Staff

We have many different staff that work within MYT in many different roles. Some are based behind the scenes at our Chatham HQ whilst the majority work across the South East. This could be within our local centres in Medway and East Sussex, schools across Kent and Medway and various outreach centres within the local communities. It’s fair to say that we’re everywhere, so it’s important to understand the varied roles and interests of our staff that make MYT what it is.

Amanda Byard - TrustCareers Adviser and Higher Education Lead

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and Higher Education Lead. I have enjoyed working with young people for over thirty years.

I will never forget the adults who made a difference to my life, when I was younger. In turn, I have always found it rewarding to be able to help people remove possible and real obstacles - in order to progress and achieve their potential, in life. I try my best to give young people information, advice and help so that they can make the best choices for them, as individuals.

I like hearing young people’s thoughts and opinions: they are refreshing and keep me “thinking outside of my middle aged box”! After all, today’s younger generation are the future.

Outside of work, my interests include Gym, Yoga and Walking: local, high level and long distance. I also enjoy relaxing at home and watching a good film after a tasty meal!

Anna Glascott - Prince's Trust Assistant Leader & NCS Leader

Hi, my name’s Anna and I work within the programmes of MYT. I help coordinate and run the NCS programme for 16-17 year olds. NCS focuses around volunteering and projects for young people, something I’m hugely passionate about. Alongside this I’m in my final year at Greenwich Uni studying Youth and Community Work. I really enjoy being able to put what I learn into practice in my role and look to develop it even further once I’ve finished my degree. I truly believe in young people and in what I do, it’s the best job in the world.

Bridgid Parr - Head of Skills and Employability in Medway

I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for almost a year as a manager within the post 16 team.  I have been responsible for the management of contracts, staff and the centre to support and progress young people in the Medway area.  My previous experience includes both voluntary and paid employment working with young people for over 25 years.  My last employment post was as Area Manager with Nacro over a wide area and was responsible for ensuring that programmes and delivery met the needs of young people and progressed them into positive outcomes.

I have always loved working with young people supporting them in developing skills and experiences which allow them to make the most of their lives.  There is always a new challenge and I like being able to be part of the solution giving our future generations a helping hand.   I am a mum and nanna and love being involved in all aspects of family life, and when I need to get away from it all - spending time in the sun when I can enjoy reading and seeing new experiences.

 

Carrieann Darlington - Programme Leader and Youth Support Adviser in Medway

My name is Carrieann and have worked for Medway Youth Trust for three and half years now. I was the first volunteer for the organisation which then led me to a full time job. I am currently a Programme Leader and Youth Support Adviser.I really enjoy working with young people and supporting them to acheive their goals.

Cathy Patrick - Workforce Development Coordinator

I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for 19 years. I started out as a receptionist, then became a Careers Adviser working in schools, training providers and our Chatham centre. I am now the Workforce Development Coordinator responsible for training and Induction of new staff. I am also responsible for the assessment and internal quality assurance of qualifications and accredited programmes. I have two daughters, 18 and 23. I enjoy cooking, I’m an avid reader and love spending time engrossed in a good book.

Catriona Jamieson - Head of Programmes in Medway

I feel extremely privileged to work as Head of Programmes at Medway Youth Trust.  There are lots of things that I love about my job, but the biggest motivator is seeing the development, achievement and positive outcomes of the young people who take part in the programmes that MYT offer.  I am also passionate about social action and social cohesion and very much enjoy working with the Programmes Team to create opportunities for young people to work together to make a difference in their local community.    I like to unwind after a challenging day with a game of netball or by spending time with my beautiful cat, Buddy.

Courtney McMahon - NCS Support and Assistant Leader in Medway

I started working for MYT in July 2014 as the Social Action Apprentice. Since completing my Level 3 qualification in Youth Work Practice, I have progressed to a new position within the NCS team as NCS Support and Assistant leader! My job consists of many different things including recruitment, social action and delivering the NCS programme which I find fun and exciting as each team is so different! From my time so far at MYT, my passion for working and supporting young people has grown tremendously. Every day is different and that’s one of many reason I love my job!

When I am not at work I love to go shopping and spend all of my hard earned wages (which I then spend all at once) and spending time with my friends and family.

Dan Vernon - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been with MYT as an Adviser with the Youth Employability Service since March 2014. Prior to this role I worked for three years as a Careers Adviser at City College Brighton, and as a Connexions Careers/Adviser working in schools, colleges and community bases in East Sussex for thirteen years.

I love working with young people and seeing the potential that is there in everyone; I also feel that it can be a great point in life to take some of the opportunities that are out there. Some of the personal challenges that I have seen young people meet and overcome are inspiring and make this a very rewarding job to be in.

Despite having an optimistic outlook on life and the future I like to counterbalance this with an interest in dour European cinema and literature, post war concrete architecture and traveling to industrial zones of Europe.

Deborah Ewing - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have enjoyed working with young people for the past 10 years.

In this time I have worked in the Youth Service, Youth Offending Team and Under 19s Substance Misuse Service so I have a range of skills and experience that help me in my role as a Skills and Employability Adviser.

My strong belief in social justice is what drives me in my work with young people as I hate how young people seem to get a bad press. I therefore like to champion young people and promote the achievements, successes and positives that I encounter in my work everyday.

Elaine Watson - Contracts Compliance Officer in Medway

Prior to joining Medway Youth Trust I worked as a Health and Safety Consultant monitoring work experience placements for students and have 8 years experience working in a Young People’s service with Connexions.  I was drawn to MYT as I am passionate about the  work they do with young people. My role within MYT involves monitoring  the various contracts we hold and ensuring we comply with contractual agreements and continue to meet the needs of young people. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, eating out and holidays abroad.  

Graham Clewes - Chief Executive of Medway Youth Trust

I am the first CEO of MYT and immensely proud of this organisation our staff and volunteers. Following an initial corporate insurance broking career in London, I have for twenty four years worked within the children and young people’s non-profit sector, the last thirteen in CEO posts. I hold an MA and my dissertation was about the relationship between corporate and non-profit sectors. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Board member of a multi-academy Trust in north west Kent that helps 5,000 young people aged 4-18 years learn and progress.  I am at my happiest spending time with my family, watching international rugby, Charlton Athletic or walking in the hills somewhere without mobile phone reception.  I am at my most frustrated trying to play consistent golf.

Helen Robinson - Business Intelligence & Analytics Lead in Medway

I have worked at Medway Youth Trust for over five years, the first four working directly with Young People either in schools or within programmes. I moved role within the organisation and I now manage the database, provide analysis of data and reports to staff as well as ensuring the data we submit is accurate. As I have had experience of working with young people I can empathise and support staff in ensuring the data recorded is of a high quality and can be used to plan for the future for young people in Medway and East Sussex. Currently I am undergoing a Computer Science degree in my free time. I enjoy singing and am taking lessons to improve my performance skills, when I come home I enjoy cuddles with my lovely bunny Belle.

Jane Moakes - Skills & Employability Adviser in Medway

I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for 5 years, starting in the IT department on a temporary contract, moving to the Administrative Department and I now work as a Skills and Employability Adviser in the Chatham Centre. I have enjoyed all my roles and continue to enjoy working with young people.  In my current role I run the housing drop at the Chatham centre which is every Thursday and Friday 1pm-4pm.  I previously worked as a Branch Manager of an Estate Agents for many years before having a family.

 

Jo Dhokia - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been with MYT’s Youth Employability Service since October 2013.  Prior to this I was with CRI Young People’s Service for a little over 18 months.  My other work experience includes working within the Criminal Justice sector and retail work with M&S and Woolworths.  Working with young people creates a varied and interesting working day and it’s great seeing them achieve things, however small – this makes the challenges of the job worthwhile.

Jody Sharp - Assistant Head of Programmes

I've worked for Medway Youth Trust for three and a half years initially as a careers adviser in schools, but more recently as Programme Leader and Programme Support delivering the Yes I Can study programme.  I like working on programmes as it gives me the chance to work with a wide variety of young people, build good relationships with them and watch their confidence and skills grow over a set period of time! I know that when I come to work, at some point in the day regardless of my mood in the morning – I will be smiling at the end of it! In my spare time I like to play netball, eat pizza and walk my dog Lucy!

Joe Badham - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have worked for the Youth Employability Service in East Sussex since November 2012. I’m based in the Eastbourne team, but support young people all over the county.

 My background is in counselling, having worked with children and young people in this capacity since 2010 and qualified as a counsellor in 2012. I also have experience as a support worker with young people with autism.

My hobbies are snowboarding (not that I can do much of that in East Sussex), running and watching extreme survival documentaries. I can also name the capital city of any country in the world.

Julie Davies - TrustCareers Adviser and CEG Projects Lead in Medway

My role as a Careers Adviser includes individual guidance interviews in schools where I explore education, training and  career choices with pupils.  I also deliver careers education lessons covering  a range of topics from post 16 choices to higher education and apprenticeships.  As “Careers Education Projects Lead” I also help to organise and chair our Careers and Higher Education Association and write a quarterly newsletter to keep schools and partners up to date with careers news.  

Kaye Everhurst - Programmes Team Leader in Medway

My name is Kaye Everhurst,  I have worked at Medway Youth Trust since March 2013 and I am the Programmes Team Leader for Princes Trust/NCS. I have worked with young people for over 2 years now and love that no two days are the same! I enjoy seeing young people realise their potential and make positive life changes. In my spare time I love shopping and spending time with my friends and family.

Kayleigh Mallia - Communications Officer

I have been working for Medway Youth Trust for over 8 years now starting as an Administrative Assistant and then progressing on to my current role, Communications Officer. My job ultimately means that I oversee the marketing and image of Medway Youth Trust and it can be extremely varied from day to day. When I’m not in the office at Chatham, you can usually find me at most MYT events with a heavy SLR camera and camcorder in hand, ready to gather content that can usually be found on the website and our social networking sites. I enjoy the buzz and preparation of an event as you have to be super organised to make this job work.

In my spare time, I run my own décor hire company which I find exciting and challenging as there is nothing I love more than a bit of creativity.

Kirsty Burnett - Administration Apprentice in East Sussex

Hi, my name is Kirsty Burnett. I am 22 years old and a massive animal lover (especially cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) and enjoy punk rock music like Green Day and Fall Out Boy. I am the Administration Apprentice for the Eastbourne branch of the East Sussex Youth Employability Service. I started at MYT in the middle of September 2015 and am really enjoying it here. The Business Administration apprenticeship is great because I can use my skills I already have and gain news skills whilst getting a qualification – all whilst being employed full time.  


Kris Butler - TrustCareers Adviser in Medway

I joined Medway Youth Trust in February 2013. Previously before this I was a Youth Worker for Medway Youth Service running the Gillingham North & Rainham Detached Project. Before my change in career with working with young people, I used to be a Motor Vehicle Mechanic working for a Peugeot Dealership in Maidstone, Kent. What prompted me to work with young people was that I used to be a volunteer Youth Worker for Kent Youth Service working at Lenham Youth Centre. Through my volunteering, I managed to obtain a paid Part-Time position and then managed to progress with Kent Youth Service and became a Full Time Sports & Recreation Youth Worker. Many of the young people who approach Medway Youth Trust are often unemployed and at times have other problems in life too. To see someone emerge happier and more fulfilled  from MYT’s help and support, having developed skills and self-confidence, and achieving economic independence, is very rewarding indeed, especially if I have helped play a part in shaping the young person’s success! The things I do for relaxation outside of work are keeping myself fit healthy through my cycling, martial arts and spending time with my family.

Lara Tonkin - Partnership Broker in East Sussex

I am a professionally qualified adviser, having worked within the project for the last 3 and a half years. Prior to that I worked within the Student Support department for an agricultural college in Kent. In addition to gaining a degree at the University of Kent I have undertaken a variety of voluntary positions with Kent Probation as an Offender Mentor and Catch22 as a trained Appropriate Adult, both of which I really enjoyed. I have recently taken on a new role within the organisation as a Partnership Broker which I’m excited to get started with as this will be a good challenge.

Aside from work, I love food! Both cooking and eating so this is a popular office topic of mine and I’m always trying to find the time (and pennies)to travel and see the world.

Leander Grant - Targeted Support Adviser in Medway
I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for seven years. I started as an Intensive Adviser in schools and the local community and now work as a Targeted Support Adviser for young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. My role is to work with the young people, their families and other agencies to help identify what educational support they may need when they leave school. Outside of work I enjoy going to gigs, festivals and I am always planning my next trip away.
Lesley Conquest - Intensive Student Support Adviser in Medway

I am a qualified Student Support Adviser and have worked for MYT for about 8 years, based in schools and also delivering training and workshops to staff and students. I have previously worked in youth centres and with adults with learning difficulties. I originally studied graphic illustration and typography and for some years half-owned a pottery. I spend a lot of time with my family and I like anything associated with art and craft (except sewing) and love music, especially live, both watching and participating and go to festivals throughout the summer. I read lots, mostly fantasy, like to travel and socialise and have a somewhat alternative lifestyle.

Louise Scott - Assistant Head of Youth Employability in East Sussex

Travelling is a passion of mine, I love sightseeing and trialling local cuisine. I travelled around South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for 9 months and on my return back to the UK moved to East Sussex where I started working as an Account Manager for a hair care company.  Four years ago I started volunteering at a Youth club where my interest for working with Young People started. I then got the position as a Project Support worker for Connexions, I did this role for 2 years then progressed into Personal Adviser position, which I have been doing for a year. Since moving to Medway Youth Trust I have started my Level 4 in Careers Information Advice and Guidance and will be taking on the role Co locating with the Care leavers team.

Lucki Shokar - Youth Support Adviser

I have delivered a frontline service since June 2000.  I work as part of the Administrative Team.  My dedication, eagerness and willingness to support young people, parents and outside agencies has always been and will continue to be my priority. 

 I work with a unique team of staff and feel fortunate to be amongst them.

 I grew up in Middlesex, West London, and moved to Kent in April 1993.  I have two wonderful sons.

Natasha Cook - Youth Support Adviser in East Sussex

My Name is Tash and I am the Youth Support Adviser for East Sussex YES based in Hastings and Eastbourne (and anywhere in-between!). I have been working with young people in voluntary and paid roles for the past 10 years. I have worked in a variety of settings from Youth clubs to Carnivals!

I started doing Youth Work as a Young Leader with the Girl Guides and a member of Eastbourne Youth Council and East Sussex Youth Cabinet. I worked with the East Sussex anti bullying team in Eastbourne, as well as volunteering at various Youth Development Service projects. This then led me on to do a health and social care certificate at the local college, as well as doing various paid Youth Work roles.

I went to the University of Chichester in West Sussex and gained a Degree in Youth and Community Work, plus an extra module in early intervention substance misuse with young people. After Uni I got a Job with Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA as a sessional Youth Worker at a number of centres in Eastbourne. I still do this job in the evening, plus training as a Guide Leader. My previous two day jobs have been as a SEN Teaching Assistant in a local secondary school and a Key Worker at a Pupil Referral Unit.

When I can find any spare time I like to go to music concerts and festivals, I am mad about rugby and really love going to games. I also enjoy swimming, going to the gym and walking. The one thing I really like is the Moomins who are a family of carton Charters written by the Finish author Tove Jansson.

Nic Homewood - Personal Assistant to the Deputy CEO

Hi I’m Nic. I’ve worked for Medway Youth Trust for just over 7 years. I started as a receptionist, moved across to a more administrative role and now as Personal Assistant to the Deputy CEO, Simone Miles. It’s a varied role and no 2 days are the same which I love.

Prior to joining MYT I worked as a cover supervisor at a school in Maidstone for 6 years and at NatWest for 23 years.

In my spare time I enjoy making cakes which I occasionally force upon my poor workmates at MYT and being driven potty by my mad cocker spaniel Quinn.

Norma Rice - Partnership Broker in Medway
I am the Partnership Broker, bringing people with different interests together to achieve a common goals and strengthening links with partners at all levels, while acting as ambassador for Medway Youth Trust.  In 2008 I qualified as a Careers Adviser with twelve years experience working with young people and twenty two years voluntary experience.  My strengths include being a highly effective communicator, with a diverse range of transferable skills.  I will negotiate, delegate and remain calm in any given situation. I value other people’s opinions and encourage a variety of ideas, while challenging methods to achieve strategic goals for the benefit of young people.   
Priya Pai - Skills & Employability Adviser in Medway

I am a Skills & Employability Adviser and joined MYT in January 2014. I enjoy working with young people to help them achieve their aspirations and take them a step closer to their desired career destination.

I enjoy spending all of my spare time with my 3 year old boy, Nikhil building train sets and watching Peppa Pig cartoons.

I have finally decided to embrace Fitness and enjoy going to the gym and Zumba classes.

Phil Waite - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I have been working in CEIAG since 2003 having worked in schools, colleges and with NEET young people and am qualified at Level 4 in Careers Advice. Prior to starting work for the Youth Employability Service East Sussex in February 2014 I worked for the National Careers Service providing careers advice and guidance to adults.

I have had a varied career path including working as a Chef, telephone engineer, IT technician and care work. I have been a qualified Counsellor since 2001 and have been a volunteer Counsellor/Supervisor/Trainer for Cruse Bereavement Care since 1997.

My role with YES East Sussex is co-locating with the Care Leavers Team and am based in Hastings.

My hobbies include, creative writing, reading, walking, cooking, travel and DIY although my better half would dispute the latter!

Peter Wheatley - Skills and Employment Team Leader (Centre)

I joined MYT in January 2014 as the Opt-Into Re-Engagement Coordinator.  The main objective of this role is to help young people who may have become disillusioned with education and future opportunities by ‘opting-into’ the opportunities available to them and helping them move onto suitable training/education/volunteering or employment.  I now work in the Skills and Employability Team in Medway supporting 16 to 20 year olds in a similar way on a more one-to-one basis, although I will be running groups in the future. I really enjoy working with young people and helping them to achieve their potential and in the past I have delivered the Team Programme with the Prince’s Trust and worked as a Life Skills Tutor in a supported housing project for young people.

A lot of my spare time is taken up caring for and looking after my 6 year old son. So by day I assist and support young people and by night I transform into a dinosaur/train driver/zoo keeper!!

Rebecca Towner - Assistant Head of TrustCareers

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser and am currently Assistant Head of Trust Careers. I have enjoyed working with young people for over twenty years either as a practitioner or managing advisers.

I have always found it rewarding to be able to help young people whether it is as a practitioner or on a more strategic level. In my current role I am developing services to schools as well as looking at ways we can improve our knowledge to   ensure our schools continue to deliver or exceed the current careers legislation. 

I have also been a member of the CDI (formally ICG) where I was made a fellow and I currently sit on the Career Development Institute council as the young person’s representative.  

Rory Abbott - Head of Youth Employability in East Sussex

I've worked for young people's services for 11 years starting in Kent and moving to East Sussex.  I have been qualified since 2007.  In my role I have the opportunity to influence those people in the county making decisions about young people's issues and enjoy the chance to link young people's voices into the decision making process. I enjoy hearing how the services I manage are supporting young people and like to take the opportunity to step away from the meetings and reports so that I can meet the young people that we support.

Rose Carter - Head of TrustCareers

Hi my name is Rose Carter and I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for 8 years in April 2014.

I started as a Trainee Careers Adviser and completed my qualification in 2008. I have worked in a number of schools in Medway and especially enjoyed working as the Lead Adviser at Thomas Aveling for 7 years. In addition I have also worked in the community and in the Chatham Centre which I helped to manage for 3 years.

My current role is Head of TrustCareers and my job is really varied and I get to meet lots of interesting people which I really enjoy. Part of my job is to arrange careers focus events in schools and I get to help out with some of the sessions which can be really fun. I recently learnt how to make button holes at Maplesden Noakes!

I have a great team of people that I work with and really enjoy coming to work each day as every day is different and I get to see my friends.

Outside work I love reading and cooking, I have two grownup children and a mad cat called Tiggi who sleeps most of the time!

Sandra Hope - Personal Assistant to Graham Clewes in Medway

I started at Medway Youth Trust as a temp in November 2008 on what I thought would be a short term booking as an admin assistant.  However, as time went on I found that I really enjoyed working here and when I was offered the permanent role of Personal Assistant to the CEO, I didn’t have to think too long about accepting it!  I have now been here for nearly seven years and I am pleased to say that I still really enjoy my job.   I am lucky enough to have three children, two girls and a boy, aged 23, 13 and 18 who are not rushing to leave home but help to keep me on my toes!

Selina Jobbins - TrustCareers Adviser in Medway

I have always worked with young, at first in part time jobs alongside my Psychology degree, and was always most interested in what the young people wanted to do with their future. It was when helping my sister get onto a college course, that I realised I wanted to do be a Careers Adviser professionally. I have been working for MYT in this role for over five years now, longer than I have committed to anything and love it! Before I trained a good friend said to me ‘You want to help other people sort their future out because you don’t know what to do with your own’, I replied ‘Why Not’ and have never looked back. I feel rewarded in being able to help young people at a time they are making difficult decisions and hope that every young person who has a careers meeting feels a little more happier about their future plans on their way out.

Shelley Pletsch - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

For over 15 years I have supported young people to have their voice heard and make changes for themselves and their communities. This support has ranged from getting skate parks approved in local areas to heading the youth strategy for the Mayor of London’s Well London Project. I have worked around the world with young people from all different backgrounds and countries; learning as much from the young people as they do from me. I believe all people know what is best for themselves and my job is to help young people figure this out and how to get there.

Simone Miles - Deputy CEO

Hi, I'm Simone and I am the Services Director for Medway Youth Trust, a charity which is focussed on improving the life chances of young people. I am an experienced careers professional having joined the careers service in 2001 and I have worked in a range of settings including mainstream and special schools, Further Education colleges and training providers. My current focus is the successful delivery of the range of contracts and programmes for the charity, recognising the challenges facing young people and to bring leadership, drive, supervision and management to all service delivery and the development of overall strategy and planning for the strategy.

Steve Hutson - Youth Participation Officer in Medway

My name is Steve Hutson. I am the Youth Participation Officer for the Medway Youth Trust. I am also an Employability and Skills Adviser working with the Medway Youth Offending Team. I am passionate about providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills and have their voice heard and acted upon. When not working I am a keen football fan.

Sue Torrison - Assistant Head of Volunteering and Social Action

I’ve worked for Medway Youth Trust for 7 years and enjoyed all of the different jobs I’ve done it that time. I like helping people to make a difference in their own and others lives, so I find my recent job as Mentoring & Volunteer Co ordinator really enjoyable. In my spare time I like to be involved in amateur dramatics and I volunteer at local beer festivals as I think these are both good ways of supporting my local community and enjoying myself at the same time.

Tarnya Cregeen - Head of Youth Employment Services in Medway

I've worked for Medway Youth Trust since 2003.  Initially as a Trainee Careers Adviser and now as Head of SEND/CLA.   My work involves overseeing all the services we provide for young people with Special Educational Needs and those who are looked after and/or care leavers.  I work closely with the senior leadership team within MYT, my staff, schools, outside agencies and the local authority to ensure that the services offered meet the needs of young people.  I have 14 years of working directly with young people is a variety of different settings and enjoy seeing progression and success with the young people I work with and for.  At home I am a mummy of two children and enjoy going out with the family and reading.

Tina Lee - Targeted Support Adviser in Medway

I have worked for Medway Youth Trust for 4 years and I love it here, working with young people is always interesting and there is always something new to learn. I work as a Targeted Support Adviser, working with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. I have done a number of roles including working as an Intensive Adviser within schools and running programmes.

 When I am not at work I like to spend time with my family. I am passionate about dogs and support a charity rehoming and caring for sighthounds. I also like seeing live bands.

Virginia Chalk - Skills & Employability Adviser in East Sussex

I love working with young people, helping them to decide on next steps and options to enhance their career and lifeskills.  This is very rewarding and exciting and great to see someone taking steps to achieve their ambitions.

I have worked as a teacher, an NVQ assessor, a Careers Adviser, Connexions Personal Adviser and now an Employability and Skills Adviser.  All that acquired knowledge is really useful in this role and helps me to give good all round information and advice.

I love travelling and finding out about different countries and cultures, Burma, Africa, America, Australia, Syria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland – and more – so I am very lucky and work hard to pay for all the holidays!

I have worked over 20 years in the education, training and employment sectors, teaching, assessing NVQ’s and offering careers guidance.

I enjoy working with young people helping them to realise their potential and achieve their ambitions. Sometimes it can be very challenging but seeing a young person take a small step to make a positive change is very rewarding and the little steps are the building blocks to a great career and lifestyle.

My two passions are my family and travelling.  I enjoy exploring new countries and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. 

Will Barney - TrustCareers Adviser in Medway

I have been a careers adviser for some time, I’m not saying how long but I continue to do it because I believe in the benefit of careers advice to all young and not so young people. Before training to become a careers adviser I worked in industry and commerce, including working in a canning factory – never again! I am professionally qualified in careers guidance, as an assessor and as an internal auditor. There are several other random certificates lying in a draw including a qualification in central heating design [never tried it] building materials and supplies [long forgotten] and family history which remains an interest. In addition I am a member of a local quiz league, which involves visiting a number of pubs on a regular basis, have taken part in quizzes on tv and radio, enjoy cycling on the flat or downhill, and reading just about anything.