Meet our industry professionals!

Apprenticeships/ Colleges/Universities:

Greenwich University

London South East Colleges – Sarmin Islam and Teresa Riordan 
Working with students in sixth forms and secondary schools, supporting them to develop relevant skills and knowledge for the workplace. Can advise on:
– Apprenticeships
– Work experience
– Planning for your future career
– Post 18 options

Accountancy Patric Wong
Patric is a chartered accountant and auditor with more than 10 years experience. He has worked in both professional accounting firms and industries, and can provide useful information on the different roles involved in the accounting industry. His background was originally in engineering and happy to share with those who are interested to know how to change career path and prepare interview for a role different from the profession they studied.

Banking – Ricardo Soto

Chaplaincy – Sarah Boylan

Civil Engineering – Sofia Cotta

Sofia is a passionate Chartered Civil Engineer with just over 20 years experience in the construction industry, after graduating from UCL (BEng) & Imperial College (MSc DIC). She’s been involved in some fascinating major infrastructure projects (DLR Lewisham Extension; M2 Road Widening & National Grid LNG Expansion) but also spent part of her career in the Design office of Mott McDonald Structures team working on Wembley Stadium & Gateshead Music Auditorium in Newcastle.

She is really proud of her involvement in saving the Leaning Tower of Pisa, whilst studying at Imperial and very keen to encourage youngsters into the construction industry. As a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (MICE), she has also been a STEM Ambassador and more recently an active supporter of STEAM.Co (an organisation that encourages kids to pursue their creative side and aims to put the ‘Arts’ back into the Engineering/Techie mix), especially after taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics & Art at A Level herself!

Economics – Nicholas O’Shea
Nick is a parishioner of St Saviour’s Catholic Church in Lewisham and Chair of Governors at his old-school St Augustine’s in Catford. He is Chief Economist at the Centre for Mental Health having spent 20 years in the civil service and NGO sector calculating the costs of poor mental and physical health. Nick founded and runs Ignition Brewery in Lewisham, which makes great beer brewed by people with learning disabilities. We are on sale in reputable establishments across South East London.

Electrical Engineering – Stuart Toole

I have worked within different aspects of the electrical installation and building maintenance industries for close on 33 years. Starting as an Apprentice Electrician with the then Southern Electricity Board carrying our Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Electrical installations. Completing my apprenticeship, I attained Approved Electrician status followed by Electrical Technician status. Then moving companies and into building services maintenance in 2001, I learnt about other building services whilst carrying out planned preventative maintenance. In 2008 I moved to work for the Pinewood Group as a Facilities Manager at the Teddington TV Studios site, followed on by becoming their Group Electrical Projects Manager, carrying out a variety of large and small electrical installation and infrastructure upgrade projects across the groups UK sites. I currently work for a global Maintenance and Energy Supplier and have taken on the role of a Senior National Technical Manager, which involves ensuring our engineering staff are assessed as “competent” when they join the company and provide electrical technical help to our varied national contracts across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Engineering – John O’Shea

Now retired, John worked as an expert in Corrosion and Quality Assurance for British Gas for many years.

Engineering – Joyce Li
Joyce is a chartered Civil Engineer, who currently works as a Lead Project Engineer in Transport for London. She has more than 15 years experience in the construction industry, with most of her experience in Railway engineering environment. She has got extensive experience mentoring engineering graduates and apprentices, and regularly involved in the recruitment process.

Fashion Outsourcing & Production – Lolly Bell
Lolly stumbled into fashion production & sourcing by chance. She has worked her way up from a junior cutting fabric swatches and sweeping floors to finding factories that make clothing and accessories, worldwide and ‘delivering’ them to brands like Zara, Adidas, Victoria Beckham and Primark.

Finance – Actuary – Wayne DuPreeez
Wayne is a pensions professional currently working in the Finance Division at National Grid.
His role since 2013 is to report to the Energy Regulator (Ofgem) on aspects of National Grid’s two defined benefit pension schemes that have more than 100,000 members and combined assets of more than £23 billion. Wayne previously worked for several actuarial consultancies in London and Bristol, most recently recruiting and managing a nation-wide team of 14 actuarial students and mentoring them from new university graduates to qualified actuaries.

Wayne has a post graduate Diploma in Actuarial Techniques, and graduated with an honours degree in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town. He also has a foundation degree in Pastoral Ministry from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is married with three children, and is an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Southwark, England.

IT, Technology & Software – Lee Longhurst
Lee is a systems developer and IT consultant focused on the use of Internet technologies. Following a successful career at HSBC Bank, he has spent over 15 years working with a diverse range of small and large businesses to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems. His core skills include e-Commerce and Content Management Systems and he now works as a founding developer for Kibysis Ltd.

Just Digital: Transformation Leader (Strategy, Technology, Innovation) / Chief Digital Officer – Mac Karlekar

Mac will be keen to share his experience on what it takes to work with big corporate clients as well as small start-up economies. Mac will be happy to talk about World Economic Forum insight report on skills needed for tomorrow, what they don’t teach in Unis/schools on how world is changing fast – disruption being caused in job industry, pov on will robots take our jobs? how to use online to effectively hunt for jobs, creating the right CV, exploring internship or bringing start-up ideas to life, where to self-learn free courses relevant to your interest online, looking at globalisation and its impact to career options that we know versus the change happening around us.

Over 20 years working with Industry leaders in Transformation Consulting and Technology service providers, such as Accenture Digital, Deloitte Consulting, TCS, Capita & HCL, Mac has solved Business & IT technology challenges for likes of Nestle, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Samsung, SAB Miller, USAA, Philip Morris, Unilever, M&S, Gatwick Airport and Singapore Airlines. Travelling in over 30+ countries, he has worked in a multi-cultural world with different experiences individuals who form part of ecosystem in the value chain of a business. Using his foundation experience of Computer Science Engineering degree, he has continued to build his learning and grow his expertise from social media, websites, ecommerce, IT, CRM to latest trends such as Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Data Science, eCommerce, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and uses of these technologies in business context for different industry domains such as healthcare, pharma, banking, retail, travel & transport, fashion, media, telecoms.

Metropolitan Police – Colin Bisset
Military background of 11.5 years and continue to be a serving member of the Reservists. Former British Airways employee (Customer Services) for 8 years, working for Air Canada and Royal Dutch Airlines. Worked in Immigration at Harmondsworth Detention centre. Joined the Met Police as a PCSO and have been in post coming up to 15 years.

Metropolitan Police – Nicky Durmatz
PCSO for 10 years and prior to that was Adult Elderly carer for 9 Years.

Nursing – Gerry Fane
After training as a Student Nurse Gerry’s career has included a diversity of specialisms:

Staff Nurse, acute Med Unit, Midwifery, Operating Theatre course (St Mary’s – Paddington)Staff Nurse, orthopaedic & Trauma unit, Ward Sister, acute Geriatrics, Ward Sister, Intensive Care, Outpatients Sister, Specialist Course in ENT, Clinical teacher for ENT, Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner.

Performing Arts – Actor & Singer – Roger Fane
Interested in creating characters from a young age & on and off through senior school.

O level in Music & Drama, West Kent College. (Late 1990’s) Directed/Performed variety evening/Old Tyme Music Hall. H I School Hall (1993) Rose Bruford college of Speach & Drama . 2 year Theatre Arts ( 2000/2002)
Bernard Shaw, Training in Voice Overs, Canterbury, Kent ( 2004 & 2006)
Extra/Supporting Artist Murphy’s Law , Bromley by Bowe (2005)
Professional singing lessons, again on & off since the (early 90’s) on going.
Ravensbourne Operatic Society Churchill Theatre, Bromley (1990/94)
Petts Wood Operatic Society Stag Theatre 1994/Present
Opera Options (Pro) every July/Aug Hever Summer Festival, Hever Castle, Kent (200/2013

As anyone in the entertainment Industry work can be unpredictable, I also have a Diploma in Liesure & Tourism.

Performing Arts – Kyle Stevens

I have been training in the performing arts since a young age.  I attend the famous Italia Conti Theatre Arts school (Juniors) full time. I specialise in and have a real passion for dance, but I also have a background in singing and acting which makes me a triple threat.   My credits include: “Peter Pan” at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley where I played Michael, Matilda the Musical in the West End where I played Tommy, The Sun Superdays Commercial, featuring in a Netflix series The Alienist, as well as many other local plays.   I’m a professional in the industry and attend auditions / castings regularly so I have plenty of advice and knowledge in regards to working, training and what to expect at auditions.

Project Management – Lisa Truong
I’m a Business Analyst, which essentially analyses your business: be that your processes, technology and organisation structures. The reason I analyse this is for change. I analyse how things are now and how they should be in the future then work that into a set of requirements for change. One of the most common type of change is to introduce new technology, so my bread and butter is to create requirements for a new system/website and then give these to a developer to develop.

I’m currently at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and was at the SIA (government regulator) for 9 years. Before that my career was in fashion (I went to fashion college!) and did Buying and Merchandising for Debenhams

Solicitor (Ewings & Co) – Tracey Cassidy

Tracey is a solicitor with over 11 years post qualification experience having practised in both Northern Ireland and England. Tracey has worked for large national firms and regional firms and specialises in Children and Family law. She has experience of mentoring junior solicitors within family law and also apprentices who are completing their training contracts to qualify as a solicitor.

Teaching & Leadership – Headteacher: Hilary Jarvis

Recently retired Headteacher who has worked across schools in Lambeth, Bromley and Lewisham. A focus on ensuring equality in education and that aspiration should always be encouraged

Teaching & Leadership – Olwen Whiteside

After completing research in Social Psychology I taught Psychology and Access to Nursing to adults and sixth form students in Adult Education colleges for many years. I then moved to secondary school for seven years prior to my recent retirement, where I was Head of Psychology and the Extended Project Qualification, and also taught Philosophy to KS3 pupils. I have considerable experience in tutoring and supporting sixth form and adult students in exam and interview techniques, course selection, University applications and writing personal statements.

Teaching & Leadership – Kath Greenwood
I trained at St Mary’s Catholic Teacher Training College in Fenham Newcastle Upon Tyne. We were linked with Newcastle University.
I taught in a Secondary school in Gateshead for 10 years. I taught Girls PE and Mathematics.
During my time there I was promoted to Form tutor, then Head of Year and then Community Head which involved running a Youth Club 3 nights a week. I was also responsible for looking after the Youth Wing which was used as the sixth Form study block.
I left the school in Gateshead to go on Maternity leave in 1991.
During the next 5 years I was involved in Pre school establishments.
I worked as a Tutor for Pre School Alliance. Running courses for Pre School Practitioners.
I returned to Full time work in 2000, teaching within Primary schools.
I have been in my present post as a Reception Class teacher for 15years.

Teaching & Leadership – John McKinley
A successful teacher, (now retired) I am privileged to have been the headteacher of five very successful primary schools, within the Diocese of Westminster. I was also the Professional management Adviser for an International school in the Middle east, responsible for mentoring the school principal, and monitoring standards of attainment.
I was a member of Islington Council’s Life-long Learning Committee looking at ways of creating learning opportunities for young people within the Borough. I was also a member of a number of committees in Bexley viz. the LEA’s Resource Allocation Panel and the Admissions Forum. Within the Primary Heads Conference I also sat on 3 important committees, Inset, Information Technology and Recruitment and Retention.

Teaching & Leadership – Margaret Mulchrone
Teaching since 1977 in inner city schools.
Main subject English, and RE, occasionally.
Head of English, Head of Year, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.

Veterinary Practice (Allpets) – Elizabeth Knight

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