Our Enterprise Advisers are:
Amy Speake, Holmes Noble
Amy Speake is Managing Partner – Talent Solutions at Holmes Noble and leads the practice to deliver full talent solutions for their customers both nationally and internationally. She is currently assigned to Aston University Engineering Academy where she has been helping them to introduce their students to her network to help increase their knowledge of the industry along with how the school can become a gold standard via Compass. Amy became an Enterprise Adviser as she is passionate for supporting the growth of the region through improving skill sets and awareness of our young people. She also wishes to support individuals and their aspirations and how to they can take the paths necessary to realizing them.
Phillip Berry, HSBC
Phillip Berry works in retail banking and wealth management for HSBC focussing on improved processes and policies for more positive customer experiences. He has recently been matched with Lordswood Boys School in Harborne. Having recently moved to Birmingham, he is keen to see how he can help the local community and has become an Enterprise Adviser to ensure that future career options for young people are well catered for. Phillip has previously coached for a Rugby League at youth team level, along with delivering a number of development and open days with university, and acted as a career coach for junior staff to aid in their ongoing development.
Matthew Garratt, HSBC
Matthew Garratt is the Business Lead for HSBC’s Streamlining Business. He is currently assigned to Aston Manor Academy where he is supporting them with their career week agenda and is seeking to arrange visits to the new HSBC UK Head Office. Matthew has joined the Enterprise Advisers as he feels the experience will be rewarding and will align itself with the HSBC Sustainability Strategy which places emphasis on education and inclusion. He has previously worked as a Young Enterprise Adviser and believes his experience within HSBC will help him to add value to his partnered school, its staff, and its students.
Louise Beards, Wesleyan Financial Services
Louise Beards is an Early in Careers Partner working for the Wesleyan Financial Services company and is currently matched with Four Dwellings Academy. She became an Enterprise Adviser as she feels it would be a brilliant opportunity to help prepare young people for the world of work whilst educating schools on what prospects are available for their pupils. Louise has previously worked with schools and colleges for 6 years prior to joining Careers and Enterprise, recruiting apprentices for Wesleyan. She has also regularly attended careers fairs and worked as a mentor, providing her with a great insight into what is needed for students to excel in the job sector.
Katie Fulcher, GBSLEP
Katie Fulcher works for GBSLEP identifying opportunities and design interventions in helping to create jobs and grow the economy. She is currently matched with Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. Katie feels strongly about the prospects of young people in the world of work and hopes that by becoming an Enterprise Adviser she can play, at least a small part, in improving their employability and inspiring them to achieve their potential. She previously worked with Aston University Careers and Placements Team working with employers on placement and graduate positions, and also mentoring students for job applications.
Alan Bain, Mott MacDonald
Alan Bain is a Projects Director working for global multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, Mott MacDonald and managing a team of around 40 professionals. He is currently assigned to The University of Birmingham School. Having experienced an education with minimal career guidance offered to him, he is determined to see that today’s youth have the correct and most comprehensive guidance available to them in unlocking their full potential and has joined Birmingham’s Enterprise Adviser Network to that end. Alan has previously worked with the NCS challenge, hosting groups of young people at his work place informing them of his company’s work and answering any queries. He has also previously visited schools as part of the National Construction Careers Week which has recently included mock interview sessions, helping to prepare imminent leavers for both jobs and university.
Bryony Martin, AECOM
Bryony leads the cost management service line for AECOM in Birmingham. She is currently assigned to Handsworth Wood Girls Academy. She joined the Enterprise Advisers as she wants to raise awareness of local career opportunities by helping to provide a strategy for careers advice and support. Bryony has been heavily involved with AECOM’s graduate development programme, acting as supervisor and councillor, delivering workshops, and delivering mock interviews to graduates. She has also joined BPS’s development committee and managed the future mentoring initiative; mentoring students via the Aspire Mentoring programme.
Chris Morton, Deloitte
Chris Morton is the Assistant Director in the Financial Advisory Restructuring Services Team for Deloitte, principally advising stakeholders of businesses in financial distress. He is currently assigned to Moseley School. He became an Enterprise Adviser as he believes it will give him an opportunity to further understand how schools currently operate whilst also wishing to share his experiences in working in other sectors and understanding the issues schools currently face. Chris hopes he can assist his school in providing its students with the best possible start in life.
Joe Barry, Deloitte
Joe Barry is a Manager with the Restructuring Services team for Deloitte, providing clients with transactions and turn around advice. He is currently matched with Saltley Academy. He became an Enterprise Adviser as he found it an opportunity to improve his understanding of the Education Sector, develop his interpersonal skills, increase his personal network, and, above all, give back to the community. Joe has previously taken part in a number of business in the classroom initiatives such as interview and presentation skills at Solihull College and Bournville College.
Michelle McDonald, Npower
Michelle McDonald works for Npower, managing their entry level recruitment. She became an Enterprise Adviser as she wishes to give back to the community and offer her support. Having not gone to university herself, she is very passionate about helping people push themselves to succeed in life. Michelle has worked in recruitment for eight years within the graduate and apprenticeship market, along with supporting schools with mock interviews. She has also attended a number of lectures at universities offering support with application and C.V. writing.
Mobeen Amin, Eversheds Sutherland
Mobeen is a lawyer working for Eversheds Sutherland international law firm. He is currently matched with Hall Green School. He joined the Enterprise Advisers as he is passionate about working with young people to release their full potential as he has benefited from such initiatives and is eager to give something back to the local community. Mobeen has previously worked with young people in setting up mentoring relationships through the One Million Mentors initiative where he currently sits on the Advisory Board. He has also attended a reading scheme through a workplace initiative where employees go out to local schools to work with children to improve their reading.
Naheem Ahmed, Laing O’Rourke and John Murphy & Sons
Naheem Ahmed works for Laing O’ Rourke and John Murphy & Sons, responsible for workforce Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. He is currently assigned to Cockshut Hill Technology College. He has joined the Enterprise Advisers as he feels he has much to offer our local schools due to his experience in teaching and through the use of resources from both Laing O’ Rourke and John Murphy & Sons to enhance and support school activities. He has over fifteen years of experience in lecturing and teaching in both public and private sectors, most recently as a STEM ambassador.
Rebecca Hook, Legal and General
Rebecca is the Test manager within the GI division of Legal & General financial services, managing the testing of new products and systems. She is currently matched with Bordesley Green Girls’ School & Sixth Form. She became an Enterprise Adviser as she feels it’s important that young people understand the wide array of opportunities and careers out there to better shape their choices regarding further education and other qualifications. Rebecca believes her ability to listen and make workable action plans will be of much use to the programme.
Rita Tappia, HS2 Ltd
Rita Tappia manages resources for phase 1, Railway Operations for HS2 Ltd, with a team of six others across three sites working to recruit and retain the next generation of industry specialists across all of the business functions. She is currently matched with Hillcrest school. She has become an Enterprise Adviser out of a desire to better the prospects of girls from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential, and particularly those from BAME backgrounds. Rita has worked for over ten years as a schools education ambassador; working with schools across the county, attending careers fairs specifically aimed at school children and is also currently a school governor.
Sarah Collumbell, Mondelez International
Sarah Collumbell works as HR Manager for Mondelez International. She joined the Enterprise Advisers due to experiencing a very poor careers education during her time at school and feels strongly that well formulated careers programmes can greatly impact on young people’s ability to enter the world of work. Sarah’s time in human resources has involved working in teams and formulating strategies to tackle new challenges will make her a great asset as an Enterprise Adviser.
Sukhjinder Bhamra, GVA
Sukjhinder Bhamra manages the building engineering services for GVA, assisting clients in their investments when purchasing, selling, or managing their investment and stock portfolios. He is currently matched with Ninestiles School. He joined the Enterprise Advisers mainly as a means of promoting the construction industry, to share and highlight the various professions and diversity it can offer both male and female students in addition to being a point of contact for young people’s careers development. Sukhjinder’s previous employment with BCC included engagement with schools across Birmingham, encouraging pupils to contribute to the design and construction ideas of school extensions and refurbishment programmes.
Ken Hutchinson, North Middlesex University Hospital
Ken Hutchinson works as a HR Consultant at North Middlesex University Hospital and has 40 years’ experience with the NHS including 30 years at HR director level. He has just recently joined the Enterprise Advisers and is waiting to be assigned to a school. Connecting the worlds of education, industry and employment has always been of great interest to him and sees the Enterprise Advisers as a chance to meet these objectives, especially in terms of recruiting more young talent to help with the NHS’s greater demands in workforce. Ken has given career talks in schools and colleges, arranged work experience placements and, more recently, has liaised with schools and colleges to develop apprenticeship schemes.
Sarah Williams, Towers & Hamlins
Sarah Williams works for Towers & Hamlins international law firm and is responsible for recruiting legal talent across the UK’s regional offices. She has been matched with Bishop Walsh School and is currently working with two career leads in creating a programme which can be embedded in school culture and embraced by all stakeholders. Sarah became an Enterprise Adviser as she has noticed an evident disconnect between schools, education and business and feels passionately that more business input into educational institutions could have a profound impact on the choices students make along with their awareness on workplace skills. She has co-hosted a Think Law masterclass in Manchester with Career Ready and students from local colleges. She has also worked with young people coming out of care and looking to get into work by helping deliver career seminars.
Samantha Turnbull, Midland Group Training Services
Samantha Turnbull works as a recruitment officer for engineering apprenticeship and commercial engineering training for Midland Group Training services. She is currently matched with Turves Green Girls School where she helping to arrange Year 9 workplace visits in the Summer Term which will include Gardner Denver engineering company in Redditch. Samantha became an Enterprise Adviser as she wants to further relationships between local schools, employers and training providers and to support local students in making the right career choices. She also wants engage more young females in engineering. She has previously worked with schools in advertising apprenticeships via careers fairs, presentations and working with careers teachers.