Meet The Team

EmployabilityUK is designed to meet the needs and expectations of students, teachers, governors, parents/carers and OFSTED. We are flexible and targeted and can be shaped to individual school needs.

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Trustees

Keith Fraser

Keith Fraser

Chair of Trustees

Keith is a serving police officer with more than 27 years’ experience, with both the Metropolitan and West Midlands Police Forces. He is currently a Superintendent with West Midlands Police. With a degree in HR, Keith operates at a strategic level and manages large areas of business and manages hundreds of staff and multimillion pound budgets.

He is passionate about helping young people and was delighted to be asked to Chair a charity that shares the same commitment to raising the aspirations of young people throughout the West Midlands and beyond.

Lynn England

Vice Chair of Trustees

Lynn has over 30 years’ experience as a teaching professional and a senior manager in an 11-18 Academy in Walsall, West Midlands. Lynn is a school governor and an assessor for initial teacher training. She has worked as a supporter and ambassador for various education charities and has also been responsible for the development of a number of Enterprise courses for delivery in schools.

Lynn supports a range of charities and enjoys antique hunting, the arts and watching motorsport in her spare time.

Rob Ball

Rob Ball

Treasurer

After many years in senior HR roles at MG Rover Group and GKN, Rob created Naturally Concerned and its sister brand, Coaching by the Balls. At MG Rover, Rob’s work was central to the development of a highly successful apprenticeship scheme.

A Chartered Fellow CIPD and MIACE, Rob is an enthusiastic supporter of business/education partnerships having served on and chaired a number of education & employer Boards.

Rob’s interests include climate change and he is currently a Non-Executive Director and President of the Warwickshire Cricket League.

Kim Lennard

Secretary of the Trustees

Kim brings extensive business and HR experience to EmployabilityUK, having worked in the public, private and charity sectors.  Kim has worked with senior managers in a number of organisations providing support and guidance and helping to manage their teams. Kim’s current role is in the public sector, providing short term therapy and assistance to individuals in dealing with conflict within the workplace. Kim is also a mentor and a trained mediator.

Nina Shields

Nina Shields

Trustee

A retired HR professional, after some 30 years in HR, working in a wide variety of sectors, Nina is now self employed as a professional gardener. She is also a textile artist.

Nina started her HR career in Industrial Relations in the engineering industry. Moving on through training and development to organisational development, she has worked in broadcasting, a public utility, house building, food manufacture, pharmaceutical manufacture, a commercially run prison and finance.

Throughout her career Nina continued to build relationships between the worlds of business and education. She is currently a governor at one of her local schools.

Operational Team

Diane Vernon

Di Vernon

Founder & Chief Executive

After eight years working in the third sector, Di decided to create a new education charity. 
Di was responsible for developing Career Academies UK’s regional strategy and delivering the national programme. Having built a team of regional managers she then went on to become Director of Business Development.

Di has 25 years of corporate business experience from BT and O2, including delivering BT’s education and community programme in the Midlands. Di has held a number of volunteering roles including 6 years as a Special Constable with West Midlands Police.

Desna McAll

Founder Director

Until October 2011 Desna was Vice Principal at Cirencester College, where she was responsible for developing employer partnerships and a range of employability and enterprise programmes. Desna pioneered a range of business/education initiatives and built a suite of employer-led initiatives and activities for students.

She then worked part time as an Associate of the National Skills Academy in Financial Services, and an assessor for the Institute of Customer Service before becoming a founder Director of EmployabilityUK.

Now fully retired, she is a registered speaker for Dogs for Good and enjoys the challenge of tough charity fundraising treks, worldwide travelling, and relaxing with her dogs and horses. Dogs for Good is a UK-based charity, training and providing accredited assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities and children with autism.

Belinda Brown

Programme Manager

After graduating Belinda started her career working for CMP Electronics in the exhibitions sector. From there she became Corporate Event Manager for an agency and was responsible for the management of a wide ranging portfolio of conferences, events and incentive travel for blue chip accounts. After five years, Belinda moved in to the charity sector where she became Midlands & East Anglia Regional Development Manager for WaterAid. She was responsible for developing and supporting WaterAid’s relationships with the water industry, maximising income and supporting the hundreds of volunteers in the region undertaking high value corporate events and local level fundraising activities on behalf of the charity.

Inspired by the wonderful volunteers she’s been privileged to work with over the years, and during a career break to raise her children, Belinda has undertaken a number of volunteer roles including being a Nursery School Governor. Belinda is responsible for EmployabilityUK’s programmes in the Coventry area.

Krystyna Nosek

Krystyna Nosek

Programme Manager

Krystyna has extensive experience in student development, employability skills and of leading large teams. With 23 years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector, Krystyna has developed a wide range of employability skills modules, working closely with students to manage student expectations and the development of skills for the workplace. Krystyna has designed workshops for outreach activities, working with local schools looking at careers development and working on aspirations and work-related skills. Krystyna is a trained Mentor and enjoys coaching young people of all ages. Krystyna has worked with youth organisations for over thirty years and is a long-standing supporter of the Crohns and Colitis UK group in the Wolverhampton area. Her interests include yoga and reading and she enjoys going to concerts and listening to live music.

Ann Gordon

Office Manager

Following a career in a range of management roles in the NHS, Ann joins EmployabilityUK as Office Manager with responsibility for processes and volunteer administration. Bringing a wealth of experience from the public and charity sectors, Ann has a central role in process and systems development and is responsible for managing EmployabilityUK’s Volunteer Experience.

Justin Southwick

Senior Social Media Advisor

As an operational leader in a range of management roles, Justin is passionate about raising standards and encouraging young people to excel and achieve their ambitions and potential. With a working interest in technology and social media, Justin brings a wealth of knowledge of marketing techniques to EmployabilityUK with a strong strategic influence. Justin spends his down-time supporting a range of charities and introducing technology to his two young sons.

Mosleh Chowdhury

Salesforce Consultant

Mos is a Certified Salesforce Consultant with over 6 years expertise in the field. His background includes the non-profit, private and corporate sectors. He joins EmployabilityUK as the Salesforce Consultant.

Currently a Consultant at Fidelity International, he specialises in building, customising, implementing, SIT/UAT and administering multiple Salesforce platforms worldwide. He teaches both users and clients of the platform worldwide and his knowledge of the non-profit sector has allowed him to tailor systems specifically to the requirements of the organisation.

Mos has a degree in Business Management and has four Salesforce Certifications. Currently studying for his fifth Salesforce certification, a project management certification and how to code, he stays active in the Salesforce Community and regularly participates in Rubik’s Cube competitions.

Kevin Rogers

Senior Business Champion - Black Country

With more than 25 years senior management experience across organisations within the manufacturing, automotive and construction sectors, Kevin is Chief Executive of Wolverhampton-based not-for-profit health cover provider, Paycare. He is a qualified Accountant and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

As Vice President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of the British Healthcare Association (BHCA), Kevin is hugely passionate about raising aspirations of young people and is delighted to be Business Champion for EmployabilityUK in the Black Country.

John Dooner

John Dooner

Senior Safeguarding Advisor & Director of Volunteering

A coach, mediator and team builder, John has an extensive background in education. 
He is a former Headteacher of two Pupil Referral Units, has managed local authority support services and has extensive experience in Higher and Further Education. John has developed Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines and is a well established trainer in the essential area.

David Zell

David Zell

Senior Business Advisor

Before taking early retirement, David enjoyed a corporate banking career based in several countries with major institutions including Citibank. David has held a range of senior positions in his work to support education charities. He chairs the business/education Board at Greenshaw High School, Sutton and Surrey in London.

David’s has many interests including Trusteeships of London Youth Support Trust, the largest London workspace incubator for disadvantaged young people and Unexpected Opera, a professional “pocket opera” company and charity. Having returned to his personal education 3 years ago, David is currently studying for a PhD in German History at Birmingham University.

Clive Booth

Clive Booth

Senior Financial Advisor

Clive Booth spent most of his career in the computer industry and ran two of the largest UK computer companies. His background is in Engineering, Finance and Sales & Marketing. 
He now sits on a number of company boards and also lectures / mentors at a number of universities. He also has a business planning company.

Student Representatives

Martyna Adam

Martyna is currently studying Psychology, Biology and Mathematics A Levels at Whitley Academy Sixth Form. Martyna was part of the Employability Skills Programme pilot in 2016, and said it is a pleasure to have been chosen to take part in the programme.

After finishing her A Levels, Martyna hopes to go to university to study Psychology. During her school education she was an active leader of the school council, particularly focusing on the charity sector. As a school they raised funds for many charities by organising events such as cake sales. Primarily, due to her work to organise the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal in 2014, Martyna won a scholarship from ‘Free the Children’, partnered with Virgin Atlantic, to Rajasthan in India for 3 weeks in the summer of 2015. During the scholarship she visited rural communities and helped build a classroom for a primary school.
Alongside her studies, Martyna has a part time job as a receptionist and class assistant at a study centre. She is also an active member of the Pathways to Law programme at Warwick University. In her spare time Martyna enjoys reading books and listening to music

Alex Williams

Alex Williams is studying Engineering at Wolverhampton University. Alex was part of the EmployabilityUK pilot in 2014-15 and worked on a number of activities with his mentor from Mercedes-Benz Wolverhampton. He has represented EmployabilityUK in his capacity as a Student Rep at a number of events.
Alex hopes to secure a career in mechanical engineering or something similar, as he has a keen interest in working with vehicles. This interest was confirmed during his workplace visit to Mercedes Benz during the programme. Alex likes practical, hands-on work and has an interest in engineering because he likes the way vehicles and other machines are made and how they work. Alex likes the fact that other people love machinery and vehicles also and would like to think one day he will make something which people enjoy!
In his spare time Alex likes to meet up with friends, play football, go to the cinema and listen to music. He enjoys working in teams and getting involved with new and challenging activities.

Idris Hussain

Idris Hussain is studying BTEC engineering Level 3 and Physics at A Level at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy. Idris was part of the EmployabilityUK pilot in 2014-15 and is now a Student Representative for EmployabilityUK.

In his spare time, Idris likes to play football and spend time with friends. He also has a part time job working for a restaurant company. Idris plans to go to University or get an apprenticeship in an Engineering field.

Like Student Rep Alex, Idris is very interested in cars and would like to work in design, for a company such as Jaguar Land Rover. He is particularly interested in their Apprenticeship scheme and there is a new factory plant being built in Wolverhampton where he lives.

Idris has supported several events for EmployabilityUK acting as host and ambassador at both Schools and Business Launches. He has developed his presentation skills throughout his time on the mentoring programme and presented on a number of occasions to large audiences. He feels the programme was of great benefit to him and recommends it to his fellow students.