Meet the people behind CA4P
Carolyn Parry is a languages graduate (London University) with a passion for helping people identify and work towards achieving their potential. Her own very painful career crisis, following a successful business career working in property, software and publishing led to her identifying her true North and retraining to become Higher Education Careers Adviser. She spent fourteen years at Aberystwyth University, where she became Deputy Director with responsibility for the university’s employer liaison strategy, and latterly Institute Director of Student Development and Employability.
She took Voluntary Severance in 2015 to set up Career Alchemy, an
Currently the UK Careers Adviser/Career Coach of the Year, she is a certified life coach and trained in a range of techniques and tools including emotional intelligence profiling, neuro-linguistic programming and Belbin team role theory.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Higher Education Academy, and the International Enterprise Educators’ Programme, she is a Trustee and Non Executive Director of NASES (the National Association of Student Employment Services), a national trainer for AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), and the Wales voice for the professional association for all age careers work in the UK, the Career Development Institute.
An electronic engineer by training, Rhys has more than 30 years’ software development and project management experience in the software industry for companies such as Helwett Packard and Easams. In this context he recruited and managed teams in excess of 100 people.
A change of career led him to spending over a decade as a teaching fellow in a UK top 15 computer science department in a British University.
He now divides his time between the IT, Finance and QA elements of Career Alchemy and supporting Welsh rugby. For more please see Rhys’s profile on www.linkedin.com
Gary Argent – Early Careers Employability Specialist
Gary has worked in the early talent industry since May 2000. After eight years delivering graduate recruitment and development programmes at a large international IT company he spent three years at the Institute of Student Employers (formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters) where he facilitated collaboration between employers, universities and suppliers.
Gary went on to run the careers service at City,
This experience has given Gary an unusual opportunity to view the industry from different standpoints as he has worked as a recruiter, for the industry’s professional body, and for a university. For more details please see his LinkedIn profile.
Olymbia Petrou – Diversity and HR Specialist
With a background in business, diversity and HR, Olymbia has worked for public sector organisations, SMEs, charities, as well as owned and run her own businesses.
A fully-qualified business and executive coach, Olymbia particularly enjoys working with diverse groups on the unique challenges they face. Her humanistic coaching approach can help with any challenges or self-limiting beliefs that may be getting in the way, and by eliciting and nurturing individual skills and strengths, can help unlock and focus individuals on achieving their full potential and goals which make sense for them.
Olymbia also delivers diversity, business and HR consultancy to support organisations, individuals and businesses with practical and supportive solutions through her company Electra Business Services Ltd.
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