Area Director Scotland and International
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 Director, North and Central Scotland
David joined Inspiring Futures in 2013. Prior to this he worked within the television industry for thirty years, initially in stage management before moving on to become manager of children's television. Latterly, as Talent and Operations Manager for BBC Scotland, he was 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 Development.
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
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.
Assistant Regional Director
Gemma has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, lecturer and careers adviser. Having graduated with a degree in Drama and Arts Education, she taught English and Drama in schools across the Home Counties and Japan. She has worked across Britain in her role as UK Programme Co-ordinator for Character Education Scotland and Inspire Aspire, a London 2012 educational initiative. More recently, she taught Communication, Numeracy and ICT at Fife College for four years as a Core Skills lecturer and ran an employability project for NC students. She has a Postgraduate Teaching Qualification in Further Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and holds a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification. Gemma joined Inspiring Futures in 2017.
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.
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 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 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 .
Ruth has 10 years' experience in Careers Guidance and Careers Education within higher education, career coaching and corporate outplacement. She has also worked at a senior level in Human Resources in Financial Services and Management Consultancy. As a qualified guidance practitioner, Ruth worked for 5 years with undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh in a range of university faculties, including Business and Law. Ruth has undergraduate and Master Degrees in English and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, joining Inspiring Futures in 2017.
Susie has worked in the media as a journalist for the BBC and an advertising executive for Scotsman Publications. She has an interest in dyslexia and as a board member of Dyslexia Scotland she started its career service. She continues to run this service, providing support and guidance to dyslexic clients of all ages. For over 10 years, she has worked as a call taker for Parentline, helping parents to find a way through difficulties within their family. Susie also works for Edinburgh Napier University in the academic skills department delivering one to one guidance and workshops to students. She has an Honours Diploma in Journalism and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. She joined Inspiring Futures in 2013.