Area Director

Mark Smith

South West and International Area Director

Mark has worked as a careers adviser and manager. Starting as a Careers Adviser in Hull, before becoming an Assistant Area Manager for Lincolnshire & Rutland Connexions. He also spent time on projects in Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Hull and Lincolnshire where he had management responsibilities for a Government Pilot Project. Mark has also worked for Pearson plc as a School Liaison Executive in the South West. Mark studied Business in Newcastle and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, joining Inspiring Futures in 2013.

Regional Directors

Victoria MacDonald

Regional Director, South West

Vicky spent the first part of her career working in the service sector. She joined a national recruitment company, as a recruitment consultant within the Professional and Technical Division. She went on to specialise in recruiting sales and sales management staff for a range of clients. Vicki has a degree in Social Science with Psychological Studies and retrained as a teacher, qualifying in 2006. She spent 6 years as head of careers at a selective girls' school in Bristol. Vicki joined Inspiring Futures in 2012.

Assistant Regional Directors

John MacArthur

Assistant Regional Director, Dorset and the Isle of Wight

John joined the academic staff at Wellington College after studying History at university. He was Head of the History, Economics and Politics Department, a housemaster, Head of the Resources Centre, heavily involved in the college IT introduction, and latterly Head of Careers and University Entry. John joined Inspiring Futures in 2005, and has continued to be involved part-time in the front line of Careers Department delivery at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight.        

Karen Watkins

Assistant Regional Director, Oxfordshire & Berkshire

Karen spent 18 years in the oil and chemical industry in a variety of positions including research and development, business management and acquisitions and divestments. During this time she was also heavily involved in both graduate recruitment and staff development. Karen has a degree in chemistry, a Diploma in Marketing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and joined Inspiring Futures in 2008.

Lorna Owen

Assistant Regional Director

After graduating, Lorna first worked for a National Newspaper before taking up various roles in Television Production. She reluctantly gave up this career to follow her military husband from posting to posting. Lorna has obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and has since enjoyed working with young people in schools and adults seeking career transitions.  Lorna joined Inspiring Futures in 2016.

Regional Advisers

Vanessa Kenneth

Regional Adviser

Vanessa has a career background in design, entrepreneurship and more recently education in both the state and independent sectors. She has founded two successful companies and, through this, has a broad and open view of the world and the opportunities that face young people. She is currently the sixth form careers adviser for a central London state school alongside seeing private clients of all ages. Vanessa has a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and joined Inspiring Futures in 2015.