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Meet the Careers Team

2023-06 Careers TeamWe are living in a digital revolution providing a constantly evolving workplace. The Careers Team work extensively with all staff, parents and stakeholders striving to equip our students beginning their respective career journey with the skills to make informed pathway decisions and to be more ‘future proof’. 

As a school, we were very proud to hold the Quality in Careers Standard.

Jamie Gutch is Deputy Headteacher, having been on the leadership team since January 2015. He oversees Post-16 and Personal Development which encompasses Community liaison and Careers Education, Information and Guidance at a whole-school level. He enjoys having responsibility for Careers and considers it to be an essential aspect of school provision. Jamie is very conscious of the importance of high-quality careers education and advice so that our young people have the right support to make informed decisions about their Next Steps.

Jamie believes it is essential that careers is embedded at both a curricular and extra-curricular level and that students receive the most up to date information possible. He relies on the expertise of colleagues in the Careers Team, and on the generosity of all our external partners to deliver this ambitious programme.

Victoria Marshall is in her fifth year as an Associate Assistant Head Teacher with a focus of Careers and Technical Education and now takes position as Careers Leader. After successfully launching an alternative provision at IGS, she is now supporting the embedding of careers into subject areas across the curriculum. Victoria was delighted to take responsibility for Careers Information Advice and Guidance, continuing to build on the Quality in Careers Standard with strategic planning, along with supporting the outstanding Careers Team to meet the statutory guidelines and Gatsby Benchmarks.  

As a previous Curriculum Leader of Design and Technology, which contains several vocational and technical courses across all key stages, these subjects build skills and knowledge with future pathways and careers as a driving force for mapping. This role will allow Victoria to use her experiences gained, and lead the way using local Business Enterprise Partners, building opportunities for students to visit workplaces and invite external providers and guests to showcase their knowledge. This working partnership with employers really engages our learners and our aim is to filter this through to other subject areas, increasing the opportunities of the world of work available to them. 

Tracey Lowe is our Careers Advisor who has a wealth of experience gained from a background of working for over 25 years in the field of Business and Integrated Marketing, Advertising and Research alongside some of the UK’s largest ‘blue chip’ companies with Market Research Society membership.

Having developed an associated business and social acumen she made the decision to retrain and transition into Education and has gained over ten years’ experience of working within the Inclusive Learning Team at Ilkley Grammar School supporting and delivering numeracy intervention and Functional Skills Maths to SEND and mainstream students across Key Stages 3 to 5 with an excellent working knowledge of Safeguarding and Confidentiality. She also carries the benefit and knowledge of being a Form Tutor for ten years here at IGS.

Understanding the importance of students accessing alternative qualifications to assist them accessing college courses and apprenticeships further enhanced her passion to work with Next Steps and Careers and now works as our Careers, Information and Guidance Advisor whilst working towards her Level 6 CIAG Diploma qualification.

As a member of the Careers Development Institute, Tracey fully supports Diversity and Inclusion and is keen to promote Equality within the Careers sector providing professional and impartial advice and guidance to individual students to assist in their career development.  

Emily Carter is our SEND transition Careers Advisor who has worked with young people in a diversity of capacities throughout her career, throughout all key stages. As a Personal Advisor with the Connexions Service and with a history of secondary English and Drama teaching, she has in excess of twenty years’ experience of working in the education sector. She is eager to use up-to-date pedagogy to fully inform and shape her work; ensuring high-quality, impartial, careers advice at all times. Emily is passionate about equality of access and the importance of timely CIAG in assisting young people to make confident and well-informed decisions as they navigate the variety of pathways open to them, leading to meaningful and aspirational career choices. She views successful onwards progression as a pivotal piece in every young person’s individual life jigsaw! 

Anna Crewe started in October 2023 as our Careers Administrator. After attaining a degree in European Politics, she gained a wealth of experience in office management and administration in the conveyancing sector before moving on to work in the ministerial briefing department for the Department of Health. This background in administration enables her to continually maintain and update career-related documentation across all year groups, to ensure that the relevant areas of administration are in place to meet Gatsby Benchmarks. Her main responsibilities include assisting with Future Fest; the careers fair, as well as mock interviews, supporting the work experience programme, and updating social media to publicise careers events. She enjoys working with and supporting the careers team and liaising with external contacts.

Peter Shelley spent 27 years in academic publishing, initially in sales and sales management positions for a number of publishing companies, and ultimately on the board of Emerald Publishing in Bingley. His roles were international in scope, working across geographies, cultures and time zones, including setting up overseas offices and global operations, using and building on knowledge acquired through a BA in Modern Languages and MA in International Business.  He has created business plans for new offices and market initiatives.

In 2020, Peter retrained to become a financial planner, joining St. James's Place Academy and completing the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. 

He has interviewed and recruited dozens of staff members, built local and remote teams and conducted performance appraisals and staff development. Mentoring has been an increasingly important and enjoyable part of his activities. Peter became a parent school governor in Dec 2019 and has two sons at IGS. 

Paul Wintersgill, a former IGS student, recognised from school age that he was interested in business. Initially qualifying as a chartered accountant, Paul honed his skills in accounts, audit and tax before establishing his own practice at the age of 28, specialising in business strategy and development. From a standing start this business grew to employ a dozen professionals and serve hundreds of clients nationally.

At the start of 2022, Paul moved from practice to industry, joining one of his former clients in a full-time capacity as finance director and strategy leader. Paul’s passion for business and manufacturing prompted the switch, with it bringing a wealth of commercial experience to a business committed to its people and growth.

Local to the area, Paul also holds a voluntary director role at Ilkley Town AFC, ensuring the financial viability of the not-for-profit organisation, responsible to its near 1,000 playing members.

Peter Goodman qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst working for Deloitte in London.  After the birth of his first child, he moved to Yorkshire and pursued a career working within local businesses, which he found more compatible with family life and young children.  He has worked within the finance team of medium sized local businesses, latterly as a Finance Director.  His recent interest is sustainability and the internet of things.  He was Finance Director at Lucy Zodion, which is based in Sowerby Bridge and is focused on Smart City implementations which help councils to reduce energy consumption.  He is now working as the Chief Financial Officer of Switch2 in Saltaire.  Switch2 is a district heating business, committed to developing sustainable heating solutions for its clients. 

Peter lives in Ilkley and has three children who are all currently attending Ilkley Grammar School.  He also spent a period as a trustee for Opera North and is a black belt in karate.

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