Meet our Career Mentors

We have a wonderful network of mentors who are happy to be contacted by former Villiers Park students to share employment experiences, knowledge and advice.  Due to certain regulations we are only able to provide Career Mentors for Villiers Park alumni who are over the age of 18 and (preferably) are an undergraduate or recent graduate.

Shaping Your Future is designed to help our alumni:

  • find out about different careers through networking with Career Mentors
  • take their first steps onto the career ladder through internships and jobs.

Choose the sector you’re interested in from the drop-down below and browse our mentors working in that industry.

  • Tutor

    Career Mentor

    Jyoti is a qualified teacher with a Masters degree in maths and a PGCE degree in the post 16 sector. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has been working with the Milton Keynes council conducting various courses in schools and community centres. She has used her experience in guiding post 16 […]

  • Teacher of Science

    Career Mentor

    Lucy studied biology (microbiology and biotechnology) at the University of York. Throughout her degree she was interested in a career in research, but after volunteering in a local school she became interested in working in education. Lucy completed her PGCE in biology at the University of Sussex and hasn’t looked back since. She currently works […]

  • Principal Patent Attorney, Arm

    Career Mentor

    Sam is a Chartered UK and European patent attorney with ten years of experience in the patent profession and an academic background in digital electronics. Sam worked in private practice at a firm of patent attorneys in London for several years before moving in-house with Arm Limited in Cambridge in 2015.

  • Senior Counsel, Arm

    Career Mentor

    Lara is a qualified solicitor and US attorney with over 15 years of legal experience. Her area of work is data protection and cybersecurity.

  • Engineer, Arm Holdings

    Career Mentor

    Silvia joined Arm (SoftBank) as a technical consultant and software engineer in Cambridge after graduating with a BSc in 2017 and completing multiple internships. On top of her full-time job, she is pursuing a part-time Master’s degree in Computer Science. Having gained a wealth of experience in tech and with a keen interest in business, […]

  • Principal Recruitment Consultant

    Career Mentor

    After graduating from the University of Bath, Matt took a career path in to recruitment and has established himself as a specialist in this industry for the last eight years.

  • Digital Strategist, Havas

    Career Mentor

    Heleana is a digital strategist with over 16 years experience across brand marketing, business growth, social media, customer relationship management and content marketing disciplines. She has worked in a diverse range of sectors from technology, FMCG, retail and utilities with clients such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Unilever and Tata Consultancy Services, through to social enterprises and […]

  • Bursar, Westminster College

    Career Mentor

    Magalie had 10 years of hotel experience from low to high level, in budget hotels to luxury resorts. She has built a sound business-acumen and operational and strategic drive. In the past five years, she has worked at a more senior level and developed some key processes for developing personnel and unleashing their full potential. […]

  • CEO, Optibrium Limited

    Career Mentor

    Matt has a BA in Physics and MSc in Computation from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Computational Physics from the University of Cambridge. Working in a series of biotech companies, he led a team developing machine learning models, decision-support and visualisation software used in the pharmaceutical industry to guide the discovery of […]

  • Post-16 Aspirations Co-ordinator, Dyke House Sports and Technology College

    Career Mentor

    After graduating from Durham University with a PGCE in 2015, Claire began working as a ‘Graduate Mentor’ for The Sixth Form at Dyke House College, to raise aspirations in a town with little social mobility. She is now part-way through her NQT year, with experience across KS3, KS4 and KS5, teaching both History and the […]

  • Software Engineer, ARM

    Career Mentor

    Following his degree in Computer Science, Scott went to work in the video game industry where he spent ten years working as a software engineer on games for the PC and most major consoles launched between 2000 and 2010. He enjoyed the mix of creative work and low-level engineering offered by the games industry at […]

  • Higher Executive Officer, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Career Mentor

    Izabela is a recent graduate, having completed her BA in Politics and International Relations and her MSc in Media, Power and Public Affairs. She has just started her first full-time job as a Higher Executive Officer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She has also had numerous jobs while in secondary school, […]

  • Creative, Havas Worldwide

    Career Mentor

    A Creative in advertising means that Kate is a creative thinker and dreamer of ideas. Her mind works in pictures not words, so she describes herself as an Art Director, if she were to be put in a box. You do not have good work without a great idea, so her focus is always on […]

  • Welsh Conservative Assembly Member, National Assembly for Wales

    Career Mentor

    Suzy is the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales West and Shadow Secretary for Social Services, Swansea Bay City Region, Welsh Language and Culture. She sits on the Assembly’s Brexit and Culture Committees, having previously sat on the Young People and Constitutional Committees.  Suzy chairs the cross party group on tourism.and is also an […]

  • Head of Geo-Information, Geomatics and GIS, Shell

    Career Mentor

    Rob is a geospatial technologist with expertise in location services, mobile devices, collaborative technology and the world wide web. He is experienced in geospatial software development, data management and enterprise technology deployment and strategy. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science, Rob worked as a software developer for five years developing GIS software before […]

  • Senior Art Director, Havas helia

    Career Mentor

    Tushar is a Creative Art Director with over six years of experience at agencies in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Stockholm. He started his career off at Miami Ad School Europe in a two-year art direction course. Between his failed attempts at award-winning advertising, he makes music and illustrates.

  • Managing Partner, Havas helia

    Career Mentor

    Emma is a Managing Partner at Havas helia, part of the Havas global communications agency. She has over 22 years of experience in the industry, working with leading brands such as Tesco, Subway, Heathrow Airport, TUI and Unilever. Her focus is on working with clients to understand how their data can deliver personalised, direct communications […]

  • Music Teacher

    Career Mentor

    Emma was an opera director for 15 years – working as a staff director at English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North, and as a director at all of the London Music Conservatoires. Now she is a secondary music teacher at Highgate School.

  • Planner, Havas helia

    Career Mentor

    Wallis is originally from France, where she started her career in Paris as an Account Executive at BETC. She then worked in New York as a Junior Social Strategist at Cake, and has now been working at Havas helia in London for the past two and a half years as a Planner. Her work involves […]

  • Creative Concepter – copywriter, Havas

    Career Mentor

    Anna has been in a creative team for six years. Her team did a year of placements in various sized advertising and digital creative agencies in Edinburgh, London and Shanghai, China. In 2012, they started working at Draft FCB as a junior creative team. They worked there for two years on various projects from print […]

  • Planner, Havas

    Career Mentor

    Kerrie is currently working at Havas London. She has been in the advertising industry for nearly three years as a Strategist. Her role is to take a client brief, then gather, distill and define the insights that will drive a creative solution. Her expertise lie in digital, although she is currently learning the wonderful world […]

  • Director, Havas

    Career Mentor

    Louise works in a multi-functional communications role, which means she combines her background in public relations with advertising, social media and medical education to deliver campaigns for clients. She mostly works in healthcare, which includes nutrition, prescription medication and consumer healthcare.

  • Client Lead, m/Six Agency

    Career Mentor

    With over 14 years of industry experience, Eliza has held a range of roles within digital marketing/media agencies including Operations Director (M&C Saatchi Mobile), Head of Digital (Carat Edinburgh), Group Account Director (DigitasLBi) Head of Online (MediaVision) and Connections Partner (Havas), with international clients across all sectors. Since 2008 she’s been writing thought pieces for […]

  • Head of Delivery, Department for Education

    Career Mentor

    Jamie is a Civil Servant working at the Department for Education. Jamie joined the Civil Service on the Fast Stream in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles, mainly focusing on policy development and delivery for schools and colleges. His particular areas of expertise are in solving complex problems, building relationships and supporting […]

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