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Festival Acts

Andrea Naylor
Tees Valley Combined Authority

Andrea is the Careers Hub Lead at Tees Valley Combined Authority and currently works with and supports 72 secondary schools and colleges across the Tees Valley region to support career leaders to improve their careers programmes for their students.  The role of the Careers Hub is to also link schools and colleges with employers to build networks, so young people are aware of the fantastic career opportunities in the region and therefore are able to make more informed decisions about their future. 

Andy Sixsmith

Andy is a freelance sports broadcaster from the North East of England.  

Having cut his teeth as a sports presenter for local television, he went freelance 5 years ago and is now best known as a reporter for Premier League Productions worldwide and for covering matches in all weathers up and down the UK for BBC's 'Final Score' programme and 5Live Sport. 

A huge sports fan, elsewhere, Andy is also a live matchday host for Durham Cricket and the Newcastle Thunder and is hoping to host Newcastle's Rugby League World Cup games later this year. 

He's also a regular presenter for the RFL's 'OurLeague' streaming service and runs his own media production company, 6Media, providing a range of video and editing services to clients across the UK and worldwide. 

Becky
Northumbria University

Hi, my name is Becky and I am one of the Student Recruitment Coordinators at Northumbria University. I have worked for the University for just over 2 years and have worked in the HE sector for 5 years. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding university and what it is like being a student. 

Charlie Smith
UCAS

Charlie began working at UCAS in September 2014 and has extensive experience working directly with applicants, teachers, advisers, university outreach and admissions staff. Charlie is a digital learning developer which involves creating digital learning collateral for all of UCAS’s customer groups in the form of online learning modules, interactive webinars, presentations and much more. Charlie possess a strong working knowledge of UCAS’s processes and systems and uses this to develop engaging, relevant and timely content to support informed decision making across all customer groups.  

David Coe
North East Local Enterprise Partnership

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Helen Innes
ASK Apprenticeship/BL Training

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Jade
Teesside University

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Jonny Bussell
The Northern School of Art

Jonny studied Philosophy at Newcastle University and then went on to study MA Acting at Arts Educational Schools London. After graduating Jonny has worked as an actor and director predominately in the North East performing in productions such as ‘Revenger’s Tragedy’ and ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. Jonny recently directed ACE funded ‘Bankers’ at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle. The play looked at the links between the 2008 banking crisis and the rise of foodbank usage. As a writer Jonny’s first full length play ‘The Centre’ was produced at Arc in Stockton, his play ‘The Bag’ toured the North East and Scotland with Northumberland Theatre Company and his short plays have been performed at venues such as Live Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre and Theatre 503. He was the writer of ‘Just Checking’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ two plays looking at OCD in conjunction with Vivid Theatre Company and Newcastle University that were performed at Northern Stage and Arc. Jonny is currently Programme Leader at The Northern School of Art for the BA Hons Acting for Stage and Screen. His research interests are collaborative practices and working with students from under-represented groups.  

Jordan
Durham University

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Kevin McMullan
Student Loans Company

Kevin McMullan has worked for the Student Loans Company since 2006, and in his current role as Northern Region Account Manager for the ‘Funding Information Team’ since 2013. 

Leanne
University of Sunderland

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Marie Jobson
Careers and Enterprise Company

Marie Jobson joined the Careers and Enterprise Company in June 2019 to join the Education Team, a dynamic team committed to delivering on the government Career Strategy. As Practice and Development Manager, Marie oversees effective delivery of Careers Leader focussed practice and development. Before joining the Careers and Enterprise Company, Marie worked within the senior leadership team at Churchill Community College, an 11-18 school in the North East of England, where she was responsible for pastoral systems, safeguarding and careers leadership. Marie took Churchill Community College through the Gatsby pilot and under her leadership the school was one of the first in the country to meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance. 

Mark Fox
North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Mark is a Careers Adviser by training and is currently working with 40 secondary schools across the North East region to improve their careers programmes for their students. Much of his work also involves working with employers to find out what they need from the young people they recruit and trying to promote some of the amazing career opportunities in our region.

Mollie
Newcastle University

Hi I'm Mollie, one of the outreach ambassadors from Newcastle. I graduated from Newcastle last summer and studied French and Psychology as part of the Combined Honours programme. I also took a year abroad and spent a year teaching English at a high school in France. I'm originally from Cumbria, so moved away for university and lived in halls of residence for 1st year and then rented a house with some friends for the rest of my degree! 

Olivia Burton
The Northern School of Art on behalf of FutureMe

Olivia joined The Northern School of Art at the beginning of 2017, after working in industry for over ten years. Olivia's career began with her working with a number of leading graphic design and advertising agencies. Olivia’s most recent role in the industry focused on internationalising a design and fit out company. Olivia led the brand campaign in the Middle East, managing a design team and leading international design projects for the hospitality industry. Operating freelance, Olivia developed an online design business to promote local and emerging design practitioners, winning a number of national and entrepreneurial awards. She is a regular guest speaker at Digital Leaders and Woman in Digital and had worked as an enterprise mentor. Olivia’s own practice has a digital focus. She is interested in digital and motion graphics and Olivia’s expertise is in research-driven, commercially orientated design. Her keen interest is in the area where design meets business. Olivia’s skills lie in developing the student’s ability to design commercially aware graphic and digital solutions. 

Paul
University of Sunderland

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Rachel Morrison
FutureMe and Outreach North East

Rachel is the Senior Project Coordinator for FutureMe and Outreach North East. Her passion for widening participation and supporting under-represented groups stems from personal experiences in various higher education initiatives as the first in her family to attend. As a Level 7 qualified career development professional, her focus is to support practitioners to understand how higher education outreach aligns with national priorities and support teachers and advisers to evidence towards their statutory responsibilities. 

Sarah
Queen Elizabeth 6th Form College

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Sasha Quigg
FutureMe and Outreach North East

Sasha is the Project Coordinator for FutureMe and Outreach North East, having joined the team in 2017. She is passionate about widening participation, helping young people make the right choice for them and supporting teachers and advisers in the region access the information they need to best support their students. Her work within the team is primarily focussed on the marketing and engagement of the programme, including the digital presence and creating exciting new resources. She moved to the region to study Biomedical Science and has been here since!  

Stephen Isherwood
Institute for Student Employers

Stephen Isherwood was appointed Chief Executive of the ISE in June 2013 following seven years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK. 

Prior to EY, Stephen managed graduate recruitment and development programmes in both the private and public sectors. Stephen has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of students, both graduates and school leavers. He has worked closely with Higher Education throughout his career and is focused on the career development and employment of students. 

In addition to his current role, Stephen sits on several steering groups related to higher education and employment and was recently a special advisor to Dame Shirley Pearce’s TEF review. He is a member of the Jisc Student Services Advisory Board, a trustee of Ashorne Hill Management College. Stephen also works with the charity Speakers for Schools and has also recently teamed up with Roding Valley High School as an Enterprise Advisor through the Careers and Enterprise Company. He has presented to various committees in the Houses of Parliament and often appears in national and local media. 

Tom
Medical Mavericks

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