A languages graduate (London University), Carolyn has a passion for helping people identify and work towards achieving their potential with good reason. Her own very painful career crisis, following a successful, but ultimately unfulfilling business career working in property, software and publishing led to her identifying her true North and retraining as a career development specialist. She spent fourteen years at Aberystwyth University, becoming Deputy Director with responsibility for the university’s employer liaison strategy, and latterly Institute Director of Student Development and Employability. developing a career development programme.
She took Voluntary Severance in 2015 to set up Career Alchemy, a multi-award winning career coaching and training company, working with early-stage and established professionals to help them create purpose-led careers using her research proven INSPiRED Career and Life Coaching framework and toolkit. Working with two other AGCAS national trainers, she developed the HE career coaching module for the AGCAS/Warwick CEIGHE (Careers Education, Information and Guidance in HE) qualification, and in 2017, received the Career Development Institute's prestigious UK Careers Adviser/Career Coach of the Year Award, She has also received two further business awards from Prince Charles. She now represents the CDI, the professional association for the sector, in Wales.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Higher Education Academy, and the International Enterprise Educators’ Programme, Carolyn is a TEDx Speaker, hosts The Change Your Story podcast, is President and Chair of the Board of the Career Development Institute and is frequently quoted in the media.
She also serves as a Trustee/Director on the Board of Antur Cymru, a £4M social enterprise which helps Welsh businesses and communities start and grow, and until recently was also on the Board of Ceredigion Citizens Advice, part of the UK wide network of Citizens Advice charities,
For more, please see Carolyn's profile on www.linkedIn.com
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 the business and supporting Welsh rugby. For more please see Rhys's profile on www.linkedin.com