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Careers Champion July 2015

Congratulations to Nick Newman – the first Careers Champion!

Over a thousand votes were submitted in the first Careers Champion final poll. Six fantastic finalists were nominated – all doing great careers work. After an extremely close contest that went down to the last few hours, the final voting breakdown was:

Nick Newman: 31.5%
Mark Lee: 29.3%
Rehana Ladha: 18.9%
David Winter: 7.3%
Cheryl Hanson: 6.7%
Rowena Burton: 6.3%

Nick Newman

Nick has been working in careers for many years and spearheaded the ‘Save Careers’ campaign following the break-up of Connexions services. From this, National Careers Week was born and Nick’s tireless efforts help to deliver this nationwide event in March each year. Associate Janet Colledge wrote: “National Careers Week now has thousands of young people benefitting from events planned in schools and colleges across the nation in response to the campaign.” Nick is also active on social media, hosting the popular #ukcareerschat on Twitter.

Also Nominated for the July 2015 Award

Cheryl Hanson

Cheryl Hanson

As Careers Co-ordinator at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, Durham, Cheryl has spent a number of years supporting and delivering the school’s CIAG programme. She has been responsible for organisating large scale careers events and now leads on careers development at other County Durham schools. Colleague Kevin Brennan wrote: "Cheryl has completely transformed careers education. Her remit is CIAG but she passionately believes that her role is to support all Ferryhill families in gaining first rate employment and training."

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Rehana Ladha

Rehana Ladha

Rehana has been a Careers Consultant at the University of East London since 2009 - serving as the institution’s sole careers practitioner until 2014. In 2010 and 2013 she successfully managed the University’s Matrix accreditation process despite being relatively new to the role. Colleague Andrew Leacy wrote: "Recognising the limitations of a simple face to face service Rehana developed initiatives that engaged much greater numbers of students with no extra resources including speaker talks, employability weeks, workshops and online resources."

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Rowena Burton

Rowena Burton

As Head of Careers at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, Rowena manages a small department which supports a Sixth Form of over 2200 students. Under her leadership the department has achieved the National Quality Standards in Careers Education and Guidance Award with only one part time careers adviser and limited admin support to assist her.  Colleague Deborah McQueen wrote: "Rowena does an excellent job, organising a number of progression events and offering all manner of advice to students whether they are interested in higher education, employment or taking a gap year."

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Mark Lee

Mark Lee

Mark leads the IAG services team at Hartlepool College of FE and his innovative approach has transformed careers information available to students of all levels. He has recently created the online platform www.knowyourcollege.co.uk which brings together careers support, signposting and associated student services. Colleague Neil Crabtree wrote: “This platform has been hugely popular with students and staff alike, and was achieved despite considerable barriers and obstacles.” Mark also played a key part in securing the Matrix careers accreditation for the College.

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David Winter

David Winter

David is Head of Consultancy and Research at The Careers Group. He is a NICEC fellow, an insightful careers blogger, career theory researcher and PD trainer with AGCAS. David is also at the core of engaging with wider Careers audiences as an instructor on the world’s first Careers and Employability MOOC (2014 and 2015). Colleague Bob Gilworth wrote: “David's incredibly successful course has attracted an amazing 120,000 active participants from over 200 countries who have described the course as an ‘international treasure which significantly contributes to the field of career counselling’. .

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