Who we are Our people Our people Each of our people has their own story and their own reason for working with Adviza. But there is one common factor that unites us all: a passion for helping people to find new opportunities and transform their lives. Our Senior Leadership Team is just part of a much wider team of career advisers, managers and support staff who work so hard to support our clients. Adviza’s people have a broad range of skills and experience, from the careers sector (including special educational needs and disabilities), business, HR, recruitment and youth work, which means that we can provide careers advisers to meet any need. Learn more about our Senior Leadership Team Katharine Horler OBE Chief Executive Katharine has over 30 years’ experience in the careers field and has been Chief Executive of Adviza for the last 17 years. She is passionate about the role that great careers guidance can play in helping people make sound decisions about their futures, especially those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Katharine is proud of Adviza’s values and the role we play providing individuals and organisations with day-to-day and more strategic support. Within Adviza she is a keen champion of innovation and excellence and is committed to creating a workplace that allows staff to perform at their best. She is proud of Adviza’s track record in accreditations such as Investors in People, Matrix and Merlin, and of our listing for six consecutive years in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for (Public and Third Sector). In addition to being a qualified careers adviser, Katharine is a qualified Executive Coach (Henley Business School), Mediator (CEDR) and Myers Briggs Practitioner. She has been Chair of a school governing body and served a six-year term as a Director of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, where she remains as the Skills Advisory Panel Chair. Katharine is Chair of Careers England, and was awarded an OBE in 2017. Maninder Hayre Head of Delivery Maninder trained and qualified with the Diploma in Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG). She became a Careers Adviser in 1993 initially working directly with young people, especially those where mainstream education wasn’t easy, before going on to hold various senior strategic and partnership roles within her field. She has managed her teams through extensive culture change from running careers service teams with local authority funding to Connexions-funded teams, and now discrete careers companies. As Adviza’s Head of Delivery, Maninder is responsible for a large portfolio of direct-delivery projects including The Prince’s Trust Team programmes, IAG in schools and education, NEET support and the National Careers Service in the Thames Valley and South West. Maninder believes passionately that education and guidance is the key to opening doors and that it can and does change the lives of young people and adults who want to achieve their potential. That belief underpins the inspiration and encouragement Maninder deploys across her teams, partners and projects. Maninder is a school governor leading various committees since 2012 and was awarded the UK Careers Manager of the Year award by the CDI in 2017. Alix Simpson Head of Commercial Services Joining Connexions Buckinghamshire in 2004, Alix initially worked directly with young people in a drop-in centre before progressing to a specialist housing role where she helped secure safe accommodation for homeless 16-25-year-olds. In 2008 Alix diversified into careers Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG), managing schools’ delivery, employer engagement and projects to re-engage some of the most hard-to-reach young people in our regions—those most at risk of exclusion. As Head of Commercial Services, Alix focuses on Business Development and Finance, building new areas of the business, bidding for and negotiating contracts and ensuring our financial sustainability. Always committed to working with the most vulnerable people in our community, Alix sees her position in our senior leadership team as an opportunity to influence, direct and develop the service we offer young people and adults. Andy Tellam Head of Information Systems Andy’s broad experience spans information, advice and guidance (IAG) delivery, operational management and a range of ICT, management information systems (MIS), data security and related functions. He started his career in MIS before retraining as a careers adviser where he has gained over 30 years’ experience in the education and IAG sector, fulfilling this role in education and community outreach settings. He then spent two years as an operational manager before returning to the world of MIS. Andy has twice been seconded to the DfE working as a member of technical and policy teams. He has a Diploma in Career Guidance and a Master’s Degree in Case Management Systems as well as a range of data protection and information security qualifications. Lee Teideman Regional Manager, Berkshire and Wiltshire In his current role as Regional Manager Lee is responsible for the performance of contracts across Berkshire and Wiltshire, and is the strategic lead for intensive programmes.Lee’s background and qualifications are centred around youth work. Throughout his career he has supported young people, helping them to grow in confidence, develop new skills and create pathways to further education, employment or training.Lee enjoys working in partnership with stakeholders to identify new ways of helping young people and adults continue their journey to reach their full potential. Sue Cross Regional Manager, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Sue is responsible for the performance of contracts across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and is the strategic lead for IAG (Information, Advice a & Guidance) and Safeguarding. She is also the lead for Learning and Development across Adviza, where she manages the training, engagement and assessment of trainee Careers Advisers. Her 30 years of experience in the careers sector includes time spent in delivery and management roles. She spent many years providing careers guidance in schools, helping young people to make informed decision about their next steps, and working in the community supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Sue has significant experience in project management, particularly when supporting young people, and has more recently gained experience of managing the delivery of support to individuals in custody.