Steering Group – Update

As we enter Phase Two of the network we have made some significant changes to how we operate. Those changes have seen a restructure to the steering group and the staggered introduction of our franchise network model. The restructure of the steering group allows us to broaden our reach in supporting Careers professionals. We found that by focusing solely on Secondary careers education we weren’t lacked the scope to draw important lines to the wider world of careers. Below you can see the new structure and the current members of the group.

The steering group meets several times per year to discuss Careers education and it’s impact on young people. Each member is responsible for updating the wider on sector updates, writing content for the website and the planning and delivering of events.

We are still looking for members to cover both Further Education and Business – Please email info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk if you are interested in being a part of the steering group – please use ‘Steering Group’ in your subject heading.


Steering Group


Jon Datta – Higher Education

Outreach Coordinator, Trinity College (University of Cambridge)

I am responsible for our partnerships with external organisations and oversight of our widening participation and access programme. I previously worked in secondary education as a teacher and senior school trust leader. I’m currently Vice-Chair of Governors at a local secondary school.

Tim Roe – Parents

Greater Manchester Higher Outreach Hub

I am a Widening Participation professional with 11 years experience. I come from a wide range  of backgrounds: teacher, learning support, mentor, sports development and higher education. I am proud to co-run Parent Power Oldham. These are an inspiring group of parents who campaign for a fairer society for their children’s futures. I also produce ‘The Open Circle Podcast’ for the PURSUE network.

Charlotte Sinnett – Higher Education

Chemistry Teacher, St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, Sunderland

I was the North East Regional Co-ordinator for the HE+ Programme run by Cambridge University. In 2019 I was awarded the FutureMe HE Champion of the year award for strategically building a culture of progression to higher education throughout the school, teaching and parent communities.

Mandy Green – Secondary Education

Director of Aspiration, Bedford Academy

I’m a qualified Careers Adviser and Careers Leader and was one of the first to fully meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and take her school through the revised Quality in Careers assessment, winning both a national best practice award and the CEC School of the year award along the way. I am passionate about motivating and engaging students and providing them with the knowledge and skills they need in a meaningful and impactful way.

Adam Cotgrave – Vocational Education

Occupations Manager

I am a Civil Servant working for the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Prior to this I was a Development Lead with Teach First, supporting schools in disadvantaged areas to develop robust, long-term careers strategies. I have eight years’ experience in the classroom as a secondary English teacher, including time as a careers leader.

Janet Colledge – Primary Education & Leadership

Careers Education Consultant Outstanding Careers

A qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience providing award winning careers education. Her most recent contribution to careers is as co author of the CDI Primary Careers Learning Framework. I’m also a member of the Quality in Careers Standard Board and the Careers Writers Association.

Carol Newby – Events

Network Connectors, Teach First

Supporting Network Leads to start, build and grow their network. This involves 1-1 support, promoting network activities, providing appropriate approaches to measuring the network’s impact, access to funding support, connection to other networks

Simon Wareham – Secondary & Skills

SLT: Student Progression (Careers & PSHE) at Southmoor Academy, Sunderland

Lead Careers and PSHE programme within both Southmoor and latterly our partner school Sandhill View Academy. In 2020, after a 2 year journey, Southmoor successfully achieved the full QiC Award and both schools have subsequently successfully completed their Annual Reviews. Both schools within the Trust have gained local, regional, national and international recognition for their outstanding careers education programme.

Nerys Steventon – SEND

Careers Leader & WEX Manager – two schools within a Multi Academy Trust in Cheshire

I am a Teacher of Business Studies and ICT and I spent the first 13 years of my teaching career in mainstream secondary. I joined Adelaide School (SEMH) in Crewe and I am in my 6th year with them. I created and developed the role of Careers Lead here at Adelaide School 3 years ago and have since trained and supported new Careers Leads in other schools within the MAT.

Click here for full profiles of our Steering Group members

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