Past Speakers

Dr Paul Redmond

Chair

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.

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.

Jerome September

Guest Chair

Dean of Student Affairs, University of the Witwatersrand

Jerome September is Dean of Student Affairs at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has held this position as part of the Wits Senior Executive Team since May 2018. Prior to this, September was Head of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatjie University in Kimberley, after serving in various roles at his alma mater, the University of Cape Town (UCT), for over a decade. He served as President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at UCT in the late 1990’s.

September serves on the University South Africa (USAf) Strategy Group on Transformation, serves on the Council on Higher Education’s Reference Group on the Development of a Good Practise Guide on Student Engagement in Quality Assurance and Promotion in Higher Education, is a board member of the University Sports Company, serves on a task team set up to review the social justice policies of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and is a member of the Ministerial Task Team on Sexual Harassment and Gender-based violence in Higher Education as appointed by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

September holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Studies and a Master of Philosophy degree in human rights from UCT. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Bath in the UK.


Zenab Anwar

Psychology Masters Student, Manchester Metropolitan University

Zenab is currently studying Psychology at Masters level. She has been involved in many university initiatives from setting up a society, running for the officer elections to being employed as a student researcher for University Teaching Academy. Apart from working as a sales associate for a retail company, she is also a supply teaching assistant for key stage 1 students at a local special needs school. Throughout her time at university, she has taken part in and created many focus groups to help better understand the needs of her peers at university.

Kulvinder Birring

Head of Employability & Placements, London South Bank University

Kulvinder has over 25 years of employability experience working across a range of higher education institutions, with 10 of those years at deputy & director level. These institutions have included City, Brunel, Kings, UCL, SOAS, Anglia Ruskin and most recently London South Bank University.

Kulvinders knowledge and subject matter are extremely wide resulting from the institutions he has worked across, informing his approach as a leader, manager and practitioner. He has been privileged to manage and develop a wide range of employability initiatives, take part in enterprise, start-ups and ESF/ERDF funded schemes; plus support AGCAS, employers, sector organisations, professional bodies, all giving him an insight into stakeholder needs and the ever-changing labour market.

RANDY BITTING

Co-Founder, The Career Readiness Project

Randy Bitting is Co-Founder of The Career Readiness Project, a national pilot program to assess and measure students’ proficiency in the 8 NACE competencies. Under his leadership, The Career Readiness Project launched at more than 150 institutions in 18 months and was recognized as the Best Competency-based Education Solution in the 2019 EdTech Breakthrough Awards. Previously – Randy joined Handshake as Chief Strategy Officer and played a lead role in helping Handshake grow from 5 to 500+ universities in three years | Pioneered the video interviewing category in 2003 as Founder and CEO of InterviewStream | Named Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 under 30.”

Charlotte Boulton

Postgraduate Officer, Newcastle University Students’ Union

Charlotte Boulton is Newcastle University Students’ Union’s Postgraduate Officer for 2020/21, elected to represent postgraduate students at Newcastle University. She studied BA Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and MA Sociology at Newcastle before starting her sabbatical officer role. Charlotte has keen research interests in social mobility, widening access to university for under-represented groups and decolonising the university. As a first-generation working-class student, she is interested in working within higher education to be part of the development of widening participation goals and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive education sector.

MATTHEW BRINK

Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Matthew serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) where he leads strategy for career readiness, content, research, professional development, conferences, leadership institutes, and signature programs. His contributions support the NACE community of 13,500+ members consisting of university relations and recruiting and career services professionals. Matthew regularly presents on a variety of career readiness and college to career topics at conferences, convenings, and summits and has served on numerous advisor boards. Prior to joining NACE in 2015, Matthew served as Director of the Career Services Center at the University of Delaware, from 2010 to 2015. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2010, he was the Director of Career Development and Transformative Learning at Saint Joseph’s University. He has also served in career services roles at Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College. Matthew holds a Master of Science in Counselling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from Messiah College.

Rachael Hennin

HR Business Partner, Unilever

Rachael is passionate about helping young leaders reach their potential and find a meaningful career path.

Working in Human Resources at Unilever, Rachael is working as an HR Business Partner for the Home, Beauty & Personal Care business. She is also working across L&D, Employer Brand and the Early Talent programs.

Previously she worked at Ampol Australia where she ran the Graduate Program, was a recruiter for the Fuels and infrastructure Business, and was involved in Early Talent and Diversity & Inclusion initiates across Australia.

Having lived and worked in New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and now Australia, Rachael also loves to travel. Her experience helps her to assist organisations to work better across cultures and create an environment that supports its members.

She is a Human Resources Professional, Graduate Program manager, D&I specialist and Corporate Trainer.

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.

Jorge Kemp

2nd year Law Student, Nottingham Trent University

Jorge is a second-year law student at Nottingham Law School and part time administrator for a regional community sector organisation. Following difficult events while studying abroad, Jorge has returned to the workforce and higher education as a mature student while managing a mental health condition, and is able to study at a consistently high level and is capitalising on every opportunity. In his free time, Jorge enjoys bouldering and single-seater motorsport.

Hannah King

Global Employer Brand Lead, GSK

Hannah is the Global Employer Brand Lead at GSK and has responsibility for ensuring GSK is considered an employer of choice for both early talent and experienced professionals. Before moving into Employer Brand, she spent ten years recruiting early talent in the legal, investment banking and pharmaceutical industries. Hannah is hugely passionate about all areas of diversity and inclusion and throughout her career has developed and rolled out a range of interventions to broaden access and promote inclusive and diverse recruitment.

Rob Lawrence

Principle, Prospect Research and Marketing

Rob’s understanding of education market dynamics, demand and drivers is without equal. Each year, he interviews many thousands of students, academics, employers and industry opinion leaders, on behalf of universities, governments, schools, institutions and cooperative agencies around the world. Rob describes his role as projecting future market demand and testing market potential. Much of the work which Rob undertakes is in entirely new space.

For three decades Rob has worked in 38 countries on projects for the Australian, British, New Zealand, Canadian and Singapore Governments, all of Australia’s State Governments, many peak bodies, over 90 universities around the world; and, countless colleges, schools and institutions.

Over recent years, Rob has worked on the research and strategy to inform mobility, employability, accommodation, national and regional brands, online and market positioning strategies for government agencies, universities and professional associations; as well as campus and programme feasibility tests in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, UAE, Qatar, Thailand, Philippines, Italy, UK, Canada and South Africa.

Marc Lintern

President, AGCAS

Marc is President of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), the UK’s expert membership organisation for higher education career development and graduate employment professionals. He is also Director of the Careers Service and Deputy Academic Registrar at Newcastle University, a role which includes managing the University’s award winning Careers Service. Having joined Newcastle University in 2013, Marc’s experience over twenty years includes previous roles at the universities of Plymouth and Portsmouth.

Saskia Loer Hansen

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

Saskia Loer Hansen is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Aston University in Birmingham, the UK. Her teams provide support for the University’s three beneficiary groups: students, business & industry, and region & society. Her remit includes the full student lifecycle: outreach, student recruitment, student services including careers & placements, and alumni relations. The DVC remit also includes the international office, business and civic engagement, and the wider marketing functions.

Saskia has worked in higher education since 1998 and has held leadership roles in universities in England, Australia, Scotland and Denmark and served as the Secretary General of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities for a period of eight years. This sparked the interest in international collaboration and in creating opportunities for students to grow and thrive as global citizens, and in how universities make a difference to the communities and regions that they are part of. 

Tessa McCredie

President, National Association of Graduate Advisory Services

Tessa McCredie is the National President of National Association of Graduate Advisory Services (NAGCAS). NAGCAS is the peak body supporting career development services, staff and students in higher education in Australia. Tessa is also the Interim Director (Student Success and Wellbeing) at the University of Southern Queensland, leading a team providing a range of holistic support for learning services to USQ students. Prior to her current role, Tessa was the Associate Director, Careers and Employability at USQ, leading an experienced team of career professionals to implement careers education programs, career counselling and employability development to USQ students.

Deb McDonald

Senior Manager, Employability & Success, Victoria University

Deb has worked for almost thirty years in the tertiary education sector, including senior roles at The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and Victoria University as well as career roles at Monash and RMIT University. Her expertise is in the fields of career education, work integrated learning, industry engagement and for the past 15 years has been focused on leadership, management and coaching.

Deb has had a long standing-relationship with the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS), Australia’s peak professional body for career development in the tertiary education sectors, including roles as Divisional President and National Vice President.

Bec McIntosh

Founder, Career Jam

Bec McIntosh has 20 years of diverse community and career development experience. From her days in Europe running UK-wide European Commission youth project Eurodesk through to career consulting undergraduates through to PhD students. More recently she has moved to the UQ Business School as an entrepreneurship specialist working with MBA students and leadership facilitator. Bec has a diverse background having founded her own startup and managed a startup accelerator program. Bec additionally is the Founder of Career Jam, a service assisting mid-career professionals grow, change and transform their careers.

Twitter @BecMcIntosh

Lerato Pakade

Talent Strategist, Strengths Coach and Speaker

Lerato Pakade (née Nxomani) is a talent strategist and activist-entrepreneur. Her company, Regent Career Architects, helps corporates understand the experiences and needs of black talent, so that they may better attract, retain, develop and advance
them.

She is a speaker and writer, focussing on using Inclusion to build stronger, talent-
centric corporate cultures. She is particularly passionate about amplifying
the positive contributions millennial professionals will make to the future world of work. Lerato also works directly with millennial professionals, to help them discover their strengths and develop compelling career strategies.

She got her start as a Strategy Consultant at a global management consulting firm, working with senior management in multiple industries (including telecommunications, financial services, and international development) across the African continent. She has an Honours degree in Economics, which she completed as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow, and is currently completing her research towards her Masters degree at the London School of Economics.

Serena Wee

Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia

Dr Serena Wee is a senior lecturer in work psychology at the School of Psychological Science at The University of Western Australia (UWA). She completed her PhD in Organisational Psychology in 2010 at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Serena is passionate about helping organisations develop equitable and effective recruitment and selection systems. In her research, she investigates how people’s skills, personality, and attitudes predict work outcomes related to hiring, promotion and turnover. Her work has been published in top-tier journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organisational Behaviour. Prior to her position at UWA, Serena worked in internal and external consulting positions in Singapore and the United States. In her current role, she also collaborates with organisations on projects related to recruitment and selection.

SHERROD WILLIAMS

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Career Readiness, The Washington Center (TWC)

Dr. Sherrod Williams is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Career Readiness for The Washington Center (TWC). As Vice President, Sherrod is responsible for the student experience at TWC including oversight of the Academic Internship Program, managing a portfolio of over 400 internship sites, career readiness programs, and evening courses. Sherrod manages the staff responsible for the program delivery, faculty, internship advising, internship site coordination, team of instructors that all work collaboratively to ensure successful experiences and cultivates partnership that enhance their programs. Sherrod advises the president of on organizational development strategy, specifically, mission, vision, values, and priorities.

Prior to The Washington Center, Sherrod served as the Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), held several positions at at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and worked in the non-profit sector as a program director coordinating a Service Learning program in Birmingham schools.

Sherrod earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s of Business Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

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