Become an Enterprise Adviser

Your business experience can inspire and engage young people. Your knowledge can help them make informed choices as they plan their next steps towards a career.

Enterprise Advisers bridge the gap between the world of work and education and help to shape a young person’s future. A role as an Enterprise Adviser will also help to support pathways into your own industry by raising awareness of the available opportunities and routes to entry.

What is an Enterprise Adviser?

Enterprise Advisers are business professionals from any industry sector or professional background and may be employers, employees, self-employed or recently retired.

There are just under 50 Enterprise Advisers working with secondary schools and colleges throughout Cumbria.

Each Enterprise Adviser is partnered with a Careers Leader in a secondary school or college and, together with other senior school leaders, they work to develop a strong careers programme that supports every student in the role of a critical friend.

Enterprise Advisers are supported by one of our Careers Hub Enterprise Co-ordinators.

Would you like to make a lasting impact on the lives of young people in Cumbria?

Meet our Enterprise Advisers

Ali Beard

Employment: NWS
Sector: Nuclear
Supporting: St Joseph’s Catholic High School

Amy Lamph

Employment: BAE Systems
Sector: Defence/Advanced Manufacturing
Supporting: Ulverston Victoria High School

Andrew Hewit

Employment: Semi-retired
Sector: Hospitality
Supporting: Lakes School

Antonette Cullen

Employment: HR Manager
Sector: Human Resources Manufacturing and Engineering
Supporting: Trinity School

Becky Linton

Employment: Cumbria CVS
Sector: Third Sector (Voluntary Services)
Supporting: James Rennie School

Ben Whiteley

Employment: Senior Engineering Manager
Sector: Nuclear Engineering Services
Supporting: West Lakes Academy

Beth Nicholls

Employment: Partnering in Property Management (PPM) Limited
Sector: Construction and Property Maintenance
Supporting: Appleby Grammar School and Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

Christina Jones

Employment: Sellafield Limited
Sector: Nuclear
Supporting: Richard Rose Morton Academy

Claire Roper

Employment: Sellafield Ltd.
Sector: Nuclear
Supporting: Cumbria Academy for Autism

Claire Urquhart

Employment: Westmorland Family
Sector: Hospitality and Retail
Supporting: Ullswater Community College

Dawn Watson

Employment: Head of Strategy & Technical, Infrastructure
Sector: Nuclear
Supporting: Beacon Hill Community School and Solway Community School.

Elizabeth Atkinson

Employment: Social Impact Manager
Sector: Industrial Services
Supporting: Mayfield School & West Cumbria Learning Centre

Emma Lindsay

Employment: Recruitment Manager
Sector: Recruitment
Supporting: Trinity School

Gemma Harrison

Employment: Morgan Sindall Infrastructure
Sector: Nuclear
Supporting: West Cumbria Learning Centre

Godfrey Owen

Employment: Self Employed
Sector: Professional Services
Supporting: Walney School

Jayne Moorby

Employment: Marketing Manager
Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Supporting: Furness Academy

Jimmy White

Employment: Cavendish Nuclear
Sector: Defence / MoD
Supporting: Whitehaven Academy

Judith Mitchell

Employment: Semi-Retired HR Manager
Sector: Engineering and Schools
Supporting: Chetwynde School

Lyndsey Fitheridge

Employment: System People
Sector: Training & Recruitment
Supporting: William Howard School

Mandy Morland

Employment: Right2Work (part of Oaklea Group)
Sector: Community Interest Company (C.I.C)
Supporting: Sandgate School

Mark Johnson

Employment: H&H Land and Estates
Sector: Professional Services
Supporting: Queen Katherine School

Martin Ewin

Employment: Senior Analyst
Sector: Health & Care
Supporting: The Nelson Thomlinson School

Martin Norris

Employment: Realise HR
Sector: Recruitment
Supporting: Caldew School

Matt Williams

Employment: Senior Specialist, Economy & Culture
Sector: Local Government
Supporting: Kendal College

Maxine Reynolds

Employment: Retired
Sector: Information Management & Technology
Supporting: Dowdales School

Michelle Wiggins

Employment: Inspira
Sector: Third Sector
Supporting: The Gillford Centre

Mike Jeschke

Employment: Siemens Energy
Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Supporting: John Ruskin School

Mike Nicols

Employment: Managing Director
Sector: Nuclear / oil & gas / hazardous wastes
Supporting: West Lakes Academy

Mike Smith

Employment: Retired
Sector: Engineering
Supporting: Cockermouth School

Nigel Thomason

Employment: Managing Director
Sector: Training, Coaching leadership and Management
Supporting: Netherhall School

Rachel Melton

Employment: Jacobs Clean Energy
Sector: Engineering
Supporting: Netherhall School

Robert Walker

Employment: Technical Sourcing Recruiter
Sector: Information Technology
Supporting: Beacon Hill Community School

Roger Wilson

Employment: Consultancy
Sector: Professional Services
Supporting: Queen Elizabeth School and Studio

Sarah Graham

Employment: Croppers
Sector: Manufacturing
Supporting: Kirkbie Kendal School

Sarah Peak

Employment: Export Manager
Sector: Government
Supporting: Queen Elizabeth School and Studio

Sharon Brook

Employment: North Lakes Hotel & Spa
Sector: Hospitality
Supporting: Samuel Kings School

Stacey White

Employment: BAE Systems
Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Supporting: Walney School

Role Summary

As an Enterprise Adviser you will:

  • Link the school or college to your wider network of local businesses and encourage their involvement in careers activities.
  • Support the school or college to develop plans and activities which create positive outcomes for their students.
  • Support the school or college’s senior leadership team to strategically develop and evaluate their careers plan providing a valuable employer’s perspective
  • Support the school or college to develop a good understanding of the local labour market needs, employment base and other local opportunities

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    EA training and development opportunities

    We want to help our Enterprise Advisers use their business skills and knowledge in a way that best supports the school or college they are working with.  The Cumbria Careers Hub team runs regular events to help demystify careers education and increase understanding about the type of support schools and young people need.

    As an Enterprise Adviser you can access:

    • Careers and Enterprise Company Training and Resources
    • Cumbria Careers Hub development workshops
    • A range of Cumbria Careers Hub online resources
    • Area networking cluster events to share best practice

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