Our Volunteers

Our volunteers fill four types of rôle:

Rôles highlighted in bold are those where we currently (Autumn 2017) could do with additional help. 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), or by phone to David Skyrme (Tel: 01635 254151).

Volunteer Profiles

Below are profiles of some of our current volunteers. Since CSWB is a Charity it is managed by a group of five 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.

Charles Fowler - advisor (Trustee).

Charles joined in 2016. As well as offering 1-on-1 support 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.

Michael Pritchard Photo Michael Pritchard - finance manager. (Trustee)
Michael is a Chartered Accountant who consults in strategic planning, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and risk management in the banking industry. He has considerable experience of investment, retail and commercial banking, treasury, FSA regulation and pension fund trusteeship. In addition to his consulting practice, Michael Chairs the Board of Trustees of The BTMU Group UK Pension Fund.

Between 2004 and 2005 he was a Board Member of the AFB and Chair of World Group and from 1994 to 2004, Chairman of the Financial Controllers' Committee of the AFB. Michael is an alumnus of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the international auditing and business advisory firm and worked in international and retail banking in the City of London for 33 years.

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 our most recent volunteer (Summer 2017). 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.

Scot Whetton Photo Scot Whetton - speaker and advisor
Scot has recently joined Careers Springboard, bringing broad experience from a long career in process plants industries. He is currently a commercial consultant after 23 years with Foster Wheeler in its UK Commercial Operations. He retired in 2013 as Commercial Director following various overseas assignments. Prior to this Scot held senior roles in engineering and general management for companies supplying process modules and specialist equipment for international oil and gas companies.

This page last updated 13th September 2017