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Dr Paul Redmond


Director of Student Experience and Enhancement, University of Liverpool

Dr Paul Redmond, author, keynote speaker, employment guru, is one of the UK’s leading experts on generational change and the future of work.

As one of the UK’s leading experts on employment markets, the impact of artificial intelligence and the changing world of work, Paul has presented at hundreds of conferences and events around the world. In addition to writing regularly for national newspapers and other publications, he is a frequent guest on both radio and TV, appearing on numerous BBC and independent news and current affairs programmes.

As the Director of Student Experience and Enhancement at the University of Liverpool, Paul has held visiting lectureships at various other leading universities. Paul’s research into ‘Generation Y’ (aka ‘Millennials’) and their ‘Helicopter Parents’ has garnered him praise and respect from a range of national and international organisations, for which he provides consultancy on how to manage, motivate and engage with today’s five working generations.

Paul is the author of numerous books, reports and studies, including the best-selling ‘The Graduate Jobs Formula.’ In recognition of his writing and research, in 2010 Paul was awarded a Fellowship of the British Royal Society of Arts.

Bob Athwal

Global Lead Early Careers – Senior Talent Manager, Skyscanner & Co-Founder Global Career Services Summit

Bob is an award winning industry expert, has an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Modelling, an Executive MBA and is nearing completion of his PhD in Social Mobility and the Graduate Labour Market. Bob began his career as Students Union President. After this Bob worked for companies such as Tesco, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and, RWE npower, University of Leicester and Skyscanner. Bob is a regular International conference speaker and co-author of the first book in the UK written on Graduate Recruitment and Development.

Orla Bannon

Executive Board Chair, The Association of Higher Education Careers Services 

Orla is the Director of Careers with responsibility for managing the scale and quality of academic and student engagement with careers, as well as partnerships with employers, to deliver a truly world-class careers service at Trinity. She provides leadership to the Careers Team, promotes the value of the Careers Service across the University, and acts as a centre of expertise, advising and contributing to the University’s objectives in terms of employability and skills development, and the wider student experience.

Orla holds a degree in Biochemistry from Trinity, an MBA from UCD/RCSI and a Diploma in Personnel Management (NCI). She has over 20 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors in areas such as healthcare, higher education, IT and publishing.

Elaine Boyes

Executive Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

Elaine Boyes is the Executive Director of Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). Elaine joined AGCAS in 2016, following a short stint in higher education as Head of External Relations for the Hull York Medical School. Prior to this, she held leadership roles in professional membership organisations for over 12 years, running the Nuclear Institute, the professional body for the nuclear sector, and as Head of Publishing at the British Computer Society (BCS). She has previously been a Trustee of the Science Council and a Director of the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Trevor Buttrum

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)

Trevor Buttrum is an award-winning leader who has honed his craft in campus recruitment strategy, career education, experiential learning, fostering inclusive talent pipelines and workplaces, and engaging early career talent. In the Spring of 2022, Trevor was named the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). Prior to joining CACEE, Trevor was the Director of Operations at TalentEgg and led a best-in-class national career education program at the Insurance Institute of Canada. From 2018-2021, he also served as a member of the National Stakeholder Committee overseeing the creation of the competency framework for career development practice and certification in Canada.

Shanan Green

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE)

Shanan has spent her career in the early careers industry, first as a graduate recruiter before moving into roles with industry body the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE). She has an honours degree in Economics (Social Science) from the University of Sydney and until her departure in October 2007, Shanan spent eight years with Macquarie Bank where her most recent appointment was as the Head of Recruitment. During her career at Macquarie, Shanan also lead the Graduate Recruitment Team for three years, worked in IT recruitment and was responsible for the MBA Scholarship Program. Shanan’s involvement with the AAGE began in 2005 when she first joined the AAGE Committee, before becoming an AAGE Director in 2006. She returned to the AAGE in 2008 where her responsibilities included managing the AAGE’s research portfolio and curating content for member events including the annual Conference. Shanan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the AAGE in February 2023.

Stephen Isherwood

Chief Executive, ISE

Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of the ISE in June 2013. Prior to joining the ISE, he was Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at EY. Stephen has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of students, both graduates and school leavers. In addition to his current role, Stephen sits on several steering groups related to higher education and is a trustee of Ashorne Hill Management College. In 2019 he was appointed as a special advisor to Dame Shirley Pearce’s TEF review. He has presented to various committees in the Houses of Parliament and often appears in national and local media.

Dr Alan McAlpine

Deputy Director Student Success, Curtin University

Alan is the Deputy Director Student Success at Curtin University. He leads a team that spans the student journey from orientation to graduation. He looks after three main teams, orientation and transition, Careers and Employability and the (new) Social Impact Hub. Alan was previously Associate Director, Student Success at QUT, and prior to that managed Careers and Employment for over ten years. He is a longstanding Management Committee member of the National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services (NAGCAS) and was President from 2010 – 2014. He sits on the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) executive and chairs the board of Graduate Careers Australia. Alan has over 20 years’ experience in the career development field, the majority of which has been in the Higher Education sector. During that time, he was part of three citation awards from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). He is a tragic 70’s music rock lover and plays his guitar (very badly) and sings.

Cathy Sims

Executive Director, South African Graduate Employers Association

Cathy is the founding member and Executive Director of the South African Graduate Employers Association. Her previous experience includes HR Manager for leading international management consulting firm, Accenture and the University of Cape Town as Head of Employer Relations/Deputy Director of Careers.

Shawn VanDerziel

Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

As executive director of NACE, Shawn VanDerziel leads the association of 13,500+ professionals at more than 3,100 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment of college students and alumni.

Prior to joining the NACE staff, Shawn was with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for 23 years, where he most recently served as chief human resources officer and as chief of staff. His earlier roles included a corporate recruiting position with Norrell Corporation and a position in higher education as associate director of student enrolment at National Louis University.

Siobhan Warren

Chair, New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers

With over a decade of dedicated experience in early careers strategy and talent development Siobhan is a seasoned professional committed to driving positive change and fostering innovation.

Currently serving as the Chair of the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE), Siobhan leads initiatives aimed at educating and supporting organizations in recruiting and nurturing early careers talent in New Zealand.

Siobhan’s passion for innovation and transformative change has guided her career journey at companies including FNZ Group, Xero and PwC. Tasked with creating a world-class early careers program, Siobhan spearheaded end-to-end strategies for graduate and intern programs, earning recognition for outstanding contributions to talent development and employer branding. She excels in scaling programs from local and national levels to a global delivery model, effectively adapting strategies to diverse cultural and business environments.

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