Meet the Team

Michelle Taylor

Managing Director – Michelle Taylor RCDP MCDI FRSA

Michelle is the vision, passion and driving force behind Ideas4Careers. She leads a talented and experienced team of professionals who deliver career guidance and employability skills training across the Midlands. She is a professionally qualified and experienced career development practitioner who has worked with young people within the education sector for many years.

A registered professional member of the Career Development Institute (CDI), Michelle is also an Associate of the International Centre for Guidance Studies which provides consultancy to the careers sector on career progression and employability. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and advises on employment and skills having collaborated with OCR on writing employability qualifications which are now widely used. She brings her wealth of knowledge and much need creativity to refresh how careers and employability is taught and delivered.

Michelle provides the overall strategic direction and leadership for the organisation and manages a growing team of career guidance experts who share her passion.  

Rebecca Marshall

Strategic Lead for Careers Learning & Guidance in Education – Rebecca Marshall RCDP MCDI

Becky joined Ideas4Careers in 2015 after spending over 12 years in the education based careers sector and is now responsible for the performance and development of all CEIAG delivery contracts. She brings her experience of working with a diverse range of students in schools and academies; college students at risk of becoming NEET (not in Employment, Education and Training); assessor and consultancy of national quality careers awards for schools; development of careers resources; as well as experience of delivering information, advice and guidance within the Higher and Further Education sectors.

Becky is passionate about driving innovation forward in the sector and exploring new creative ways to engage and work with students.

Michelle Powell

Strategic Lead for Support4Progression (Inclusion and SEND) – Michelle Powell RCDP MCDI

Michelle was one of the first careers advisers to join us at Ideas4Careers in 2012. With many years’ experience of working as a careers adviser with young people in educational and community settings, Michelle brought her enthusiasm and expertise in working with and supporting more vulnerable young people in education. Now Operational and Strategic Lead for the Support4Progression programme in schools, Michelle works in partnership with schools, parents, colleges and support agencies to enable young people to transition successfully into post-16 provision.

Working in a range of settings across the region including independent and special schools, Michelle continues to develop our Support4Progression programme, raising the profile of the work in the areas of SEND.

Carol Magner

Lead for national Quality in Careers Awards – Carol Magner RCDP MCDI

Carol is our lead on developing best practice in CEIAG in education and supports schools and colleges to achieve national Quality in Careers Awards or reaccreditation.
After a successful career in publishing, HR in higher education and research for the NHS, Carol is now a qualified careers and employability adviser registered with the CDI (Level 7) and school assessor for quality awards. She brings her experience in secondary, sixth form and specialist provision such as special schools, pupil referral units (PRUs) and young offender centres. Past roles have included careers & HE manager at a local successful 6th form college and college governor.
Carol has a keen interest in social mobility and social justice agenda, supporting schools to access a wide range of inspirational activities and events for those less privileged.

Helen Janota

Lead for Careers Information, LMI and support to Education – Helen Janota MCLIP MCDI

Helen is a labour market and careers information consultant with many years’ experience in the careers sector. She uses her expertise to help careers practitioners, teachers, young people and their parents gain a greater understanding of the current and future labour market and how to make the most out of researching jobs and careers.
Her experience includes CPD training for careers, education and employment practitioners; consultancy around the role of careers information within CEIAG provision and Quality in Careers Awards; and the development of resources around careers and the world of work. Helen co-delivers the Insight into LMI workshops for the Career Development Institute (CDI) and her publications include the What Work series of guides to the local labour market for young people and Journey into LMI: five lessons on the labour market for Key Stage 4.

Lead for Adult Guidance, Executive Coaching & Psychometrics – Martin Palmer RCDP MCDI

Martin has been working as a careers guidance practitioner for over 30 years. In addition, to work in schools, he has worked extensively with adults and has led on initiatives such as an Employee Development Scheme within Peugeot Motor Company, redundancy counselling programmes with major companies, an Education Business Consortium and teacher placements as well as individual adults needing career guidance. He has a diploma in careers guidance and a post-graduate certificate in management studies joining Ideas4Careers in 2013.

Martin is qualified in psychometric testing and can administer a range of personal profiling tools. He believes strongly that everyone has unique potential and should have the opportunity to express their skills and personal qualities to the full, starting with making the right choices in school.

Julie Mather

Lead for apprenticeship reforms and levy – Julie Mather

Julie is a Workforce Development consultant with many years of experience of working on the Apprenticeship Agenda for the Skills Funding Agency including; managing seven training provider contracts and leading on a three year regional Healthcare Joint Investment Framework project to match fund the training of support staff.  This led to 24 NHS Trusts recruiting 1,700 apprenticeships from a starting point of 17.

Julie has also worked directly with employers and has supported 150 companies to recruit apprentices.  Julie is focused on helping companies to understand the impact of the apprenticeship reforms and levy on their business, to ensure that they maximise the opportunities fully for their existing and new staff.

In addition, we have a team of careers and employability practitioners who are involved in the delivery of our services. We are supported by local business ambassadors who support activities in education and are co-designers of our employability programmes.

  • Excellence: professionally qualified Career Guidance Consultants (Level 6 & 7) – on the national register of career guidance practitioners with the Career Development Institute; company members of Careers England; Matrix Accredited. The quality of the overall provision of CEIAG in schools and our contribution to it is very important to us.
  • Experience: dynamic and experienced careers and employability consultants with industry experience able to develop strong links with schools and colleges as well as individually with our adult clients and parents. In addition to working with education institutions we have delivered careers and employability contracts for the Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund as well as school-based programmes in partnership with local district and borough councils.
  • Impartial and independent of the school: thereby helping schools to comply with the obligations under the new Statutory Career Guidance for Schools (March 2015) to provide students from Year 8 – 13 with access to quality, impartial and independent careers guidance in partnership with independent CEIAG providers.
  • Integrity: we will ensure that our professionalism, integrity and ethics are of a high standard, have a long term positive impact on users, offering a quality service.