Meet the Team

Michelle Taylor

Managing Director – Michelle Taylor RCDP MCDI FRSA

Michelle is the vision, passion and driving force behind Ideas4Careers. She is a professionally qualified and experienced career development practitioner and CEIAG consultant who has worked with young people within the education sector for many years. As an external assessor, she provides consultancy and external assessment for schools and colleges undertaking the national Quality in Careers Standard under licence from Prospects and Career Mark. Michelle trains and supports Careers Leaders and SLT in schools and academy trusts to develop their careers provision to high standards, gaining national accreditation.

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.  

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Associate Lead Consultant for Careers and School Development

Maria has joined ideas4careers after working for Derbyshire Careers Services and Connexions Derbyshire.  She has over 25 years’ experience as a career’s adviser working within mainstream schools, FE colleges and special needs schools.  Specialist roles have included working with vulnerable groups – teenage parents and young people that are educated at home, sourcing training provision that is accessible and appropriate.
Maria has a keen interest in working with young people, providing guidance to help them explore all avenues and opportunities open to them, so they can make a transition to the next stage of their journey.

Katherine Jennick

School Partnership Manager – Katherine Jennick RCDP MCDI

Katherine has over 15 years’ experience as a careers adviser as well as varied roles in mentoring and training. She has developed a tool to help young people identify their skills (What’s Your Strength) and has a wealth of expertise in supporting young people. Her innovative and creative approaches to career guidance helps to individualise the support for each young person and gives them a safe space to explore their self awareness. In her new role of School Partnership Manager she is developing key relationships between Ideas4Careers and several schools around Nottingham.

Carol Magner

Lead for national Quality in Careers Standard 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 Standard Awards or re-accreditation.
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 and HE manager at a local sixth form college and college governor.
Carol has a keen interest in social mobility and the social justice agenda, supporting schools to access a wide range of inspirational activities and events for those less privileged.

Lynn Addison

Lead for SEND – Lynn Addison RCDP MCDI

Lynn is the lead guidance practitioner for SEND at Ideas4Careers. Having spent more than 20 years working in the NHS as an occupational therapist and trainer, Lynn retrained as a careers guidance practitioner and now works in a range of schools, both mainstream and special. She is able to use symbols and Makaton sign language to allow students with communication difficulties to access career conversations.

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 his 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.

In addition, we have a team of careers and employability practitioners who are involved in the delivery of our services offering a wide range of experience, skills and expertise. We strive to ensure that our professionalism, integrity and ethics are of a high standard and have a long-term positive impact on those who use our services.