Our team of advisers have a wide range of skills and experience that they use to help the jobseekers
Colin Webb – Client Adviser and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Colin has a Level 6 Diploma in Career Advice and Guidance and provides specialist support to ex-offenders. Colin previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Colin started his career as a researcher for Glaxo, he gained a Doctorate and was responsible for clinical operations in the US for Amgen before becoming their Director of Development for Europe. Colin is Chairman of our Board of Trustees with special responsibility for Human Resources. Colin is a keen gardener and has volunteered with the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens.
Jane Bwye – Client Adviser
Jane has been an Adviser for People Matter since 2009. Jane has a B(Bus) degree and Level 4 Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Certificate. Jane provides specialist advice and support to jobseekers thinking about starting their own business. Jane has previously provided administration and consultancy services in the UK and Kenya and was Head of Computer Studies at a school in Nairobi for 5 years. Jane has now settled in Eastbourne and is a published author of a novel ‘Breath of Africa’ and a novella ‘I Lift Up My Eyes’.
Amanda Hughes – Client Adviser
Amanda holds a level 4 qualification in Careers Guidance and having played a key role in the development of our Job Club, Amanda now offers one to one advice sessions from our Outreach venues. Amanda previously worked as a Secretary at an Independent School and also as a PA to the Managing Director of a furniture company in Hertfordshire. In her spare time, Amanda indulges in her love of arts and crafts.
Sue Lahache – Client Adviser
Sue is a Level 6 registered member of the Careers Development Institute and also holds a Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, a Level 3 qualification in counselling skills and brief therapies and has a Diploma in Youth and Community work. Sue has a broad experience of work at Lewes Prison, with ex-offenders on work programmes and in the community. Sue has also worked with young people in schools and colleges and with long term unemployed adults. Sue enjoys singing, playing guitar, walking and swimming.
John Bourdon – Client Adviser
John is a Level 4 qualified Adviser. John empowers and supports jobseekers in their individual search for employment. John spent most of his working life in the construction industry where his ‘hands on’ experience led him to project managed large scale developments both in the UK and Ireland. John then returned to the classroom to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of craftsmen and women. John leads our course on Advice and Options for Jobseekers aged 50+ and also helps to maintain our offices at People Matter.
Vanessa Howard – Client Adviser
Vanessa joined the People Matter team in Autumn 2016. Following a Degree at Leeds University she completed a post-graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. Since then she has worked as a Careers Adviser in secondary schools and a Further Education College, a Disability Adviser in Higher Education and in various other roles, mainly in the educational sector. In her spare time she enjoys reading, country walking and gardening.
Beth Robertson – Client Adviser
Beth joined the team in October 2015 after 20 years providing careers guidance and training courses at Darley Training. Beth also brings her knowledge of running her own business and the business life of the town and surrounding area, built up over so many years to help and advise jobseekers. Beth has also previously worked for 20 years as a teacher of history and commercial subjects and also early life experiences working in children’s zoos.
Andrew Mann – Client Adviser
Andrew has more than 30 years industrial and recruitment experience. For the last 17 years he has worked in international executive search across the industrial sector where he led executive search businesses and since 2006 in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Americas regions. Andrew began his career with British Steel later moving via the Japanese trading firm Mitsui to the oil industry. He is married with two grown up children and, in addition to his work with People Matter, volunteers with the National Trust and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Ray Dadswell – Adviser/Tutor
Ray uses his skills as a listener and encourager in his role as an Adviser and Tutor at People Matter. Ray previously lived and worked in South East Asia for 13 years and now teaches English to adult students from overseas. Ray specialises in supporting jobseekers from abroad. In his spare time, Ray helps to run the Eastbourne International Café and is Chaplain to the Eastbourne Theatres and to the Eastbourne Air Training Corps.