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.
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.
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.
Global Lead Early Careers, Senior Talent Manager, Skyscanner
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 graduate-jobs.com, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Director Student Life, Memorial University of Newfoundland
With two decades in the field of Students Affairs in various senior leadership roles at Memorial University, Jennifer is committed to working collaboratively with students, staff and partners to ensure a supportive, enriched and seamless learning environment for students. She maintains meaningful connections nationally and internationally by actively participating in a number of professional associations and holding various board leadership roles. For over two decades she has worked in the area of career development in both community/non-profit and post-secondary settings. Her interest and passion for experiential learning has helped guide and increase the number of curricular and co-curricular experiential opportunities for Memorial students and alumni. She is also one of the founding organizers of the International Experiential Learning Institute.
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.
Head of the Graduate Business School, TU Dublin
Colin is Head of the Graduate Business School at TU Dublin, where he has spent the best part of 20 years in various lecturing, programme management and leadership roles. Colin has researched virtual working for the best part of a decade, and his PhD research focuses on trust in remote working relationships. Colin has published numerous book chapters, blogs and articles on trust and remote working and has delivered workshops to leading organisations and industry bodies including Intel, IBM, Great Place to Work, IPA, AKAM, AHECS and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Colin holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham (Trust and Leadership in Virtual teams) along with an MPhil (Training and Development in Financial Services), Pg. Diploma Third Level Learning and Teaching and BSc. Marketing from DIT/ TU Dublin and is PRINCE2 qualified.
Colin is a non-executive director with NCBI Retail and LIA.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘The UnLearning Lady’, International Transitions Facilitator and Future of Work Speaker
Whether your challenge is navigating an organisational change/transition as a team, or making groundbreaking career moves as a young female professional – Zanele Njapha is who many such as the PwC, Philip Morris International, Vitality Global, Marsh & McLennan, Generali, Saint-Gobain, Volkswagen and others are speaking to.
Zanele, or as her clients call her ‘The UnLearning Lady’, is an international Transitions Facilitator and Future of Work Speaker, helping companies navigate organisational changes and step confidently into the new world of work.
She is also the host of the highly-rated (top 100 in the Entrepreneurship category in: Zambia, SA, Ghana, Nigeria and top 200 in Canada and Portugal) & entrepreneur-focused podcast ‘Future-Fit Fridays’, hosting conversations with global experts on the future of work.
A faculty member at Duke Corporate Education, Zanele is also an award-winning speaker, an article contributor to Forbes & the Thought Leader section of the Mail & Guardian and was voted #45 on Avance Media’s list of Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in 2019.
Vice President, Talent Acquisition, MAXIMUS Inc
David Ong is the Vice President, Talent Acquisition for MAXIMUS Inc, a professional services firm based in Reston VA whose mission is “Helping Government Serve the People” by providing program management and consulting services to government agencies focused on public healthcare and social services programs. In his current role, he oversees activities related to University Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, Veterans, and Disability recruitment. Prior to joining MAXIMUS in 2004, David has managed campus recruiting programs for Capital One, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, and Booz Allen Hamilton. David completed his term as President of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in July 2022, and continues on the Board of Director’s as NACE’s Past President. David is a graduate of the University of Richmond.
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
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.
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
Ashley’s research expertise and leadership in the area of experiential education and Work-Integrated Learning has been recognized through research funding from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, numerous peer-reviewed publications, invited keynote presentations at institutions across Canada and internationally, and through several leadership appointments including senior editorial board member for the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL), Chair of the Research Committee for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL), and member of the World Association of Co-operative Education, International Research Committee (WACE-IRC).
CEO and a Co-Founder, Healthy Place to Work® Ireland
Having recently returned from Maternity Leave, Fania has taken on the leadership role of Healthy Place to Work® Ireland.
As co-founder she was instrumental in taking the Healthy Place to Work® model and methodology and operationalising it in an organisational setting. She led both the pilot and population studies, working collaboratively with organisations to embed this high performance, sustainable approach into their strategic agendas.
Using both this experience and expertise in organisational planning and design, Fania has enabled multiple organisations to achieve and sustain the status of a Healthy Place to Work®. She has also worked alongside organisations to successfully activate this achievement both internally amongst employees and externally in the talent market.
Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers
As Executive Director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in the United States, Shawn VanDerziel leads the association of 14,000 professionals representing more than 3,000 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and the employment of the college educated. Shawn and NACE are well cited and frequent contributors to the national conversation on employment trends, outcomes, and the career readiness of college graduates.
Prior to joining the NACE staff, Shawn served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief of Staff for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Shawn’s earlier roles included corporate recruiting with Norrell Corporation for fortune 500 companies and a position in higher education as Associate Director of Student Enrollment at National-Louis University. Shawn is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds SHRM and HRCI Senior HR certifications.
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.
Associate Director Student Learning and Professional Development, University of Toronto
Libby is a student development professional, committed to supporting students’ career and academic development through experiential learning. She has worked at U of T for nine years and before moving into her current role she was the Lead Coordinator, Peer & Work Integrated Learning Programs at Career Exploration & Education where her main focus was the re-development of the Work Study program as a high impact experiential learning opportunity.
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).