Angela Hicks - The Hive
"I really want to help the school I am assigned to develop and fulfil their careers strategy to ensure all students understand the range of jobs that are available now and gain an understanding of future trend predictions and how they can harness their individual skills and aspirations to match those of the work life they choose."
“Given the level of change facing young people in the world of work, the need for a flexible range of career choice is critical. My interest is to contribute to raising the level of awareness in schools of this issue especially in creating the balance between vocational and academic routes into employment.”
Chris Butt - Cognisess
"Helping young people make the right career decisions and enabling them to better understand their talent and potential is something I've always been interested in and motivated by. Being part of the network gives me a chance to work with schools and students directly - sharing experiences, contacts and knowledge."
Chris Morton - Organel Limited
“I am passionate about business and I am convinced that education is key to foster a better society and to drive positive evolution. Sharing my passion and my experiences, personal and professional, whilst working together with a like-minded community of individuals, I trust we can find triggers and drivers to create an edge to schools to make it an even more motivating and extra productive environment”
Duncan Forbes - Wessex Water
“I am passionate that young people need to understand the relevance of what they are being taught in schools for their future work lives. I am keen to help schools successfully partner with local businesses to help promote this understanding and to enthuse students about the brilliant work opportunities available to them locally and globally”
Emma Wood - TLT Solicitors
"The West of England LEP has an exciting and ambitious scheme to drive business and innovation in this area with the aim of making this an even better place to live, work and invest. I was keen to get involved with the Enterprise Adviser Network from a business and personal perspective – I wanted to be part of a strategy that will hopefully empower young people to discover and fulfil their potential."
Giles Green - ECTAR
"I believe that school leavers should be as prepared and motivated as possible for professional employment, whatever their individual aspirations may be. Students of every academic persuasion and ability can thrive in the world of work if their skills and confidence can be effectively developed. Similarly, not everyone knows what they want to do, or what they can do, and so guidance and support from schools is critical."
Jane Empringham - UWE
"I think acting as an Enterprise Adviser is a great opportunity to be involved in this forward thinking initiative that brings business and schools into closer partnership. It will be a privilege to use my business skills and experience to add value by supporting employability and enterprise strategies that help to motivate young people about the world of work, and raise aspirations for future careers and success."
Joanna Watchman - Content Coms
"I spend a great deal of time talking to businesses of all shapes, sizes across a range of sectors. The challenges for these organisations is nearly always the same: how to find, recruit and keep the right kind of ‘young talent’. This is why I want to get involved with the Enterprise Advisor Network. I am committed to helping bridge any gaps between the education sector and the commercial world."
Julie Summerhayes - Knightstone Housing
“I believe I’ll bring an outside business perspective to the process. I’m looking forward to reviewing and considering how we can access and/or develop initiatives and activities that will engage and motivate the young people, to help them to realise their full potential and career aspirations, whatever they may be.”
Kamina Walton - Rising Arts Agency
"I see the Enterprise Adviser role as an opportunity to engage directly with a school in order to support and hopefully enrich the careers advice and enterprise support that they can offer to their students."
Kate Starks - Bath and NE Somerset Council
“Being an Enterprise Advisor is a fantastic opportunity to identify new ways for schools and businesses work together. I’m keen to explore how young people can be motivated at school by understanding the relationship between what they learn at school and their future career. For businesses this is an opportunity to shape the workforce of the future - and potentially to learn something new themselves!”
Michelle Harvey-Jones - University of Bristol
"I have been working in Human Resources recruiting staff for over 25 years, I am always finding many people who have not yet realised their potential. By working with schools, I hope to be able to start unlocking that potential earlier so that young people can recognise and go after the opportunities that are available."
Myles Mayne - Professional Coaching Alliance
"The more people you help the more full of purpose your own life becomes. The Enterprise advisor programme offers business people the chance to influence the opportunities young people have as they progress through the education system. By supporting the leadership team in a local school an Enterprise Adviser can play a small part in making a big difference - I am proud to have been selected to support Henbury School build on what is already an inspiring vision."
Paul Anslow - Triangle Networks
I am proud to be a part of the Enterprise Adviser team, a team that is working hard to build stronger relationships between the business community and local education providers. I believe it is essential if we are going to truly help students understand how companies operate, the skills they need and the opportunities ahead of them.
Sara Cottrell - Head 4 Performance
"I was looking for a way to use my skill and experience of working with business to support young people in the local community. During my research I found that much of the provision is disconnected. I like that the Enterprise Advisor Network looks to bring this together to better support schools and colleges access all of the opportunities available to their young people in a structured and planned way.”
Sibusiso Tshabalala - Cognitive Paths Ltd
"I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to have a strategic input at the forefront to ultimately have a hand in inspiring and motivating future leaders through the LEP and the Enterprise Adviser Network.”
Steve Hall - HEFC
“I have decided to volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser because I believe it's vitally important that young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have the information and inspiration to fulfil their potential. “
Steve Morris - NEWS Independent Careers Service Ltd
"The reason the Enterprise Adviser Network appealed to me is mainly because of my experience of working with schools across Wales and the South West over a 25 year career. I have been aware over this period of the importance for young people of having direct and meaningful contact with employers, as it has a massive impact on their knowledge and help them to develop better employability skills; it also helps their decision making and career planning skills."
Tony Butler - Delphinitum Ltd
"I welcome the opportunity to support heads in devising strategies to engage with employers in order to better prepare the future work-force for the world of gainful and fulfilling employment.”