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Find out about the senior leadership of The Careers Group which includes our director, central services heads, and the heads of our member careers services.

Bob Gilworth

Dr. Bob Gilworth is responsible for setting overall strategy for the Group as well as leading the Senior Management Team. Bob works with the Head of each member careers service and senior stakeholders in member institutions to support their employability objectives and ensure that The Careers Group supports the requirements and strategic aims of all its members.

At UK level, Bob serves as president of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and on the Research Group of the ISE (Institute of Student Employers). He is regularly approached by institutions to be an external member of senior appointing panels and institutional reviews and by government and related agencies for expert input into research and policy discussions relating to graduate employability. Bob is an elected Fellow of NICEC.

Magdalen Attwater smiling and wearing a red top

Magdalen is responsible for supporting the delivery of The Careers Group mission through the management of people, budgets, projects, processes and third-party relationships that directly support service delivery in and between, our member institutions, and through the effective promotion of the collective to internal and external audiences.

She works with the Director and other members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in determining and implementing strategic objectives and projects (where appropriate) to develop and strengthen The Careers Group as a membership organisation. She has line management and strategic leadership of central teams providing support for direct student and employer facing activity - currently Vacancies, Taster Courses, IT, and Content and Information. Magdalen takes a lead in managing due diligence, procurement and contracting processes, quality assurance and supports the Director in the management of overall group finances and business continuity planning and risk.

Karen Barnard smiling against a black background wearing a red top

Karen has been Director of UCL Careers since 2004, managing the 60-strong careers team. Reporting to the Vice Provost (Education & Student Affairs) and a member of the Education Leadership Team at UCL, she has responsibility for the strategic development of employability education across UCL as well as the operational delivery of all aspects of careers support for the c.42,000 students at UCL, c.5,000 postdoctoral staff and recent alumni. The careers support given by Karen and the careers team is two-fold. There are core services of benefit to all, such as large careers fairs and skill development activities and there are bespoke activities, situated as a partnership with academic departments, tailoring the provision of careers education and guidance to the individual student cohort.

Kate Daubney smiling against a background of plants with skyscrapers in the background

Kate has been Head of King’s Careers & Employability since January 2017, when she joined King’s to lead on the employability aspects of the innovative King’s project of employability-led quality assurance. She has innovated significant work in redefining what we mean by ‘embedded employability’ and is speaking and consulting internationally on applications of this in other universities and in FE and school curriculums. Kate has also extended Gilworth and Thambar’s Careers Registration concept to develop a careers learning gain framework that enables students to self-identify their career readiness and their progress on their career journey following careers service interactions

Katy Gordon smiling

Katy oversees a team of 22 FTE staff, working across four different functions:  Advice & Guidance, Information & Data, Employer Engagement and Work Experience and Student Enterprise & Skills. This will shortly expand to include a new enterprise hub.
 
Katy leads on delivery of the three-year Institutional Employability Strategy, which touches all departments of the university, making employability everybody’s responsibility. She is part of the Student Experience Leadership Group overseeing the Student Experience Directorate at Goldsmiths, and manages The Careers Group's Modern Career Learning project and sits on the AGCAS Governance & Risk Committee.
 
Katy came to Goldsmiths from running the Careers Service at the University of Strathclyde, following a 20+ year career in advice and guidance in the all age guidance services in Scotland. In between times, she has also stood for parliament 3 times, served as vice convener of a national political party in Scotland and pursued her interests in best recruitment practice, widening participation and impact measurement.  
 

Philippa Hewett wearing a black top against a white background

Philippa joined The Careers Group in 2013 and has been Head of Careers at SOAS since 2014. Prior to SOAS, she worked in Harrods as a management trainee,  BT Global as a Quality Consultant, Concert (BT and AT&T Joint Venture) as Head of Execution, as an independent Change Management consultant and finally retrained as a teacher in 2010, so one thing she is good at is understanding a portfolio career approach!

The team in SOAS works closely with academic colleagues to deliver evidence-based support for students and graduates: SOAS is one of the few institutions that allows graduate access to Careers advice for life. As an early adopter of Careers Registration, we have been able to show the 'golden thread' that links advanced career thinking to graduate outcomes. We also ask graduates at graduation where their carer thinking is so we can get a complete picture of their thinking over time: this also enables us to offer support to those most in need at that point.
 

Emily Huns in black and white jacket smiling

Emily is an employability and enterprise professional with 17 years’ experience in the higher education sector. She is one of our Senior Heads of Service, leading the Careers and Enterprise team at Queen Mary University of London, where she is responsible for 40 staff delivering employability and enterprise support to 24,000 students. Team provision includes employability in the curriculum, incubation for student entrepreneurs, alumni mentoring and internships. Emily also leads on a range of external partnerships for Queen Mary, including a student consultancy with J.P. Morgan and an industry taster scheme with the Sir John Cass Foundation. She has a particular interest in transformative careers programmes for students from less advantaged backgrounds.
 

Gemma Kenyon smiling

Gemma manages the careers service at City, University of London. Gemma leads a team of over 25 staff working in all functions of the careers service; careers guidance, employer engagement, the Unitemps recruitment agency and information. Gemma leads strategic planning within the university in regards to the career development and employability of City students and recent graduates. Gemma has worked in diverse Higher Education careers services since 2009.

 

Her educational background is Occupational Psychology including psychometric testing and she has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education. Gemma is part of The Careers Group Senior Management Team and the Senior Leadership Team of the Student and Academic Services directorate at City.

Victoria Wade smiling against a black background

Victoria heads up the Careers Services of the ten specialist University of London institutions, Doctoral Training Partnerships and non-federal institutions that make up Education Consultancy. She is responsible for strategic management and operational delivery as well as managing a split-site team.  Victoria builds and maintains relationships with institutional stakeholders and works in conjunction with her team to ensure that they provide transformational, student-focused services. Victoria also sits on the Senior Management Team and has responsibility for key strategic projects run by the central team. Victoria has worked for The Careers Group since 2011 and prior to this, she was Associate Director for a Market Research organisation.  

David Winter indoors, smiling, wearing a pinkish top

David’s role is to enable The Careers Group achieve its mission of making our member services the best they can be by putting in place strategies, structures and systems that encourage excellence. This involves developing our capacity to undertake and apply research to our activities, encouraging ongoing professional development and sharing of best practice, and ensuring that we have up-to-date resources and innovative methods for delivering our services. In practice, that means he spends a lot of time finding ways to make it easier for talented but busy people to do things that increase their expertise.