the next generation understand all of the opportunities available to them and can reach their full potential.

Eve Wilson

Eve Wilson

Gleeds Energy

Associate Director

Having spent a lot of my career working on infrastructure and energy projects outside of the North East, I have a real passion for developing aspirations for lifelong careers in the region I grew up in. As an enterprise advisor I hope to develop the interests of the next generation in what the region has to offer, supporting young people to reach their maximum potential.

My current role in renewables and clean energy has brought me back to the region I’m so proud of and it couldn’t be a more exciting time, I look forward to watching the talented individuals we have in our region grow from strength to strength and carving out a career in an innovative and prosperous environment.

Charlotte Collings

Charlotte Collings

EE

Team Leader

I wanted to become an enterprise advisor to support young people within the community, to give them the understanding of skills used within employment and have interactive sessions for them to gain the knowledge moving forward to then implement in future years.

Beverley Bearne

Beverley Bearne

Hartlepool Borough Council

Assistant Director of Development & Growth

I am Assistant Director of Development & Growth at Hartlepool Borough Council and have the wonderful job of delivering a great range of exciting regeneration projects in the town. I volunteered to become an Enterprise Advisor so that I can make sure local schools and pupils get to know about all the great career opportunities on their doorstep on how they can get involved in making their home town an even better place. Hopefully it will encourage the wonderful talent that we have to stay and help us shape the future their town.

Briony Davies

Briony Davies

EE

Operational Coordinator

“I’m an Enterprise Advisor because I’m passionate about helping young people move into the working world and progress their careers. I hope to be able to connect with our local school students, make them aware of the available opportunities and support them in gaining working skills.”

Michael Wicks

Michael Wicks

Unity Trust Bank

I bring over 27 years’ experience in business banking having previously undertaken customer facing or leadership roles at Barclaycard and Barclays Corporate before joining Unity Trust Bank in January 2019. Unity are a socially determined bank. When a business or organisation banks with Unity, we use these deposits to fund business lending which supports the communities that we collectively serve. I have a trusted network of finance professionals including valuers, accountants, solicitors and commercial brokers all of which helps me deliver the right solutions for my customers. I am delighted to volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser with schools and colleges, supporting the strategic development of careers of the young people in Tees Valley. I look forward to developing a supportive learning relationship with students where I can share my passion, knowledge, experience and wisdom.

Mike Bowen

Mike Bowen

Jacobs

“As a senior leader within Jacobs, a global solutions providing business, sited in the Tees Valley, I have grown a passion for supporting and nurturing the talent we have local to our office.  I have been privileged to be a long-standing Enterprise Advisor working with Carmel College in Darlington and leading the development of ‘The Big Project’ with them.  Through ‘The Big Project’ we have seen countless students engage in activities that will broaden their understanding of skills that will support them through their school career and into the world of work.  The Big Project has given us first sight of ‘top talent’ in the school, leading to several students starting on a successful pathway into degree apprenticeships with our business and many others taking the opportunity to have ‘careers’ discussions with our senior leaders that has no doubt given them sound advice that will set them in good stead as they move forward into further education or the world of work.  To then be able to expand ‘The Big Project’ into ‘The Big Big Project’ working with schools (and other businesses) across the region has expanded our reach and my time spent listening to the ideas/solutions generated by the students is some of  the most valuable time spent in my year.

To be able to divest some of my time to supporting the growth and knowledge of students in the region is something I am genuinely happy to do and gives me the opportunity to give back to others, as people did for me when I was starting out in my career. To think that the EA role gives me this opportunity is so important and hopefully ensures that the students in our region are aware of the opportunities that exist ‘on their doorstep’ and become the talent pool of the future and support the future growth of this fantastic region.”

Vikkie Wilkinson

Vikkie Wilkinson

Humankind Charity

Having worked in the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector for many years, it is always clear to me that young people do not see working for a charity or social enterprise as a career choice.   

The sector contributes significantly to the Tees Valley economy and having a skilled workforce is essential both now and for the future.  The sector requires skills in the same areas as the public and private sector including finance, marketing and human resources.  In addition, there are more specialist roles such as fundraising and bid writing.   

The role of an Enterprise Advisor provides an opportunity to share and discuss this often overlooked sector with both the young people and those responsible for supporting and developing them.   

Holly Brunton

Holly Brunton

Vision Building Ltd

Office Manager

Toby Joel

Toby Joel

Jacksons Law Firm

Partner

One of my roles at Jacksons has been the student work experience programme.  This work has meant I have visited lots of schools and colleges and met with some outstanding students and teachers.  It made sense for me to take on the role as an Enterprise Advisor so that I can share my knowledge of the legal sector and business with schools and colleges. I have enjoyed every minute of my Enterprise Advisor role. 

Katie Woods-Ruddick

Katie Woods-Ruddick

PX Ltd

HR Director

Having a skilled workforce of the future is essential for the industry that I work in and also for the UK economy.   The role of an Enterprise Advisor supports this process, ensuring that the skills required by the industry are discussed and shared with those responsible for supporting and developing young people.  The role also provides a link and a dialogue between schools and colleges to ensure that opportunities such as mentors, work experience and a range of job roles are shared and discussed.  It also provides access to up to date skills requirements for the future jobs markets and helps young people make informed choices about their future based on a range of information, including valuable input from employers. 

Having a pipeline of talent coming into a business can be essential to growth and therefore helping shape the future of learning bring benefits to all.

Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

Coach Hub Plus

Performance Coach

Emily Warman

Emily Warman

Endeavour Partnership

Lawyer

My name is Emily Warman, I am an Employment Solicitor with The Endeavour Partnership LLP, I joined the Enterprise Advisor Network to promote careers within schools and provide my own experience of entering the job market, I have been lucky enough to work with my old secondary school and it has been great to give back and assist them.

Joe Maphosa

Joe Maphosa

Professional Boxer

I am really excited to be an Enterprise Adviser in the Tees Valley community. Coming from a deprived area I’ve seen how easy it can be for children to go down the wrong path without anything positive to focus on. With my experience in sports I’ll try to support and inspire as many young children as possible in my area.

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt

Aecom

Project Director

“I wanted to become an Enterprise Adviser as living in the Tees Valley with my family I felt it was a worthwhile initiative and a way of supporting our community.  Having worked with Our Lady & St Bede Secondary School in Stockton since 2018 I have found it to be a really rewarding experience and one which I thinks benefits both parties.  It was great to work with and see their School Team win the Tees Valley Combined Authority 2021 ‘Big Project’ competition, the children’s grasp of the technical and commercial content in support of their submission was so impressive – I would recommend the Local Enterprise role to anybody.”

Peter Keay

Peter Keay

Tracerco

External Training Manager

“I started out in Engineering over thirty years ago on a traditional multi-skilled apprenticeship, before working as a shift Electrical Engineer with British Steel, covering Casters and Steel plant. Now, I’m External Training Manager for Tracerco. During my time, various people have helped

“I started out in Engineering over thirty years ago on a traditional multi-skilled apprenticeship, before working as a shift Electrical Engineer with British Steel, covering Casters and Steel plant. Now, I’m External Training Manager for Tracerco. During my time, various people have helped and encouraged my development, or provided me with opportunities.  For me, the role of Enterprise Adviser is a way of repaying all those people and engineers for the help and guidance they’ve given me.”

and encouraged my development, or provided me with opportunities.  For me, the role of Enterprise Adviser is a way of repaying all those people and engineers for the help and guidance they’ve given me.”

Michael Colclough

Michael Colclough

SAFC Foundation

Head of Community Education

Kelly Dillon

Kelly Dillon

Careers & Enterprise Company

Education Sector Manager

Jessica Maine

Jessica Maine

Endeavour Partnership

Solicitor

I am a Solicitor at the Endeavour Partnership LLP specialising in Employment Law and Data Protection. I joined the Enterprise Advisor network as it’s a great opportunity to get involved with lots of career events at schools across the Tees Valley. The network has also been a brilliant way of meeting other professionals who share my passion in supporting young people in the area!” 

Jacqui Donnelly

Jacqui Donnelly

Achieving Change

Claire Stalker

Claire Stalker

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Lead Business Skills Officer

Alistair Russell

Alistair Russell

Laing Russell

“After over 25 years of leading and then selling a multi-national management consultancy business, focused on supporting organisations in all sectors to make effective use of digital technologies and systems, I am delighted to spend some time working as an Enterprise Adviser with schools and colleges, supporting the strategic development of careers support to young people in Darlington. It’s important work, it’s an energising environment to work in, and I get to learn, too!”