Our Volunteers

Our volunteers fill four types of rôle:

If you are interested in helping others relaunch their careers and can volunteer some of your time - as little as twice a year or more frequently if you can - then we look forward to hearing from you. Our current team of volunteers include a self-employed trainer, a semi-retired management consultant, a homeworker and the director of a small local business - see profiles of some of our volunteers below.

To learn more about what's involved, please contact us by email (volunteers@careerswestberks.org.uk).

Volunteer Profiles

Below are profiles of some of our current volunteers. Since CSWB is a Charity it is managed by a group of four Trustees, who are identified after their volunteer rôle.


Adrian Foster-Fletcher Adrian Foster-Fletcher - Chairman, programme manager, speaker and advisor. (Trustee)
Adrian is a businessman, who has started four businesses. One as an International Head Hunter, specialising in sales and marketing roles in IT, one installing energy saving equipment in businesses, one an environmental consultancy and in retirement he continues to manage the property business he built in the 1990s.

Adrian is also Chairman of Stroke Care for West Berkshire, helping Stroke survivors return to independent living, and is the local co-ordinator and prominent campaigner for the environmental group Friends of the Earth. He has a bachelor's degree from Manchester University in the History of Art, and a Masters from the University of Surrey in Environmental Management.

Adrian brings his experience of recruiting into several of our workshops, including "How recruiters work". He also provides 1-on-1 advice to our job seekers.


Leonie Cooke Photo Leonie Cooke - advisor and speaker
Leonie is a retired solicitor who had a second career as a mediator and trainer. She trained HR professionals in conflict resolution skills. She also has a business coaching qualification.

Leonie brings all these skills to help jobseekers at Careers Springboard, both in her interactive workshops, that include 'Tell Me About Yourself' and 'Hone Your Telephone Technique' and through 1-to-1 mentoring. Leonie is also your first point of contact if you are not sure which volunteer can best help you with a 1-to-1 in your current situation.


Jan Dixon Photo Jan Dixon - advisor
Jan started her career in Human Resources, recruiting graduates for a global research and development organisation. After facing two redundancies early in her career from positions she really enjoyed, she moved into the recruitment industry, where she continued to work with a wide range of companies, sourcing, interviewing and selecting candidates. She has recruited both permanent and temporary staff since the early 1990s. With her knowledge and experience she offers jobseekers advice on CV writing, interview techniques and skills, job hunting. She hosts some of our workshops and is a valuable member of our team. Jan is also available to offer 1-on-1 advice to jobseekers.


Charles Fowler Photo Charles Fowler - advisor (Trustee).
Charles joined us in 2016. He is a management Consultant assisting a variety of Companies to achieve their objectives. He has a mechanical engineering degree and has worked as a project engineer in the UK and overseas. He then did business-to-business marketing and general management, both leading a SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) and building two consultancies. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Cranfield MBA. As well as offering 1-on-1 support to our job seekers he also helps host meetings.


John Newell Photo John Newell - advisor and speaker. (Trustee)
John is a Career Coach and Assessor. He delivers group and individual coaching assignments from junior to executive level across a broad range of industry sectors, both private and public. As an Assessor, he carries out competency based interviews and role plays. His previous experience included managerial roles in the fields of politics and the public service, including support for Government Ministers and MPs.

As a qualified HR professional, Chartered MCIPD and certificated Life Coach, and an active member of the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPi), John brings a wealth of recruitment experience to Careers Springboard's job seekers.


David Skyrme Photo David J Skyrme - speaker and information manager. (Trustee)
David is a retired management consultant and writer. He had a 25-year career in the computing industry, most of them with Digital Equipment Corporation where he held various roles in the UK, Europe and USA including salesperson, marketing manager, product manager and strategic planning manager. Following redundancy in 1993, he became a world-wide recognised expert in knowledge management, on which he has written several reports and books, has implemented projects and has carried out management training.

He runs several of our workshops, and also mini-sessions on topics such as 'Marketing yourself on the internet' and 'Be your own boss' (starting a business).

His interests include photography, rambling, family history and chess.


Ian Vickerage - advisor and host
Ian is a successful businessman and former President of the West Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. He offers practical 1-on-1 advice to our job seekers.


This page last updated 4th September 2018