Area Director

Margaret Graham

Area Director Scotland

Margaret started working as a Careers Adviser in Stirling in 1991 and over the next18 years moved within the Careers Service as it went through various re-organisations, including the creation of a national service (Careers Scotland) in 2002. Her career developed to include the management of national products and services including the Exam Results Helpline. A project which involved partnership working with a range of bodies including UCAS, BBC and the SQA. Margaret has a Masters in History and Sociology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance joining IF in 2010.

Regional Directors

David Chapman

Regional Director, North and Central Scotland

David has worked as a Careers Adviser for two years. Prior to this he worked within the television industry for thirty years, latterly as Talent and Operations Manager for BBC Scotland, responsible for Recruitment, Staff Development and the coordination of work experience. David has a degree in Drama and English and a Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance and joined Inspiring Futures in 2013.

Jane Ambrose

Regional Director, East Scotland

After graduating with a degree in Management and Economics, Jane became a Chartered Accountant, working for KPMG for seven years. This was followed by lecturing for the Institute of Chartered Accountants both overseas and in the UK. Since gaining the Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance Jane has gained experience working in HE, and with international students in a FE college. Jane joined Inspiring Futures in 2011.

Assistant Regional Directors

Anna Halliday

Assistant Regional Director, East Scotland

Anna worked as an expert in silver and English watercolours at Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers before starting her own business as an artists' agent and picture framer. A graduate in modern languages, Anna went on to complete a Postgraduate Qualification in Fine and Decorative Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. Anna joined IF in 2002 in an administrative role before qualifying and joining the Scottish team in 2007.

Lorraine Gordon

Assistant Regional Director, West Scotland

Lorraine has more than 25 years’ experience in careers guidance, having worked as a Senior Careers Adviser/Careers Adviser for Renfrewshire Careers Partnership and latterly as a Team Leader for Careers Scotland and Skills Development Scotland. She has worked in schools in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. Lorraine has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. Lorraine joined the Scottish team in 2010.

Regional Advisers

Alison Harley

Regional Adviser

Alison has worked in editorial and research roles in magazine journalism, book publishing and BBC Radio Scotland. Her jobs included features editor for the Reader’s Digest magazine and publicity and marketing executive for the Scottish Publishers Association. She has a degree in History. After throwing herself into a range of voluntary work in the Scottish Borders during a career break, Alison gained new skills and interests and retrained to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. She joined the Scottish team at Inspiring Futures in 2008.

Debbie Spens

Regional Adviser

Debbie has seven years’ experience in Careers Education within a school setting. She has been teaching within the independent boarding sector for twenty-five years and has been involved with Special Educational Needs, games coaching, PSHE, pastoral care and alumni relations for all of this time. She is a qualified Special Educational Needs teacher and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. She joined Inspiring Futures in 2017.

Jill Roberts

Regional Adviser

Jill trained as a P.E. teacher at Dunfermline College of Physical Education. She worked for four years in Dumfries and Galloway before moving to Longridge Towers School in Berwick-upon-Tweed for 30 years. During that time she was Head of P.E. Head of Year and Head of Careers for 15 years. After moving out of P.E, Jill taught PSHE and Psychology and was responsible for implementing the careers programme in the school. Jill has a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and joined Inspiring Futures in 2015 .

Susie Agnew

Regional Adviser

Susie has worked in the media as a journalist for the BBC and an advertising executive for the Scotsman newspaper. She has an interest in dyslexia and as a board member of Dyslexia Scotland she started its free career service. She continues to run this service, providing support and guidance to dyslexic clients of all ages. Susie also works for Edinburgh Napier University both in the careers and academic skills departments delivering one to one guidance to students. She has an Honours Diploma in Journalism and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. She joined Inspiring Futures in 2013.