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 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.  

Gill Fox-Johnson

School Development Manager – Gillian Fox-Johnson BA RCDP MCDI

With 16 years’ experience as a careers adviser, she has worked in many secondary schools and college settings, supporting young people with their career decision making; she was a UCAS specialist in a sixth form college for Five of those years. Gill is driven by issues of social mobility and widening participation in higher education. Now School Development Manager for Ideas4Careers her role involves working with new and existing schools to develop the quality of their careers provision, and to support them in achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks. She provides consultancy and external assessment for schools undertaking the Quality in Careers Standard for Ideas4Careers under licence from Prospects and CareerMark.

Katherine Jennick

School Partnership Manager – Katherine Jennick RCDP MCDI

Katherine has 15 years’ experience as a careers adviser as well as varied roles in mentoring and training Katherine 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 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 RCDP 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 Standard 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 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.