Introducing the Career Analysts team
It’s always good to put a face to a name and a telephone voice.
Here’s a quick run-down of who’s who here at Career Analysts:
- Lola James started her career in marketing at NDS, a large subsidiary of News Corporation. After five years of fast-track promotion, she left to take up the position of Marketing Director of a US-owned global provider of content management software solutions.
In 2002 she accepted the position of General Manager of the Loan Services Division of a NYSE-listed orthopaedic medical device company increasing turnover from £7.5million to £10million within 12 months and profitability by 27%.
Whilst acting as interim manager, Lola identified the opportunity that Career Analysts offered and brought Leo in to help her bring the idea to fruition.
- Leo Soloman has a wealth of experience in accounting and finance. For the last ten years he has specialised in start up companies. His first directorship came in 1997 when he was appointed finance director of a film production company where his brief was to stem losses.
He sees Career Analysts as an excellent opportunity to build upon a well established name now being given a whole new fresh breath of life. His wide experience will ensure the company’s secure financial foundation.
- Pamela Kingsland (MSc, BSc Hons Psychol, ACIB, MAC) is a highly qualified and experienced occupational psychologist, trainer, executive coach and psychometric tester. A member of the British Psychological Society, she is also a founder member of the Association for Coaching.
Her areas of specialism include management and staff development, including executive coaching, career counselling, design and delivery of assessment centres for recruitment and development, and design and delivery of training interventions.
- Nicola Hurton (MSc, BSc) studied psychology during her successful first career as a violinist.
After graduating, she decided to change career to work as an occupational psychologist. Since then, she has worked in a variety of research and consultancy roles in areas such as career development, management development and organisation development.
- Jenny West After postgraduate study in Occupational Psychology, Jenny became the BBC’s first Behavioural Scientist. She worked on organisational design projects in programme and service departments and conducted staff attitude surveys in departments as diverse as Make-Up and Radio Engineering. This work began her lifelong fascination with how people choose their careers.
After the BBC, Jenny moved into Management Training and Development. As well as the UK, she has lived in Africa and the US and, since 1993, has focused on career counselling, working with people of all ages and abilities. Jenny has a particular interest in why people make ‘wrong’ career choices and the impact of parental pressure on career outcomes.
- Zoë Dinsdale first came to us in 2001 to go through our career guidance programme. Our consultant advised her that her profile suited a career in psychology. After completing her degree she began her career as a Psychology Advisor for an executive recruitment firm before coming back to work for us as a trainee Occupational Psychologist.
Driven by a passion to help individuals get the most out of their working life, she is qualified in psychometric assessment and is currently working towards her MSc in Occupational Psychology.
- Sharon Harris (LLB Hons) is the test administrator.
She has been with Career Analysts for 15 years, and prior to that she has worked as a law lecturer and examiner.
- Chris Williams (BSc) has held a variety of corporate HR roles at board level in both large and small enterprises, leading initiatives to engage and motivate staff at all levels at times of change in their careers.
More recently, he has worked with a number of career counselling organisations in the design and delivery of effective career development programmes. His knowledge of a wide range of career avenues in both the public and private sectors has enabled him to provide wide-ranging career counselling advice.
- Guy Ellis (BA, BCom) provides strategic consulting and operational support to clients implementing people based projects.
Drawing upon his wide Human Resources experience, business knowledge and passion for ensuring that plans are implemented well, Guy has worked with global clients on a range of UK, EMEA and Global briefs including restructurings, resourcing models, technical and non-technical ‘talent’ frameworks, organisational plans, compensation and benefits programmes, HRIS proposals and a variety of market research activities. Guy also offers a coaching service for senior managers of selected clients.
- Ann Douglas has spent 20 years as a Senior Manager within the UK’s top food retailer, realising multi-million pound cost savings across the business in a variety of commercial roles. She moved on to become deeply involved in people development and training within this constantly changing environment.
Ann is a Master Practitioner in NLP and Time Line Therapy™ and provides Personal Performance and Business Coaching.
- Lindsay West (MBA, MCLC, ACIB, SNLP) is a highly qualified and experienced coach, consultant and mentor. She specialises in personal, career and executive coaching, management skills training and mentoring for small business owners.
She is passionate about people development and continuous improvement. She uses coaching skills and NLP techniques to help her clients achieve, health, happiness and success in their careers.
- Dean Taylor (MSc C.Psychol) is a chartered psychologist with a long track record of identifying and developing potential. His areas of specialism include assessment, training, and career development. He began his career in civil service recruitment before moving on to become a director of a consultancy.
Dean is passionate about helping people identify and build on their strengths as a way to finding greater fulfilment and to improving effectiveness.